What's Cooking In Jamaica
Hail to the ‘other white meat’- Highlights of the Copperwood Pork Chef’s Choice for Jamaica's Restaurant Week Competition (November 8- 15, 2013).
Who knew pork was this great? I did. But it was really interesting to see how these very talented chefs upped
the ante when it came to presentation and taste…it was like “OMG for the PIG!”
It’s amazing when you see passion, coupled with dedication and excitement dish out smiles of fulfilment.
That’s what we, the judges experienced, as we went to different restaurants over two nights, in search
of the ‘King or Queen of Pork’.
From pulled and minced pork to tasty tenderloins and the famous Jerk; we did not escape the succulence of this
wonderful meat. Enjoyed and appreciated was the fusion of cultures that created such a delicious exchange of flavours. So much so, you could overhear the judges commenting with “oohs and ahhs” (including yours truly), as we delved into each dish with much anticipation.
In the end, some dishes were talked about more than others. Whoever takes home the title will be well
deserving of it.
Thanks to #TripleT's, #UsainBolt'sTrack's&Records, #CaffedaVinci, #Lillian's & #JoJo'sJerkPit for having hosted us, and to Copperwood Pork for inviting Pop Up Gourmet Jamaica to be a part of this remarkable experience!! Needless to say, we had a ‘porking good’ time and we look forward to doing it again same time, next year.
“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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