Recipe of the Day: Jamaican Jerk Tofu

Jerk is the rockstar of Jamaican food, but it is mostly associated with Chicken and Pork. Today we give you a tasty recipe that will be perfect for your Vegetarian palate. The Jerk Tofu is just as spicy as Jerk Chicken/Pork and will definitely leave you going back for more. It is the perfect spicy substitute for any meat dish. Check it out below.

Ingredients

For 4 people

  • 1 1/2 cup(s) vegetable stock
  • 1/2 pound(s) onion, roughly chopped
  • 5 stalk(s) scallion, roughly chopped
  • 6 whole pimento berries
  • 3 tablespoon(s) light soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoon(s) ginger, grated
  • 3 clove(s) garlic, minced
  • 2 pound(s) firm tofu, sliced thinly
  • To Make Sauce:
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 stalk(s) scallion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon(s) ginger, grated
  • 2 clove(s) garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoon(s) Jerk Sauce

Jerk Tofu Directions

Blend together vegetable stock, onion, scallion, pimento berries, light soy sauce, ginger, garlic and jerk sauce to make a marinade.

Pour the marinade in a bowl and add tofu, ensuring that each piece is completely covered. Marinate for 6 hours or overnight in the refrigerator.

Place tofu on a pre-heated grill and grill for 5-10 minutes, turning on both sides to develop color.

To Make Sauce

Blend together onion, scallion, ginger, garlic and soy sauce.

To Serve: Serve with brown rice, pumpkin and a green salad.
Recipe Note:  To make vegetable stock – Boil 1 packet Grace Vegetable Soup Mix with 3 cups water. Strain and use as directed.

Enjoy

What do you think about this dish, have you ever tried it before? Hail us up in the comments below.

Irie,

ReCaFo

ReCaFo On The Go (R.O.T.G.) Launched Last Week

This past week we launched a new arm of ReCaFo fittingly called “ReCaFo On The Go” to an amazing reception at the Starrett Lehigh Building (home to brands such as Martha Stewart Living and Under Armor) in Chelsea, NYC. The details of how this new concept works is outline below, but we are excited about taking our tasty food and quality service to the masses. From our stores in Long Island City, Sunset Park and Bushwick to the corporate offices of NYC, we’re surely fulfilling our mission of taking Jamaican/Caribbean to the world on growing city at a time. The concept is explained below.

What is ReCaFo O.T.G. 

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While we aim to offer our eclectic mix of Jamaican cuisine to everyone, at times, we know that not everyone will be able to make it to our fixed locations, thus the birth of ReCaFo “On The Go”.

How Does It Work?

With R.O.T.G we take the food to our corporate customers, set up and serve as if, at a ReCaFo location.

Menu

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With the limitations of a temporary set-up, a full menu roster would not be available, thus prior menu selections are made that would best suit the location, once this is finalized, leave the rest to us.

Be on the lookout, we may just be in your work office or building soon ;) 

Recipe of the Day: Jamaican Fried Chicken

With the world becoming more health conscious in recent years with the rise of Vegan, gluten-free and GMO free diets, people are more considerate of what they put in their bodies. Fried Chicken is one of those foods that has been kicked to the curb for healthier stewed, baked or grilled options. At the moment, we no longer serve Fried Chicken in our restaurants due to us streamlining our menu offerings in the past few months. However, Fried Chicken should not be tossed into oblivion because of a little extra cholesterol which we can get from eating a lot of other foods that we consider “healthy.” Today we give you a tasty, crispy recipe for some Jamaican Fried Chicken. For all the Fried lovers out there, whether you’re from “down-south” or elsewhere, this Fried Fowl recipe will have you wanting more. Calories, cholesterol…who??? After all, its about moderation. Check out the recipe below.

