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Callaloo Soup


My husband does not cook often but one evening he gave me a surprise and cooked Callaloo Soup and boy was it delicious!! He did a great job! Callalloo soup is made from dasheen (a ground provision) leaves. Here in Tortola BVI (British Virgin Islands) I unable to get this item. Sometimes when my husband's friends are traveling to St. vincent, I would ask them to bring back some of this bush for me.

1 bundle of dasheen bush
1 can pigeon peas
1 can coconut milk
1 cut up dasheen, tania, yam
1 sliced onion
black pepper
1 piece of pumpkin
1 pack of sliced ochro
1 red hot pepper (optional)
2 chopped garlic cloves

Cut up the Dasheen Bush and place into a large pot. Add the ochro, pumpkin. Put the pot on the stove and add about 8 cups of water. Now add the Coconut Milk, onion salt and black pepper.

Allow the dasheen bush to cook for about 20 minutes. The seeds of the ochro should be pink by now. This is how I know that the ochro is cooked.
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Cut up your Ground Provision (you can use yam, tania [this is my huband's favorite] or/and dasheen)and add to your pot. You can even add Dumplings to this dish, the only difference is you would have to make the them into very small balls and put them into the pot the same time you are putting the provision.

Add the pigeon peas and hot pepper. Do not cover your pot if you are using a hot pepper. The pepper will burst and the dish would be toooo spicy.

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