Jamaican food – Reggae Shack http://reggae-shack.com/ Fri, 13 May 2022 08:40:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://reggae-shack.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/profile-120x120.png Jamaican food – Reggae Shack http://reggae-shack.com/ 32 32 Jamaican grocery store in Walsall closed after ‘mouse infestation’ discovered https://reggae-shack.com/jamaican-grocery-store-in-walsall-closed-after-mouse-infestation-discovered/ Mon, 11 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://reggae-shack.com/jamaican-grocery-store-in-walsall-closed-after-mouse-infestation-discovered/ A Jamaican grocery store has been shut down by environmental health officers after an infestation of mice was discovered on the premises. Unique Jamaican Food Store in Walsall was inspected on Tuesday April 5th. An emergency restraining notice was put in place against store owner Shakil Saleem Green when officers found evidence of rodents in […]]]>

A Jamaican grocery store has been shut down by environmental health officers after an infestation of mice was discovered on the premises. Unique Jamaican Food Store in Walsall was inspected on Tuesday April 5th.

An emergency restraining notice was put in place against store owner Shakil Saleem Green when officers found evidence of rodents in the Caldmore Green store. This order was upheld by Wolverhampton Magistrates Court today (April 11).

The business can only resume operations once the owners have taken pest control measures and structural measures to protect the property from reinfestation. Inspection officers will need to be satisfied that the risk to customers has been eliminated and that hygiene standards are being properly adhered to.

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David Elrington, Community Safety and Enforcement Officer at Walsall Council, said: “The Environmental Health Team continues to work hard with businesses in the borough to maintain the high standard of hygiene our residents are expected to They have investigated this breach and put in place emergency powers to immediately shut down the business and protect public health.

“The presence of mice or any other pest or vermin in a food store is totally unacceptable. Merchants in the borough have a duty to ensure that the hygiene and safety of their premises comply with standards and do not present a health risk. of their customers.”

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Where To Find The Best Jamaican Food In New Jersey | travel expert https://reggae-shack.com/where-to-find-the-best-jamaican-food-in-new-jersey-travel-expert/ Mon, 04 Apr 2022 20:22:21 +0000 https://reggae-shack.com/where-to-find-the-best-jamaican-food-in-new-jersey-travel-expert/ The best foods often don’t get the recognition they deserve. This is certainly the case with the tasty and delicious Jamaican cuisine. Heavily spiced, the taste may take some getting used to for those inexperienced, but it’s definitely worth it for a bite of seasoned prawns, tender curried meat or jerk chicken. By now your […]]]>

The best foods often don’t get the recognition they deserve. This is certainly the case with the tasty and delicious Jamaican cuisine.

Heavily spiced, the taste may take some getting used to for those inexperienced, but it’s definitely worth it for a bite of seasoned prawns, tender curried meat or jerk chicken.

By now your mouth is probably already drooling, so keep reading to find out where you can find some of the best Jamaican dining establishments right here in New Jersey.

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Dev’s Jamaican Kitchen | Bloomfield, New Jersey

Dev’s is known for its generous portions and quick service. From cod to oxtail, everything on their menu is served with rice and peas or your choice of fried plantains. Their competitive prices and authentic flavored dishes make them one of the best places in the state to order Jamaican food.

Morgan’s Island Grill | Hightstown, New Jersey

Consistently ranked as one of the best in the state, Morgan’s is run by Jamaican Kenroy Morgan. His passion for cooking and his warm customer service give this restaurant a warm and authentic atmosphere. Their flavorful and delicious cuisine will definitely have you coming back for more.

Top Taste Jamaican Restaurant | Irvington, New Jersey

This no-frills joint offers all the Jamaican classics, from jerk chicken to seafood. Full of hospitality and authentic taste, we recommend trying the homemade porridge. A favorite among locals, this dish sells out quickly so be sure to order well before 11am.

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Munchie’s | Southern Orange, New Jersey

This colorful restaurant has been preparing tasty Jamaican classics for 11 years. There’s certainly no shortage of spices, seasonings and flavors when you order from Munchie’s. Our favorites include curried goat, salt fish and oxtail.

