Jamaican Cuisine On Display At University Of Maine

by Wellesley
(Jamaica)

Jamaican Steamed Fish

Jamaican Steamed Fish

Jamaican Steamed Fish
Jamaican Roasted Breadfruit
Jamaican Fried Fish (Roadside)
Jamaican Fried Bammy

Yes, on March 25th, the University Of Maine's York Dining Hall will come alive with the captivating aroma and tastes of Jamaica!


Yours truly got this request (below) from Linda (A Supervisor there) a few days ago.

I answered her question (below) but I need your help with additional suggestions on Jamaican meals and she could display as well as decorative ideas. Please add your suggestions here.


Full Name: Linda Emerson
Date: Wed Jan 14 14:48:23 2015
Country: United States
Enquiry/Comments:

Hello, my name is Linda Emerson and I am employed at the University of Maine in Orono, Maine.

I work in 1 of the 4 dining commons on campus. York Dining is the name of the Dining Hall.

On march 25th all of the dining halls are doing an event called Taste Of The World. York Dining has chosen to do Jamaican Cuisine.

That evening we will take our entire dining hall and turn it into our best replica of Jamaican Dining.

We will be featuring Jamaican Beverages (no alcohol) as well as appetizers, main courses, and desserts.

We will be serving anywhere between 800 to 1200 students in this one dinner. I am writing to you to see if you could give me some idea's of recipes for the courses that I have listed above.

I am also looking for someone I could contact that might be able to send us some informative flyers or anything that we could have on our tables for the students to learn all about Jamaica.

Any thing that would help us represent Jamaica to the best of our ability.

Please let me know if you can help us out. Thank You, Linda Emerson (York Dining Supervisor at the University of Maine.)


Hi Linda,
Welcome again from the University Of Maine (The Research University)!
I did my research (lol).

Anyway, as I mentioned to you earlier, the pleasure is all mine, we have some authentic Jamaican recipes here and we'll be happy to share.

In fact, we'd also love to be there to see the final display... but I'll do the next best (imagine).

I'm recommending this page (below) first:
http://www.my-island-jamaica.com/free_jamaican_recipes.html

Click the link (above)to visit the page and then just scroll down... you'll notice that, not only do we have some of Jamaica's most popular main courses, we also share some of Jamaicans most favorite desserts!

I share a couple drinks as well, but stay away from the Jamaican rum punch for now (that's not for school :-) lol).

By the way, that page above also have direct links to the actual recipes where you'll get to see some of the complete dishes as well.

Here also is a link to another popular Jamaican website with an array of other popular (as well as unique) Jamaican desserts and appetizers!

Whatever you do, please don't leave out the Jamaican whole steamed fish and Jamaican bammy :-)

Enjoy!

By the way, per your approval, I am posting your inquiry on my website so my friends, fans can share Jamaican food ideas with you.

Regarding the flyer to show general information on Jamaica, I am also opening this request for suggestions as I am not aware of one right now.

I know though that there are many free sites online ( including smore.com and postermywall.com)that will help you create flyers in a breeze!

Remember you already have all the information you need about Jamaica on this site, you can easiy copy the information and paste in the flyers. You can start here.

Thanks again for choosing Jamaica (from so many other nations and cultures)! We certainly appreciate it!

We wish you the very best in this initiative!

Regards,
Wellesley Gayle
Founder & CEO, My-Island-Jamaica.com

P.S. We'd love to see some picture...please consider sharing them later.

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Feb 09, 2015
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Taste of the World at the University of Maine - USA
by: Linda Emerson (University of Maine) USA

Hello all, and again thank you for all of your suggestions and idea's.

We are reading all of your comments and trying to get all the really good facts to make this event right.

I just want to let everyone know that they did change the date of this event to April 2nd, and it will still be the dinner service that we represent Jamaican Cuisine.

Although we have a few places to choose from to get some of the items we want to share with the students for this dinner service we are having a really hard time trying to find the more unique items.

