explorejamaica

Get Out and Explore!

Jamaica is known for the sand, sea, and sun, therefore making it a perfect destination for a vacation or just a quick getaway. There is so much to do, you will never be bored or unoccupied. When making a trip to Jamaica, don’t just go to the touristy spots, enter into uncharted territory. The Blue Mountains, The Cockpit Country, the small community river where all the locals go on a Sunday evening, the farmer reaping watermelons, the jerk man on the hillside road, the shrimp woman in Middle Quarters, St. Elizabeth or the handcart man selling a whole island of fruits from his stall in Downtown Kingston. Travel should be about exploration not just a beach and delicately prepared hotel food. Travel should open up your eyes to different cultures, norms, societies, beliefs, and most of all, experiences.

So on your next trip to Jamaica, go out and explore. Make it an adventure!

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Recipe of the Day: Jamaican Coffee – Yogurt Shake

The summer has been a hot one so far, and we are all seeking ways to shake off the heat. Today we give you a great tasting, super simple recipe to do just that. Jamaican coffee is one of the best in the world, and its addition to this recipe will make you love it even more. Check it out below.

DifficultyEasy

Preparation time: 10m

 

Ingredients

For 1 people

  • 1/8 teaspoon(s) cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 cup(s) plain unflavoured yogurt
  • 1 cup(s) soda water
  • 1 tablespoon(s) sugar
  • 6 whole ice cubes
  • 1 teaspoon(s) Instant Coffee

Coffee-Yogurt Shake Directions

Combine all ingredients except ice cubes in a blender.

Blend adding the ice cubes one at a time, until smooth.

Enjoy

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Irie,

ReCaFo

 

 

chinese chop suey

Recipe of the Day: Jamaican Chicken Chop Suey

The Chinese played an integral role in the development of Jamaican culture and cuisine. Dishes like the Chop Suey and Sweet and Sour Chicken are popular dishes all over the island, and can be found in almost every Chinese restaurant. Today we give you a tasty recipe to create your own Jamaican Chop Suey dish. Check it out below.

DifficultyEasy

Preparation time: 20m
Cooking time: 15m

 

Ingredients

For 4 people

  • 2 stalk(s) escallion
  • 1 tablespoon(s) soy sauce
  • 1 small sweet pepper, julienne
  • 1/4 cup(s) Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup(s) Vegetable Oil
  • 1 clove(s) garlic, minced
  • 2 cup(s) pak choi, chopped
  • 4 cup(s) water
  • 2 teaspoon(s) cornstarch
  • 2 stalk(s) celery, julienne
  • 2 cup(s) cabbage, coarsley chopped
  • 1 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 1/4 cup(s) water
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 2 whole chicken breasts

Chicken Chop Suey Directions

De-bone and cut chicken breasts into strips, wash with a vinegar and water solution.

Season with salt, soy sauce and garlic. Set aside.

Cut celery, carrots, sweet pepper and pak choi into strips, coarsely shred cabbage and chop escallion.

Heat 2 Tbsps. Vegetable Oil in a frying pan. Add celery and carrot and saute for 3-5 minutes.

Add sweet pepper, pak choi, and cabbage and stir fry until crunchy.  Remove from the frying pan.

Add the remaining oil, if necessary, and saute escallion until transparent.

Add seasoned chicken and fry lightly.

Dissolve cornstarch with water and add to the cooked chicken.

Continue cooking for another two minutes or until slightly thickened.

Return the cooked vegetables to the frying pan and toss well.

Method Note: Additional seasoning may be added if necessary.

Enjoy

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via Grace Foods

Irie,

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fishwithorange

Recipe of the Day: Fish with Orange Sauce

We all love fish, well most of us do. It is a great tasting  and diverse form of seafood that offers you a good amount of protein and other nutrients. Today we give you a tasty recipe in which you will combine the flavor of the tropics with the  taste of the warm tropical seas. Check it out below.

DifficultySuper easy
Preparation time: 10m
Cooking time: 15m

 

Ingredients

For 6 people

  • 1/4 cup(s) Vegetable Oil
  • 4 cup(s) water
  • 1/4 cup(s) water
  • 1 teaspoon(s) garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup(s) Orange Juice
  • 1/4 cup(s) White Cane Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon(s) Soft Margarine
  • 1 cup(s) flour
  • 1 teaspoon(s) ginger, grated
  • 1 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 1 teaspoon(s) baking powder
  • 6 slice(s) fish fillet
  • 1 teaspoon(s) cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon(s) Black Pepper

Fish with Orange Sauce Directions

Clean and wash fish in a solution of vinegar and water.

Season fish fillets with salt, black pepper, and chopped garlic. Set aside.

