Recipe of the Day: Jamaican Beef Lasagne

Lasagne makes a filling meal. With this Italian delicacy you can use versatile stuffings to customize your own dish and make a nutritious dish for you and your family. Lasagne isn’t of Jamaican origin, but as you know, we Jamaicans put our take on everything. Today we give you a mouthwatering Beef Lasagne recipe that will keep you going back for more, even when you are full. You a go luv it! (Jamaican accent). Check out the recipe below.

Difficulty: Easy

Preparation time: 10m

Cooking time: 1h

Ingredients

For 6 people

  • 1 packet(s) lasagna noodles, cooked and drained
  • 1 1/2 pound(s) minced beef/ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 1 teaspoon(s) black pepper
  • 4 clove(s) garlic, crushed
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large green sweet pepper, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon(s) scotch bonnet pepper, chopped
  • 2 sprig(s) fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon(s) dried Italian spice
  • 1 can(s) tomato paste (small)
  • 2 tablespoon(s) Margarine
  • 1/2 pound(s) cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 pound(s) mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup(s) powdered Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) parsley
  • 1/8 teaspoon(s) paprika

Beef Lasagne Directions

 Boil lasagne according to instructions on package. Drain and set aside.

In a hot skillet, saute minced beef for about 10 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Add seasonings and cook for about 3 minutes. Add tomato paste and reduce.

Use 1 tablespoon Margarine to grease a 9×13 Pyrex dish.

To Assemble Lasagne:

Place 3 layers of lasagne on the base of the dish, add a mixture of cheese, minced beef, another layer of lasagne, cheese, minced beef, lasagne, a mixture of cheese and minced beef and a final layer of lasagne.

Brush lasagne with remaining Margarine, sprinkle on a mixture of cheese and 1/4 cup of powdered Parmesan cheese, and chopped herbs (fresh basil, and parsley) and paprika.

Bake at 180°C (350°F) for 45 minutes.

Enjoy

What do you think about this dish? Hail us up in the comments below.

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Island Lifestyle: Hidden Bay Villas, Runaway Bay, Jamaica

Hidden Bay Villa (near Runaway Bay, St. Ann, Jamaica) is a secret and secluded treasure. Completed in 2014, the property captures both the drama of an extraordinary elevated panorama of blue sea and the proximity of its own sandy beach.Breathtakingly elegant, this grand new property combines the best of traditional Jamaican architecture with the utmost in modern luxuries. Its rich wooden arches and carved accents perfectly compliment its light furnishings for a warm and cozy feel, though it’s anything but small.

The expansive main house is perfect for families and friends with four spectacular bedrooms, each with their own balcony and awe-inspiring view. Fully air-conditioned and boasting a blissfully modern en-suite bathroom, each room is equally as stunning as the last. Their colonial-style louvered windows and doors allow the beautiful outdoors in, so you can relax and fall asleep to the gentle sound of waves lapping against the shore. Tucked away behind the seagrape and almond trees is a quaint cottage with an additional two bedrooms, kitchenette, living room and Jacuzzi – perfect for a romantic escape from the rest of the world.

This property spans 400 feet of waterfront with full sea views … there is a staircase that leads to a small beach allowing easy access for swimming, snorkeling and kayaking. The beach area is large enough for 4 to 5 lounge chairs and ample rooms for kids who love to build sandcastles and enjoy the sand and waterfront!

This dream destination comes complete with a handful of dedicated and friendly staff who cater to your every whim and desire. In the kitchen, the expertly trained chef will whip up the most elegant and creative meals to suit your culture, tastes and dietary restrictions. So whether you come together as a family, recounting the day’s events over the full-size porch and indoor dining tables, or enjoy a light snack on the cliff-side patio, the chef will prepare a delicious and distinctive dish, made just the way you like it. For your every other need, the attentive butler, housekeeper and laundress will be at your beck and call both night and day.

With such grand accommodations, fun-filled activities and superior service, Hidden Bay Villa is a dream-come-true destination for the entire family.

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Recipe of the Day: Jamaican Chicken with Sweet n Spicy Hot Pepper Sauce

Chicken, Chicken, Chicken! No matter how much we get tired of this protein, we can never throw it out the door. This poultry is so versatile that it makes every other meet insignificant when its around. Today we give you a great tasting recipe to literally spice up your love affair with this chunk of protein. Check it out below.