I will list them and then if you know of a place in the United States that I can obtain them at a reasonable price (University....always on a budget) or have them donated (which would be amazing even still) that would be greatly appreciated.

Here are the items....
Star Apple,
Guineps,
Otaheiti Apples,
Nasberry's,
Sweetsop,
Soursop,
June Plums.

Any other idea's you may have aside from this list would be greatly welcomed.

Let me know if you can help me out and again.
Thank You for all of your help with our exciting event.

Linda Emerson

Jan 27, 2015
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Finger licking good
by: Anonymous

How about mackerel rundown and boiled bananas.

Jan 27, 2015
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suggestions for Jamaican Cuisine
by: Verol

For decoration: Ginger Lillies, Plaited Palm (coconut)Leaves.

Snack:Tamrind Balls, Stout Punch

Jan 21, 2015
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Jamaican cuisine University of Maine
by: Sharon H.

In addition to the pan for the display, if you can get a car rim, you could put some coal and 2 or 3 roasted breadfruits and/or yam on it. You could add some artificial fire as well.

The servers and/or waiters could wear white top with a sash made from madras.

This link has a picture of Jamaicans in our costume made from madras.

http://www.linknewsmagazine.ca/images/Picnic2007/Artists/Islanders(725x492)(544x369).jpg

You could display some of our patois and the meanings and pronunciation. Not sure what the day will be like but if there is space for a competition, give a prize to the non-Jamaican who says a sentence or phrase in patois the best m

Have a boonoonoonoos day! :-)

Jan 21, 2015
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Turn corn meal
by: Michael Deslandes

You must have TURN CORN MEAL to compliment brown strew fish or any other meat kind you chose with steam vegetable.


Mike

Jan 21, 2015
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Quick snack on the go
by: Anonymous

How about something quick if you're on the go. Fried dumplings large enough so you can slice them and stuff with ackee n saltfish

Jan 21, 2015
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Food suggestion
by: Jacqueline

A food suggestion could be ackee and saltfish vol-au-vents. I went to an event some years back and they were served there and were quite a hit.

Jan 20, 2015
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Decoration For Jamaica Evening
by: Donovan

Hi, Wellesley, My humble suggestion is to decorate the walls as if you are actually selling Jamaican Vacations:

One wall with a typical beach ambiance, Umbrellas, palm fronds etc; another with our Jamaican cuisine(what makes famous-Blue Mountain coffee, Ackee (photo of a tree laden with the fruit, etc, photos of Bamboo Avenue, super-imposed on a photo of Fern Gully;

Another wall with themes of our airports, New Kingston etc.

The other(i'm assuming there are 4 walls) with our Cruse-ship ports, water-falls (famous, and unknown).

If you include these elements, Wellesley, I think we'd have a winner....

However , there is The Reggae Falls in St . Thomas, which you could also include, and don't forget to include our eminent Olympians.

I hope I've been helpful Wellesley...and Thanks for letting me add my two-cents worth...ONE LOVE, Donovan.

Jan 20, 2015
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Jamaica Day Ideas
by: Elane Sobe

Hi Wellesley my suggestion for a meal would be rice and peas, our great vegetable cold slaw with just the basic cabbage and carrot with jerk, curry chicken, fried chicken, fried dumplings with codfish without the bones, cocktail or original size patties.

As a Jamaican that have lived here in America for over 20 years, one thing most people mention that they are not two fond of is our precious goat meat (In general goats are seen as pets).

Most American do not like anything that has a lot of bones.

Chicken is cheap and can go a long way. You could also add ginger beer and call it ginger drink.

My coworker loves this drink I make it for them at Christmas time it do not have to be strong it could just have a faint taste of ginger.

American are been expose to ginger due to a lot of chemotherapy patient's has good result for the effect it have on nausea.

Do you remember our ginger logs. I wish Jamaica still made it because all these other ginger candy around cannot be compare to it.

