This is my story
My name is Court, and one of my all-time favorite pastimes is eating and making the delicious food of my home island Jamaica. I enjoy food from all 4 corners of the world, but Jamaican, and West Indian food has a special place in my heart (and my palate). My love affair with Jamaican food goes back to my childhood, where I spent the 1st 9 years of my life. In Jamaica, there is such a diverse mix of cultures (African, Indian, European, Asian, Native and Indigenous tribes), and ethnicities, that over the years, the cuisine of the island became an amalgam of all these wonderful cultures).
My grandmother who was of Indian descent was hands down the best cook that I have ever known. There was nothing that she couldn’t cook. She seemed to have a Rolodex of recipes in her head. I never saw her refer to a written recipe, ever! I was amazed at how she could have 4 pots on the stove, a cake in the oven, all the while, scolding the grandkids to get out of her kitchen while she was cooking. She never scolded me though, because I, unlike my siblings and cousins was always willing to lend a helping hand with the cooking, while their interests laid in stealing from the pot. That was my introduction to learning how to cook real authentic Jamaican food, like curry chicken, curry goat, Jamaican rice and peas, oxtail, jerk chicken, and so many other delicious and wonderful dishes.
I made sure to pay attention to all the ingredients she used, the measurements, the time it took to cook, as well, as the type of cookware required for the different dishes. I, unlike my grandmother, decided to document these Jamaican recipes, which fed so many family members, friends. The beauty of a Jamaican recipe is that the same dish may have 100 different ways to cook it, but the end result is the same, a delicious meal. I plan to teach anyone who has ever been interested in cooking Jamaican food, how to make a real authentic Jamaican meal. We will also explore recipes from other islands of the Caribbean. My recipes are easy to follow and will teach you how to cook like a Jamaican. I will share my Jamaican curry chicken recipe, my Jamaican oxtail recipe, and so much more. You will be the hit at your next dinner party, BBQ, or your own dinner table when you serve up a real authentic Jamaican meal. Sit back, relax, and welcome to my Kitchen, where there’s always an extra place at the table for you.