Today's post however is about Jamaican food!!! I'm going to talk about a few dishes and in future post highlight some pastries/deserts, drinks that are unique to the Jamaican cuisine.
The average person when they hear Jamaican food most likely thinks of Jerk, curry goat/chicken, Oxtail or rice and peas. There is SO much more to the Jamaican cuisine and I'll take the time to highlight a few outside of this bracket.
One thing I dream about when I miss home is the FOOD.
Below are a few highlights:
- Various sources state the ackee tree is indigenous to West Africa and was imported to Jamaica in the 1700's on a slave ship.
- Ackee is derived from the original name Ankye which comes from the Twi language of Ghana. (If you are from West Africa, have you seen this tree before? just curious)
- Ackee cooked with salt fish is the National dish of Jamaica.
- Traditionally eaten with Jamaican side items such as boiled or fried dumpling, boiled yam, green bananas, fried or roasted breadfruit.
National Dish: Ackee and Salt Fish
- Stew peas has gown to be one of my favorite Jamaican food to eat. It is a red kidney been stew that is so comforting and aromatic. My mouth is watering now just thinking about the smell...........
Jamaican Stew Peas
- For a demonstration and list of ingredients to cook Stew Peas, check out this link: Cook Like a Jamaican
- A green leafy vegetable that is steamed with onions, garlic, tomatoes and sometimes salt fish.
- Mostly eated as breakfast dish with traditional Jamaican side items such as boiled yam, green banana, boiled or fried dumpling.
Manish Water/Goat Head Soup:
- Manish Water is popular soup served at large gatherings mostly wakes and funerals and is popularly served in a Styrofoam cup.
- The soup is made mainly from the goa'st head. The soup includes, green banana, coco yam, dumpling, pepper and various seasonings. Very aromatic.
Mannish Water/Goat Head Soup
Source:http://www.jamaicans.com/cooking/soup/manish.shtmlOkay, let's stop here. Look out for part II where I'll introduce some deserts and pastries.
And what is a post on Jamaican food without Jamaican Music?
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