Rice & Peas 

 This is a really lovely side dish and is one of the most famous dishes that Jamaica is known for. This is traditionally eaten at weekends as a special meal .... Well actually part of a meal to be exact. What I love about this is that it is naturally vegan and tastes sooo good. Try not to use the tinned kidney beans as it just won't taste as good  I have been eating this since I was a child and it's one of the first things I learnt to cook. If you can use fresh coconut milk it will give it a really wonderful taste.  So find your inner Jamaican this week and try out some rice and peas ?✨?   Ingredients 2 lbs or 900 g rice ½ pint red peas or kidney beans(soaked over night or cook in a pressure cooker)  1 large coconut or tin coconut cream 1 clove garlic 4 scallions or green onions 2 sprigs thyme ½ tbsp black pepper 4 pints or 2.3 ltr hot water Salt to taste 1 whole green bell pepper Preparation • Cook peas over high heat until they are soft and tender.   • Grate coconut and use the hot water to extract milk through sieve. Add coconut milk or cream to almost cooked peas.   • Cook for 10 minutes then add rice, bell pepper, thyme, scallion, black pepper salt and garlic.   • Allow to cook for twenty minutes or until rice is tender.