Pre-packaged Yam, Green Bananas and Dumplings! Set To Take over Jamaica

Pre-packaged Yam, Green Bananas and Dumplings

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Let’s face it, today people are forced to work more hours than they should to provide for themselves and families as well as pay inevitable increasing bills. Most people I know, who live in the U.S., work two jobs that clock up to over a hundred hours per week combined– Yes, weekends included. Others have to balance college and a job. So pre-Packaged Yam, green bananas and dumplings could be an option for them, right? This picture surfaced on social media last week. We don’t know where in Jamaica or which supermarket the photo was taken.

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In Jamaica, most people have one job; a typical 9-5. However, as time goes we all try to live an easy life — more efficient? — which cost us most times. Before we jump and call the consumers of this pre-packaged food lazy, I think the producers of this product are catering to people who are exhausted from work and don’t want the greasy, fatty, bad-for-your-health fast food. Yes, most people are lazy, and some will purchase it — just because.

There are also people who will question what under conditions were these products prepared before packaging of the pictured foods. However, as you can see in the background of the photo, you have a choice: packaged or fresh-from-the-earth-produce. These are pre-made ‘read to boil’ dumplings sold in Trinidad.

I am not trying to sell you on this but to have you think. Back in my days at the University of Technology, I was delighted when I came across seasoned-packaged meats for the first time. I’m talking about seasoned fish, Oxtail, Beef and even chicken parts all ready to cook with spices packaged(whole pepper included) in a supermarket at Liguanea in St. Andrew. I bought Very similar to this:

You Will Be Amazed How this Couple Cure Their Daughter Eczema

Written By   Shae Phelon
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My husband (Antonio Neal) and I started changing the way we eat over 2 months ago. My daughter overheard us talking about it and wondered if eating right would help her eczema. We had tried everything from Olive Leaf, to Olive Oil, creams and more creams to get rid of the eczema, but nothing worked. When he and I decided to stop eating processed foods and sugar…to our surprise, she wanted to join us! Here are her before and after pictures of eczema on her arms. The first 2 picture are 2 months before we started the elimination of processed foods and sugar. The last 2 pictures are the result…Wow. She is still in disbelief herself.

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She is more determined than ever now to be a Vegan. Having lived with eczema for this long, she was fed up with it. Once we educated her about what fruits and veggies would do for her body, she said, “Let’s do this, because I’m tired of scratching all day and all night.” (As well as the cracked skin, the bleeding, the sores, and the hives, etc…) Parents, we gotta help our children. There are harmful things going on in our children’s bodies, and some we can’t even see. Let’s help our children live, not only, long lives, but healthy quality lives. We can DO it. Antonio Neal Music

*UPDATE* – The foods I fed my daughter to get rid of her eczema.

I thought it would be beneficial to put a small list of things we did here. Reminder: some adults and children have food allergies, so just be mindful of those. If there is something on my list that you’re allergic to, google an alternative if you can’t think of any. Google helped me find cool things to cook for the meals. (Most all these meals were sprinkled with Flaxseed…the finely ground ones. And the foods were cooked in Grape seed Oil, and I only used Sea Salt and Pepper) ULTIMATELY: It was about what we stopped feeding her, the stuff I mentioned in the “previous post”: the processed foods, red meats, dairy, and unnatural sugars. Here are some ideas, hopefully, they will inspire you with some ideas as well. Those who have great meal ideas and recipes…PLEASE POST THEM. Thanks! wink emoticon

(1) Turkey or meatless meat sausage, egg (or egg white), vegan Muenster cheese (we love this cheese as you can tell) and Spinach on Ezekiel bread or whole grain english muffin sandwich.Jamyah news

(2) An Omelet (or egg whites) with vegan cheese, spinach or kale, and tomato

(3) Ezekiel toast, watermelon, apples, Turkey or meatless sausage

(1) Grilled vegan cheese sandwich with Ezekiel or Whole grain or (sometimes) Rye bread filled with kale or spinach

(2) Spinach and kale salad with salmon (or without salmon), grapes, tomatoes, cucumbers, apples, dried cranberries, etc. (whatever live food you want to put in it)

(3) Meatless chicken tenders with a small salad. Strawberries, apples, or plums on the side.