Delicious Jamaican and American | Newark, New Jersey

This causal storefront offers some of the best Jamaican food we’ve ever had in Newark. If we had to recommend just one dish from their menu, it would be the stewed chicken. Served in a rich, silky sauce topped with peppers, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better version anywhere else.

Mark’s Square | Asbury Park, New Jersey

This casual counter-service restaurant serves Jamaican specialties and American classics like burgers and wraps. The perfect place for a quick and delicious lunch. The prices here are cheap and the portions certainly don’t disappoint.

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Ackee Bamboo serves up Jamaican cuisine with a love side in Los Angeles | Petri: LA Bread Stories https://reggae-shack.com/ackee-bamboo-serves-up-jamaican-cuisine-with-a-love-side-in-los-angeles-petri-la-bread-stories/ Tue, 22 Mar 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://reggae-shack.com/ackee-bamboo-serves-up-jamaican-cuisine-with-a-love-side-in-los-angeles-petri-la-bread-stories/ This article is presented in partnership with the Natural History Museum “Petri: LA Bread Stories“, a project that celebrates LA’s history, heritage and communities through the lens of bread. For Marlene Beckford, founder of Ackee Bamboo Jamaican Cuisine, food is love. In a video interview with Marlene, she shares with us the story of how […]]]>

This article is presented in partnership with the Natural History Museum “Petri: LA Bread Stories“, a project that celebrates LA’s history, heritage and communities through the lens of bread.

For Marlene Beckford, founder of Ackee Bamboo Jamaican Cuisine, food is love. In a video interview with Marlene, she shares with us the story of how her mother poured love into family meals and how longing for a home-cooked meal inspired her to open an authentic restaurant in Jamaican cuisine in Los Angeles. For Marlene, her food is an outward expression of well-being, communication and caring for the community – and her French fries dumplings are a manifestation of that love for her family and her community.

To see Marlene’s story, watch the video below.

Marlene Beckford of Ackee Bamboo shares her bread story in this video produced by the Natural History Museum as part of “Kneaded LA,” a project that celebrates LA’s history, heritage and communities through the lens of bread .

LA kneaded: Ackee Bamboo and Marlene Beckford

To see what’s cooking at Ackee Bamboo, check out ackeebamboo.com or visit them at Leimert Park at 4305 Degnan Blvd. Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90008.

What’s your LA bread story?

Have you visited Ackee Bamboo or know of another Los Angeles bread maker that lovingly connects with their community? We want to hear from you! Join the conversation on social media and tag us @NHMLA with #KneadedLA.

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Tried Jamaican food from a small St Ann’s takeaway – and was not disappointed https://reggae-shack.com/tried-jamaican-food-from-a-small-st-anns-takeaway-and-was-not-disappointed/ Wed, 16 Mar 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://reggae-shack.com/tried-jamaican-food-from-a-small-st-anns-takeaway-and-was-not-disappointed/ The weather is warming up so we thought it would be the perfect time for community reporter Keimae Blake to review the Jam Rock English and Jamaican Takeaway at St Ann’s. Here’s what she thought of it and she wasn’t disappointed. Sunshine and good vibes are what come to mind when I think of Jamaica. […]]]>

The weather is warming up so we thought it would be the perfect time for community reporter Keimae Blake to review the Jam Rock English and Jamaican Takeaway at St Ann’s. Here’s what she thought of it and she wasn’t disappointed.

Sunshine and good vibes are what come to mind when I think of Jamaica. Been there many times for vacations growing up, one of the things I love most about Jamaica is the food.

I’m not a big fan of ackee and salt fish but I’m open to any other dish!

Upon arrival at the Jam Rock restaurant, there were people sitting outside eating their lunch. The small take-out restaurant is next to a flower shop and continental grocery store at 265 Well’s Road.

