‘Hard Food'(Jamaican Root Vegetables)

‘Hard Food’ is a Jamaican term for boiled root vegetables, such as yam, green bananas, dasheen, cocoyam, plantains and cassava.They are versatile and can be boiled,fried, grilled and roasted.


1 Piece Of Yam(This can be any size, and most varieties-Although most people do not buy Yellow Yam as this can be bitter!)
1 Piece Of Cassava
1 Bunch Of Green Bananas
500 Grams Of Cocoyam
A Pinch Of Salt


Cut the cassava in half, and peel using a knife. Do this to the Yam also. To peel them,hold the vegetable in one hand, and then holding the knife,make a small cut into the cassava/yam,and allow the knife to glide in a downwards line. The skin should peel off

Make sure to move any fingers out of the way. Repeat until all of the skin is removed. Cut the cassava/yam into chunks, removing any ingrown bark/black bits from the vegetable. Repeat as necessary with the cocoyam, if using.

Wash and drain, then boil a kettle, and put the boiled water into a pot with a little salt. Add the cassava/yam pieces, and boil for 10-15 minutes or until cooked through. Drain and discard of the water. Serve with a meat or vegetarian meal of your choice.



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