Mango Heaven in Jamaica: Benefits of Eating Mangoes

It's spring and I am in mango heaven. Mango season is here. Unlike past mango seasons where I had to depend on the neighbor’s trees and going to the market, this season I have several mango trees of my own. Julie, blacky, and stringy mangoes are now a simple stroll away, in my back yard. … Continue reading Mango Heaven in Jamaica: Benefits of Eating Mangoes

Sandwich Tostado

Treasures of Colombia: Toasted Sandwich – Sandwich Tostado (Colombian Street Food)

The sandwich is another comfort food that is quick and easy to prepare even by kids. Sandwiches vary in size and taste according to your likes and preferences so there is no specific way to prepare them.   Treasures of Colombia: Toasted Sandwich - Sandwich Tostado (Colombian Street Food) BY: STACEY - ANN SMITH Sandwiches … Continue reading Treasures of Colombia: Toasted Sandwich – Sandwich Tostado (Colombian Street Food)

Treasures of Colombia: Rice and Chicken – Arroz con Pollo (Colombian Street Food)

Arroz con Pollo is a traditional Latin American dish and a Colombian favorite that is prepared here in the plains of Villavicencio and all around the country. This dish is prepared on special occasions but can also be bought at specific restaurants that cook it. Treasures of Colombia: Arroz con Pollo - rice & chicken … Continue reading Treasures of Colombia: Rice and Chicken – Arroz con Pollo (Colombian Street Food)

Treasures of Colombia: Beef and Mashed Potato (Colombian Street Food)

Beef and mashed potatoes sound like the perfect cold weather and comfort food to me. Here in the plains of Villavicencio beef is eaten every day because there is an abundance of cattle in this region. The economy in this area depends on farming and the rearing of cattle, mostly cows. Treasures of Colombia: Beef … Continue reading Treasures of Colombia: Beef and Mashed Potato (Colombian Street Food)

Treasures of Colombia: Roast Goat – Cabrita Asada (Colombian Street Food)

One of the popular dishes in Jamaica is curried goat. Similarly here in Colombia goat is loved and eaten in some parts, although prepared differently. I visited some friends in the rural part (campo) of Cundinamarca and guess what was on the menu? I was completely overwhelmed with joy because I hadn’t eaten goat in 4 … Continue reading Treasures of Colombia: Roast Goat – Cabrita Asada (Colombian Street Food)

Treasures of Colombia: Milkshake – Malteada (Colombian Street Food)

I think everyone loves a good milkshake, although each café or restaurant has its own version. However, despite these variations, it is one of the most loved beverages around the world. The Milkshake can also be classified as comfort food because of how happy and satisfied it makes you feel whilst and after drinking it. … Continue reading Treasures of Colombia: Milkshake – Malteada (Colombian Street Food)

Recipe of the Day: Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

Jamaican Jerk Seasoning Recipe

We all love some good Jamaican Jerk food, whether its chicken, pork, fish, shrimp, etc.

Jerk just adds a whole new flavor to your meat. You can find Jerk Seasonings almost anywhere around the world, some authentic, some are not, but if you want to guarantee that you are using the best Jerk spice on your meat is to make your own.

Today we give you a quick and easy recipe to always have Jerk Seasoning on hand. Check it out below.

Ingredients for Jerk Seasoning Recipe

  1. 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
  2. 2 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  3. 2 teaspoons ground allspice
  4. 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  5. 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  6. 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  8. 2 tablespoons vegetable oiI

Directions for Jerk Seasoning Recipe

In a small bowl, stir together the dried onion, thyme, allspice, ground black pepper, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and salt. Coat meat lightly with oil, then rub seasoning onto meat.

Enjoy

 

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JamaFo Jamaican Food

We all love some good Jerk food, whether its chicken, pork, fish, shrimp, etc., Jerk just adds a whole new flavor to your meat. You can find Jerk Seasonings almost anywhere around the world, some authentic, some are not, but if you want to guarantee that you are using the best Jerk spice on your meat is to make your own. Today we give you a quick and easy recipe to always have Jerk Seasoning on hand. Check it out below.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme

  • 2 teaspoons ground allspice

  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oiI

Directions

In a small bowl, stir together the dried onion, thyme, allspice, ground black pepper, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and salt. Coat meat lightly with oil, then rub seasoning onto meat.

Enjoy

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Jamaican Gungo Peas Soup

Recipe of the Day: Tasty Jamaican Gungo Peas Soup

Tasty Jamaican Gungo Peas Soup

There is no soup like a real Jamaican Gungo Soup.

We all remember the days from our childhood days coming up when mom and dad or grandma and grandpa would cook some rich gungo soup on the weekend and it would be filled with peas.

Today we give you a recipe to cook up your own no matter where you are. Check it out below.

Preparation time: 10m
Cooking time: 30m

Ingredients for Jamaican Gungo Soup

For 6 people

Jamaican Gungo Peas Soup

Jamaican Gungo Peas Soup

  • 2 medium irish potato
  • 1 medium cho-cho
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Milk
  • 2 stalks escallion, crushed
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 4 small pimento berries
  • 1 packet Cock Soup Mix
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 can Gungo Peas
  • 1 cup carrots,sliced

Directions for Jamaican Gungo Soup

  1. Peel and dice potatoes and cho-cho, cover with 2 cups water and set aside.

    Jamaican Gungo Peas Soup

    Jamaican Gungo Peas Soup

  2. Bring 4 cups water to a boil and add the diced Irish potatoes and cho-cho.
  3. Add Coconut Milk, escallion, thyme, pimento berries, Cock Soup Mix, salt and Black Pepper, and simmer until potatoes and cho-cho are tender.
  4. Drain Gungo Peas and add to the soup mix along with the sliced carrots.
  5. Lower flame and continue to simmer until soup thickens.
To Serve: Soup should be served hot.
Recipe brought to you by Grace Foods.

