Junie’s Jamaican Curried Goat.
Junie James arrived from Jamaica in 1964, and settled in Princes Street – the address of the East Oxford Community Centre and venue for CARI-FEST. This festival within a festival celebrates Caribbean culture and the origins of the first Cowley Road Carnival. Junie was one of the instigators of the early Carnival Days, served on the Cowley Road Works Board of Trustees and is continues by leading a working group in the community.
“Goat curry is always the big seller” says Junie “People feel short changed if it isn’t on the menu. That and jerk chicken. But the Jamaican patties also go very well. With fish, meat and veggie versions.”
Junie says: “Cooking has always been a big part of my life. I am not a trained chef, but I have always cooked. And as one of seven, food was always integral to our family life.” Actually, Junie used to teach Caribbean cooking as part of the Community Education programme in the 1990s. She says: “Curried goat was a favourite back then too.”
Junie gets her goat from Alders on the Cowley Road, “The butchers get the goat in when I want it, and they cut the meat just how I need it. For a goat curry, that is always in pieces with the bone left in. No particular cut, but I prefer the leg as it tends to have more meat on it and less waste.”