Ingredients

  • 2 pound(s) chicken pieces
  • 1/4 cup(s) White Vinegar
  • 5 cup(s) water
  • 2 stalk(s) scallion, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 clove(s) garlic, chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) scotch bonnet pepper, chopped
  • 2 sprig(s) thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 1 tablespoon(s) All Purpose Seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon(s) Chicken Seasoning
  • 2 cup(s) Vegetable Oil
  • COATING:
  • 1/2 cup(s) flour
  • 1 teaspoon(s) baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) Black Pepper
  • 1 packet(s) Pimento, Ginger and Garlic Seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) salt
  • SAUCE:
  • 1 cup(s) Pineapple Juice
  • 1 cup(s) chicken stock*
  • 1 piece(s) ginger, grated
  • 1/2 cup(s) Tomato Ketchup
  • 1 cup(s) Pineapple slices, diced

Fried Chicken Directions

Clean chicken in a mixture of White Vinegar and 4 cups water.

Blend the next eight ingredients with the remaining 1 cup water.  Pour the marinade over the chicken, rub in and leave chicken to marinate for 2 hours or overnight.

Place chicken pieces along with the marinade in a heated heavy bottom skillet.  Cover and simmer over medium heat for 30 minutes.

Combine flour, baking powder, black pepper, Pimento, Ginger and Garlic Seasoning and salt in a bowl and mix well.

Remove skillet from flame; drain chicken pieces from the seasoned liquid and coat in the flour mixture.

Heat Vegetable Oil in a skillet and use to fry the coated chicken pieces until golden brown; drain on absorbent paper.

Combine Pineapple Juice, chicken stock, ginger, ketchup and the diced Pineapple Slices in a saucepan over medium flame.  Bring to a boil, lower flame and cook for about 15 minutes.

To Serve:  Drizzle pineapple sauce over the fried chicken and serve with boiled rice and a tossed vegetable salad.

Recipe NoteChicken Stock: Boil 1 packet Grace Cock Soup Mix with 2 cups water for about 5 minutes.  Strain and use as directed.

Enjoy

What do you think about this recipe, have you ever tried it before? Hail us up in the comments below.

via Grace Foods

Irie,

ReCaFo

ReCaFo’s Version of Fast Casual

Note: Image above shows the food line @ our Sunset Park location in Brooklyn

Fast casual is considered a restaurant that does not offer full table service but promises a higher quality of food with fewer frozen or processed ingredients than a fast food restaurant. The first restaurant to really propel this new sector of the food industry forward was Chipotle, but since their start in 1993, thousands of new restaurants with the same mission statements have popped up all over the United States and around the world.

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ReCaFo is a fast casual restaurant that offers authentic Jamaican/Caribbean cuisine, and our mission is to bring great tasting Caribbean food to growing cities around the world with island flair and style. We differentiate ourselves from our competitors by not just centering our brand as a force to reckoned with in the food industry for years to come, but one that focuses on getting to know our customers through not only their tastes in food but also through what influences their passions. We are a lifestyle brand. Our focus on charity, health, the arts, travel, education and other elements of lifestyle sets us apart from the industry. We are focused on being trendsetters in a field that can be considered boring, and sometimes monotone. ReCaFo’s version of fast casual is not only food, but lifestyle.

What are your thoughts on the fast casual industry? Hail us up in the comments below.

Irie,

ReCaFo

ReCaFo is Coming to Bushwick!

Hi Fans,

We’re proud to announce that this Fall we’ll be opening our 3rd location in Bushwick, Brooklyn. It’s been an awesome year for us after opening the doors to our second location in Industry City, Sunset Park earlier this year. We’re always looking for growth opportunities to take ReCaFo to the next level and Bushwick is the place.

Bushwick is young, hip, full of life and even more so, creative and artistic minds who are hungry for new and unique tastes to complement their eccentric lifestyles. ReCaFo comes in with the perfect mix of not only food, but a lifestyle brand that embraces culture, entertainment, and charity.

