Mannish Water – Goat Soup Recipe

If I had to choose a favorite soup, mannish water would undoubtedly be the one. Not for the faint of heart. The main ingredients in this reputed aphrodisiac are goat’s head, tripe and testicles. Yes! You read that correctly. A male goat is required to make authentic Jamaican mannish water. If you’re not an adventurous eater you may want to by pass this one. If however you are a fan of adventurous culinarians like Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern this Jamaican delicacy is right up your alley. And. Aphrodisiac or not I love this soup. So much so that I have had relatives in Jamaica freeze my portion of mannish… Read More

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Steamed Cabbage (Vegetables) Recipe

Never mind that steamed cabbage is packed full of essential nutrients like calcium and vitamin C or that it only has 11 itty bitty calories. Before you add butter and salt and such. Obviously. Even then, a helping of steamed cabbage is a flavor-filled nutrition powerhouse. Stir in Caribbean favorites like salt fish or canned corned beef to turn this simple side dish into a quick weeknight supper entree. Cabbage is the main ingredient in this Caribbean side dish that almost always contains several other vegetables.  In Jamaica steamed cabbage is served  as a side dish with various entrees at various meals.  Popular combinations include Steamed Cabbage and Corned beef… Read More

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Fried (Escovitch) Fish Recipe

Similar to the Spanish-Mediterranean ‘escabeche’ Escovitch Fish is a very popular Jamaican dish that can be found in abundance all over the island. This dish gets its name from the concoction of spicy vinegar laced veggies that is used to marinate fried fish before it is served. Escovitch Fish, like many other Jamaican dishes has is enjoyed around the world. In recent years escovitch has evolved to become a topping for  other fried meats including chicken.  Regardless of where you live if you can find a firm whole fish or filet you can make authentic Escovitch fish. Standard escovitch mix includes onions, carrots, allspice and hot pepper. Bell peppers chayote… Read More

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Boiled Dumplings Recipe (flour and cornmeal)

Just about every culture’s cuisine around the globe includes at least 1 variety of dumplings. This is especially true for Caribbean cultures. In the Caribbean we fry, boil and roast various dumpling concoctions of innumerable varieties. I can still remember the time many many years ago when I dared to make soup without dumpling. My cousin Chris sat me down and gave me a firm talking to about my sacrilegious act. Fried or boiled dumplings are usually served with ground provisions and some form of meat or fish in Jamaican culture.boiled flour dumplings with Curry Chicken Following is the recipe(s) for boiled flour and cornmeal dumplings. The only difference is the… Read More

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Braised Oxtails Recipe

I love braised oxtails with butter beans. Because I rarely eat red meat anymore, I don’t eat nearly as much of it as I used to but I still very much appreciate a plateful of sweet, succulent, well-cooked braised oxtail with Rice & Peas. In the Caribbean oxtail is used to prepare soups or stewed and served with other side items. In Jamaica we marinate the meat with aromatics like garlic and scallions and allspice. The meat is then braised before being cooked until it’s ready to fall from the bones. There are many other ways to prepare oxtails but my absolute favorite is the Jamaican way. The recipe below… Read More

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