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A few asked for the recipes from the Jamaican Independence Day Party

Jerk Chicken.I think the recipes are generally all the same: scallions, peppers, dried thyme, allspice, nutmeg, cloves and garlic.  But, please. Try and buy ‘Scotch Bonnet Peppers’. Or ‘Jamaican Peppers’ as the Thai-Philippine store by my house calls them.  They have a nice kick and leave out the seeds if you’re worried about the heat. Oh, and I use fresh thyme because it grows in my sidewalk garden.

Everyday Food. I am STILL mad about Blueprint magazine Martha!

Plantain Chips. Traditionally, you just fry plantains. But, these were even better. And pretty much worked on the first batch. It just takes a LOT of plantains.


Mango Salsa.I made this one up.  Three mangoes (two firm, one ripe), cubed. One cucumber, cubed. 1/4 of a red onion, juice of one lime, salt and pepper. This was not a spicy one at all. I let it sit in the fridge all day and it was great.  Really light and fresh.

Lime Chili Butter.Hmm, I adapted this. I used butter instead of mayo and no cheese.

Everyday Food

Sweat Tea.Ummm, another bootleg recipe. For every two cups of tea, I added four cups of limeade, zest of one lime and a lot of simple syrup.

Watermelon Basil Feta Tomato Salad. I saw this forever ago on Two Hot Tamales.  One whole seedless watermelon, juice from one lemon, a splash of rum, 1/4 cup of chopped basil, a small container of the pear shaped tomatoes, and a 1/2 cup of crumbled feta. Although, in retrospect, I think I should go with goat cheese next time.

This weekend I am making curtains for friends. We bartered for my new-to-me bedroom furniture. And Tuesday of next week, I am finally, blessedly on my 10-day vacation. I’ll be heading to Panama with a girlfriend to visit my parents. And hopefully, when I come back, I’ll head to the sewing room 🙂