Read more: Here’s what St Ann’s locals think of the area



The Jam Rock Caribbean and English Takeaway at 265 Wells Road

With plenty of options to choose from in store, prices were respectable with a medium serving of soup for £2.50, a medium serving of oxtail for £6 and 5 pieces of chicken or fish for £2.50 .

Bargain.

I went for jerk chicken, rice and peas, dumplings and chicken finger foods (which come in servings of 3) and it’s safe to say I’ll definitely be making another visit to Jam Rock.

Greeted by a lovely gentleman behind the counter, the smell inside was good enough to make you want to try a bit of everything.

For anyone with a sweet tooth, there were also delicious and tempting cakes for the afternoons, including a lovely slice of chocolate cake.

My only criticism being that the jerk sauce was a bit too spicy, the chicken niblets had a crispy, crunchy coating – better than anything at KFC. I would like to know what the recipe for Jam Rock is!

The portion size was just right (I had quite a bit to save) and the rice and peas were delicious as nothing beats rice being undercooked and tough. The jerk chicken was smoky, flavorful and savory with the meatballs having just the right amount of sweetness and crispiness.

After my meal, it’s safe to say I was full and for me, that’s just under ten euros well spent.

So overall I would give Jam Rock cafe a 9/10 highly recommend and was sad to say I forgot my grapefruit flavored BIGGA to wash it all down but don’t worry there is always next time.

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Jamaican food more than jerk chicken https://reggae-shack.com/jamaican-food-more-than-jerk-chicken/ Sat, 12 Mar 2022 07:58:58 +0000 https://reggae-shack.com/jamaican-food-more-than-jerk-chicken/ What are cookies As is common practice with almost all professional websites, https://cyprus-mail.com (our “To place”) uses cookies, which are tiny files that are downloaded to your device, to improve your experience. This document describes what information they collect, how we use it and why we sometimes need to store these cookies. We will also […]]]>

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Authentic Jamaican food restaurant in Sheffield that is a hit with Google reviewers https://reggae-shack.com/authentic-jamaican-food-restaurant-in-sheffield-that-is-a-hit-with-google-reviewers/ Tue, 01 Mar 2022 11:04:00 +0000 https://reggae-shack.com/authentic-jamaican-food-restaurant-in-sheffield-that-is-a-hit-with-google-reviewers/ Reggae Kitchen Sheffield has been serving authentic Jamaican cuisine to residents of the city for several years since opening at 200 City Road. Read more Read more Sheffield restaurant owner shares secrets of his success as lockdown continues The food spot has been a hit with customers, and many have taken to the internet to […]]]>

Reggae Kitchen Sheffield has been serving authentic Jamaican cuisine to residents of the city for several years since opening at 200 City Road.

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Calvin Wisdom and Shenade Gordon of Reggae Kitchen Ltd based at 200 City Road. Photo: Brian Eyre

There are 125 reviews on Google, with an average of 4.5 stars – just short of the maximum five-star score.

James Finlayson said: “Delicious jerk chicken, with real homemade flavor of herbs and spices. Very generous portion too and drink included with the meal.

Another added: “We had a large chicken curry, jerk chicken and a small mutton curry. All three came with a dumpling, rice and peas and a drink.

“At under £9 a dish, the lot was very good value. It was really good and very filling.

Pictured mutton curry (boneless halal). Photo: Brian Eyre

Another customer described his meal as “beautiful cooking”.

Owner Calvin Wisdom once revealed the secret to the restaurants’ success: loyal customers.

He said, “We have had loyal customers since day one of our opening.

“The same customers have invited their family and their friends and their friends and their friends and their friends to try our food.

“Many of our customers seem to know each other and will recognize someone from school or elsewhere when they come for their food.”

“We’re also getting a lot of new customers from Google.”

The other integral element that Calvin helps his business continue to do well is having a small menu of a few popular dishes that always sell well.

He added: “A lot of places have 100 or 150 dishes on their menu and will never sell half of them. We only sell a few popular dishes. And all of our meat is boneless, which people like.

These dishes include mutton curry, which is served with rice and peas; jerk chicken, which is served with fried dumplings; chicken curry and brown stew chicken plus a selection of patties including vegetables, beef, lamb and chicken.

