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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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Living In: Kingston, Kingston, Jamaica
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I love to eat and that's why I love to cook. I made my first meal at age eight. It was dumplings and tuna and I forgot the put salt in the dumplings but my mother sprinkled salt on them and ate them anyway. She really appreciated it.

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Home Town: Ocho Rios, Saint Ann, Jamaica
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Home Town: Kingston, Kingston, Jamaica
Living In: Montego Bay, Saint James, Jamaica
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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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Jamaican Fried Dumplings

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For those who are trying to make them super flat, no need just roll em up if you have to, just...

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Tried this frosting on a red velvet cake and my family devoured it. Used a little extra cocoa...

Ranch Dressing II

Reviewed on Jul. 10, 2014 by Scubadoc   view full review
Simply awesome! I can choose between two different type of Sour Creams. The lighter(cheaper...

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