Next stop of our Culinary Tour is Jamaica. I was doing A LOT of research what dish I could make this week. I wasn’t really happy with any of my search results because Jamaicans use soooo many exotic ingredients that I’ve never heard of and which I definitely would not be able to buy here. I learned quite a lot about Jamaican cuisine, though. These are some traditional Jamaican meals:
- Jerk Chicken (too hot for my kiddos’ tastebuds because you use scotch bonnet peppers which are one of the hottest varieties in the world)
- Jerk Pork (same as with jerk chicken)
- Patties (pastry with various fillings, I’m not a big fan of ground beef, though)
- Ackee and Saltfish (THE national dish of Jamaica; there are no ackees here, and I doubt I could buy saltfish here in Germany)
- Festival (fried dumplings – sound good except for the deep-frying)
- Roast Breadfruit (there are no breadfruit here)
So, I wasn’t really excited about Jamaican cuisine and decided to cook a Red Pea Soup. Follow the link if you want the recipe – I won’t list it here because none of us was really excited with the result. It was ok, but not something I will ever cook again. The only thing the kids liked about this soup were the spinners (dumplings made from flour, water and salt). I really DO love kidney beans, but the combination of coconut milk and kidney beans was just too weird. So, I’m sorry to say that, but Jamaica is not among my Top 10 destinations foodwise. Hopefully some other co-travellers of the Culinary Tour have made something tastier so we won’t have to starve during our stay in Jamaica. See you next week in Haiti!