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T he mighty oxtail or should I say
the humble oxtail, (as it used to
be a very economical cut, but hav-
ing gained in popularity in recent years
prices have risen), is the culinary name for
the tail of cattle.
Formerly, it referred only to the tail of an
ox or steer, a castrated male. But today it
comes from the tail of a cow of either sex.
An oxtail typically weighs between two and
four pounds, and is skinned and cut into short
lengths, usually about two inches.
Each section has a marrow-filled bone at
the centre, with the surrounding meat being
gelatinous in texture.
Oxtail requires a long time to cook since
it s so bony and fatty, here in the Caribbean
it s included in a hearty and very nourishing
soup, and also in delightful slow-cooked
As it s the beginning of a new year, so let s
try to make the old new again in our culinary
Delicious wishes for a healthy 2015!
2 lbs oxtail, jointed into 2 inch pieces
1 tbsp ground herb seasoning
1 tbsp vegetable oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 large onion, chopped
1/3 cup chopped chive
2 tbsp chopped celery
1 pimento pepper, chopped
2 sprigs thyme
1 hot pepper
1/2 lb pumpkin, peeled and cubed
2 lbs provisions, sweet potato, dasheen, cut
into 2 inch pieces
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Rub herb seasoning onto oxtail and marinate
for about 30 minutes.
Add oil to a large soup pot, sear oxtail on
both sides to brown, add garlic, onion, chive,
celery, pimento pepper and thyme, cover
woth about eight cups water and boil until
oxtail is tender, one hour.
Skin off any fat and froth from the surface.
Add more water if you need to and bring the
soup back to a boil.
Add pumpkin, and hot pepper, cook for
another 15 minutes until tender, add
provisions stir, and cook for 15 minutes, add
dumplings and finish cooking, another ten
Season with salt and black pepper.
Serves 4 to 6
Use the cinnamon dumpling recipe provided.
Omit the cinnamon if you prefer.
2 lbs oxtail, sliced into 3/4 inch pieces
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tbsp minced chives
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp chopped celery
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 large sprig French thyme
1 pimento pepper, seeded and chopped
1/4 tsp allspice powder
1 large onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Trim meat of fat, season with garlic, chives,
vinegar and celery. Set aside for one hour.
Heat oil in a sauté pan, add sugar and
caramelise to a dark brown colour, add oxtail
slices and turn quickly, browning all pieces
well, add the rest of the ingredients, turn well
and season with salt and pepper.
Cook for a few minutes then turn heat to low
and cover, let cook until tender, about 40
minutes, basing occasionally and adding
water only if needed to prevent sticking.
Serves 4 to 6
2 cups flour
2 tsp butter
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and rub
butter into flour until mixture is grainy, slowly
all water and knead to a stiff dough.
Cover and let rest for about 30 minutes.
Divide dumpling dough into two pieces, roll
each piece into a long rope like shape about
12 inches in length, cut into 3-inch lengths,
flatten slightly and drop into boiling water,
cook until dumplings float to the top of the
pot then drop into oxtail stew and simmer
for about 15 minutes.
STEWED OXTAIL WITH CINNAMON DUMPLINGS
U2 frontman Bono says he fears that he
may never play guitar again following a
bike accident last November.
2014, published on the band's Web site.
Bono broke his arm in six places and
fractured his eye socket, hand and
shoulder blade in what he called a "freak
accident" in New York.
In the letter to his fans, he said he was
unable to move around physically and
would have to "concentrate hard" to be fit
for U2's next tour.
At the time, the hospital where Bono
was being treated said he had been
involved in "a high-energy bicycle accident
when he attempted to avoid another
The Irish rocker spoke this week about
being on painkillers for weeks and said he
had a "massive injury, I can't blame on
anyone but myself."
The 54-year-old Dubliner revealed he
now had a titanium elbow.
Bono said he "blanked out on impact
and have no memory of how I ended up in
New York Presbyterian with my humerus
bone sticking through my leather jacket.
Very punk rock as injuries go."
Bono continued: "Recovery has been
more difficult than I thought. As I write
this, it is not clear that I will ever play
Bono fears he may never play the guitar after bike crash
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