For more information about Reggae Kitchen, please visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/reggaekitchensheffield

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Good Vybz: The Jamaican Food You’ll Fall For https://reggae-shack.com/good-vybz-the-jamaican-food-youll-fall-for/ Tue, 01 Mar 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://reggae-shack.com/good-vybz-the-jamaican-food-youll-fall-for/ Good vybz only. Photo: F. Anthea Schaap The Turngemeinde (gymnastics association) in Berlin has had a checkered history. It was founded in the midst of the revolutions of 1848 in the tradition of Friedrich Ludwig Jahn, the so-called “father of German gymnastics”. (An unquestionably huge figure in the sports world, Jahn pioneered the use of […]]]>
Good vybz only. Photo: F. Anthea Schaap

The Turngemeinde (gymnastics association) in Berlin has had a checkered history. It was founded in the midst of the revolutions of 1848 in the tradition of Friedrich Ludwig Jahn, the so-called “father of German gymnastics”. (An unquestionably huge figure in the sports world, Jahn pioneered the use of equipment like rings and high bars at his outdoor gym in Hasenheide in 1810, while espousing racist views and anti-Semites.) Later, the association served as a front for the Communist Party, banned and then reauthorized by the Allies in post-war West Berlin. It currently has more than 6,000 active members.

Let’s cut to the chase. Why do you, a non-gymnast, need to know about this place? Because since last year the Turngemeinde has not only been home to cranks and cartwheels, but also the best Jamaican cuisine in Berlin.

In August 2021, without much fanfare, mobile catering company Vybz took over the club restaurant. Goodbye, schnitzel – now hungry gymnasts (and anyone stopping by) can refuel with jerk chicken, plantains, rice with peas, oxtail stew, goat curry or ackee and salt fish. The only reminder of the kitchen’s German past is the Berliner Kindl on tap.

From Jamaica to Hasenheide

“Some people still ask about the schnitzel, but then I kindly explain to them that it’s gone,” says Vybz owner Stokley White. Born in Jamaica, he moved to Steglitz aged 11 in 1990 to live with his mother. the two of them now run the kitchen together.

It was his childhood dream to be a chef – a dream he gave up upon realizing the grueling working conditions he would face in the industry. But he couldn’t completely stray from the topic. He finished his apprenticeship as a retailer on the gourmet floor of KaDeWe, then worked on his own until one day he had a fateful conversation with his cousin, owner of the since-closed Jamerica in Schöneberg. The restaurant had been invited to organize a concert by an American rapper; White’s cousin wanted to decline, but White took the job instead. It was then that he took a liking to it.

Good famous jerk chicken from Vybz. Photo: Aida Baghernejad

Gradually, he expanded the catering branch of the family business to go on his own with Vybz. Suddenly, White found himself at home backstage at Berlin’s biggest concert halls, as well as at events like Karneval der Kulturen and street markets like Bite Club, where his jerk chicken – cooked on a grill that he had welded himself – was a huge success.

This was also the case when he organized the Turngemeinde summer festival at their premises in Columbiadamm. In fact, the club’s chefs were so overwhelmed by his food that they offered him a contract on the spot. White jumped at the chance.

Win the Germans

Now its huge black gates stand on the grounds of the Turnverein. Next to the gym, rice and beans are cooking on the stove. Indoors, the German and Jamaican worlds collide.

“The members are really into new food,” White says, while serving a group of regulars who come in weekly for their post-workout meal. Maybe because you can taste the passion in every plate. White and her mother bake almost everything themselves, from the changing selection of cakes and pies to traditional dumplings (cornmeal fritters) that are served as a side dish or used as buns for veggie burgers.

If you’re new to Jamaican cuisine, start with the jerk chicken: marinated in a tangy, fruity and sweet black spice blend, grilled on the outside and served with rice and coconut beans, sweet and savory fried plantains, dumplings and salad. Vegetarians can get the same plate with the chicken replaced with callaloo, a relative of the Caribbean amaranth comparable to spinach. Wash it all down with the Jamaican hibiscus drink Sorrel or a can of Ting, a grapefruit soda that’s huge in Caribbean countries (and England) but hard to find in Berlin.

