Independence Special: Jamaica @ 60 & Beyond

NAME OF FEATURE | THE GLEANER | SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2022 74 MORE ON PAGE 76 INDEPENDENCE SPECIAL: JAMAICA @ 60 AND B YOND F ATURE | THE GLEANER | SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2022 Payshent man ride danki. TRANSLATION: A patient man rides a donkey. EXPLANATION: It is customary that travellers in a great hurry are loathe to go via the slow but sure donkey. For them, a horse, used to galloping at terrific speeds for sustained periods, seems a more logical choice. However, the donkey, although much slower, eventually gets to its journey’s end. Similarly, we must exercise great patience in order to reach our goals. OLE TIME PEOPLE USED TO SAY ... jamaica at UNIQUELY JAMAICAN LIKKLE BUT TALLAWAH! JAMAICAN CUISINE Caitlon Clayton/Features Writer JAMAICA IS hailed as a tropical paradise not only because of its beautiful beaches, but also the exotic, authentic food that is enjoyed on a daily basis. In our 60 years of independence we, as a nation, have come together to create unique dishes that are culturally infused and have grown to be a great source of pride for our country. The emphasis on locally grown and sourced fruits, vegetables, meats, and seafood in Jamaican cuisine is well known. The spicy Scotch bonnet peppers, which are an essential component inmany of Jamaica’s most well-known dishes, are just one of the native ingredients that stand out in the Jamaican cuisine. Similarly, over time, we have inadvertently created traditions tied to particular foods. The famous Sunday rice and peas, Saturday soup, andWednesday stewed peas have been intrinsically intertwinedwith howwe as a society approach our food. Jamaican cuisine is a gastronomic mash-up of the various cultures that have touched the island over the years. Here are a few of our ingenious creations that have originated from our island paradise. A gastronomical masterpiece LOCAL DISHES Ackee and salt fish with fried dumplings (johnny cakes). Callaloo and salt fish.