What's Cooking In Jamaica
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!
“Carry mi ackee go a Linstead Market, not a quatty wut sell”…
We all know that ackee is the national fruit of the beautiful island of Jamaica. And when you add salt fish, you get a delightful dish that has become deeply rooted in the Jamaican Cuisine. But did you ever stop to think for a moment that this fruit could be fermented and poured as a wine? It never crossed my mind – not even once! However, I’m happy that someone had the vision, beyond patriotic love to dream of this creation.
Why enjoy a glass of ackee wine?
Whether out of curiosity or sheer adventure, this wonderful blend is safe for consumption (I know you were a bit worried) and boasts a smooth taste, suitable for any occasion.
But Jamaicans can make wine virtually out of anything; honey, coffee, sorrel, even guinep! The unique flavours of these fruits lend themselves to an unusual, yet surprisingly lovely taste that perhaps some would say is acquired. However, others will admit, it gives wine a whole new meaning. Oh Yes! A good bottle of wine no longer has to come from the South of France, but can hail from the parish of St. Thomas or Clarendon, Jamaica.
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