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TASTE: JAMAICA IN BROOKLYN

Friday, March 9th, 2012

We made  a version of Saltfish and Ackee this past weekend that was really good, I might even say that I liked it better than ones we had in Jamaica. Is that alright to say? Sorry, Jamaica.  Of course, eating it next to the ocean far surpassed eating it in our living room but the dish itself was fantastic. I switched out kale for the calaloo and didn’t make the dumplings or plantains but it was still delicious and a little bit lighter. This is a great dish for a relaxing Sunday brunch when you have friends coming over. Let me know if you try it and what you think. Are you cooking anything great this weekend? Enjoy!

TASTE: JAMAICAN BREAKFAST

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

You can’t go to Jamaica and not eat the national dish, Saltfish and Ackee. The version below has the whole kitchen on the plate: dumplings, plantains, callaloo and the saltfish and ackee. I loved having this for breakfast when we were in Jamaica nine years ago but have to admit it fell off my radar until last week. We ate a lot of it and in my efforts to bring the islands back to Brooklyn I have salt cod soaking in water now so I can make it this weekend.  I’ll let you know how it turns out, with pictures to come.

Saltfish and Ackee

Can of drained ackee (I bought this in Jamaica, not sure how easy it is to find in the states)
1/2 pound boneless salt cod
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 chopped onions
Bunch of chopped fresh thyme
1 chopped jalapeno
1 small chopped tomato
Handful of chopped red pepper
Freshly ground pepper and salt

Soak the salt cod in a pot of water overnight to remove the salt. If the cod is still very salty, boil in water for 20 minutes. Drain cod and cut or break into small pieces.

Heat oil in a frying pan. Add the onions, thyme, jalapeno pepper, tomato, and red peppers. Stir for a few minutes. Add the cod. Stir. Simmer for 5 minutes, then add the can of drained ackee. Do not stir because this will cause the ackee to break up. Cook for a few more minutes then sprinkle with black pepper and salt. Enjoy!

 

SMELL: SPA AT ROCKHOUSE (aka HEAVEN ON EARTH)

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

While staying at The Rockhouse I indulged in a massage as well as a fantastic manicure and pedicure. They use Caribbean Essentials products and I liked them so much I bought a massage oil to bring home.  The massages take place at “massage point” which overlooks the ocean, a truly beautiful place to be taken care of and the lovely woman who gave me a mani/pedi couldn’t have been nicer or better at what she did. I just now took a bath and slathered the Rapture Oil on and am pretending I’m still there. Pretty hard to do considering it’s raining/snowing outside and I can’t hear the ocean but a girl can dream, right? And, that’s one of my favorite things about scent is it has such a strong ability to take you back to a place and enjoy it all over again.  Look at that massage spot, it really is heaven.

TOUCH: JAMAICA RECAP

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

I was lucky enough to spend last week in Jamaica with John and his family for a wedding. The Rockhouse was a place that we had always wanted to spend time at and it was everything we wanted it to be: mellow, beautiful, quiet, reflective and all in all just perfect. I highly recommend staying there if you find yourself in Negril. Many years ago (for our honeymoon) we stayed at Jake’s in Treasure Beach on the other side of the island and loved that as well. We hadn’t been back to Jamaica for nine years and we loved it even more this time around – so much so that we’re already planning a trip next year. We ate delicious food while overlooking the water, slept under mosquito netting with the sound of the ocean in the background and even did a bit of dancing in the pool at the wedding – well, actually not me but I think every other person made their way in at some point during the evening. I saved myself for the crystal blue ocean where I did some jumping from the cliffs which terrified me right up until the moment I was airborn and then I fell absolutely in love with it and couldn’t get enough. Island life sure is charming.

Sunset at the pool.

Watching the last of the sun make it’s way to the other side of the world.

Me spelling out “I” “Heart” “You” to John.

Our perch at the end of the day.

Another pina colada. Wow, I drank a lot of those.

One last night swim in the saltwater pool.

TAGGED: Jamaica