You know its Easter in Jamaica when the price of Fish doubles and the supermarket shelves are laden with every conceivable brand of bun you can think of.
How To Fry Sprats Jamaican 'Style'
The tradition of eating fish, mainly fried, at Easter are part of our religious traditions which include abstaining from red meat for lent (40 days after Ash Wednesday) and not cooking on Good Friday. Especially popular at Easter are Fried Sprats which are enjoyed with warm hard dough bread lathered in butter!
Jamaica Easter Bun & Cheese
The most popular tradition at Easter in Jamaica is that of eating Bun & Cheese! It is said that this Jamaican Easter Tradition was inherited from the English who at one time occupied Jamaica & that our buns are a tropical ‘twist’ on their hot cross buns. In addition to our traditional Easter Bun with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, and bursting with raisins, currants & other dried fruit, Jamaican also enjoy stout buns, spiced buns and more.
Jamaican Stout Bun Recipe ( by Nyam Jamaica & Trevor Ferguson)
ENJOY! HAPPY EASTER!
The Pop-Up Gourmet Jamaican Team
Jamaicans love food – FACT!
Jamaicans love gravy on their food- also a FACT!
Now you probably think I’m joking, but it’s a serious thing. Ladies…don’t try come between a Jamaican man and his gravy. You will NOT win!
Assuming you all know what gravy is – it’s a sauce made from the juices that run naturally from the meat or vegetables during cooking. Most cuisines around the world are enhanced by that ‘something extra’ that gravy brings to the table. However, we often add colour, flavour and texture for an even more delightful taste. A thickener such as flour or cornstarch, or several types of liquid; from stocks to wine to cream create a unique and flavourful option.
For most Jamaicans, there is nothing ‘sweeter’ than fried chicken with rice and peas and a little ‘curry’ gravy. Yes, ‘curry’ gravy. Apparently that goes with any and everything. Perhaps it’s the spicy flavour that makes the meal more enjoyable. Whichever way you take it – Jamaicans love gravy on just about everything; and the thicker the better!
And so , it’s not strange that Jamaicans manage to make gravy from any meat…oxtail gravy, stew chicken gravy, curry goat or curry chicken gravy, peppered steak gravy, and the list goes on.
…It’s all gravy J. Share If you agree!
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