And there is still more to come. White is working on a recipe for patties – savory pastries filled with meat, vegetables or salted fish, found not only in Jamaica but also on street corners in London or New York.

Jamaica’s motto is “Out of Many One People”, which is reflected in the island’s cuisine: enslaved Africans brought their own influences; colonial migration from England and India left behind things like curry. From these individual elements, a culture of its own has developed.

It is perhaps precisely this diverse quality of Jamaican cuisine that makes it a good choice for the most German of institutions: the sports club. In any case, fewer and fewer guests are asking questions about the schnitzel.

Good Vybz Columbiadamm 111, Neukölln, Tue–Sun 10 am–10.30 pm, www.vybz-restoration.com

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Cool Runnings actor Leon Robinson enjoys bobsledding, Jamaican food and music | Entertainment https://reggae-shack.com/cool-runnings-actor-leon-robinson-enjoys-bobsledding-jamaican-food-and-music-entertainment/ Sun, 20 Feb 2022 05:09:50 +0000 https://reggae-shack.com/cool-runnings-actor-leon-robinson-enjoys-bobsledding-jamaican-food-and-music-entertainment/ With any movie star, there’s the actor, and then there’s the character. Leon Robinson, or “Just Leon” as he humbly preferred to be credited over the years, has always had an interest in cultivating the latter. Most Jamaicans had discovered his chiseled face in the 1993 cult classic Cool races film that tells the story […]]]>

With any movie star, there’s the actor, and then there’s the character. Leon Robinson, or “Just Leon” as he humbly preferred to be credited over the years, has always had an interest in cultivating the latter. Most Jamaicans had discovered his chiseled face in the 1993 cult classic Cool races film that tells the story of the island’s first bobsled (or bobsledding) team that defied the naysayers with their participation in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Canada.

The film gave a glimpse into the passion of the daring sportsmen and earned them a special place in the hearts of fellow Jamaicans. Indeed, many of them would end up falling in love with the charming character of Derice Bannock. In an interview with The Sunday GleanerLeon says he knew the sport very well and enjoyed it.

It’s been almost three decades since the Walt Disney film was released and 34 years since the four-man team made their Olympic debut, delighting the world with their inspiring story, but Leon’s appreciation for it hasn’t than deepen.

“While I wouldn’t describe myself as a bobsled fan, I can definitely say I enjoyed it for what it is. I don’t know how the movie impacted my career because I can say I was fine before that. I’m happy to have played many roles that stayed in people’s hearts and created memorable characters, Derice being one of them, Leon said.

MASSIVE APPRECIATION

And he continues to wave the Jamaican flag as if it were his homeland, knowing that for the first time in 24 years, a four-man team had qualified to compete in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. “It’s a huge appreciation because I’ve been in sledding, and I know what it takes and how it beats your body,” he said.

The actor was one of the VIP guests at a private party hosted by the Jamaica Tourist Board in New York last Friday to see the Jamaican national team compete in the four-man bobsled races. Unfortunately, the two-man bobsled team finished 30th out of 30, but it’s been said that the team is working hard and aiming for more than movie references – to make their mark in real life. For this reason, and more, Leon believes that the current athletes who represent the country deserve all the support and should know that what they are doing is not in vain.

“I have nothing but tremendous respect for athletes. What I would share with the Jamaicans there is that they need to be aware of their presence in the world. When we have someone representing the island, you have to puff out your chest and represent; let them know you’re behind them because these things don’t happen every day,” he said. “It’s absolutely amazing that Jamaica has qualified to be one of the best in the world and pushed to be part of the Winter Olympics over the years, given that there is no snow. about the island. One thing I know is that so many people who have never been to Jamaica only know the island through Cool racesand that makes me proud to be part of this story.