Difficulty: Easy

Preparation time: 30m
Cooking time: 25m

Ingredients

For 4 people

  • 2 pound(s) chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup(s) Vinegar
  • 6 cup(s) water
  • 3 tablespoon(s) soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon(s) Jerk Seasoning
  • 1/4 cup(s) Vegetable Oil
  • 2 stalk(s) escallion, chopped
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 clove(s) garlic, chopped
  • 2 teaspoon(s) scotch bonnet pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup(s) chicken stock*
  • 1 bottle(s) Sweet n’ Spicy Hot Pepper Sauce (pick up any brand in your grocery store)
  • 1 cup(s) pineapple, diced
  • 1/2 cup(s) green sweet pepper, diced
  • 2 teaspoon(s) cornstarch

Chicken in Grace Sweet n’ Spicy Hot Pepper Sauce Directions

Cut chicken breast in bite size pieces and wash in a mixture of vinegar and water.

Season chicken with soy sauce and jerk seasoning and allow to marinate for 15 minutes.

Heat saute pan and add Virgin Coconut Oil. Mix in the escallion, onion, garlic and scotch bonnet pepper, and saute for about one minute.

Fold in the seasoned chicken breast and cook for about five minutes. Pour in the chicken stock and continue cooking for a further 5-10 minutes.

Mix in the Sweet n’ Spicy Hot Pepper Sauce and cook stirring constantly for about 5 minutes.

Fold in the diced pineapples and sweet pepper and cook for a further two minutes. Thicken with dissolved cornstarch (using liquid from the pineapple can).

Method Note: Ensure pot is well heated before adding the oil.
Recipe Note: Fresh pineapples may also be substituted for the canned pineapples. We just made it more convenient.
*Chicken stock : Boil 1 packet Soup Mix with 4 cups water. Strain and use as desired.
To Serve: Serve with Herb Spaghetti or boiled Rice and a vegetable salad.

Enjoy

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

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Bucket List #5: Bobsledding tour, Jamaica

ReCaFo | Real Caribbean Food:

Jamaica, we have a bobsled team. Cool Running!

Originally posted on Teal Rain Boots:

You remember that movie, the one with the Jamaican bobsledding team headed to the Olympics? Cool Runnings? (as always, this is my not-so-subtle way of telling you that it’s a cute flick and deserves a watch) Well, how cool would it be to head to Mystic Mountain, Jamaica and do a scenic bobsled tour?

Chris Short FlickrImage via Flickr. Photographer: Chris Short.

Chris Short FlickrImage via Flickr. Photographer: Chris Short.

And in case those weren’t exciting enough (read: tough crowd) here are some photos of Mystic Mountain:

Kristen FullImage via Flickr. Photographer:Kristine Full

I know you were going to Google it at some point, so I saved you the effort:

Trailer via Only Previews, YouTube

As always, if you liked this post, drop me a comment, if you didn’t like it definitely drop me a comment, and if you really loved it, like it, share it, or tell your grandmother about it. 

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Livin’ in Jamaica #1: Watta of da (h) eart

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Coconut Water is the best. Read this fam!

Originally posted on Adventures of a honeybee:

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          Every Sunday, this fella comes and sells jelly and sugarcane out of his car in Hellshire. This is my second jelly since arriving in Jamaica, but I have always been a huge fan of Cocos Nucifera and its diverse uses in and out of the kitchen. I am sure I will write more about coconuts in the future, but here is a spotlight on drinking the liquid of unripe coconuts, also called the jelly/water of the heart in Jamaica. I will never buy the packaged coconut water again after tasting the difference of the fresh stuff! I think the next goal will be getting my own machete and learning how to open the fruit to drink on my own. I would also love to try and make popsicles out of the water!

“The liquid inside the unripe nut makes a cooling drink, slightly acid. Edmund…

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J is for Jamaica

Originally posted on What they eat there:

Jamaica. Man.  One can’t go without the other. 

So off to Jamaica man we go. 

The word Jerk gets thrown around A LOT when people talk about Jamaican food. IMG_5611  It’s often followed by a dreamy hungry look. 

I can’t say that I’d ever tasted Jerk, but I’ve certainly known one or two in my life.  (Yes you if you are reading!) 

So what is Jerk and how does it go with chicken? And what happens if you roll a corn cob in Jerk mayo and then in roasted coconut flakes? 

