Jamaican Food / Recipe: Why Buying Organic Doesn’t Need To Cost The Earth


Whenever I talk about buying organic food the first concern most people have is how expensive it is, however, shopping and cooking organically can be done more cheaply than you may think. The truth is that it does require organisation, creativity and lifestyle changes, but these changes have the potential to make you healthier and happier. It took me a little while to get into the swing of things but I learnt a lot along the way. So here are my top tips to eating as organically, ethically and as healthily as possible on a budget.

Farmers Markets: Your local farmers’ market is a great way of getting fresh, local and organic produce. They offer the best organic produce of the season and as the goods are local it tends to be cheaper than buying from supermarkets. A good tip is buying organic in bulk and freezing what you can. You may get a discount if you snap up all of the spring onions :-). Also, if you go at the end of the day you may also be able to get a discount as they try to get rid of remaining goods. For details of a Farmers’ Market close to you check out the Local Foods directory.

Sign-up to an organic box scheme: Online shopping for organic produce with a company that delivers to your door is truly great idea especially as most of us are incredibly busy. Riverford and Abel and Cole are great UK companies that deliver local, seasonal and organic fruit and veg straight to your doorstep. There are often special offers on their websites so you can get excellent value for money.

Eat the Seasons: Cook fresh fruit and veg from scratch. Avoiding over packaged convenience foods is not only usually healthier but also cheaper.

Less meat, more veg: Meat can be an expensive addition to your shopping basket. Try to have fewer meat based meals each week. If you do like red meat try to lower the cost by buying cheaper cuts like pork belly of neck of lamb, offal can also provide nutritious meals (I love what River Cottage has done to highlight great pieces of meat for less). Local butchers are your mantra here. Get friendly with them and ask for advice on good alternative cuts. With poultry I make every part count. Nothing goes to waste. I tend to buy a whole chicken and divide it into meal sized portions. I will keep bones to make stock for meat based soups. Fish, can be expensive. I buy whole fish as this can be more economical and then cut it into meal sized portions and freeze.

Amazing Lemon Water Solves Problems Better Than Health Pills


Lemons have a ton of powerful nutrients, like vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, iron, and B-complex vitamins, to name a few. Lemon juice can be pretty hard on your teeth, however, so make sure to dilute it with water and brush your teeth after downing it. If you can, use a straw so it doesn’t swoosh around in your mouth at all.

 

Here are 10 problems that lemon water solves a lot better than pills.

 

1. Lemon Water Solves Digestive Issues

Lemon juice helps with digestion, and it also helps with acid reflux, belching, bloating, and other minor digestive issues that make it hard to enjoy your food.

2. Lemon Water Solves Skin Problems

Lemon juice is packed with antioxidants, and it’ll help get rid of blemishes, wrinkles, and more. You can even put it on age spots, blemishes, and scars. It cleanses your blood, and it will keep your skin looking radiant.

3. Lemon Water Solves Detoxification

Lemon is a potent detoxifier when it’s mixed with water. Lemon water is prescribed for several types of fasts, cleanses, renewals, and detoxes.

4. Lemon Water Solves Bowel Movements

Lemons have a type of plant fiber called pectin fiber. It helps with regular bowel movements, keeping the colon clean, and it acts as a potent anti-bacterial, too.

5. Lemon Water Solves Imbalanced pH

Drinking a warm glass of lemon water in the morning helps reset your pH. You want a more alkaline pH. Even though lemon juice is acidic, it helps create an alkaline environment in the body.

6. Lemon Water Solves Digestive Issues

Lemon juice helps with digestion, and it also encourages the production of bile. Say hello to better poops!

7. Lemon Water Solves Bacterial Overgrowth

Lemon juice helps stop bacteria from multiplying, and it can even help stop it from growing in the first place.

8. Lemon Water Solves Pain & Inflammation

Lemon water helps with pain & inflammation in the joints, especially the knees. It helps dissolve uric acid. This is great news for folks with bad knees. Older people should be drinking lemon water every day. Better be safe than sorry.

9. Lemon Water Solves Colds

There is good evidence to suggest that lemon water helps with the common cold.

10. Lemon Water Solves Liver Health

Lemon water strengthens the liver by energizing liver enzymes. It’s really important to take care of your liver health as you age.

There you have it! Not many people know how powerful a curative lemon water is. Next time you get that cup of water at a restaurant, return it and ask them to put a lemon slice on the rim.
You might also consider getting a specialized citrus juicer. However, it’s recommended that you just squeeze a little lemon juice into a glass of water. All that concentrated lemon juice can be a little hard to handle. You want to dilute a little bit.

 

Source: Amazing Lemon Water Solves Problems Better Than Pills | Science of Earth

Boil Mango Leaves and Say Goodbye to Diabetes


These leaves are very beneficial for our overall health, because they are rich in vitamins, enzymes, antioxidants and many other minerals.

Diabetes is a common condition that affects many people all around the world.It happens when your pancreas stop producing insulin or when your body is not able to properly use the insulin which is present in the body. It is as common as it is deadly.