Leon shared that he never thought of playing the Derice character any differently, and he admitted, “I don’t watch my movies,” because he feels he’s too critical of himself and ‘ he looks at it several times “it makes me start thinking about what I could do differently”.

Fun fact. When Disney went looking for actors for the movie, people kept saying Leon should be in the cast, thinking he was born in Jamaica. Of Jamaican descent, Leon lived in Jamaica for three to four months a year and for 10 years before landing the role in Cool races would answer to the nickname ‘Akee and Salt fish’.

Midway through the interview, the actor, who is also a singer and songwriter, launched into the patois, joking that he was the biggest foodie and lover of Jamaican food, ackee and from salted fish to steamed fish and all the inner workings of island flavors.

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SPECTRUM

And his connection to Jamaica is multi-layered, being the lead singer and songwriter of award-winning reggae-soul band Leon and The Peoples, who he explained are on the other side of the spectrum from his career in the film industry.

“I was still in Jamaica. Usually every Christmas I am in Hopewell but was unable to travel last year. I’m culturally influenced, and as an artist I’ve done four tours with Beres Hammond – he produced my first single. So the connection is deep,” he said.

Leon added, “The band is actually a saving grace because the movie industry isn’t exactly a fun business. Besides, the music is me…I don’t play a character. In Cool races, I was not me, I was Derice Bannock, and all I cared about was what I presented as a character, the same for all the characters I played. Through music, people get to know each other and engage more with Leon, the storyteller.

Leon and The Peoples are currently looking to book dates between their acting schedule, he said, and plan to be in Negril by July. He’s also gearing up for the March 4 premiere of a new movie he’s in, a day to diewhere he plays the character of Tyrone Pettis.

“It’s an action movie starring myself, Kevin Dillon and Bruce Willis, and it’s true, my fans especially love to see me play the bad boy,” he laughed.

“But whether it’s acting, producing, directing or singing, I hope to be part of stories that last beyond my time. And one of the best pieces of advice I can give to young creatives or anyone entering the industry and [adding] to stories, is to be only you. Don’t try to keep up with the peloton. There are far too many Indians and not enough chiefs – if you understand what I’m saying,” Leon continued.

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Jamaican food is more than jerk chicken https://reggae-shack.com/jamaican-food-is-more-than-jerk-chicken/ Mon, 31 Jan 2022 15:00:00 +0000 https://reggae-shack.com/jamaican-food-is-more-than-jerk-chicken/ Brothers Shaun and Craig McAnuff are back with more flavors receipts – this time all vegan. By Prudence Wade. Shaun and Craig McAnuff – the brothers behind culinary sensation Original Flava, with nearly 160,000 Instagram followers – admit that vegan meals were not part of their childhood dinner parties. Growing up in a Caribbean household […]]]>

Brothers Shaun and Craig McAnuff are back with more flavors receipts – this time all vegan. By Prudence Wade.

Shaun and Craig McAnuff – the brothers behind culinary sensation Original Flava, with nearly 160,000 Instagram followers – admit that vegan meals were not part of their childhood dinner parties.

Growing up in a Caribbean household in south London, meat was really the main event, but that has changed now, with the duo experimenting more with plant-based foods – and their mother has even been vegan since 2017.

Their new book is called Natural Flava, and Shaun calls it “a first step in trying to get people on the path to healthier, happier eating – because most of the Afro-Caribbean community [are] mostly meat [eating]”. He wants to show people how to find a balance, saying, “We’re not trying to tell people to be vegan. We’re not activists, because I don’t think that’s the best way to introduce people to things. Only two or three times a week – changing your diet is the best way to start.”

The Caribbean diet may be meat-heavy, but the McAnuffs have found it easy to whip up recipes using plants from their culture. Growing up, “vegetables were used in sides – but they were very tasty side dishes,” says Craig. “It was always an eclectic range of different vegetables, rather than just Brussels sprouts.”

A big source of inspiration for many recipes is the Rastafari movement, with a section of the book dubbed “Ital Inspired” (a belief that food should be locally grown and unaltered). Shaun calls them one of the “pioneers of plant-based vegan foods”. Food is spiritual for Rastas, with Shaun saying, “It’s about eating dirt and taking care of your body.”

