12 cups water
1 lb. fresh pig's tail
1 stalk scallion
1 sprig thyme
1 cup coconut milk
2 cups red peas (red kidney beans)
1 peg garlic (crushed)
1 small carrot (scraped and diced)
See how to rid pig's tail of extra salt. Boil pig's tail, garlic and red kidney beans in a pot with water until tender. Add coconut milk, scallion, thyme, hot pepper and spinners to pot, stir, cover pot and allow to simmer until stew becomes thick. Use a large spoon to take up some of the beans from the pot, put beans on the pot cover then use the back of the spoon to mash the beans, then return the mashed beans to the pot (this helps to thicken the stew, instead of using artificial thicken agents like corn starch) stir pot and simmer until stew becomes thick. Remove from heat and serve with rice.
Notes: Preparing pig's tail is similar to making red peas soup. However, instead of using pig's tail you can use salted beef as well you can even use both pig's and the salted beef to make the stew. If you do not like pig's tail or salted beef you can choose the option of using no meat. Whatever option you choose the cooking method is basically the same. Note though if you do not use meat the cooking time will be less .
I am sure you all have seen some Jamaican recipe that include the word spinners. Now spinners are basically dough make with flour, you mixed the flour into dough just like making normal dumplings the only difference is, you shape them differently. When cooking stew peas we often add spinners to it
With clean hands, roll the dough like this
See my spinners. You can make them even smaller or shorter if you want .
We usually boil these dumplings alone or with other food such as green bananas, yam e.t.c or put them in soup, if we add baking powder to the flour before making it into dough, we fry them. It is very important to knead flour into dough at least 30 minutes before using it, it will be much more moist and your dumpling will be milder esp. when frying it. Be sure to cover it in an air tight container.