What are the symptoms of Diabetes?
  • urinating more often than usual, especially at night
  • feeling very thirsty
  • unexplained loss of weight
  • itching around the penis or vagina
  • cuts or wounds that heal very slowly
  • blurred vision
  • feeling very tired
When ignored or left untreated, Diabetes can lead to a series of other serious illnesses such as blindness, nerve damage, kidney failure, heart disease, erectile dysfunction (in men). With processed food and fast food readily available, the number of diabetic people increase by the day. So, what can we do to cure diabetes if we don’t have money for medication? Simple: a few mango leaves, and a pot of water.
Here’s how:
  • First take 10 to 15 tender mango leaves, then boil them in a glass of water and leave them to say overnight.
  • In the morning álter the water and drink it on an empty stomach.
  • For best results you should use this method for two or three months.
  • You can also dry the leaves in a dark place and ground them.
  • Use half a teaspoon of this powdered mango leaves two times a day.
Mango leaves tea can is beneficial to our overall health. They can treat many health conditions such as: fever, diarrhea, insomnia, varicose veins, asthma, bronchitis and colds. Also these leaves can lower your blood pressure and strengthen your blood vessels.

Source: Health, Healthy Drinks Boil These Leaves and Say Goodbye to Diabetes without Taking Any Medications – Consciousness Minds

Jamaican Food / Cuisine: Lick yuh lips and ten finga dem


Have you ever had a tasty bit of Jamaican cuisine like barbeque chicken in your mouth, flesh melting off the bone and your brain just swimming in feel good hormones, mouth and fingers covered in BBQ sauce? What do you do? Well, you start with the thumb and work your way to the little finger and then repeat on the other hand, until not one stain of BBQ sauce is left.

Jamaican food can be so tantalizingly delicious; the succulence of some of our traditional dishes will just leave

Jamaican ackee and saltfish

The National Dish of Jamaica – ackee and saltfish

you in a euphoric coma. Traditionally we do some of the best fish, chicken, pork, beef or mutton you will ever taste and there are various food festivals each year to prove just that. One of the most popular is the Portland Jerk Festival kept in Port Antonio, Portland July 8, 2012 at Boston Playing Field. Thousands of patrons turn up each year, to savor jerk chicken, jerk pork, jerk fish and anything else that can be jerked or cooked in a pan.

Jamaican Curry Chicken and Callaloo with rice and peas

In recent times, more and more festivals have been held; for example the Westmoreland Curry Festival which has been going over a decade. Then there is also the Ocho Rios Seafood Festival, August 1, 2012 at Turtle River Park. Bath Food Festival kept in St. Thomas at the Bath Botanical Gardens on August 6, 2012. There is the Food Festival on October 28, 2012 in Kingston at the Cable & Wireless Golf Academy. Restaurant Week is another event that celebrates food on November 20, 2012. This is an all island event. With Jamaica 50 being celebrated in 2012, there will certainly be even more occasions for Jamaican ‘nyamings’ and the enjoyment of good, finger licking food.

Chicken dishes

Jamaican Bake Chicken

Jamaican Bake Chicken with rice and peas, and sliced tomatoes

Chicken meals are a staple menu item for Jamaicans. fry, bake and stew chicken is cooked any day of the week. It is popularly known that Jamaica’s KFC restaurants serve the best chicken in the world; and I dare say that is possible because of our culture and the influence on the KFC restaurant chains, here in Jamaica.

Street-side jerk stands or jerk centers are frequently found in Jamaica and the

Jamaican Jerk Chicken, with vegetables, rice and peas, and plantains

nearby Cayman Islands, as well as throughout the Caribbean diaspora and beyond. Jerked meat, usually chicken or pork, can be purchased along with hard dough bread, deep fried cassava bammy (flatbread, usually with fish), Jamaican fried dumplings (known as Johnny or journey cakes), and festival, a variation of sweet flavored fried dumplings made with sugar and served as a side.

Jamaican Jerk Chicken being prepared in pans

Some Jamaican cuisine dishes are variations on the cuisines and cooking styles brought to the island from elsewhere. These are often modified to incorporate local produce. Others are novel and have developed locally. Popular Jamaican dishes include curry goat, fried dumplings, ackee and salt fish (cod) (which is the national dish of Jamaica), fried plantain, “jerk”, steamed cabbage and “rice and peas” (pigeon peas or kidney beans). Jamaican Cuisine has been adapted by African, British, French, Spanish, Chinese influences. Jamaican patties and various pastries and breads are also popular as well as fruit beverages and Jamaican rum, (more on Jamaican food).

Fish dishes

Jamaican Fry Fish with onion and other seasoning

Jamaican Fry Fish with onion and other seasoning

Jamaicans also prepare and enjoy many fish dishes. This may range from Jamaican Fry Fish, Jerk Fish, Steam Fish, Stew Fish and any other method they can creatively apply. 

jamaican brown stew fish

Jamaican Brown Stew Fish

Because the island is surrounded by water, the variety available to Jamaicans is quite extensive. They also catch and farm fresh water fish. Jamaican fish meals are very popular, not only because they are tasty; but fish does not take as long as other meat kinds to prepare.

