14th stop: Jamaica

1010444_10152153892261397_439654402_nIt’s 5pm on Friday and I just slammed the door of the office announcing it’s the weekend woohoo!
I was making my way home when I bumped into a Jamaican kiosk at the noodles market. The guy was rubbing the legs of a beautiful chicken with so much exotic love and spicy herbs…

Stir it up; little darlin’ O-oh! It’s been a long, long time, yeah!
Since I got you on my mind ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh Now you are here I said, it’s so clear There’s so much we could do baby ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh Just me and you…

1601429_10152153891841397_1689504646_nAnd I joined the queue to get some of that fetish chicken love affair for a sweet little $10 note.

Jamaican food derives from many different settlement cultures, including British, Dutch, French, Spanish, East Indian, West African, Portuguese, and Chinese.

The most common Jamaican street food is jerk chicken or pork. The term jerk is said to come from the word charqui, a Spanish term for jerked or dried meat.

1506775_10152153892511397_775270658_nIt is also believed that Jamaican jerk sauce is African since the origins of jerk pork can be traced back to the pre-slavery days of the Cormantee hunters of West Africa. When the British invaded Jamaica in 1655 the Spanish colonists fled, leaving behind a large number of African slaves who also escaped the British,  into Jamaica’s mountains where they mixed with the locals. Changes were made to the original recipy to reflect the available ingredients on the island.

482488_10152153916151397_872046481_nJerk is a marinade blend of scotch bonnet peppers and allspice; once marinated, it is often barbecued on converted steel drum.

To make jerk marinade, process 1 tbsp. sea salt flakes, 2 tsp. black pepper, 1 onion chopped, 6 spring onions chopped, 2 tbsp. thyme, 2 tbsp. vegetable oil, 1½ tbsp. ground allspice, 3 tsp. finely grated ginger, 2 tsp. brown sugar, ⅓ cup lime juice, ¼ cup vinegar, 2 scotch bonnet or 3 habanero chilies and 2 garlic cloves finely chopped.

1515012_10152153891701397_989486243_nRub the marinade over 2 Kg chicken. Place in a covered bowl and refrigerate overnight.

Call friends over, ask them to bring beer and preheat a barbecue meanwhile (ideally a wood fired one for smoky flavour) to high, then adjust to medium and grease the grill. Remove chicken from marinade, season with salt, then cook, turning, for 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

Place chicken on a platter with lime wedges, scatter over some weed olive oil and enjoy a laid back afternoon.

1531816_10152153892106397_443555386_nYou satisfy my soul (satisfy my soul).
Every little action (satisfy my soul),
there’s a reaction (satisfy my soul).
Oh, can’t you see what you’ve done for me, oh, yeah!

I am happy inside all – all of the time. Wo-oo-o-oo!


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