JamaFo Jamaican Food

There is no soup like a real Jamaican Gungo Soup. We all remember the days from our childhood days coming up when mom and dad or grandma and grandpa would cook some rich gungo soup on the weekend and it would be filled with peas. Today we give you a recipe to cook up your own no matter where you are. Check it out below.

Preparation time: 10m
Cooking time: 30m

Ingredients

For 6 people ()

  • 2 medium irish potato
  • 1 medium cho-cho
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Milk
  • 2 stalks escallion,crushed
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 4 small pimento berries
  • 1 packet Cock Soup Mix
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 can Gungo Gungo Peas
  • 1 cup carrots,sliced

Directions

  1. Peel and dice potatoes and cho-cho, cover with 2 cups water and set aside.
  2. Bring 4 cups water to a boil and add the diced Irish potatoes and cho-cho.
  3. Add Coconut Milk, escallion, thyme, pimento berries, Cock Soup Mix, salt and Black Pepper, and simmer until potatoes and cho-cho are tender.

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Jamaican Food: The Jamaican Ackee

This is another element of Jamaica that I would love to share. I absolutely love this fruit and its dishes.

The Ackee is the national fruit of Jamaica

The Ackee is the national fruit of Jamaica

The Ackee is the national fruit of Jamaica. Its name is derived from the West African Akye fufo. It is widely consumed in Jamaica, and Jamaicans are among the only people who eat it. The first evidence of ackee growing in Jamaica was found in the 1700s.

The ackee tree grows eight to fifteen meters tall. It flowers biannually, occasionally more often. The most popular Jamaican dish is known as Ackee and Saltfish (Salted Codfish), but ackee is also combined with callaloo and corned pork, mackerel, bacon or beef for other dishes.

Ackee is such a universal dish, it is even eaten for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The fruit of the ackee is not edible in its entirety, only the inner, fleshy yellow parts are consumed. The red outer shells are discarded. The presence of hypoglycin A in the immature and over-mature fruit is found in ackee and this makes it poisonous at certain stages in its development, this is why Jamaicans believe that ackee must open naturally to avoid toxicity. It MUST be cooked fully before consumption.

Unripened Ackee Pods

I have two ackee trees in my backyard, so my family and I enjoy ackee whenever the tree blooms, without having to buy any. Ackee trees are very common in Jamaica. After Christmas, the leftover ham from Christmas dinner was always the central meat in most of what we ate until it was all done. One year, my mother combined ackee with ham, and it has been a favorite among my family ever since.

Since I’m all about experimenting, I decided to play with ackee and chicken. I sauteed some chicken breast, along with other seasonings such as sweet peppers (green, yellow, or red), onions, and tomatoes, and behold! Ackee and chicken! I even used leftover jerk chicken from Friday night once to make a Saturday evening dinner. The flavor from the jerk chicken was just absorbed by the ackee and gave it an exquisite taste. I was quite impressed with myself

One of my favourite breakfast dishes: Ackee and Ham with fried dumplings and fried plantains

My mother’s Ackee and Ham with fried dumplings and fried plantains.

Ackee is such a flexible delicacy, and we Jamaicans are very unique with the myriad of ways we consume it. You can eat it with just about any meat, or any starch. For a quick breakfast or lunch, I like to mush the ackee and spread it on two slices of toast or spread it on crackers. It is more often served with fried dumplings for breakfast and boiled dumplings for lunch/dinner. It is also served with starches such as Yams, Potatoes, Dasheen, and Pumpkin.

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Check out her book Treasures of Colombia

Treasures of Colombia by Denise Fyffe and Stacey Ann Smith

This book shares some of the delicious cuisine found in Colombia; from empanadas to arepa boyacense, and bandeja paisa to arepa de huevo. Colombian street food is especially important in Colombian culture because it brings people together. They enjoy sitting in groups with family or friends, blocking off the sidewalks and alleyways as they devour tasty morsels of Colombian cuisine steeped in spices and ingredients.

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Copyright © 2021, Denise N. Fyffe

 

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This is another element of Jamaica that I would love to share. I absolutely love this fruit and its dishes.

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The Ackee is the national fruit of Jamaica.  Its name is derived from the West African Akye fufo.  It is widely consumed in Jamaica, and Jamaicans are among the only people who eat it. The first evidence of ackee growing in Jamaica was found in the 1700s. The ackee tree grows eight to fifteen metres tall. It flowers biannually, occasionally more often. The most poular Jamaican dish is known as Ackee and Saltfish (Salted Codfish), but ackee is also combined with callaloo and corned pork, mackerel, bacon or beef for other dishes. Ackee is such a universal dish, it is even eaten for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.The fruit of the ackee is not edible in its entirety, only the inner, fleshy yellow parts are consumed. The red outer shells are discarded. The presence of…

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