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Black History Month - Week two Food

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Feeling hungry?

This week will look behind the history of the food and share some of our favourite mouth-watering recipes. Read more about the delicious dishes below and take part in the competition for a chance to win.

Please also feel free to substitute all meats for vegetarian alternatives.

Brown Stew Chicken

A filling Jamaican dish, Brown Stew Chicken is very easy to make. Also known as fricassee chicken, this tasty dish is often served with boiled potatoes, dumplings, plantains or yams.


Jamaican Brown Stew Chicken

Prep Time: 1 day Cook Time: 50 minutes Total Time: 1 day 50 minutes


  • 3lb chicken chopped into portions with skin removed
  • 2-3 carrots
  • 1 bunch scallions
  • 1 sprig of thyme or tsp dried thyme
  • 1 stalk scallion (Spring onion)
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • 1-2 tomatoes
  • 1 tsp pepper sauce
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Brown Stew Chicken Instructions

  1. Season chicken with salt, black pepper, crushed garlic cloves, brown sugar and chopped scallion.
  2. Marinate the chicken for at least one hour but ideally overnight, covered in the refrigerator.
  3. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan
  4. Fry the chicken for a few minutes on each side, until brown
  5. Remove the chicken from the pan
  6. Fry the chopped carrots until brown
  7. Add chopped tomatoes, hot pepper sauce, thyme and a cup of hot water into frying pan
  8. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes and then add the chicken to the pan
  9. Add another cup of hot water, reduce heat and cover the pan
  10. Simmer for around 30 minutes until the chicken is tender and the brown sauce has thickened
  11. Serve with white rice, fried plantains or yams

Jamaica Rum Cake

You cannot leave Jamaica without tucking into some finger-licking the Caribbean rum cake. Traditionally served at Christmas and weddings in Jamaica, this famous Run Cake lasts for months at room temperature… more Rum, the better the cake!


Jamaica Rum Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 50 minutes Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 5 tablespoons Jamaican dark rum
  • 5 tablespoons strong brewed Blue Mountain or espresso coffee
  • 180g sugar 
  • 180g unsalted butter
  • 110g flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon raisins or chopped dry fruits

Jamaica Rum Cake Instructions

  1. Soak the raisins or dried fruit in half the rum
  2. Cream half the sugar and butter together in a mixing bowl
  3. Add the flour, coffee and eggs one at a time, with the soaked dried fruit
  4. Mix well then pour the mix into a greased cake tin and cook in a preheated oven at 150C or gas mark 2 for 50 minutes
  5. Check whether fully cooked by inserting a metal skewer, which should come out clean
  6. Remove from the oven and leave to cool
  7. Mix the remaining sugar, butter and rum with a quarter of a cup of water in a saucepan over medium heat
  8. Simmer for a few minutes, stirring to avoid burning
  9. Make small holes in the cake with a toothpick, and then pour the syrup over the cake
  10. If possible, leave the Jamaica rum cake overnight in order to let the flavour develop

For more information and to enter the competition please see the below PDFs.