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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: Kingston, Kingston, Jamaica
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I cook to eat!! (Don't you?) I love to experiment with flavor and I'm a stickler for presentation. Greatest cooking influence was my dad who nevers stops experimenting and wouldn't let up on me until I had rice down pat!;) My favourite accomplishment: helping my cousins bake peach-pricot pie:D

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I don't drink alcohol but my hubby loved it so I'll definitely make again.

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