Early Saturday morn, I hopped out of bed with a huge smile on my face. Then, it hit me, it was the morn after.  I’ve been a naughty girl the previous night. After all, it was Friday night. Moreover, Christmas is a few days away.  A little spirit and bad/good grub were etched on my brain.The food was a wee bit salty and of course, some were sweet.

Come on guys, you know it; a combination as this is what drives our palate overdrive. With some music and a little gab with company, (good company), things can go a wee bit out of hand.  I’m afraid I had the time of my life. Mark you, I didn’t overdo it…..well, I don’t think so. Anyway, as the sun lifted its golden head through my blinds, I realized I had to go whip my derriere into shape.

Returned to base and that’s where I went to business on my chop board. You see, the previous day, I fetched yours truly some Jamaican spinach (callaloo). Love that indoor farmer’s market. The operators cater to the residents of the neighborhood. Every ethnic foods, ground provisions and other are in-house so to speak.

Chopped Jamaican spinach (Callaloo)
Chopped Jamaican spinach (Callaloo)

In a sturdy hot  skillet, a little coconut oil was drizzled. Chopped onions, garlic, tomato, scallion were softened as well as seasoned along with salt and pepper. A sprig of thyme was also added. Thank God the callaloo crop was of the tender kind. Moreover, I didn’t have to add any liquid as the callaloo emitted its own fluid.

I did a quick toss of all the ingredients and watched my dear fiber food came alive. As you can observe, it’s quite brilliant in hue. It took me virtually less than fifteen minutes to steam this amazing veggie.

And, like a true Jamaican, I served my steamed callaloo with a few pieces of fried plantain. Oh, what beautiful contrast!  And yes, I added a toasty English muffin. Ahh, I’m afraid I’ve to go there, I also added a few tiny pieces of smoked ham. Come on guys, it’s the yuletide season. I didn’t say I was a saint.

Steamed Callaloo with fried plantain
Steamed Callaloo with fried plantain

Hurray for callaloo! Any spinach will do; but, I’ve to give my dear Jamaican spinach a huge shout out. Yeah mon!

Guys, as always, be kind to your loved ones as well as your beautiful.


Published by bblake10

I'm originally from the beautiful island of Jamaica. In Jamaica, we always find a reason to celebrate. And, when there's a celebration, there is music, fun and of course, food, great food. Presently, I reside in So. Florida.Living here in Florida offers varied cultures, people of different ethnic backgrounds. I've a great passion for the culinary side of life. Therefore, being in So. Fl., provides me the great accessibility of fresh seafood, fruits and vegetables. Moreover, I've the choice to indulge in a amazing foods from different cuisines.This ability provides great inspiration for me to retreat to my humble kitchenette and replicate these dishes.It warms my heart to be able to break bread with loved ones. I'm an avid reader and love to get lost between these beautiful words. I find reading to be a social activity because it allows me a peek inside other people's minds which in turn makes me more empathetic towards others. One day in the near future, I hope to publish my very own words in the area of poetry as well as my other love, food. Yoga and speed walking are just a few of the things that keep me balanced and centered. I love family and friends; and, of course, wholesome foods with a glass of cocktail. Life is what you make of it. And, I try to savor and enjoy the simple and precious moments.

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