JAMAICAN PLANTAIN PORRIDGE

In Jamaica we eat lots of green foods such as plantains, bananas, June plums and even green mangoes. Green June plums & mangoes can be peeled, sliced thinly and eaten with a little salt. Delicious! Green plantains & bananas can be crushed and fried, or grated and cooked. In Japan, the Japanese do not eat green…

JAMAICAN Brown-stew Chicken

 This meal is an all-time favorite for many. Jamaican Brown-stew Chicken can be quickly cooked and served hot for either lunch or dinner. This is my personal boneless recipe, tweaked to suit my taste buds.   For the best results season your chicken thoroughly, seal it in a freezer bag and refrigerate for at least…

ESCOVITCHED FISH FILLETS

This is another go at the Jamaican Escovitch Fish using fillets instead of whole fish. I really wanted to include my latest find, the bird peppers, in this dish. I also needed to find some very fresh fish so I asked my Japanese friend to suggest a place. I went and I did find some very…

CELERY LEAF and AVOCADO SALAD

One rarely hears of anyone using celery leaves for anything. This Celery Leaf and Avocado Salad was bananas. Everyone loved it including the kids. I bought fresh celery from the farmer’s market because I wanted to make some Jamaican Chicken Noodle Soup for my family. I thought I heard the children with a few sniffles…

BIRD PEPPER

You’d never in a million years guess what I found at the farmer’s market. Yes! Bird Pepper. I found a whole plant.   Bird Pepper is THE most authentic Jamaican pepper taste for any pot. Bird Pepper existed before the Scotchbonnet pepper, which only made its debut in the centuries after the European colonization of the Caribbean. In fact, bird…

GARLIC & CELERY CHICKEN

This Garlic & Celery Chicken isn’t a distinctly Jamaican recipe but I had a celery craving, so I got busy in the kitchen. (^^) I was in the zone when I started to prep and I wrote the recipe as I went along. Believe it or not, I completely neglected to taste this until I turned…

JAMAICAN JERK SAUCE (mild)

JAMAICAN JERK SAUCE (mild) It’s very rare to find 100% authentic Jamaican Jerk-meats outside of Jamaica because of one absolutely necessary thing: Authentic Jamaican Jerk-meats are done on pimento-wood poles over a pit fire. I’ll explain the procedure in another post. There are two ways to prepare this, for two different methods of cooking. One…

Montreal Steak & Cheese

This Montreal Steak & Cheese is a first attempt for me. I think it turned out rather well and my fam enjoyed it very much.   In our home we rarely eat beef. I mean, we’ll go for years without eating any beef then one day, out of the blue, I’ll do a Jamaican Peppered…

Rosemary, Garlic & Pepper Pork (steamed)

Some Jamaicans don’t eat pork but a large number enjoy jerked pork, and ‘Boston Jerk’ in the North Eastern parish of Portland is a signature name from way back. We will drive just about any distance across the 146-mile-long island to buy some good food.   We Jamaicans like our pork dark when it’s cooked….

Jamaican Salt fish & Cho cho

Salt fish & Cho cho is another Jamaican specialty that we eat for breakfast or lunch, or just about anytime we feel for it.     All ingredients can be found here in Japan; although, the salt fish is much thinner than the one we get in Jamaica. I usually eat this for breakfast on Saturday…

Baked Chicken Drumettes (special rub)

Jamaicans love baked chicken. It is possible that the average Jamaican family eats baked chicken more than jerk-chicken. With that said, you may now understand why there is a second baked chicken recipe here. (^^) On any quiet Sunday afternoon after church, in any community in Jamaica, one can smell the coconut milk rice &…

JAMAICAN ESCOVITCH FISH

Jamaican Escovitch Fish is a favorite that can be eaten at anytime; however, we eat it a lot during Easter lent. Many Kingstonians like to spontaneously drive over to Hellshire Beach, or to Port Royal, where the local Jamaican shops procure fresh fish from fishermen and prepare it in various styles. Hellshire-Style fish is quite popular and can be had fried, escovitched, steamed,…