Fulljoying the Cliffs of Negril


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Fulljoying the Nice Breeze


National BirdThe Doctor Bird…the national bird of Jamaica.

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The Passerby


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True story, one day my hubby said there was a woman at the gate. Living in Jam Rock has its pro’s and con’s, you know like everywhere else; therefore if an uninvited guest shows up out of the blue (family or not) do not let them in especially at night. Anyway, I walked down to the gate…tentatively…and she asked me for a glass of water.  Upon seeing the little girl with her I assumed she must be thirsty. I walked all the way back up the drive way and all the way upstairs to the kitchen, grabbed a bottle of water, and dragged my butt all the way back down to the gate. I, pleasantly, handed her the bottle of water, at that point she looked at me up and down, with a scowl on her face, and said “you did not have any juice?”

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The Ghost at Evita’s


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You will not find a finer or more sophisticated Italian restaurant than Evita’s Fine Italian Restaurant, in Ocho Rios. Overlooking the town of Ochi, like a welcoming tombstone, this enchanting restaurant is ready to serve portions that will thrill your soul. She masquerades the pictures of her famous past guests on her wall…but did they make it out at all? Oh, what secrets lurk in the shadowy corners? But to think of it, makes me shudder. The tables are elegantly set and the plating of real Italian cuisine is exquisite and frighteningly delicious. The bogeyman ever so calm, and graceful, is always at your service. Make sure to eat all your food, for only then may you get chosen to see a glimpse of a ghost vanishing into its’ tomb.

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Duppy House


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Driving through the hillside of Negril, we came upon this decrepit house and her mysterious appeal. Cloaked in bushes and towering trees from all sides, this eerie house is the essence of haunted.  And it’s for sale! I wonder what lurks inside….WOOOOoooo.

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A Step out of the Oridinary: Roadside Treats


A Must Stop

Spur Tree, Manchester where you can get tasty corn…boiled or roasted…

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and the best peanut porridge on the island. Oh so good!

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Shrimp Country

Middle Quarters, St. Elizabeth, where boiled spicy shrimp await…mouth-watering.

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Cave, Westmoreland…just happened to see this fisherman selling his fresh lobster catch, and they were only $5.00!  Very meaty and fresh.

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A Step out of the Oridinary: Mango Sauce


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I have to say mangoes are one of my favorite fruits and for that reason I decided to cook with a few. I realized after preparing the meal that I could have added red bell peppers for color, but it goes to show that there are many different styles of cooking and less is sometimes more appealing. I do hope you will try it and please zest it up.

I always wash my food, and when it comes to chicken I use lime in the process…let’s just say it was passed down *fram mi madda to mi. I believe in using the right spices (season chicken with chicken spice) to favor different meats, along with a dash of other seasonings. Therefore, after adding the seasonings, with the chicken spice being the main one, I then rubbed the spices into the chicken breast and let it sit for a few hours. I actually like to season meats and let it sit (in the refrigerator) overnight.

I fried the breast in olive oil while the mango dices simmered along with green pepper, garlic, onion and seasoning to taste. While plating, the mango sauce is drizzled over the breast to create a pretty plate. So there you have it, my attempt at, um, fried chicken with mango sauce.

 

*From my mother to me.

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New Day


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cause its news (new day) – news and days –
New time (new time), and if its a new feelin (new feelin), yeah! –
Said its a new sign (new sign):
Oh, what a new day!

 

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Positive Vibration
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A Step out of the Oridinary: Chinese-Jamaican


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As a returning resident, I wanted to try a little something different from the traditional Jamaican cuisine. I must say, not just me, but I believe a lot of Jamaicans’ palettes are changing. They achingly desire foods that taste different. Although not because we think other foods are better…’cause Jamaicans love their mangoes, rice and peas, jerked chicken and pork, cornmeal porridge, etc…it takes us back home…but rather Jamaicans are becoming more and more globally aware. Hence the need to try something strange and exotic. The problem is, I believe, most local cooks are not aware of other ethnic cuisines, and the “chefs” who are aware and try, often times get it wrong. As a result of this and other issues (unavailable or expensive ingredients), the consumer is left only with…yep the same old Jamaican dishes, day in and day out.

Growing up I did not know olive oil could be used for cooking…I thought it was only used for healing…what! So needless to say, on this small developing island, some folks who are older swear by their staple foods; yellow yam, green banana, breadfruit, dumplings, ackee, callaloo and the use of olive oil for healing, as opposed to trying something different; like using olive oil to cook with. Therefore, the cycle continues on through the next generation and the next. I believe in my Jamaican food. I believe the kind of ingredients used are very healthy and taste great. The issue is how often the same dishes are prepared the same way.

One way to avoid boredom with Jamaican cuisine is to use the same foods and fruits to create different meals and substitute some foods with similar ones from other cultures, to bring food cultures together. For example, our traditional Sunday Dinner is white rice and peas, some form of meat mostly fried chicken, and for salad…lettuce, tomatoes, and carrots, now that’s a balanced diet. Well…the protein part is either: stewed, curried, fried (escovitch fish or fried fish and chicken), or jerked (chicken and pork). Now…the meal shown below consists of: brown rice and peas, chicken breast, green banana, broccoli, carrots, and sweet peppers.

Somewhat similar ingredients, except instead of the same fried, curried, stewed, or jerked, I decided to made honey garlic chicken. Bam! I joined Chinese and Jamaican cuisines to create a different taste. Broccoli is used instead of lettuce, because I wanted to keep the Chinese theme going and the greener the greens, the better for you. I kept the carrots and added green pepper. Brown rice is used because; it is much more nutritional than white rice. We all know bananas have valuable nutrition; so I added one, instead of three or four, because there are already enough carbohydrates in the rice. Honey and garlic are also great for the body (and I know a lot of us do not know honey is used to cook with). Last, but not lease, red kidney beans which offer fat-free protein.

So there you have it, just learning how to mix spices, fruits, and vegetables from other cultures with our very own, can create mouth-watering meals. Let’s get cooking and wake up those palettes that are dying to be revived.

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Blackie Mangoes


wondersofJamaicaMost Blackie mangoes are small and green, however some do ripen with a kiss of yellow, therefore I am not sure why it’s called Blackie mango. They are not as sweet and juicy as Stringy mangoes, but have a slight advantage over it’s counterpart…they have little or no fiber. Blackie mangoes do vary in size and some are small enough to fit in my mouth.

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