I was careful to measure all the ingredents correctly and found the end result OK if not outstanding. The spice from the pepper flakes was just right and I liked the allspice in the dish. It was just missing some body in the spices. I think maybe adding a bunch of onion and a few cloves of garlic might do the trick. Also I noticed that it doesn't call for much liquid and I didn't bother to thicken it. Just mentioning that it isn't really a "stew" but more of an entree to pour over rice.
Extremely bland. Looked great when everything was added in the crock pot. Smeeled wonderful cooking! Even looked really pretty, But it seemed that maybe all the flavors cooked out. I've had this happen before with crockpot cooking. I think this would be a great stirfry recipe. I'll try it that way next with something green-broccoli or sugar snap peas tossed in for crunch and color.