PLAYING FAVORITES If ever there was a favorite soup for Jamaicans, Red Peas would be the one. This thick rich hearty soup is traditionally made with lots of red kidney beans and salted pigtails. It is then finished with vegetables, dumplings and ground provisions. The standard Caribbean soup blend of yam, potatoes, dumplings, and other […]
Caribbean folks eat soup like Americans eat sandwiches. All the time. In most Jamaica households soup is served religiously for supper on Saturdays. Some soups are similar across the region while others are as varied as the islands to which they belong. West Indian islanders like their soups made with a main protein, loads of vegetables, roots foods, dumplings and finished with fresh herbs and spices.
In the Spanish Caribbean Soups fall somewhere between the American broth and the chunky West Indian stew. Many Honduran soups include coconut milk and tomato in some form. Cubans opt for a herb-infused broth with chunks of protein, root foods like cassava/ yuca, potatoes, and pumpkin.
Fish tea, as we Jamaicans call it, is unlike most other Caribbean soups. Fish Tea is a light refreshing soup that has a thin broth, a few root vegetables, fresh herbs and fish. Most other Caribbean soups have a thick stew-like consistency. Use any whole fish or fish filet to prepare this refreshingly delicious soup.
Every time I prepare beef soup I am flooded with childhood memories of growing up in Sheffield, Jamaica. Memories of me trekking to the butcher shop(s) on Friday afternoon to buy meats, including soup bones for Saturday soup. In our small town that meant 3 stops. There was Miss Ellen’s slaughterhouse for tripe and cow
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
A Jamaican chicken foot soup recipe is almost identical to the more traditional chicken soup. Unfortunately, the main ingredient can be a little off-putting for some. Besides the obvious presence of a few chicken feet there is really no difference between chicken foot soup and a traditional Jamaican chicken soup. The fact that chicken feet are low