|dasheen bush/leaves aka taro leaves|
Recently I found a grocery store that sells the dasheen bush already cut up and sold in a bag. The thing about that is you are not allowed the opportunity to choose the leaves that you want – but I am just grateful to get the bush period!!
|Trinidad callaloo packs|
In Trinidad and Tobago, you can find Callaloo packs in the grocery stores. These packs contain all the basic ingredients required to prepare Callaloo Trinidad style. Ingredients such dasheen leaves (already cut up into small pieces), pumpkin, ochro, hot pepper, pimentos.
|fresh blue crabs|
To clean them, remove the head, scrape off the hairs from the crabs legs with a knife and cut off the ends of the legs (pointy tips) and wash thoroughly. Place into a bowl with water and add some lime juice. Allow the crabs to soak in the lime water for a few minutes.
Taste and add salt if necessary. Remove the hot pepper and with a swizzle stick, mash up the ingredients into smaller pieces to achieve a semi smooth consistency. If you end results is a bit chunky (slightly) it is okay. Put the hot pepper back into the pot. I like to put my callaloo into the blender (for a second) at this point to get a semi smooth consistency. Transfer to a serving dish until ready to be served.