Craig continues, “The Rastafarian movement isn’t just about food – it’s about how to preserve Mother Nature, respecting the environment much more. That’s why they say the earth and everything born naturally is good for you, whether it’s food, whether it’s medicine. They always encourage using what’s natural, so that was really the pivotal inspiration for this book.”

Before releasing their first book in 2019, Original Flava, the brothers made a pilgrimage to Jamaica — and it’s the plant-based food they remember most. “The best meal I ever had was a vegan meal in Jamaica, recalls Craig. “It was amazing. It was different vegan dishes on one plate – stewed peas, pumpkin, coleslaw, tofu curry, rice and peas – all in one bowl. We brought that excitement and vibrancy, and those Caribbean ingredients to what we’re doing now.”

Caribbean ingredients are certainly central to the book, and the brothers could talk lyrically about them for hours – including callaloo (“like spinach,” Shaun says), ackee (“which is a fruit, but eat like a vegetable”) , and, of course, the plantain.

Plantain recipes are present throughout the book, but you won’t just see it as a fried side dish. It’s in stews, lasagna, desserts, hummus – there’s even a recipe for making your own plantain milk.

“We come from a Caribbean community where we’re so used to these ingredients, so we wanted to show it in a new light,” says Craig. “Plantain is a much loved vegetable – delicious, it’s from the banana family, it’s sweet but still starchy. There are so many different ways [to cook it]and we wanted to show our community and the world how you can use different Caribbean vegetables, as well as everyday vegetables, with added flavor. »

The “F” word — flavor — is something the McAnuffs bring up again and again, but they also can’t ignore the benefits they’ve both experienced from eating more plant-based meals.

Neither brother is fully vegan (although Shaun was for a year in 2017), but they are increasingly incorporating plant-based meals into their diets. Craig says they are now “happier inside ourselves – mentally and energized too”.

Shaun says the difference between their mother health – she went vegan when Shaun started experimenting – is austere. “She had type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, but was able to control and eradicate that as well,” he says. “For her health, it’s done wonders. She’s lost so much weight, her skin is glowing, she’s happy. She loves it.”

For the brothers, food has always been a family affair and that couldn’t be clearer in their new book, with photos of their children throughout (Shaun has a two-year-old son and Craig has two-year-old twin daughters. year).

Three years ago between Shaun, the eldest, and Craig, and be Business partners and siblings has its ups and downs. Craig admits they bicker, saying, “Not all the time, but obviously as brothers we do. I’d say we bicker less than most people, but we always turn it around in a minute. or two.”

Shaun adds that the main thing they argue about is “what recipes will we make next” – which is certainly a nice problem to have.

Natural Flava: Quick And Easy Plant-Based Caribbean Recipes by Craig and Shaun McAnuff is published by Bloomsbury, priced at £22. Photography by Matt Russel. Available now.

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Island Breeze Jamaican Cuisine Will Blow Your Mind | Culture & Leisure https://reggae-shack.com/island-breeze-jamaican-cuisine-will-blow-your-mind-culture-leisure/ Thu, 27 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://reggae-shack.com/island-breeze-jamaican-cuisine-will-blow-your-mind-culture-leisure/ I’ve always had a fondness for Jamaican cuisine in my culinary heart, having honeymooned in Ocho Rios at the Jamaica Inn. The jerk chicken at Island Breeze had a huge portion of marinated grilled tender meat accompanied by our choice of mixed vegetables and fried sweet plantains. Redlands Community News photo by Dorene Cohen From […]]]>

I’ve always had a fondness for Jamaican cuisine in my culinary heart, having honeymooned in Ocho Rios at the Jamaica Inn.






The jerk chicken at Island Breeze had a huge portion of marinated grilled tender meat accompanied by our choice of mixed vegetables and fried sweet plantains.




