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 🙂


  1. Have a lovely vacation . . . I’m sure you’ve earned it! (I’m sending you this mesage while on vacation myself, in Ireland . . . far away from the Washington area heat wave!)

  2. I love Jamaican Jerk and I make it regularly. Scotch Bonnet peppers are the only ones to use!

    Have a wonderful time on vacation, and take it from me, if the person behind you on the plane is coughing up a storm, move!

  3. Have fun in Panama, and send us pictures. Sort of like postcards, but faster!

    Bartering drapes for furniture is a great idea!

  4. That is so cool. Thanks for the recipes. I promise to do at least one of them 🙂 Have a great vacation and rest!

  5. Did you cook your chicken in the ground? I had some jerk chicken grilled cooked that way and it was TDF! BTW, Have a great vacation!

  6. I always thought feta was made from goat’s milk, but looking at wikipedia, I find that it was traditionally made from sheep’s milk.

    In any case, your meal sounds delicious and yes, the years I had a cleaning woman were the best of my life, house-wise!

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