August 6th marks another year commemorating the Independence of Jamaica from Britain. The days leading up to Jamaica Independence Day are packed with events and celebrations. Every year, a Festival is held to celebrate Jamaica Independence Day. The festival opens with a flag-raising ceremony to recognise Jamaica’s accomplishments and focus on the creativity in Jamaica and its cultural awareness.
Jamaican cuisines are mainly flavoured with spices like ginger, nutmeg, and allspice (pimento). Many meals are often eaten with ‘hard food’ which is a combination of boiled dumplings, banana, and yam. Seafood is abundant in the Jamaican diet as it’s widely available in Jamaica cuisine due to the warm Caribbean Sea waters that surround the island. There is plenty of lobster, shrimp, and fish such as red snapper, and mackerel.
In honour of Jamaica Independence Day, celebrate in your kitchen with these MUST-try recipes.
Ackee and Saltfish
Ackee and Saltfish is Jamaica’s national dish. This dish is usually eaten for breakfast, but you can definitely eat it for dinner. Ackee and Saltfish are often paired with fried or boiled dumplings, breadfruit, rice and much more.
Oxtail with Rice and Peas
Oxtail is a classic dish in Jamaica which is stewed cooked with butterbean and deeply flavoured with many seasonings. Traditionally, rice and peas are served with a main every Sunday for dinner.
Jerk Chicken with Rice and Peas
Jerk chicken is one of the most popular dishes that everyone knows and loves and is easy to make.
Jamaican Beef Patty
Jamaican patties are a flaky crusted golden pastry, filled with a tasty spicy meat filling.
Guinness Punch is a smooth and creamy drink with a perfect combination of the bitterness of the Guinness and the sweetness of the condensed milk, making the drink extremely moreish.
We haven’t forgotten about you vegans. Check out @rgveganfood for delicious Jamaican vegan dishes.