And why did my upside down pineapple cake, a traditional dessert for Jamaicans, turned into an upside down mess? Because I tried to get clever with the coconut flour. Again.  Hey but the kids still ate it!

So here we go…  (man) 

Jerk Chicken

A very traditional Jamaican street food dish. Served with beans and rice.

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Feel the Love on Your Anniversary at Secrets St. James Montego Bay!

Originally posted on Tan Lines | The Official Blog of Secrets Resorts & Spas:

It’s #WeddingWednesday and we’re excited to celebrate love!

Your wedding day is one of the most momentous and important days of your life which is why we believe it should always be celebrated in a big way! Our complimentary anniversary package at Secrets St. James Montego Bay is a favorite amongst our guests and we’re so thrilled that Brock S. chose to share a fantastic video of his anniversary trip with his bride!

Set on a peninsula surrounded by the crystal-clear Caribbean, Secrets St. James offers adults a quiet oceanfront destination with the ultimate in sophistication, relaxation, romance and the privileges of Unlimited-Luxury® at a AAA Four Diamond resort.

SEMB_Aerial10_2 A breathtaking aerial shot of Secrets St. James Montego Bay.

Guests looking to take advantage of our complimentary newlywed or anniversary package need only to request the package at the time of booking and provide a copy of their wedding invitation or marriage certificate…

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A Hidden Treasure: Frenchman’s Cove, Jamaica

You have heard so much about paradise, and in some way the word is used so loosely. BUT! This is not such a case. We all know Jamaica for its natural beauty, I know you are like “Tell me something IDK.” Well I am going to do just that.Jamaica has many beaches, after all it is an island, but there are a few hidden secrets that the island possess and Frenchman’s Cove is one of them.

Located in the Northeastern tip of Jamaica in a lesser talked about parish called Portland, Frenchman’s Cove is the place you have been searching for on all those travel blogs.You might have heard of the famous Golden Eye where Ian Fleming wrote and created the mega successful character, James Bond, or the notorious James Bond Beach where “Dr. No, from the book series was partially filmed in the 60’s. But, most likely you have never heard of Frenchman’s Cove located just just a few miles away.

We believe that pictures say a thousand words, so we’ll let you see for yourself what we speak of, and one of these days you might just find yourself in Frenchman’s Cove mon!

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The beach’s pristine water is ideal for swimming, relaxing or just to stare at. Performing your yoga or reading your favorite novel while hearing the gentle waves roll ashore will definitely create memories for life.

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Set up in the 1960’s as a secluded spot for the rich and famous, the beach is owned by a resort of the same name. So, when you go here you are tucked away from prying eyes and its just you and paradise.

Have you ever been to Frenchman’s Cove before? Hail us up in the comments below.

Irie,

ReCaFo

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Dreaming of Mangoes

There is no time like summertime. The warm seas, blue skies, the endless sunshine, the parties, the fetes, the friends, the music, the island life….Ah! Just everything life should be. However, there is something that makes summertime a beauty as well, the fruits. There are many fruits that are in season during the warm months but there is one that just lifts your spirits and revive your taste-buds and that’s….MANGOES!.

The Caribbean is the perfect place to be in summer if you are a foodie who loves to chow down on some real island fruits. There are so many types of Mangoes to choose from. Here are some of the colorful choices below.

East Indian Mango (Julie)

Bombay Mango

Common Mango (Yellow Skin/Stringy)

Green Skin

Red Skin

Number 11

Robin Mango (Rabin)

Blackey Mango

Bellyfull Mango

Sweetie Come Brush Mi Mango

Hamilton Mango

Bastard Mango

Cowfoot Mango

Fine Skin Mango

These are just some of the humorous names us Jamaicans have given to this delectable fruit.

We can’t wait for summertime to dive into some juicy Mangoes; making smoothies, fruit plates, or just satisfying our hunger with a bucket of the good stuff.

Are you dreaming of Mangoes? Hail us up in the comments below.

Irie,

ReCaFo

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Black History Month Food Facts: Jamaican Beef Patty

Did you know?

Beef Patties are a by-product of colonialism and migration. It was developed following the introduction of the Cornish pasty in the Caribbean which was mixed with cumin and curry seasonings of Indian indentured servants in Jamaica and cayenne pepper from African slaves.

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