I try get some when my co-worker had to take chemo and my neighbor in Westmoreland told me they no longer made them. They would have been a good export for Jamaica.

For the hall she could get some artificial coconut plants and crotons. Table clothes in black, green and gold center piece small Jamaican flags.

It would be nice she find people to dress in the national costume or have display tables with book about the different Jamaican cultures.

I let you know if I come up with any other ideas.

Jan 20, 2015
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Sorrel
by: Sophia F

You guys need to Make some Sorrel with ginger!

Ingredients:
6 cups water
4 cups sorrel, pedals
1 Tbsp. grated ginger
6 crushed pimiento seeds
4 crushed clove seeds
Granulated sugar to taste

Directions:
Bring water to a boil.
Place sorrel, ginger, pimentos and cloves in boiling water. Boil 4 mins.
Remove from heat. Cover and allow to steep overnight.

Strain well and sweeten to taste.
Refrigerate and serve cold or on ice.
6-7 servings

Jan 20, 2015
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Jamaican food
by: Cecille

Breakfast: boiled bananas, dumplings with ackee and salt fish.

Lunch: Jamaican patties, a salad and ice cold lemonade.


Dinner: Rice and peas, fried ripe plantains, steamed vegetables of choice, curried goat and brown stew chicken.

P.S Don't forget to drink plenty water

Decorate with black, green and gold the Jamaican colors, lots of flowers please.

Jan 20, 2015
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Jamaican cuisine at Maine
by: Aldria

Tell her to make some coconut curry run down with shrimp

Jan 20, 2015
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Blue Drawers
by: Karrie

There is nothing better than some roast breadfruit, with calaloo and saltfish, Authentic Jerk Chicken with the hard dough bread and coleslaw, some bulla and pear to snack on and for dessert tie-a-leaf or blue drawers cooked in the banana leaf ( no foil or baggie kind).

Red stripe for alcohol or any fresh squeezed fruit juice. Fresh fruit tray because the best fresh fruit are there in Jamaica ( especially the jack fruit)!!!

Jan 20, 2015
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Re: Jamaican cruisine
by: Michelle G

Mackerel RunJdown with green banana and dumpling and Jamaican Chocholate Tea for Breakfast
Lunch Orange/Mango with Patty & Coco Bread with of course Jamaican Soda or Orange Juice

Dinner: Rice & Peas with Bake Chicken and a little curry Goat, lettuce and cucumber with a fruit drink with Melon and Ripe Banana.

Liming in the Night: Red Stripe Beer/Red Stripe Light or good old mint tea with Crackers (Excelsior)

Hope this help

Decorate the room with the colours of the Jamaican Flag, and Palm trees to give a Caribbean look

Jan 20, 2015
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Re: Jamaican cruisine
by: Anonymous

Mackerel RunJdown with green banana and dumpling and Jamaican Chocholate Tea for Breakfast
Lunch Orange/Mango with Patty & Coco Bread with of course Jamaican Soda or Orange Juice

Dinner: Rice & Peas with Bake Chicken and a little curry Goat, lettuce and cucumber with a fruit drink with Melon and Ripe Banana.

Liming in the Night: Red Stripe Beer/Red Stripe Light or good old mint tea with Crackers (Excelsior)

Hope this help

Decorate the room with the colours of the Jamaican Flag, and Palm trees to give a Caribbean look

Jan 20, 2015
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Taste of the World at the University of Maine - USA
by: Linda Emerson

Hello and Thank You all so much for the most recent idea's.

I am printing all of the idea's you are sending me and taking them to our meetings for this event.

I am truly going to represent Jamaica through your comments and idea's. Especially the food, drinks, and decor.

Our students are already getting excited about our building doing a Jamaican theme.

Please keep sending your idea's and comments. Linda Emerson

Jan 20, 2015
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The Jamaica Way
by: Michelle Bailey

Lets start with the decorations - Mix our Jamaican color with the University of Maine color (balloons and different color table cloths and napkin at the table)with a simple center piece.

