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I don't even like fish!
I don’t even like fish!

I have previously said, in a post somewhere on my blog, that I am not a fan of fish. I don’t like the smell, look and taste of it. I have also said that I love food and that I love trying new foods. With that being said, great food excites me! It really does (all food, for me, can be an aphrodisiac).

This past weekend, I was disconnected from the internet and all forms of social media and visited some family members out of town. One such relative was an older brother of mine that I grew up with. This would have been the first time in years that we would be under the same roof for an extended period of time. *let’s break for necessary details here*

This brother is the brother that has always tried to get me to eat the things he eats and I somehow always give them a taste and end up liking them. It is either we have very similar tastes in food or he just knows what I would like to taste in food.

*now we can resume* So being a good big brother, he got up Sunday morning and started making breakfast. My typical breakfast would contain ‘breakfasty’ foods like eggs, bread, sausages, and other delights. My brother got up and made the breakfast he was feeling for since he doesn’t “really eat meat anymore.” He proceeded to steam some fishes!

Now don’t get me wrong. I was not completely surprised because I saw the large fishes and I could smell them as well. I just thought they were for dinner, which I would not have been around for. Fish is not really breakfast food, especially not steamed fish.

Anyway, the plate came before me and I was a little taken aback. Here was this big, whole fish – head-on and swimming in sauce, looking at me. Grotesque! I decided that because I didn’t want to go to the kitchen and make breakfast myself, or go without breakfast, I would give it a try (after all, he did thinly slice ockras into it).

IT WAS DELICIOUS! Granted my mind was acting all kinds of ways for me to feel bad but my stomach was fine. IT TASTED GREAT! And now I am just feeling for more fish. This is so unlike me. Or maybe I was missing out on something for years.

 

*PS there are only 3 times I have tried fish and loved it and this brother was involved in two of those times (roasted and steamed fish).

 

Are there any foods you’ve tried that surprised you by how good they are? Share them with me.

 

Day 26: What’s Your Favourite Food?

I am a foodie at heart. A fat girl in a skinny girl’s body. A favourite food is hard to pick.

I know for sure that it is no longer my childhood favourite of corned beef, white rice, green peas and that Sharkleberry Finn flavoured KoolAid drink.

Having been exposed to so much more and having tried new foods and new cultures it makes this so much harder. But if I had to choose one it would have to be my aunt Sharon’s stewed peas with pig’s tail! Well anything that she cooks has to be in my favourite’s book! The woman has a gift I tell you! A real gift in the kitchen!

Stewed Peas
yummy in my tummy.

I ate that stewed peas so fast I don’t know where it went! I could have handled the plate too had it been edible!

I love my aunt’s cooking!

Jamaican Christmas….For JA peeps abroad!

In Jamaica, Christmas is a time that people look forward to; the young and the old, even the ones that ‘say’ they aren’t looking forward to it. ‘Spring’ cleaning happens again in December. The house and yard gets a facelift and people are generally happier at this time of the year. ‘Yuh house affi look good fi di new year!’

‘Peppa light’ affi string out roun di house and pon 2 likkle tree inna di yaad!

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Between the 24th and the 25th some places have them big night: Grand Market!

Grand Market is a time when hustlers come out and mark their spots hours in advance for the night and camp out before the crowd even begins to form, cause y? Money affi mek dis Christmas! Then as the night progresses, the crowd comes out and they stay till the next morning; from age 0 to as far up as they can manage, just walking, buying, eating, drinking, vibing, dancing, anything-ing! POI: Don’t ever go to one of these things alone…thats a punk move! You must have friends you can vibe with. Its all about the company. image

There are a million and one (exaggerating a bit) sound systems set up on the streets, blasting overlapping music so there is never a dull moment of silence. Where I’m from on the north cost of Jamaica, the 24th is our night and this year was a good n propa RANDOM friends link up in the town. I think this is the one time of the year you can mix liquor in the middle of the road and not get in any issues with the po-po!

Christmas day is the day when you know that nobody is getting out of bed early, after all they all just went to bed before or at daybreak! (if they weren’t at grand market, they went to candle light service at a church). Once ppl start stirring you know its time to get a quick bite for breakfast/lunch and then dive right into preparing Christmas dinner and you better not be nursing a hangover! Cho! Christmas dinner is usually ready by the afternoon and the family gets together to enjoy the meal. The size of the meal depends on several things but its always nicer than the average dinner you get for the other 364 days in the year.image

  • Some good up good up sorrel wid Wray and Nephew White Overproof Rum or Red Label Wine!
  • Christmas Fruit Cake!
  • A glass or two of Bailey’s or Sangster’s Rum Cream!
  • 40 cup (per person) of Manish Water! (boss)
  • Dinner at one house then dinner at granny’s!
  • Belly full and food set for the next day! (I’m gonna stop now, I’m hungry)image

Christmas Day is the day centred around family and for the people that have their Grand Market on that night…well thats what they do!

Boxing Day is the day after Christmas where anything goes. Most families have established traditions on how they would spend their December 26s. Its a day of chilling, hanging out and having a good time with whomever, wherever! Based on where my immediate family lives, Boxing day is always, without fail, spent with my father’s side of the family in Ocho Rios. Every year, all of us travel from all over JA and assemble there to spend the day with each other, those who can make it from abroad do so in turns. My family is so large that every year I meet a new set of cousins (and I don’t mean those born since the last get together).

The next day its back to reality unless you are a student or teacher and you got an extra long break that lasts into January.

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