I read some, but not all, of the reviews and stopped, realizing I really didn't care whether this was the "authentic" way to make this, especially since the submitter titled her recipe Bahamian "Style" Peas and Rice. After reading the directions again before writing this review, I found I did not prepare this as the recipe directed, but only because I was careless in following the directions. I had drained the pigeon peas (which I found in an international market) and cooked the rice separately, both of which were contrary to the directions. The dish didn't seem to suffer for it. I did deliberately add the ketchup but skip the tomato paste. I also added some minced fresh garlic, basically because I had some left over from a dish Hubs was preparing and we liked that addition (authentic or not). When I first read the list of ingredients I knew this was bound to be a winner, and I was right. This is an interesting rice dish with a well-balanced array of ingredients and flavors. It does, indeed, have Caribbean flair, but we served this with grilled skewers of steak and shrimp, "Surf and Turf for Two," also from this site.
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I read some, but not all, of the reviews and stopped, realizing I really didn't care whether...