How to make Jamaican Curry Goat Stew

So you are a Jamaican and you like Curry (Deer, 2017, June 25) and Goat! Then this Jamaican Curry Goat Stew recipe should hit the spot!!

The ingredients are as follows:

  • 3lb goat meat, cut up in bite size pieces
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 Scotch bonnet pepper, chopped and seeded
  • 4oz Jamaican curry powder
  • 1oz cooking oil
  • 1oz ground black pepper
  • 2tbsp salt
  • 4 sprig thyme
  • 1/2oz vinegar
  • 6 pimento seeds

Cooking instructions are also very simple:

  1. Wash goat meat with vinegar and water.
  2. Rub in all the seasonings with goat meat and let it sit in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  3. Remove the meat from the refrigerator
  4. Remove the seasoning from the goat meat.
  5. In a saucepan, heat the oil on high until it smells.
  6. Add 1oz curry powder to the hot oil.
  7. Stir curry powder in oil until the colour starts to change.
  8. Place the goat meat in the saucepan.
  9. Stir the meat in the hot oil for two minutes; be careful not to burn the meat.
  10. Add 1oz water to the pot, keep stirring until the meat looks like the muscles are tightening up.
  11. Turn down the heat to medium and add 2 cups of water to the meat in the saucepan.
  12. Cover the pot and let this stew simmer for 20 minutes.
  13. Check on the meat in the pot, stir again and add water to cover the meat.
  14. Simmer for another 20 minutes, and then check to see if the meat is medium soft. If it is so, add the seasoning you removed earlier to the pot.
  15. Let the stew simmer for another 15 minutes on a slightly lower heat (between medium and low).

Good to note that you can add cornmeal or bread crumbs to thicken the gravy. Also you can just boil it off until only the goat fat permeates the flavour of the stew. Adding potatoes to the pot the same time improves the flavour and texture of your gravy.

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How Jamaican Atheletes can make their own Gel Ice Packs

Ice packs are great for bumps, bruises, aches and pains. But the ones that you can buy at the pharmacy cost a fortune. Luckily I know chemistry and I happen to have some zip-lock bags handy……so I can make gel ice packs as needed.

The materials for a DIY ice gel pack are as follows:

  • Two zip-top bags per ice pack
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Water

If rubbing alcohol is not available, you can use the following replacements:

  • Dish washer detergent
  • Hair gel
  • Corn syrup
  • Salt

DIY Gel Ice Pack – How lower points mean slushes not ice

The steps to making your Gel Ice Pack are pretty simple:

  1. Add one cup of isopropyl alcohol to the zip-top bag.
  2. Add two cups of water
  3. Remove as much as possible using the Bathtub (Deer, 2016, September 30) method
  4. Place the bag inside the freezer for several hours until it gels

The reason this works is because isopropyl alcohol and all the other replacements has a much lower freezing point than water. When frozen, it doesn’t form solid ice but a slush that can be easily wrapped around limbs for hours of cool relief.

Make sure the zip-lock bags are durable so you can return them back to the freezer for reuse. Best of all it leaks, it water and rubbing alcohol, so no worries. Sharing is caring so share this with your friends.

References:

  1. Burke, S. (2016, May 3). How to Make Your Own Gel Ice Pack or Moist Heat Pack. Retrieved from https://www.spine-health.com/blog/how-make-your-own-gel-ice-pack-or-moist-heat-pack
  2. Deer, L. (2016, September 30). How to Vacuum Seal Zip Lock Bag Food using a Plastic Bath Tub. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2016/09/30/vacuum-seal-zip-lock-bag-food/

 

The Health Benefits of Curry to Jamaicans

Jamaican love curry.

Traditional fare such as curried chicken and curried goat (mutton) and even curry patty (Deer, 2017, April 28), which GraceKennedy plans to sell in the US.

Cook shops, restaurants and homes use curry powder in their lunch or dinner staples. In fact, Jamaicans use curry an almost every meat and vegetable dish possible:

  • Ackee
  • Beans and peas
  • Breadfruit
  • Callaloo
  • Chicken
  • Conch
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Jackfruit
  • Mangoes
  • Mutton
  • Octopus
  • Pork
  • Rabbit
  • Saltfish
  • Shrimp
  • Vegetables

Curry was also the subject of a recall by the  US Health Department (The Jamaica Gleaner, 2017, January 6) and our local supermarkets (Gordon , 2017, January 15) fearing lead contamination from curry made by Oriental Packing Company Inc.

Curry itself is a spice that comes from turmeric, a rhizome closely related to ginger (Deer, 2014, October 30).  The word ‘curry’ is the anglicised form of the Tamil word kari, meaning ‘sauce.’ Curry is used not only to describe the spicy powder but the foods prepared with the powder as well.

Curry powders, which can also exist as a paste, are actually a mixture of the following spices:

  • Cumin
  • Coriander
  • Fenugreek
  • Cardamom
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Mustard seed
  • Curry leaves
  • Turmeric

However, it is Turmeric that gives curry its signature yellow colour. The most common colour is a rich golden yellow, with greenish hue and red curries being mostly consumed by people of Indian ancestry.

So what are the benefits of eating Curry?