(1) Grilled salmon with lightly grilled asparagus (I recommend not cooking veggies until they are limp, you kill the nutrients)

(2) Meatless Chicken Patty or Lean Grilled Chicken Breast sandwich on a healthy bread with a slice of vegan cheese and some spinach. Cucumber slices on the side

(3) Spaghetti noodles made from Quinoa or Spelt, and a healthy tomato sauce, with Ezekiel bread sprinkled with Onion salt and small spinach salad

Seeded Grapes
Quinoa Chips
Purple carrots (if you can find them)

Did You Know That Ackee leaf tea, Best Treat For Asthma

Ackee leaf tea is a traditional herbal tea that some Jamaicans and others in the West Indies consume for various ailments. The health benefits include the remedy for flu, colds as well as mucous congestion. It is also good to treat asthma by adding lime or lemon juice to the tea. Ackee leaves tea may also be used for stomach conditions and the bark may also be used for stomach conditions as well.

Can you believe that the ackee skin or pods may be used to make natural soap? It sure can because it is good to treat infections of the skin. Also, the unfit ackee was cut in half in the past and was utilized as soap to wash clothes.

Using the leaves as poultice and to keep away flies

Finding itself among the herbs list, it can be used as a poultice by baking the leaves in hot ashes and then placed them on sprains, pains and also swellings. As a mouthwash, combine the tea with salt and used for pyorrhea and other gum ailments.

I personally use the ackee leaves to keep away flies from my kitchen by placing a small branch on the kitchen table.


Watch: How To Make Curry Oxtail

 Watch: How to Make Curry Oxtail

You probably love curry goat, curry chicken and heard of curry turkey neck, but have you tried “Curry Oxtail”? Most meats, if not all, can curried, but have tried Oxtail? Chris De La Rosa from Caribbean Pot shares his Ultimate Curry Oxtail recipe. We’ve never heard of this “Curry Oxtail” before, but it sure sounds interesting and looks delicious.


Using a curry cooking method from Trinidad and Tobago, Chris prepares a curry base before the seasoned oxtail pieces are slowly braised until the meat is literally falling off the bones. Before you watch the video below, here’s what you will need.


4 lbs oxtails cut and trimmed
1 teaspoon salt
pinch of black pepper
2 tablespoon curry powder
2 tablespoon veg oil
1 heaping tablespoon Caribbean Green Seasoning
1 tomato (diced)
1 onion (diced)
5 cloves garlic (diced fine or crushed)
1 scotch bonnet pepper
4 allspice (pimento) berries
4 sprigs thyme
5 cups water
2 tablespoon chopped shado beni (or cilantro)
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 cup diced celery
thick slice of ginger – optional

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This Is Why Rice And Peas Is Jamaica & The Caribbean Nations #1 Sunday Dinner

Rice and Peas” is the undisputed winner of the title “Most Eaten Jamaican Food”. Jamyah News

Other Jamaican dishes like jerk chicken may be well known internationally, but rice and peas is the old faithful that we have every Sunday, that can accompany every meat dish known to man, that makes Jamaicans feel at home even when we’re far away.

The Jamaican version of this dish derived from the Akan cuisine Waakye and is made in a similar way except without millet leaves, baking soda and stews.

There is no pepper nor thyme in the Waakye version. Thyme was introduced by the British in Jamaica, and Jamaicans started using pepper in their dishes.

African slaves played an active role in the establishment of rice in the so-called “New World” and African rice was an important crop from an early period.


Rice and bean dishes were a staple dish among the peoples of West Africa, and they remained a staple among their descendants subjected to slavery.

