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One of the largest of the Caribbean islands, Jamaica evokes images of laid-back living, spicy food, fruity drinks, and tropical breezes under swaying coconut palm trees--and with good reason! Music fills the air--from calypso to reggae to ska--against a backdrop of paw-paw, breadfruit, banana, and flowering jacaranda trees. Jamaica’s cuisine reflects Spanish, African, Indian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern influences. Spicy Jamaican “jerk” (pork, chicken, or fish) uses Scotch bonnet peppers to infuse the marinade with heat. Pepperpot is a fiery soup made with pig tails or salt pork, coconut milk, okra, plenty of spices and lots of Callaloo (the greens of the taro root), giving the soup its green color. Curried goat is another traditional dish, as is rice and “peas” (kidney beans). Cool your throat with an icy rum libation and save room for gizzada, a coconut tart. All this and plenty of sweet, tropical fruit-- paradise!

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Home Town: Mandeville, Manchester, Jamaica
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I love to cook and share meals with others and hear "MMM-mmm!" If I have to be alone in the kitchen, I prefer recipes or meals that take less than an hour to prepare. My husband and I changed to a vegetarian diet soon after our wedding day, when we realized that our family histories included heart disease and diabetes. We figured we could avoid those conditions if we started healthy eating early. Giving up meat, poultry and fish was easy enough, as beans and soya meat substitutes are readily available, and I love the challenge of creating meat-free dishes that taste like the dishes of our family homes.

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Eggless Whole Wheat Biscuits

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I left out the sugar and fried them instead. They were light and yummy!

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Here in the Caribbean, we use more fresh fruits. I used papaya instead of strawberries and it...

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