The other red meat of the English-speaking Caribbean, curry goat, is so common that a party without this delicious, juicy, succulent meat would be a waste of time.
Your Goat meat had better taste delicious, or you will be the gossip of the community for quite awhile.
Goat can be cooked in many different ways. You can stew, barbecue, roast, kebob, pot roast, etc., etc., etc.
But the one popular style of cooking goat in the Caribbean for any occasion is… you guessed it… Curry Goat.
YAH MON!!! (3 times)
Curry Goat was the sole meat dish at every “big dance” I have been to since I was 12 years old. Ever since that time, few things have changed. Believe me!
Back in the day when Curry Goat was the king of the “big dance,” you had to hire a “specialist” to cook.
That person was usually a senior member of the village or town, who had notoriety, and was well recommended.
The “big dance” style of cooking was not easy to imitate, so to speak.
The “specialist” never revealed exactly what he was doing. And if anyone tried to “crowd the specialist,”that person would be kindly instructed to find something else to do.
So the Curry Goat cooking remained a guarded secret for quite some time…at least the “big dance” cooking style.
Now if you had a birthday party for a teenager, you were not expected to make the “big dance” Curry Goat, but the same high standard of cooking was demanded by your guests, indeed.
And if the host makes a mistake and serve an ordinary Curry Goat too many times, there would be murmur and gossip about the cooking… to say the least.
YOU KNOW how word gets around in small communities.
That’s how serious some Jamaicans are about their Curry Goat. You mess it up, and you become infamous.
Zeen? ‘Nuff Said!
If it is so, add the seasoning you removed earlier to the pot. Let the stew simmer for another 10 minutes on a slightly lower heat (between medium and low).
Optional) You can add potatoes to the pot the same time you add the seasoning. You can also add bread crumbs to thicken.
Note : Although this is a stew, it should not be dominated by watery type gravy. You should make this stew cook until most of the water is evaporated, and let the fat from the goat flavor the stew.
It takes practice and trial and error sometimes to get a perfect Curry Goat, so don’t give up on your first try.
You’ve heard that expression before, haven’t you? Well, I can tell you this, boiled goat tastes very good in soup.
And if you know what you’re doing, you’ll win favor with your friends with a soup called “Mannish Water.”You heard it right.
We’ve been making this soup called “mannish water” for many years. It is believed by some Jamaican men, that this soup makes you a “champion” in the bedroom.
You hear the hype from the “bedroom bullies” about how this “mannish water” enhances their prowess.
It makes you deliver on your promise to the ladies… mek yu back strong… stand firm for the third term…pump it up…wok gal hard…
You know, women drink “mannish water” too, but they never say anything about what it does for them. Mmm…I wonder sometimes? I think if you ask these women…never mind.
This delicious soup is made with the goat’s head, feet, and tripe. Other ingredients are added too, such as green bananas, yams, onions, salt, and scotch bonnet pepper.
I had to mention this soup because a party or "big dance" would never be the same without "Mannish Water" and Curry Goat together…Like Sea and Sand.
This is no joke...there's a song that was a hit in Jamaica called,
"RAM GOAT LIVER"...Yes Indeed!!!
The lyrics were sung by the Goat Man himself, Mr.Pluto Shervington.
Now you know, without a doubt that ...Curry Goat is the Holy Grail of Jamaican meat dishes.
You can get Goat Head and Feet from your meat/butcher shop where it’s cleaned, inspected, and prepared for sale to the public.
If you kill the goat by yourself, you will have to burn the hair off the goat’s head and feet before you cook it. Anyway you look at it, the hair must be removed: preferably with fire.
Do you remember back in the old days when you pluck the feathers from the chicken you were going to cook for dinner? And afterward you had to singe the remaining little baby feathers that grew close to the chicken's skin. It’s the same idea here.
CAUTION: If the Scotch Bonnet Pepper bursts in the soup, it will make the soup hot and spicy…it’s your choice.
Serve this soup hot in small cups.