Ethnic Foods

Making Bammy

 

There is a traditional cassava bread called bammy that is made and sold in communities. This tradition is being resurrected after almost dying out when wheat and white bread was introduced to the island. This threatened the livelihood of cassava farmers. You can read this story and attempts to support bammy's comeback.

Jamaican Cooking

Owen cooks the most wonderful meals, so last visit we asked if we could watch him cook and glean some hints from him. He most gratiously granted our request. This was one of the best cooking lesson vacations!

Boston Bay Beach

Boston Bay is a rock cradled bay with great waves for surfing and the original jerk stands.

Jamaican Drive Through Fast Food

A true taste of fast food, Jamaican style can be had at Scotts' Woods. This little fishing community has developed a food plaza where fresh fish and bammy are cooked, then sold to motorists through the window of the car. Locals pull up, pick their prepared fish, have it wrapped for transport, then speed away.

You can get out of your car (if the vendors who swamped the car will move back a likkle) tour the kitchens and meet the cooks. Hang out for a while and you may hear (or participate in) a spontaneous gospel sing.