Combine flour and baking powder and coat fish fillets. Shake off excess flour.

Heat Vegetable Oil in a skillet and lightly fry fillets until golden brown.

To Make Sauce

Bring Orange Juice to a boil, add grated ginger and cornstarch mixture. Stir and add Soft Margarine and stir until margarine has dissolved.

TO SERVE: Serve fish fillets with Orange Sauce and garnish with orange slices.

Serve with steamed Long Grain Rice, dasheen, breadfruit or yam.

Enjoy

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via Grace Foods

Irie,

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porkchops

Recipe of the Day: Golden Pork Chops

Pork is a really tasty and flavorful meat for those who eat it. It is not as diverse as chicken but still can be prepared in many different ways. Today we give you a sumptuous Pork recipe for you summer cookouts. Check it out below.

DifficultyEasy

Preparation time: 20m

Cooking time: 40m

Ingredients

  • 1 sprig(s) thyme
  • 1/2 cup(s) soy sauce
  • 1 cup(s) Tomato Ketchup
  • 1/2 cup(s) Vegetable Oil
  • 4 whole pimento berries
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon(s) ginger, grated
  • 1 tablespoon(s) raisins
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) scotch bonnet pepper,chopped
  • 1 cup(s) hot water
  • 1 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 1 stalk(s) escallion, chopped
  • 8 whole pork chops
  • 1 cup(s) orange juice
  • 1 medium onion, chopped

Golden Pork Chops Directions

Clean pork chops and season with soy sauce, half the ginger, salt and chopped onion. Cover and allow to marinate in the refrigerator for two hours.

Heat Vegetable Oil in a large skillet and use to brown pork chops on each side.

Remove pork chops from skillet and set aside. Drain about a half of the oil from the skillet. Return to the flame and use to saute the remaining ginger, scotch bonnet pepper, escallion, thyme and pimento berries.

De-glaze the pot with hot water, then return the pork chops to the skillet. Add orange juice and allow to cook until tender.

Mix in the Tomato Ketchup and the raisins and simmer for a further 5 minutes.

TO SERVE: Serve with slices of Roasted Sweet Potato and a tossed vegetable salad. Garnish with orange slices.

RECIPE NOTE:
De-glaze – To add a liquid such as wine or stock to loosen food particles stuck to the bottom of the pan.
Saute – To fry briefly over high heat.

 

Enjoy

via Grace Foods

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ReCaFo

fruitsalsa

Recipe of the Day: Jamaican Fruit Salsa

This is going to be an exciting summer, whether you are traveling, going out with friends on the weekends, or just relaxing by the beach; we will be giving you great recipe ideas that are super easy, tasty and perfect for the sweltering summer temperatures. Check it out below.

DifficultySuper easy

Preparation time: 10m

Ingredients

  • 1 sprig(s) parsley, chopped
  • 1 cup(s) pineapple, diced
  • 1/2 can(s) Tropical Fruit Punch
  • 1 cup(s) watermelon, diced
  • 2 tablespoon(s) dry white wine
  • 1 medium otahetie apple, diced

Fruit Salsa Directions

Combine all ingredients in a bowl while stirring with a spoon.

Cover and place in a refrigerator and use as desired.

To Serve:  Serve with turkey, grilled fish, lobster or shrimp.

Enjoy

What do you think about this recipe, have you ever tried it before? Hail us up in the comments below.

Irie,

ReCaFo

 

jerksalad

Recipe of the Day: Jamaican Crunchy Jerk Salad

Sometimes we all feel for a crunch, you know something that will give you all the nutrients you need for the day while lessening the calories. Today we will give you a recipe that does just that. Check it out below.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup(s) Jerk Chicken, de-boned and flaked
  • 1 medium cucumber
  • 2 tablespoon(s) jerk barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup(s) Vegetable Oil
  • 1 medium lettuce
  • 2 cup(s) bread cubes
  • 2 medium tomatoes

Crunchy Jerk Salad Directions

Wash all vegetables and shake off as much moisture as possible from the lettuce.

Coarsely shred lettuce, slice tomatoes into wedges and remove seeds.

Slice cucumber down in halves and use a spoon to remove seeds. Slice each half across to obtain moon shapes.

Prepare croutons by heating the oil in a skillet and fry bread cubes until brown on all sides. Drain on absorbent paper.

Flake Jerk Chicken and toss along with the vegetables.

To Serve:  Put to chill and toss in Grace Jerk Barbecue Sauce when ready to be served.

 

Enjoy

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Irie,

ReCaFo

 

 

citrusparadise

Recipe of the Day: Citrus Paradise

Its the summer time and we will soon be looking for innovative, tasty, and refreshing ideas of dishes to help take off the heat and also to impress our friends. Today we give you a recipe for a tasty citrus dish. You will be in love. Check out the recipe below.

