Where food meets culture The Goat water of Montserrat
GOAT WATER, the Montserrat National Dish. I really want to share a bit about the Afro Irish culture I am from originally. Montserrat’s population is Afro Irish. As a result some of its dishes are also culturally represented. The goat water which is the islands national dish is a derivative of an Irish goat stew. It is so delicious that when one drinks it the palate keeps asking for more. The stew is made from the fresh meat of the young male goat. If you ever visit the Island located just 17 minutes by air and 1 hour by ferry from Antigua, do ask for a bowl of the delicious goat water. Goat water is a must at most Monterrat cultural events and weddings.
1 quarter fresh goat meat 2 oz plain flour 2 onions finely chopped 2 scallions 4 clove of garlic crushed 3 sprigs fresh thyme (herbs) 1 red pepper 1 green pepper 1 hot chilli pepper 1 tablespoon mace 1 oz marjoram 1 tablespoon crushed cloves 2 tablespoons tomato puree Browning
Cut off excess fat and cut up goat quarter into 2 inch squares (do not remove bones). Wash well with water and malt vinegar. Place in a saucepan with cold water. and bring to a boil on medium heat. Add remaining ingredients. Skim off fat accordingly. Add boiling water to keep water levels up. When meat is tender lower fire. Add cold water to flour and mix into a smooth paste. Stir paste into boiling goat stew to thicken. Add browning until brown in color. Allow stew to simmer on low heat until done. Serve with fresh rolls.
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