Jamaican Sat’day Soup/ Rice n Peas, Anyone?

Pull up to a Jamaican’s house on a Saturday and the unmistakable smell of the traditional Sat’day soup will caress your senses and invite you in.

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Doesn’t that look good? My mom taught me well!

Last week Sunday (of all days), for whatever reason, I felt the urge to run a boat (cook a meal) consisting of something straight from yaad (Jamaica). Truth be told, most meals that I prepare are easy dishes with rice being the foundation, so I have no idea where this sudden burst of inspiration came from.

But I didn’t stop to question it. I went on an impromptu shopping trip and got escallion, thyme, pimento, carrots, pumpkin, corn, chicken and a packet of Grace chicken noodle soup. Yellow yam, one of the star ingredients in this recipe can be somewhat difficult to come by in the Bahamas- a reality which forced me to do without it on this occasion, using irish potatoes as a substitute instead. The one thing that I wouldn’t dare exclude though are dumplings! There is hardly a Jamaican who would would dare serve up soup without dumplings! So I grabbed a 2 pound pack of flour, went home and get busy.

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What’s left over from last week’s culinary adventure 🙂

 The long and short of it is that in a couple of hours I was enjoying the warm, well seasoned, peppery brew trickling down  throat and travelling to my tummy. Believe me, I can’t boast of having even a third of my mom’s culinary talent but I can tell you one thing- that soup was beyond delicious! Mmmmm.

With the taste of last week’s success on my mind, I decided to make our very own Jamaican rice n peas this week. Now if you know anything about yaad you know that soup is to Saturday as rice n peas is to Sunday. Rice n peas and chicken/ fish/ pork/ oxtail/ beef… (the list goes on) is definitely a Sunday ritual right across Jamaica. Does that mean I have to stick to the rules? No man!

Although yesterday was Saturday I decided to break them (again!) Armed with my left over seasonings from last week I went about preparing another dish that my mom’s fave- rice n peas with (crispy, golden brown) French fried chicken. She must have been guiding my hand because again the result was perfect! With my cousin’s homemade gravy drizzled on top and a lettuce and apple salad on the side, I could only conclude that I was in heaven.

Two weeks in a row- I wonder what I will be in the mood for next week? Any suggestions? Hmmm…Let me know and I just might give it a try and share the results with you…

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Love mi jerk seasoning 🙂

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12 responses to “Jamaican Sat’day Soup/ Rice n Peas, Anyone?

  1. A well written article, not to mention an eye-catching and mouth-watering array of dishes! Immediately, I found myself reminiscing of home. Your mom would be proud to know that her cooking lessons were not in vain. At first, I too found it difficult to break away from tradition: soups on Saturdays and rice and peas and chicken on Sundays. I no longer think tradition, but rather what is healthy, quick and easier to prepare.
    Russ

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  2. Your meals look so delicious and pleasing to the eye and palate chica. Your mom has taught you well. I love soup so I break tradition many times cooking soup on Sunday or cooking what I feel for. I’m on vacation at my mom’s and although she has been living in the States for several years she cooks Jamaican very often. Monday I got curry chicken foot with Grace Butter Beans and yesterday curry mutton. The curry chicken foot was the sweetest thing ever I haven’t eaten that for years.

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  3. Looks quite tasty but of course I wasn’t invited to come for any so I wouldn’t know. You have me thinking though Chica Jamaicana, why haven’t I kept this tradition alive in my household by boiling a huge pot of soup on Saturdays? I vividly recall soup in it’s variety beef, cow skin, tripe and the infamous chicken foot. Finger licking good. You have defintely ignited something in me. Thanks. I might even do some today for our Sunday dinner. What you think?

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  4. Wow… I see that you are taking over in the kitchen girley. Your mom is definitely with you, reminding you daily of your Jamaican culture. I like what you are doing. I bet the food was tasty. I think that I might cook something Jamaican today. Way to go Chica.

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