DifficultyEasy
Preparation time: 6m

Cooking time: 15m

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoon(s) brandy
  • 1 cup(s) granulated sugar
  • 1 piece(s) cinnamon, stick
  • 4 large oranges
  • 1/2 tablespoon(s) Margarine
  • 2 cup(s) water

Citrus Paradise Directions

Peel and cut oranges into 1/2 inch slices.

Bring water to a boil and stir in sugar until all the granules are dissolved.

Allow to boil and stir until a thick syrup is formed then add cinnamon stick and orange slices. Cover and leave to steep for 4 minutes.

Remove from flame, add Margarine and allow to melt then add brandy. Spoon the mixture over the orange slices.

To Serve: Arrange orange slices on a serving plate and decorate with cherries and lime leaf.

Method Note: Steep- To allow food to stand stand in hot liquid to extract flavor / color.

Enjoy

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via Grace Foods

Irie,

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BBQ-tofu

Recipe of the Day: Barbecue Tofu

You already know that we are very diverse here at ReCaFo, and today we are giving the vegetarians and vegans a treat :)

Today’s recipe is Barbecue Tofu and it is a tasty one. This Tofu is well seasoned and soaked and you will have a flavor like you have never tasted in Tofu before once you follow the directions correctly. Check out the recipe below.

DifficultyEasy

Preparation time: 10m

Cooking time: 25m

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound(s) Tofu
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 clove(s) garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) black pepper
  • 1 cup(s) flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) paprika
  • 1/4 cup(s) Vegetable Oil
  •  To Make Barbecue Sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon(s) Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tablespoon(s) onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon(s) sweet pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup(s) Tomato Ketchup
  • 1/4 cup(s) Fish and Meat Sauce
  • 1/4 cup(s) honey

Barbecue Tofu Directions

Slice tofu in four pieces and season with onion, garlic, salt and black pepper.

Combine flour, salt and paprika to make seasoned flour.

Dip slices of tofu in seasoned flour and coat well.

Heat Vegetable Oil and fry the floured tofu for two minutes on both sides, then drain on paper towel.

Pour sauce over fried tofu and place in a pre-heated oven at (180°C) 350°F for 10 minutes.

To Make Barbecue Sauce:

Heat Vegetable Oil, saute onion and sweet pepper.

Add Tomato Ketchup, Fish and Meat Sauce and honey, mix well.

Enjoy

What do you think about this recipe, have you ever had it before? Hail us up in the comments below.

Irie, 

ReCaFo

 

 

coconutcurry

Recipe of the Day: Chicken Curry in Coconut Milk

Hmmm! Curry Chicken, a well known dish the world over. However, today we a re giving you a recipe with a nice little twist. We featured the Jamaican Curry Chicken recipe on our blog a few months ago but today we offer you Chicken Curry cooked down in creamy Coconut Milk. Check it out below.

DifficultyEasy

Preparation time: 25m

Cooking time: 20m

Ingredients

  • 1 stalk(s) escallion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 1 whole scotch bonnet pepper
  • 2 tablespoon(s) ginger, chopped
  • 2 whole chicken breasts
  • 1 can(s) Coconut Milk
  • 1 teaspoon(s) black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon(s) red sweet pepper, julienne
  • 3 clove(s) garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup(s) Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup(s) chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoon(s) Vegetable Oil
  • 2 tablespoon(s) green sweet pepper, julienne
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) scotch bonnet pepper, finely chopped
  • 4 cup(s) water
  • 1 sprig(s) thyme
  • 1 tablespoon(s) curry powder
  • 2 tablespoon(s) yellow sweet pepper, julienne

Chicken Curry in Coconut Milk Directions

De-bone chicken breasts, cut into strips and wash with a vinegar and water solution, season with salt and black pepper.

Heat Vegetable Oil in a large skillet, add curry powder and allow to burn; add ginger, garlic, scotch bonnet pepper and escallion and stir.

Add chicken breasts and mix well.  Allow to cook for 5 minutes.

Add Coconut Milk and chicken stock, mix thoroughly.

Add thyme and the whole scotch bonnet pepper and allow to simmer for approximately 7 minutes.

To Serve: Spoon into container, garnish with green, yellow and red sweet peppers and serve with your favorite starch.

Method Note: To make chicken stock – dissolve 1 packet of Soup Mix in 2 cups of boiling water. Allow to stand for 10 minutes then strain.  Use stock as directed.

Enjoy

What do you think about this dish, have you ever had it before? Hit us up in the comments below.

via Grace Foods

Irie,

ReCaFo

 

 

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