In Jamaica, planters supplied slaves with weekly rations of salted fish and slaves agitated for the right to have and maintain small parcels of land as subsistence farms. The enslaved planted coconuts, rice, kidney beans, and gungo beans also called pigeon peas. They figured out a way to use all their crops, hence cooked rice and peas with fresh coconut milk, herbs and spices.

Why Sunday?

The ‘freed’ slaves were only granted one day from work , achieved through rigorous negotiations with owners as many owners feared that allowing their slaves to go to church could make them able to read, which in their estimation was detrimental to the plantation. The Missionaries insisted that Sundays should be a day of worship and with mounting pressures from England, along with oftentimes subtle sabotage on the plantations, the slaves were granted their request and a law was passed forbidding the slaves to work on Sundays and holidays. The act said in part….

“Article VI. We enjoin all our subjects, of whatever religion and social status they may be, to observe Sundays and the holidays that are observed by our subjects of the Roman, Catholic, and Apostolic Faith. We forbid them to work, nor make their slaves work, on said days, from midnight until the following midnight. They shall neither cultivate the earth, manufacture sugar, nor perform any other work, at the risk of a fine and an arbitrary punishment against the masters, and of confiscation by our officers of as much sugar worked by said slaves before being caught.”

The freed slaves would therefore use Sundays as the day of honor, sometimes having big gatherings after Sunday service to not only honor that day of rest, but for the preservation of the family, the socializing with neighbors and more importantly reaping the fruits of their harvest. It is from this tradition that Sunday was seen as the Family day, a day of thanksgiving where the best of everything was displayed , used and celebrated.

The dish is very nutritious. Rice is rich in starch, an excellent source of energy. Rice also has iron, vitamin B and protein. Beans also contain a good amount of iron and an even greater amount of protein than rice. Together they make up a complete protein,] which provides each of the amino acids the body cannot make for itself. Rice and beans are common and affordable ingredients, often available in difficult economic times.
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100% Natural Health Bomb: This Recipe Will Make You ignore The Pharmacy

Here is a recipe for you which is 100% natural. Care for your health in the cold days. The benefit of this remedy is that it is a great tea sweetener and it is very tasty.

The next ingredients are needed:

500 gr of honey
2 lemons,
1 medium sized ginger,


Wash the lemon thoroughly and cut it into slices. Peel off the ginger root and cut it in slices also. Place the lemon as well as the ginger inside a clean 1L glass jar. Pour honey over them, but don’t fill the jar completely up. Let it stand for 1 day so the the lemon and ginger release their juice.

Close the jar lid tightly and put it inside the fridge for 1 – 2 months. Dilute it with some warm stewed water (optional), once the mixture becomes a jelly. Your 100% natural remedy is prepared.

Adults should consume 2 tablespoons each day.

And children should consume 1 – 2 teaspoons each day.

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Jamaican Okra And Saltfish

You will need the following ingredients to prepare enough for 4 people.


1/2 lb Saltfish (dried, salted codfish), 1/2 lb Okra, 1 medium onion, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 3 tbsp of butter, 1/2 scotch bonnet pepper, 1 sweet pepper, 1 chopped tomato, 1 sprig fresh thyme or 1 tsp dried thyme.


Cover saltfish in cold water for about two hours, change water at least once to get rid of some of the salt.

Bring pan of cold water to boil and gently simmer for 20 minutes (until fish is tender).

Chop the onion, sweet pepper, scotch bonnett pepper, okra, tomato, whilst you’re waiting for fish to cook.

Remove the fish from water and allow to cool. Remove all bone and skin then flake the flesh of the fish.


Melt the butter in a frying pan and add the onion, black pepper, sweet pepper, scotch bonnett, okra, thyme and half cup of water. Cover and steam for about 20 minutes.

Add the tomatoes and flaked fish and steam for another 10 minutes.