We’ll announce our address and official opening date in a later post, but we’re so excited, we couldn’t wait to share the news.:) #ReCaFoinBushwick

A Tropical Fall

How do you feel about fall? Is it a season you yearn for? Here at ReCaFo, our roots are Jamaican, so adapting to an American fall has taken some adjusting. It starts getting cooler as the month of September begins and you have to start wondering what are you going to gather in your kitchen when Winter comes along, as your Summer fruits and vegetables will be missing from your table. Not to mention all the clutter you’ll have to stock in your clothing closet. Personally, I hate winter, so when Fall approaches, its just a grim reminder that the dreaded three months of over-padded coats, knee length scarves and thigh high boots are just around the corner, but then again this is all because we chose to live and start a business in the United States. It comes with the territory you might say, we knew this was the case before we came here. Yes, we knew all of this, but its still so easy to drift back to the tropical, all year round, 365 days, day/night, Summer, Spring, Fall or Winter of sunshine, warm breezes and Coconut Water.

A tropical Fall is one that is not too harsh, and prepares you not for despicable months of cold solitude and desperation but months of gentle warmth and sun blessed humility. A tropical Fall is one you can look forward to with a smile, knowing you’ll have all your Summer fruits and vegetables available anytime you want them, and not to mention the little to no stress that it puts on your wardrobe. A tropical Fall is one to smile about and welcome with open arms, it is something you’ll wish you could bring back to the cold north and store in a bottle by your bedside.

What are your thoughts on Fall? Do you prefer a tropical Fall that prepares you for more warmth and beautiful sunshine or a Fall that prepares you for 40 below zero? Hail us up in the comments below.

Irie,

ReCaFo

Recipe of the Day: Jamaican Jerk Dressing

ReCaFo is the home of good tasting, authentic Jamaican Jerk. Nowhere else will you find a Jerk Chicken more succulent, flavorful and packed with spice. We have given you a few recipes before that involves using Jerk Sauce to help spice up the dish and today we take it to another level with the Jerk Dressing. Check it out below.

Ingredients

For 6 people

  • 1 tablespoon(s) Vegetable Oil
  • 1/4 cup(s) White Vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon(s) Jerk Seasoning (from your local grocer)
  • 2 tablespoon(s) granulated sugar

Jerk Dressing Directions

Combine all ingredients in a bowl.

Whisk or shake mixture until thoroughly combined and sugar is dissolved.

Enjoy

What do you think about this recipe, have you ever tried it before? Hail us up in the comments below.

via Grace Foods

Image via noblepig.com

Irie,

ReCaFo

Recipe of the Day: Jamaican White Rice

White Rice is one of the most popular and one of the simplest dishes the world over. However, as simple as it might be to prepare, many people cannot get it right. Some cook it too soft, too hard, too dry, too burnt, and the list goes on. Today we give you an A-B-C recipe to get your White Rice cooked to perfection. This dish is also served as a side to our entrees at our restaurants, so this recipe will help you step up your rice cooking game restaurant style😉. Check it out below.

Difficulty: Super easy

Preparation time: 10m
Cooking time: 30m

 

Ingredients

For 6 people

  • 3 1/2 cup(s) water
  • 2 tablespoon(s) Vegetable Oil
  • 1 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 28 ounce(s) White Rice

Plain Rice Directions

Put water to boil, add vegetable oil and salt.

Wash Grace Rice and add to the boiling liquid.  Bring to a boil, reduce the flame and steam for 30 minutes or until rice grains are tender.  Flake with a fork.

To Serve:  Serve with Curried Chicken/Stew Chicken/Curried Goat and a Tossed Vegetable Salad.

Enjoy

What do you think about this recipe, have you ever tried it before? Hail us up in the comments below.

via Grace Foods

Image: 2jaysenterprises.com

Irie,

ReCaFo

It’s Vacation Time!

Ready to go to Jamaica?

Becoming the Oil and the Wine

The summer holidays are the best time for most people to take their vacation since the children are out of school for two months. Some people may stay at home during this time while others will spend their vacation in another country.

Every summer for the past twelve years I would return home to Jamaica to spend a few weeks. My children would look forward to this in order to spend quality time with family and friends. We also enjoyed spending a week or two in one of the all-inclusive hotels on the north coast in Jamaica.

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