Then a mixture of different types of Jamaican music playing in the background or someone singing and or dancing the Jamaican way.

For breakfast, they could have Jamaican coffee, mint, ginger, sorrel and cocoa tea.

Serve with mackerel run down and yam, cornmeal dumplins, sweet potatoes and green bananas, ackee and salt-fish with fry dumplins or cabbage and calaloo and salt-fish.

Then for dessert : potato, cornmeal and bread pudding, grater cake, coconut drops, gizzard, fruit cake with tall glass of lemonade.

For dinner: dry/green gungo rice, pumkin/calaloo rice with fry/steam/curry/roast fish, Jerk chicken or pork, curry tripe and bean, curry/brown stew veggie chunks with toss salad or sweet potato salad or hash potato salad with sorrel juice, ginger beer, pumkin punch or lemonade. University of Maine welcome to Jamaica.

Jan 20, 2015
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Jamaica dish ideas
by: Glyden

What about escovitched red fish (like snapper); blackened rice (via wild mushrooms); sugar cane derived malt mixed with Schweppes ginger ale; fried breadfruit and plantain/banana fritters; plus yellow split pea soup well seasoned with barbecued goat head?

Thanks a million for asking.

Jan 20, 2015
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Food for the Peckish......
by: JimSimArtwork

Several staples ans drinks come to mind from my stay in Jamaica with Peace Corp and later sailing around the island as crew on 118'schooner Topaz.

So for a quick brek,either salt fish and akee or bun and cheese with a bottle of Ting.For the many gatherings with funerals,weddings,celebrations always 'Mannish Water'.

I often drank a sort of healthy smoothee with Guiness Stout,Irish Moss and other good things.Fresh coconut cut open with its own spoon from the shell.

I will add more as it comes back to me.Cool Runnings and Level Vibes,James

Jan 20, 2015
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Jamaican Foods
by: Robin James

A must is Ackee and Salt Fish.Jerk chicken and Pork,Breadfuit,Oxtail Gungo peas and rice is a special.

Jan 20, 2015
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human desire
by: Anonymous

thanks my friend for seeking for my comments,all i have to say is that many students likes stylish places with with many colours of design due to their education level so every student wants to be happy at every leisure time of his/her period.

so far as they students but not workers you must know how feed them happiness and joy that will make them not to forget this ever in their life.

u have been with them so many years since you are a supervisor to them make your servings encounter them with their heart desire and my last advice is serve them with a ginger drink to quench their taste.
thank you

Jan 20, 2015
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Dessert
by: Pauline White

For dessert sweet potatoes pudding, coconut drop coconut gizzard.

Jan 20, 2015
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Dessert
by: Pauline White

For dessert sweet potatoes pudding, coconut drop coconut gizzard.

Jan 20, 2015
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Re:Suggestion
by: Nadira

Pineapple Curry Chicken or Pineapple Curry Fish

Steam Vegetable Rice and Peas or white rice

Jan 20, 2015
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Input
by: Shelly

Stew beef, rice and peas

A nice Jamaican style hut set up would be nice and of course some reaggae music

Jan 19, 2015
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Jamaican Idea's for University event in March
by: Linda Emerson (University of Maine) USA

Hi, I had not considered the pan idea and am looking into it. Thank You! Linda

Jan 16, 2015
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University of Maine in Orono, Maine United States
by: Linda Emerson

Hello Wellesley, thanks for connecting me with your friends. Cannot wait to see the idea's and helpful information from you and your friends so that our Taste of the World event goes off tremendously.

Also looking for decorating ideas for the dining hall. Thanks again!!! Linda Emerson (Supervisor of York Dining Hall, University of Maine in Orono Maine, United States

Jan 15, 2015
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Drum Pan Jerk
by: Anonymous

Have you considered using a Drum Pan Jerk - even for the display!

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