Red Peas Soup Recipe

What’s in a Name? The ‘red peas’ in the name refers to red kidney beans that give the soup its signature color. We call most beans peas. It’s a Jamaican thing. Traditionally a hearty portion of dried kidney beans are slow cooked with fresh herb and cured meat until the meat and beans are tender. Common meats include pig tails, corned beef and my personal favorite smoked turkey necks. PLAYING FAVORITES If ever there was a favorite Jamaican soup, Red Peas would be the one. This thick rich hearty soup is traditionally made with lots of red kidney beans and salted pig tails then finished with vegetables, dumplings and ground provisions.… Read More

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Cooking with Chef Sian: Pot Water, Is it a Jamaican Ting?

Is pot water a Jamaican ting? That is the question I found myself pondering last week, as a sipped on a cup of hot pot water. I can think of nothing comparable to a cup of steaming hot pot water generously flavored with bits of ground provisions, banana, and dumplings. For as long as I can remember I have watched my grandmother and just about every ‘older’ Jamaican woman, and some men too, I know sip on the water left from boiling a pot of ground provisions (food), before dinner. Was it a  simple country ritual from long ago. Borne possible form the habit of drinking a hot beverage to… Read More

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Chicken Foot Soup Recipe

Another popular Jamaican Saturday soup and a personal favorite is Chicken Foot Soup. Chicken Foot Soup is one of those love it or leave it Jamaican delicacies that this Jamaican absolutely loooves. Besides the obvious presence of a few chicken feet there is really no difference between chicken foot soup and a bowl of traditional Jamaican chicken soup. Chicken Foot soup is one of those take it or leave it dishes but, I can assure you that if you that if you eat some good authentic Chicken Foot Soup you will be hooked. The ingredients in chicken foot soup as with most other Caribbean soups can be as varied as ones imagination so go ahead… Read More

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