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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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Cooking Level: Intermediate

Home Town: Spanish Town, Saint Catherine, Jamaica
Living In: Twin Falls, Idaho, USA
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Of Jamaican, German, French descent. Born in Okinawa, Japan. Recently married my junior high sweetheart. We have no children. Enjoy cooking for my husband, trying out new recipes, working on our home (built in 1908) and would love to entertain more often once our house is "fixed up".

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Cooking Level: Expert
Home Town: Ocho Rios, Saint Ann, Jamaica
Living In: Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
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Cooking Level: Intermediate
Home Town: Kingston, Kingston, Jamaica
Living In: Montego Bay, Saint James, Jamaica
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Cooking Level: Intermediate
Living In: Montego Bay, Saint James, Jamaica
About me: A German (Bavarian) who lives with his family in Montego Bay Jamaica

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