Rice Porridge Recipe

The only difference between this Jamaican rice porridge recipe and it’s cousin the more popular rice pudding is the consistency of the finished dish. Rice is one of the many varieties of porridge commonly served for breakfast in the Caribbean. Thick and sweet, rice porridge is laced with fragrant spices like nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla. Porridge in sweet and savory varieties is a common part of North American and Asian cuisine. Still I daresay it is more popular in the Caribbean than in other cultures. Even though I love cooked rice plain or with other ingredients rice porridge is not a personal favorite. The sentiment is likely shared by many… Read More

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Fried Chicken Recipe, Jamaican Style

I can’t begin to imagine the amount of fried chicken I have prepared over the course of my career. So much so that even as I racked my brain for recipes to include in my first cookbook Nyammings: 88 Authentic Caribbean Recipes, fried chicken never even crossed my mind. Frying chicken had became automatic. Besides, fried chicken is such a common food it never occurred to me that some folks might identify a particular preparation with one culture or another.  Then. About a month after I published the book, I asked for feedback on social media and was called out my a loyal customer for not putting a fried chicken… Read More

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steamed callaloo

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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Green Banana Porridge

Green Banana Porridge Recipe

At home or abroad porridge is heavily featured on Jamaican breakfast menus. Cornmeal, oatmeal, peanut, banana porridge or hominy we love them all. For some a bowl or mug of this warm sweet nutritious goodness with a couple slices of buttered hardough bread or a few Excelsior hard crackers is all it takes to get through the morning. For others porridge is the starter ‘a likkle something to clear your stomach’ before a hearty mid morning meal. Green bananas are used by Caribbean cooks to make dumplings, porridge, chips or boiled with other foods. Grating green bananas to make porridge is just of the many ways we use this staple Caribbean food.… Read More

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Green Banana Dumplings Recipe

Is Green Banana dumpling a Jamaican/ Caribbean food? Maybe it’s a ‘country ting’ a description reserved for things found only in the Jamaican countryside. I have no idea. All I know is that one of my favourite relative would make such a delicious meal of brown stewed fish with green banana dumplings that I would request it before visiting her house. Green bananas are as much a part of Caribbean cuisine as boiled dumplings are. Combine the 2 and you have a guaranteed winner. A recent question from a blog reader prompted me to post a recipe. To satisfy my cravings, I eventually began making my own dumplings and fish but the… Read More

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