From patties (scotch bonnet chili ground meat pies and ackee (a fruit that, when ripe and sautéed, looks like scrambled eggs) with salt fish, to the incredibly aromatic dishes known as jerk pork and jerk chicken where the meat is marinated in a mixture of spices such as allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves as well as scotch bonnet peppers (also called red habaneros).

Only Carolina Reaper, Trinidad Scorpion, and Ghost Pepper provide a more sustained burn. Once the meat is marinated, it is grilled over green chili wood until it is blackened but not burnt.

The result is tender, smoky and highly aromatic meat with a distinct kick. Some of the best renditions can be found at the Pork Pit in Montego Bay and any roadside stand in Port Antonio, believed to be the origin of jerked meats.

I don’t want to “jerk” you off, but it’s a culinary high you can’t get enough of. The level of spiciness can be controlled in some cases, but unless you’re a seasoned Chilean chef, don’t bite into a Scotch bonnet on your own. A little goes a long way. Most Island Breeze dishes are only moderately spicy

Island Breeze offers a varied menu of Jamaican specialties. Located in Colton on Mount Vernon Avenue, they are open for takeout, but incredibly quick to prepare any dish you order. We waited about 10 minutes for six items.

We started with galettes, an orange-colored pastry filled with finely chopped beef, chicken or spiced vegetables. Scotch bonnets are highlighted by the spicy/fruity aroma, but the heat just gives a nice glow to the back of the throat and of course the flavor is very aromatic given the spice profile. Not warm enough for you? Ask for a cup of sugar infused sauce with tiny bits of scotch bonnets.







Brown Chicken Stew

Island Breeze’s Tuesday lunch special was a brown chicken stew with four of their sides and a drink for $8.50.




Brown stew chicken is also popular. It is the Tuesday lunch dish and includes a mixture of vegetables, rice and “peas” (small beans), fried sliced ​​sweet plantains and a festival (tied sweet bread). The sides tend to be starchy, which helps temper the spiciness of some dishes. The brown stewing chicken was bathed in a rich brown sauce that’s more peppery than feisty, and the meat was tender.

High quality goat curry is hard to find, as more often than not it is tough and chewy. Not this interpretation.

The meat positively melts in the mouth, probably due to slow cooking and low heat. Beware, however, of the small pointed bones, good for dislodging pieces of goat meat stuck between the teeth.

Portions of each main course are extremely generous and all main courses can be ordered with two sides or a la carte.

Jerk chicken (pork not usually available) was literally half a ground chicken that had been marinated in jerk seasonings then grilled over an open flame until the skin was blackened, but not burned.

Jerk Marinade can be ordered separately for use as a dipping sauce. It brings a pleasant spiciness and contrasts with the richness of the meat. The spiciness is in the eye of the beholder.

Then came the oxtail — a dish I’ve often found wanting in the past, due to the scarcity of meat and excess fat. Their interpretation was unlike any I have encountered. Lots of rich, tender meat, and after a long render, there was minimal fat.

It is served bathed in a lush brown sauce with flavors of island spices. I sucked out every last bit of marrow from the bones.

Finish, if you have room, or even think you don’t, with a piece of their Jamaican Dark Cake, dipped in spiced dark rum.

The cake is moist and oh so delicious. Follow it up with a tall glass of milk or a cup of Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee if you can find the beans. It’s a perfect ending to a taste bud expanding experience.

Island Breeze Jamaican Cuisine

Or: 1063 S. Mt. Vernon Ave., Colton.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Prices: Patties $3.25 each, à la carte (meat only) $8.50 to $12, lunch specials from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday $8.50 to $9.75, bowls served with rice and steamed peas and vegetables and chicken brown stew or chicken curry $5.99, fish starters and whole fish $10.50 to $22 (allow 45 minutes for preparation), combo plates with two sides 13.50 $ to $18.

Details: Meal preparation service, meal $50, 10 meals $95, 15 meals $140 with a weekly subscription. Catering also available.

For more information: ibjamaicancuisine.com or call (909) 514-0771.

David Cohen is the former co-host of the PBS show “Table for Two.”

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