It was long ago there lived Master Chefs, who were THE first graduates of fine cooking…here in Jamaica…because they had the ability to create a flavorful mouth-watering cuisine out of what was available to them.
This is the meat section of the Mandeville Market. Now, I must warn you…this is culture and life for some folks here in Jamaica. The goat’s heads and stomachs are used to make Mannish Wata (water), which is actually very delicious. Our diet is significant to us because it derives from our past…our fore parents. Jamaican dishes tell a story of culinary past, present, and future.
Past, because back in the days all a household could afford and received…from their masters…was the so-called ‘undesirable parts’ of the meat, to make dinner for their families. Present, because now we are still enjoying those very same meals our parents’ parents passed down. And future, because now Jamaican dishes are enjoyed all over the world and we are now able to take those ‘undesirable parts’ and create something new, exciting, and delicious, while keeping our heritage alive.
Now proceed with caution.