Christmas Eve Dinner

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“Jamaican Dinner” Torrance, 2021

As usual, we enjoyed a huge Jamaican feast for our Christmas Eve dinner. My mom cooks up a storm for us, with jerk pork and chicken, stew peas, rice and peas, stew chicken, callaloo, plantain, shrimp rundown, oxtail, curry goat, and patties. It was awesome! The only problem is that the food doesn’t photograph well since the colors are mostly all muted. But the taste was off-the-charts.

Thanks, Mom!

Jamaican Dinner

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“Escovitch Fish” Torrance, 2021

My mom made a Jamaican feast for us this evening, and the star of the menu (for me, at least) was an amazing Escovitch Snapper. It was pan-fried whole, and then covered with a yummy, vinegary sauce. So delicious! Of course we had some other Jamaican staples, such as Jerk pork, stew peas, and plantain, but the fish was what I will remember most. 🐟❤🇯🇲

Bully Beef Sandwiches

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“Bully Beef” Cedar Park, 2020

I decided to make some bully beef to take advantage of the abundance of delicious baguettes that Mariko baked. Bully beef is the name used in Jamaica for corned beef (canned) sandwiches, and we used to eat them when we were growing up since my Mom was born and raised in Jamaica.

There are a number of ingredients you can add to the corned beef, but I usually just mix it with mayo, then add some Pickapeppa. You can add onion, tomato, Scotch Bonnet, ketchup, etc. Just do a google search and you can find some good ideas! But for me, just the simple mayo and Pickapeppa was good for a spread to go on the baguette.

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“Bully Beef Time” Cedar Park, 2020

Why not pick up a can of corned beef from the market and try for yourself? It might just become one of your favorites. 😀

Yearly Jamaican Dinner

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“Jamaican Dinner” Torrance, 2019

One of our holiday traditions that we all look forward to is my mom’s huge Jamaican food feast. We usually have it as a Christmas Eve or Christmas Day dinner, but this year we delayed it a bit since my brother’s family joined us after. But of course the food was awesome! Here’s a list of some of the items on the menu:

  • Jerk Pork
  • Jerk Chicken
  • Oxtail
  • Crab run-down
  • Plantain
  • Rice and Peas
  • Stew Peas
  • Fricassee Chicken
  • Callaloo
  • Patties
  • Scotch Bonnet Peppers

Yes, we were stuffed! I’m certainly “bulking up” on the calories this vacation. 😆

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“Jamaican Food” Torrance, 2019

I hope you had a nice day!


Austin to Miami and Jamaican Feast

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“Small Plane” Austin, 2019

Today was our travel day from Austin to Miami, where we’ll spend the night before we begin our Caribbean cruise.

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“Jetway” Austin, 2019

Our flight wasn’t too early, and the airport wasn’t crowded at all so the whole flight was stress-free.

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“Clouds” Gulf of Mexico, 2019

Our plane was small, with just four seats per aisle, but it was very comfortable with lots of legroom so the flight seemed to go by in no time, and before we knew it, we were in the Miami humidity!

We were the first of our immediate family to arrive so we got dibs on the amazing feast that was waiting at my cousin’s house (where we would be staying).

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“Boxes of Patties” Miami, 2019

Patties, curry goat, fricassee chicken, stew peas, plantain, etc. It was awesome! Everything was from Jamaica Kitchen, the BEST Jamaican food in Miami. My cousin is the owner/operator of Jamaica Kitchen, but even it wasn’t a family-owned restaurant, I’d still rave about it. It’s so delicious!

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“Travelers’ Rest” Miami, 2019

Later that evening, the rest of my immediate family arrived and we continued the feast. What a wonderful day reuniting with family. Can’t wait for the rest of the trip!

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“Ping Pong” Miami, 2019

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