Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Jamaican cooking with kids: Jamaican Fried Fish

Selecting a Dish

The country prompt for our Around the World in 12 Dishes project was Jamaica. I visited Jamaica a couple of times on cruise vacations, but the only “dish” that I could immediately associate with this country was rum cake and maybe jerk chicken. So I did some Internet research and found a very interesting site Cook Like a Jamaican with delicious authentic recipes. One of our early New Year resolutions is to replace some of our meat diet with fish and vegetarian selections, so I chose to try Jamaican Escovitch Fish (fried fish with pickled vegetables) for our Jamaican dish.

Making Escovitch Fish

IMG_2357Unfortunately, the video on the Jamaican site didn’t load for me, so I looked at several recipes of Escovitch Fish on the Internet and picked Jamaican Fried Snapper recipe from All Recipes site as the one that didn’t require a lot of prep or exotic ingredients. I modified it a little by adding red pepper to vegetables and reducing the amount of oil required to fry our fish (it was lightly fried instead of deep fried like the recipe suggested). I also added more water IMG_2366to sauce to reduce its acidity. My seven year old daughter actively helped in prepping vegetables, making sauce and stirring vegetables. She is becoming a real help in the kitchen when both of us are in the mood of cooking together. We are still working on cleanup, but at least she set the table while I was cleaning up.

How Did the Dish Turn Out?

It was the most successful of our new international recipes so far. Even Smarty, who usually despises cooked vegetables, ate all of hers and asked for more. We all liked the blend of flavors that pickled vegetables brought to fish and rice. The only complaint that my husband had is that our house smelled very strongly of vinegar when we were cooking, but he agreed that this recipe is a keeper, and it was added to our collection.

A Story from Jamaica

Tiger Soup
To extend our “stay” in Jamaica, we read Tiger Soup: An Anansi Story from Jamaica by Frances Temple. This story must have originally come on slave traders’ ships from Africa. As in many other Anansi stories, food is extremely important, as Anansi successfully tricks a tiger out of his soup. How does he manage to avoid punishment? Read this amusing and brighly illustrated story to find out!

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Around the world in 12 Dishes
Have you cooked any Jamaican food that you would like to share in our trip around the world? Feel free to link up your post below. This blog hop is brought to you by the following amazing blogs! Please be sure to visit them to see what they cooked this month.
Adventures In Mommydom, Afterschool for Smarty Pants, All Done Monkey, Babes in Deutschland, Crafty Moms Share, Maroc Mama, Creative World of Varya, Glittering Muffins, Here Come The Girls, Kid World Citizen, Mermaids' Makings, The Educators' Spin On It and The Mommy Talks.
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Ticia said...

I love Anansi stories!

I agree, it must have come over on a ship with the slaves or something, but that is fun to see how the story spreads.

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

This sounds intriguing! We will have to give it a try sometime.

Carrie said...

How wonderful everyone liked it! We enjoyed Tiger Soup as well. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

Valerie GlitteringMuffins said...

Awesome that everyone liked it! It does sound interesting! Thanks for participating again :)