Sorrel “Hibiscus sabdariffa” Drink Recipe

The sorrel drink recipe below is super easy to make. If you can boil water and stir a cup you will have no problem at all. In Jamaica, Trinidad and throughout the English speaking Caribbean sorrel is served religiously at Christmastime.  In recent years sorrel has shown up in tea bag form in many grocery stores. Made by steeping sorrel flowers in hot water for several hours, sorrel drink is then sweetened with sugar and flavored with ginger. Rum and aromatic spices such as orange peel or cloves are often added but are not required.  In recent years sorrel has become very popular in and outside the Caribbean. You can… Read More

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spice bun with avocado and cheese

Jamaican Spice Bun Recipe

Any self-respecting Jamaican will tell you that Easter is not complete without a Jamaican Spice Bun in the house. I’ve known more than a couple ital loving Rasta who made an exception for a bite of bun.  Not to be confused with the other bun (a Jamaican synonym for cheating on your mate) this tasty addictive bun is a sweet dense spice cake flavored with baking spices, candied fruits and brown sugar. The Spice Bun recipe below calls for using Dragon Stout. If you cannot locate Dragon Stout where you live an original Guinness stout makes a good substitute.

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Caribbean ‘Jamaican’ Black Cake Recipe

If you know anything at all about English Caribbean cultural 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 all recipes… Read More

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Jamaican chocolate tea

Jamaican Hot Chocolate Tea) Recipe

My favorite part of drinking a cup of authentic Jamaican Chocolate Tea is  the crunchy little bits of cocoa nut that settles in the bottom of the cup. I am not a chocolate lover by any stretch of the imagination. Still, there is something irresistibly decadent about sipping on a cup of steaming hot rich, creamy, chocolate tea fresh from the stove. Sweeten this chocolate delight  with condensed milk and a dash of cinnamon, ginger or Sian’s Cooking sweet spice  for a burst of added flavor. Made from ground ripe cocoa beans. Jamaican chocolate is 100% natural. The beans are ground and then shaped into sticks or balls. Outside the Caribbean you… Read More

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curry goat with white rice and Jamaican cabbage slaw

Curry Goat Recipe

I cannot recall attending a Caribbean celebration where Curry Goat was not on the menu. Curry is popular the world over and goat meat is especially popular with people of African descent. When the two are combined you get one of the Caribbean’s most popular dishes. Curry goat is thought to have originated in Jamaica, though the origin is uncertain. Still the combination of West African cooking (Many Jafricans originate from West Africa) and Indian flavors (Jamaica had a large migration of Indians from 1840 to 1915) are unmistakable. To make this dish goat, also called mutton, is seasoned with a blend of herbs and spices then stewed until tender. … Read More

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