Pork dishes

Jamaican Jerk Pork with festival

Jamaican Jerk Pork with festival

Pork is very popular in Jamaica. The Portland Jerk festival is one of the main places you can get jerk pork at its best, being prepared by many of Jamaica’s top jerk people. However, on any given day and in any city or town, you will be certain to see men and their pans on the busty streets; especially on the weekends. Pork is also stewed, or cooked down. At Christmas time, Jamaican Ham flies off the shelves and out of the freezers, because there can be no Christmas feast without a few slices of Christmas Ham.

Jamaican Pork Chops

Jamaican Pork Chops

Jamaica’s legacy truly deserves to be celebrated; so go out and enjoy all that is available for Jamaica Independence.

More Jamaican Cuisine

Jamaican Chicken Kebab

Jamaican Chicken Kebab

jamaican festival and bammy

Jamaican Festival and Bammy served with fried fish and onion

Jamaican Red Bean soup

Jamaican Red Bean soup

Jamaican Stew Cow Foot

Jamaican Stew Cow Foot served here with white rice and vegetables

Jamaican Pepper Pot Soup

Jamaican Pepper Pot Soup

jamaican chicken soup

Jamaican chicken soup, cooked up with dumplings, yam, carrot, potato and seasoning. brought together with Grace Chicken Noodle.

Jamaican Chicken Foot Soup

Jamaican Chicken Foot Soup

Jamaican callaloo

Jamaican Callaloo served popularly at breakfast and can be served as a side dish in with any recipe.

Jamaican Patty

Jamaican Patty, this is generally eaten with cocobread. A staple in every Jamaicans diet.

Jamaican Fried Dumplings, popularly served at breakfast

Jamaican Peppered Shrimp

Jamaican Peppered Shrimp

Jamaican Oxtail dish served with vegetables, plantains and rice and peas

Jamaican Oxtail dish served with vegetables, plantains and rice and peas

Jamaican Beef Soup

Jamaican bammy made from cassava

Jamaican Rice and Peas served with plantain

 

Jamaican Curry Goat served with Jamaican breadfruit

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Jamaican Food / Recipe: Assault your senses with Jamaican Oxtail Dish


The oxtail is a popular dish in the island of Jamaica. Oxtail is the tail of cattle that is sliced up and can be prepared with many side dishes and this delicacy also makes a killer gravy. Today we will give you the recipe to make your own tasty, mouthwatering Jamaican Oxtail at home. Check out the recipe below.

Ingredients

2lb of Oxtail
1 tin of broad beans
5 cups of water
1 onion
2 tomatoes
2 scallion
1/2 a scotch bonnet pepper
1/2 lb of carrots
2 cloves of garlic
4 sprigs of fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon of all spice
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of pepper

Cooking

Oxtail and beans - Chopping the vegetables

Chop the scallion, scotch bonnet pepper, garlic, onion, tomato, carrot and thyme

Oxtail and beans - Seasoning the oxtail

Season the oxtail with scallion, scotch bonnet pepper, garlic, thyme, allspice, salt and pepper

Oxtail and beans - Browning the oxtail

Fry the oxtail and seasoning in a tablespoon of oil for about 10 minutes.

ReCaFo (Real Caribbean Food)

The oxtail is a popular dish in the island of Jamaica. Oxtail is the tail of cattle that is sliced up and can be prepared with many side dishes and this delicacy also makes a killer gravy. Today we will give you the recipe to make your own tasty, mouthwatering Jamaican Oxtail at home. Check out the recipe below.

Ingredients

2lb of Oxtail
1 tin of broad beans
5 cups of water
1 onion
2 tomatoes
2 scallion
1/2 a scotch bonnet pepper

1 tablespoon ReCaFo Jamaican Sweet & Spicy Sauce
1/2 lb of carrots
2 cloves of garlic
4 sprigs of fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon of all spice
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of pepper

Cooking

Oxtail and beans - Chopping the vegetables

Chop the scallion, scotch bonnet pepper, garlic, onion, tomato, carrot and thyme

Oxtail and beans - Seasoning the oxtail

Season the oxtail with scallion, scotch bonnet pepper, garlic, thyme, allspice, salt and pepper

Oxtail and beans - Browning the oxtail

Fry the oxtail and seasoning in…

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Health Benefits of the Banana

Jamaican fruits
Jamaican fruits

Bananas are one of my favorite fruits; I cant live without them.

Let’s explore all the good health benefits of this super fruit.

 

banan

Jamaican Patty & Coco Bread 


If you have ever been to Jamaica or visited a Jamaican food joint in your locale, then I think you know where we’re headed with this article. The Jamaican Patty and Coco Bread is like no other snack or lunch item. It is filling, packed with flavor and very rich, ask anyone who’s had it.

We sell Beef, Chicken and Vegetable Patties along with Coco Bread in all our stores, and no matter which Patty you choose to put with your Bread, you’ll enjoy the same awesome flavor.

So answer this. Have you ever had a Jamaican Patty with Coco Bread before? Hail us up in the comments below.

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