Pumpkin Rice Recipe

Pumpkin rice is such a popular Jamaican, it has carved out its own identity  among the ‘seasoned rice’ set. To churn out a good batch of pumpkin rice is to end up with something akin to a nice risotto.  A good version of this rich creamy flavor filled rice dish requires only a ‘dry’ pumpkin and a few other staple ingredients. Pumpkin (aka calabaza squash) does not refer to the North American version. This pumpkin comes in many shapes and sizes. It is hard to give directions on picking the perfect pumpkin but you can substitute butternut squash for a good pumpkin.  As for a recipe. The main 2 ingredients in this… Read More

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Fried Dumplings Recipe

If  Ackee & Saltfish is Jamaica’s national dish then fried dumplings ought to be our national side dish. Fried dumplings and festivals (a sweet fried cornmeal dumpling) are commonly served alongside so many entrees it might be easier to list the ones that it doesn’t accompany. These little fried biscuits are quick, super easy to make and very addictive so, eat cautiously. A complete fried dumpling recipe is below. Fried dumplings in various flavors and forms are popular throughout the Caribbean.  There’s fried bake, pholourie and several others. Dumplings are served in private homes, at street side stalls, and in casual dining restaurants all over the islands.  Still Jamaican fried dumplings are… Read More

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Caribbean ‘Jamaican’ Black Cake Recipe

If you know anything at all about West-Indian Caribbean culture  and cuisine you already know that Black Cake is our official Christmas Cake.  If you didn’t know before know now that a Caribbean Christmas dinner invite will almost certainly net you a slice of the most alcoholic cake you will ever eat.  Even though this rich treat can be found in some variety across the Caribbean, it is most closely identified with Jamaica and Jamaicans. Hence the name ‘Jamaican Black Cake’ A cousin of the British Plum Pudding this decadent, expensive treat is made using an array of wine-soaked dried fruits, eggs, butter, brown sugar and other natural ingredients. As with… Read More

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Steamed Callaloo Recipe, Jamaican style

Side dish or entrée, Steamed Callaloo is a tasty, versatile green that is enjoyed in countless Jamaican homes all day everyday. Jamaican callaloo aka Amaranth (Not to be confused with Trinidadian callaloo (dasheen leaves) is a nutrition packed powerhouse that is heavily featured in Jamaican cuisine. Loaded with calcium, protein and other essential nutrients callaloo is especially prominent in the Rastafarian’s Ital diet. Callaloo can be cooked solo or combined with other vegetables or saltfish to make a tasty entrée. Steamed callaloo is similar to Spinach in flavor and nutritional value. Callaloo can be prepared any number of ways. It is one of the main ingredients in Pepperpot Soup. In Jamaica, callaloo is often served… Read More

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Jerk Salmon Recipe

Quick and easy to prepare, this jerk salmon recipe has become one of my favorite go to meals. It’s also a great option when entertaining guests. 5 ingredients and about 30 minutes is all you need to prepare this delicious entree. Serve Jerk Salmon with rice & peas  and steamed veggies or add your favorite sides for a complete meal.     Easily found in grocery stores across the US, salmon also happens to be a personal favorite. So it shows up quite a bit in my fish & seafood recipes. A firm meaty fish like tuna or Wahoo or bluefish makes a great substitute. Besides the well touted health benefits… Read More

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