Jamaican Poetry – Hibiscus Memory

I see the sun
Glowing brighter than a 50 watt bulb
And I am tempted outside;

Denise N. Fyffe

Jamaican Poetry off the Cuff #1 - Hibiscus Memory

Hibiscus Memory

I see the sun
Glowing brighter than a 50 watt bulb
And I am tempted outside;
I step on the grass carpet
And it feels like heaven under my toes;
My limbs flex
My arms stretch
My eyes turn to heaven
And I bid the Father hi;
In two steps
I bend at the waist
And dip my nose
To the bouquet of hibiscus
Unfurling in her pose;
Her scent is light
Her petals frail
She trembles at my touch;
The noon day sun peeks over my shoulder
Eager to touch her petals;
With my eyes close
I stash the memory of life’s simplicity
Into the drawer of my cranium for posterity;
In another day
She will bow and pray
And off to her maker she will go.

By: Denise N. Fyffe.
Copyright © 2015, Poetess Defy, Denise N. Fyffe

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JAMAICAN FOOD / RECIPES: GOLDEN PORK CHOPS

Jamaican Food / Recipes: Golden Pork Chops

Reblogged Jamaican Pork is a really tasty and flavorful meat for those who eat it. It is not as diverse as chicken but still can be prepared in many different ways. Today we give you a sumptuous Jamaican Pork Chops recipe for your summer cookouts. Check it out below. Difficulty: Easy Preparation time: 20m Cooking time: 40m Ingredients … Continue reading Jamaican Food / Recipes: Golden Pork Chops

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Jamaican Food: Jamaican Gungo Peas and Rice

The Gungo bean is the next most popular bean protein in Jamaica right after the Red Peas.

The Jamaican Gungo pea is a leguminous shrub that can attain heights of 5 m. This plant probably evolved in South Asia and appeared about 2000 BC in West Africa, which is considered a second major center of origin.

The slave trade took the Jamaican Gungo pea to the West Indies, where its use as bird feed led to the name “Jamaican Gungo pea” in 1692.

You can get the Jamaican Gungo Peas in your nearest food market where it is sold in cans and mostly imported from Jamaica or Central America. Check out the recipe below.

JamaFo (Jamaican Food)

The Gungo bean is the next most popular bean protein in Jamaica right after the Red Peas. The Jamaican Gungo pea is a leguminous shrub that can attain heights of 5 m. Jamaican Gungo pea probably evolved in South Asia and appeared about 2000 BC in West Africa, which is considered a second major center of origin. The slave trade took the Jamaican Gungo pea to the West Indies, where its use as bird feed led to the name “Jamaican Gungo pea” in 1692. You can get the Jamaican Gungo Peas in your nearest food market where it is sold in cans and mostly imported from Jamaica or Central America. Check out the recipe below.

Difficulty: Easy

Preparation time: 10m

Cooking time: 30m

Ingredients

For 4 people

  • 1 ounce(s) Anchor Butter, Unsalted
  • 2 ounce(s) onion, chopped
  • 1 ounce(s) garlic, crushed
  • 1 ounce(s) escallion, chopped
  • 1 sprig(s) thyme
  • 1 teaspoon(s)…

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Jamaican Food: Jamaican Bread Pudding with Sorrel Sauce

Jamaican Bread Pudding with Sorrel Sauce

Jamaican Bread Pudding with Sorrel Sauce

We all love a good bread pudding, it is a yummy snack that can be had anytime of day. Today we give you a great bread recipe with something that is distinctly Jamaican, sorrel. Check out the recipe below.

Preparation time: 20m
Cooking time: 35m

Ingredients

For 8 people ()

  • 2 1/4 cup milk
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla essence
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 6 slices whole wheat bread, cut in cubes
  • 1/8 cup Margarine
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1 cup strong brewed sorrel
  • 1/8 cup sorrel calyxes (sepals) chopped in large pieces

Directions

  1.  In a large mixing bowl whisk together milk, eggs, granulated sugar, cinnamon powder, vanilla and nutmeg.
  2. Arrange bread cubes in a 2 quart baking dish and pour on the egg mixture and leave to stand for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C/350°F for 35-40 minutes. Areas near the center will appear soft but set. TO MAKE SORREL SAUCE:

  4. Melt Grace Hello Margarine in a sauce pan, add sugar and light corn syrup and mix until the sugar granules are dissolved.  Pour in the brewed sorrel and boil until it becomes syrupy.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in the sorrel calyxes (sepals).NOTE: Serve sauce over bread pudding.

    Recipe Note:  6-8 slices of bread may be used.

JamaFo (Jamaican Food)

We all love a good bread pudding, it is a yummy snack that can be had anytime of day. Today we give you a great bread recipe with something that is distinctly Jamaican, sorrel. Check out the recipe below.

Preparation time: 20m
Cooking time: 35m

Ingredients

For 8 people ()

  • 2 1/4 cup milk
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla essence
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 6 slices whole wheat bread, cut in cubes
  • 1/8 cup Margarine
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1 cup strong brewed sorrel
  • 1/8 cup sorrel calyxes (sepals) chopped in large pieces

Directions

  1.  In a large mixing bowl whisk together milk, eggs, granulated sugar, cinnamon powder, vanilla and nutmeg.
  2. Arrange bread cubes in a 2 quart baking dish and pour on the egg mixture and leave to stand for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C/350°F for 35-40 minutes. Areas near the center will appear soft but set.

    TO MAKE SORREL SAUCE

    :
  4. Melt Grace Hello Margarine…

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Jamaican Food: Jamaican Tasty Patties

I LOVE Jamaican patties.

I get them from nearby bakeries around my neighborhood in Brooklyn. They are often less than $2, and they fill me up as if I had a full meal. A Jamaican patty contains various delicious fillings and spices baked inside a flaky shell, often tinted golden yellow with an egg yolk mixture or turmeric. My favorites are beef or salmon, and the spicier the better. Most often, they are eaten with Jamaican coco bread just like a sandwich. This bold and flavorful patty will surely take your taste buds to Jamaica.

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I LOVE Jamaican patties. I get them from nearby bakeries around my neighborhood in Brooklyn. They are often less than $2, and they fill me up as if I had a full meal. A Jamaican patty contains various delicious fillings and spices baked inside a flaky shell, often tinted golden yellow with an egg yolk mixture or turmeric. My favorites are beef or salmon, and the spicier the better. Most often, they are eaten with Jamaican coco bread just like a sandwich. This bold and flavorful patty will surely take your taste buds to Jamaica.

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Jamaican Food: Sweet Delicious Cornmeal Porridge

Morning! Delicious Jamaican Cornmeal porridge is on the menu this Sunday. Jamaican’s love their porridge and I’m happy to say I’m no exception!  Cornmeal porridge is the Jamaican choice for a warming nutritious breakfast.  It is rich and warming, and so tasty with lovely spices.  A great alternative to oat based porridge as it’s gluten … Continue reading Jamaican Food: Sweet Delicious Cornmeal Porridge