Feeling a bit blue this winter? We can help with that. Our Jamaican comfort foods are filling, sometimes spicy (OK, almost always spicy), and it makes you feel great.
Here are the top five foods we love.
1. Homemade Jamaican Patties
Patties are the way forward as far as snacks are concerned, and they’re pretty simple to make. The hardest part is thinking about what filling you want. We particularly love beef patties, but you can have saltfish, chicken, vegetables, lamb or whatever you fancy.
2. Ackee & Saltfish with Fried Dumplings
You can’t go wrong with Ackee & Saltish with Fried Dumplings. You can have it for breakfast, lunch, brunch or dinner. Also, you can try it as a one-off midnight snack if you have leftovers. Top tip: try not to over-handle the Ackee – it’s very, very delicate.
3. Jamaican Curry Goat
We’re biased but Jamaican Curry Goat is the go-to dish without fail – it never disappoints! Best served with Rice and peas, this dish will absolutely transform your evening. It’s filling and it goes down a treat every single time. Give it a try, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Fashion tip: Do NOT wear white when you eat this!
4. Cornmeal Porridge
Although Porridge is traditionally a breakfast dish, Cornmeal Porridge makes us feel at home. It’s creamy, smooth and fills you up quickly. Actually, it’s the perfect food if ever you have a sore throat. Some people eat it with sides such as Harddough bread, but it all depends on what you like.
5. Jamaican Red Pea Soup
And finally, Jamaican Red Pea soup is one of our family favourites and very well-known among Jamaicans. You’ll love it if chunky soups are your thing. We love it because it’s rich, wholesome and it has a distinct flavour. After you eat this, you won’t need to eat again for a while.