Blue Draws


So, I decided to make Blue Draws. And had to make the “ballsy” decision to tell my parents…manifesting that they wouldn’t think I was disrespecting them…and asked for a bit of advise on how to make this traditional dessert. We will get to that in a moment.

Blue Draws, Tie-Leaf, or Dukunnu is a well liked boiled dessert or snack in Jamaica, originating from West Africa. However, my dad grew up in the country and I grew up in town; he was the one who made these delicious, starchy, sweet boiled “maize puddings” for us and he called them Blue Draws. Therefore, sticking with my family tradition, I will call them Blue Draws.

As we know the word “Blue” is sometimes used to refer to a dirty movie and “Draws”, in Jamaica, is a vulgar term for someone’s underwear. Now here I am talking to my parents about making “Blue Draws”; using words I was never allowed to use as a child, unless I wanted a spanking and sent off to bed. So, why is it called such a name that a child can only eat it, but cannot say it? Not sure, but my research came up with a small explanation.

It is so named, because portions are wrapped in banana leaves (the draws) that turn blue after boiling. Tie-Leaf is self-explanatory once you see the pictures.

There are many ways to make Blue Draws; some are banana, sweet potato, or cornmeal based. I will make mine cornmeal based…that’s how my dad made his, and his mom made hers’ the same way also.

*You Will Need:

2 cups Cornmeal
¾ cup Brown sugar
½ tsp. Salt
½ tsp. Cinnamon
½ tsp. Nutmeg
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 1/2 cups of Coconut milk
¼ cup Raisins
Banana leaves and ties 
 

First, mix the dry ingredients together and then add the coconut milk and vanilla. It is a pretty easy mix.

Second, place each banana leaf over open flames and slowly move it back and forth until the leaf changes colour. This procedure makes the leaf pliable for better handling.

Third, cut each leaf into squares, removing the stem. Add mixed batter in the center of the leaf section, and then wrap and tie it up, like wrapping a Christmas present.

Forth, place Blue Draws in boiling water for 45-60 minutes. After cooking: drain, cool, and enjoy.

So, there you have it, my family version of making Blue Draws, I do hope you will try it.

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Reference: National Library of Jamaica

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The One Love Fishing Boat


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Our stay at Home Sweet Home in Negril had the most fantastic ocean
view. We were on top of the world. The blue sea was vast and seemed endless;
waking up to such beauty was calming. Sight seeing was remarkable, and
Mother Nature did not spare us her complexities. Seeing a parade of dolphins,
sting rays, party boats, snorkelers, fishermen and women, had me in a
meditative mood: and at the end of it all, left me wondering how
astounding the universe is.

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Uprising!


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Today…on Sir Bob’s Birthday


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Some people may hear Bob’s songs and think, “not for me”, well that is the thing, his songs are for everyone. No matter where you are from in the world, your creed, race, beliefs…no matter what, he wrote his songs to flow across boundaries. He expanded his mind and body and as a result, realized that we are ONE. He wrote from his heart; if you take a moment “to smell the roses” by closing your mind’s eye to the outside world and listen…really listen…to the lyrics of his songs, only then can you realize that his songs sing only to you…Bob’s songs are personal.

Bob Marley’s songs are personal, because they speak of what humans, on a whole, go through…our day to day individual challenges. He tells of ways to survive the world and how to unite and understand each other, to live with peace in our hearts. His songs also tell us how to think for ourselves and to follow our hearts. Bob never sings about negative things only positive…and yes of course humorous at times. His words are a comfort and evoke a sense of togetherness for generations to come.

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Banana Man, lol


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2014: It’s a New Year!


Happy New Year from Jamaica!

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Tropical Wonderland


Riding around a different part of town last night we came across these lovely homes.

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Team Tessanne Chin


What a support! Halfway Tree, Kingston, was packed full of supporters for Tessanne Chin, who is The Voice. Absolutely amazing, it was epic and after they heard she won the crowd erupted! Oh man, proud Jamaican woman dis :).

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Wi Likkle but Wi Tallawah


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I am so proud to be a Jamaican. Our girl Tessanne Chin wins The Voice. Congratulations!

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Fulljoying Reggae Music


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