Benefits of Curry – Circumen Good for Digestion and other ailments

Curry has an active ingredient called Circumen the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.

Research has shown that it has the ability to:

  1. Decreased incidence of Alzheimer’s disease
  2. Halt or prevent certain cancers
  3. Improve cardiovascular health
  4. Improve digestion
  5. Prevent cataracts
  6. Reduce the long-term effects of diabetes
  7. Relieve gas
  8. Treat arthritis
  9. Treat multiple sclerosis

Not bad for an anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. More reasons for Jamaicans to love curry

So are there any dishes made with curry? Stay tuned to this blog post!!!!

References: 

  1. Deer, L. (2014, October 30). Ministry of Agriculture say Ginger can achieve 5% of Global demand by 2019. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/10/ministry-of-agriculture-say-ginger-can.html
  2. The Jamaica Gleaner. (2017, January 6). US Health Department Recalls Jamaican Curry Powder. Retrieved from http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news/20170106/us-health-department-recalls-jamaican-curry-powder
  3. Gordon , T. (2017, January 15). MegaMart Pulls Recalled Curry From Shelves. Retrieved from http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/business/20170115/megamart-pulls-recalled-curry-shelves
  4. Deer, L. (2017, April 28). GraceKennedy to sell Beef and Curry Chicken Patties in the USA. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2017/04/28/gracekennedy-patty-usa/

How to make a Hydrogen Sulphide Stinkbomb

As a Chemistry teacher at Holy Trinity High School and a former Glenmuir High Student myself, I try to impart my love for the subject to my students.

How to make a Hydrogen Sulphide Stinkbomb

One such opportunity arose when I mentioned the reaction of sulphide salts, specifically Zinc (II) Sulphide (ZnS(s)) with Hydrochloric acid (HCL(aq)), which produces Hydrogen Sulphide (H2S(aq))as shown in the reaction equation below.

ZnS(s) + 2HCL(aq) →  ZnCl2(aq) + H2S(aq)

This is similar to the reaction equation of Magnesium Oxide (MgO(s)) salts with Hydrochloric Acid(HCL(aq)), but instead of producing H2S(aq) it produces Water (H2O(g)).

MgO(s)+ 2HCL(aq) →  MgCl2(aq) + H2o(aq)

Both Oxygen and Sulphur are in Group VI in the periodic table, but whereas CO turns a solution of Calcium Carbonate (CaCO3(aq)) or slaked lime milky white, one produces an offending odour.

This also presents the chance for a great prank, that being a stinkbomb. However, be careful, as H2S(aq) is explosive in large concentrations, so keep the stink bomb as small as possible!

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Best free Skype Video Calling Alternatives for Jamaican

When it comes to video calling, Skype isn’t the only Video Calling game in town, despite their popularity (Deer, 2013, May 20).

There are many alternatives (Wilson, 2017, June 14) that now offer Video calling in addition to IM (Instant Messaging) services. They often feature smartphone or tablet apps, group video chat features and even the ability to call international mobile and landline directly for a low monthly subscription fee as in the case of Google Hangouts (Deer, 2015, October 4).

Some even offer the ability to make calls in a browser and even the ability to send a 24-hr hyperlink to allow someone without the program (Deer, 2016, November 15) to participate in a Group or on-on-one video chat. That last feature is excellent if you wish to make money teaching online (Deer, 2017, April 22).

So without further ado here are the best free VoIP (Nightingale, 2017, February 22) alternatives to skype:

  1. AppeaIn (Web, iOS)
  2. Google Hangouts
  3. Oovoo
  4. Talky
  5. Viber
  6. Voca
  7. WeChat
  8. Whatsapp

Video calling will easily use up most data plans, so best to use Wi-Fi when video calling. Also you have to have a smartphone with at least a Quad-Core processor and 4GB of RAM with at least 32GB or internal storage. Sharing is caring so share this list with as many of your friends as you like.

References:

  1. Deer, L. (2013, May 20). Skype clocks 2 Billion Minutes per Day worth of VoIP Calls driven by the Mobile Computing Revolution. Retrieved from http://geezam.com/skype-clocks-2-billion-minutes-per-day/
  2. Deer, L. (2015, October 4). How to make free International Calls using Google Hangouts Dialer. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2015/10/04/how-to-make-free-international-calls-using-google-hangouts-dialer/
  3. Deer, L. (2015, October 18). How to use Skype hyperlinks for Free Local and International Video Calls. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2015/10/18/how-to-use-skype-hyperlinks-for-free-local-and-international-video-calls/
  4. Deer, L. (2016, November 15). How to make Skype call without an Account as Skype is the Snapchat of VoiP. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2016/11/15/skype-call-without-an-account/
  5. Nightingale, R. (2017, February 22). Fed Up With Skype? Here Are 6 of the Best Free Alternatives. Retrieved for http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/fed-up-with-skype-here-are-6-of-the-best-free-alternatives/
  6. Deer, L. (2017, April 22). How Jamaican Teachers can make US$100000 per year teaching online. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2017/04/22/jamaicans-teaching-online/
  7. Wilson, M. (2017, June 14). The best free Skype alternative 2017. Retrieved from http://www.techradar.com/news/the-best-free-skype-alternatives