Serve with yam, green bananas, fried dumplins and irish potato.




A new "Drinking Book" has pages that turn raw sewage into drinking water

A book with pages that can be torn out to filter drinking water has proved effective in its field trials.

The “drinking book” combines treated papers with printed information on how and why water should be filtered. Its pages contains nanoparticles of silver or copper which kills bacteria in the water as it passes through.

In the trials at 25 contaminated water sources in South Africa, Ghana and Bangladesh, the papers successfully removed more than 99% of bacteria.

“The  resulting level of contamination are similar to US tap water”, the researchers say. Tiny amounts of silver or copper also leached into the water, but these are well below safety limits.

According to test, one page can clean up to 100 litres of water. A book can filter one person’s  supply for  four years.

Dr. Kyle Doudrick studies sustainable water treatment at the university of Nore Dame in India. He agreed that the book system would be especially  powerful if it tackle  non-bacterial infections, such as, the tiny  parasites Cryptosporidium which recently caused a health scare in Lancashire.

Sexual healing Corn Flakes originally invented to promote celibacy

Here’s something that will make you never look at the traditional quick breakfast, corn flakes, in the same way again.

Did you know that corn flakes were originally invented to prevent people from having sex and masturbating?

John Harvey Kellogg, first created the cereal in the 19th century, as healthy means of controlling sex and sexual desires.

John Harvey Kellogg was a staunch Seventh – Day Adventist Christian, who was a firm believer that sex, and even worse masturbation, was unhealthy.


In his book, Plain Facts for Old and Young: Embracing the Natural History and Hygiene of Organic Life, which he penned in 1877, he wrote that “sex was unhealthy and polluted the mind, body and soul”.

Dr. Kellogg also expressed the belief that masturbation was the cause of many disease and health conditions including, epilepsy, acne, stiff joints and mood swings.

According to Kellogg’s theory meat and spicy foods increased sexual urges while simpler foods like controlled them.

Kellogg believed that the only way to cure sexual desire was through a balanced diet; as such Dr Kellogg and his brother William Keith created a food product that they believed would help patients struggling with sexual desires- The birth of corn flakes.

John partnered with his brother Will, who was less interested in curing sex, instead he was a businessman, he added sugar to product and went on to start the Kellogg Company.

John Kellogg was not happy with the sugar added recipe; as such the two were embattled in feud for many years.

John Kellogg was so averse to sex and sexuality that though he was married for 41-years, he never “consummated” his wife, he instead opted for adopting children.

10 Things That Most Jamaican Cant Live Without

A yardie should never be without…

Have you ever spent any time in ‘foreign’? You might have had no choice but to go without some Jamaican staples.

Imagine all the things that we’re used to having here on the rock…patty, coco bread, curry gravy, banana chips…

Now imagine not being able to have them.

Here are 10 things that most Jamaican just don’t want to live without:

1. Condensed milk

Don’t try to take condensed milk away from a Jamaican…bad things will happen.

2. Credit

If you want to get on someone’s good side, slip them a $100 phone card.

3. Mix up

Jamaicans love mix up and scandal. Any kind of drama and people are there to tune in and add their two cents.

4. Bush tea

Fever grass, guinea hen weed, cerasee…you name it. If something’s wrong with you, you can be sure there’s a bush tea out there to cure it.

5. Vicks, Dettol and rubbing alcohol



No household is complete without some Vicks, Dettol or rubbing alcohol. If you have any one of these you’re prepared for anything.

6. Beef patty

The food of champions. Who could live without being able to get their hands on a yummy beef patty?

7. White rum

Want a drink? White rum.

Have a cold? Drink some white rum.

White rum is a Jamaican cure all.

8. Good Ole Jamaican Sorrel Juice


9.Easter Bun And Cheese

Jamaica easter bun and cheese

10. Machete


Which Jamaican household doesn’t have a machete stashed somewhere?