It’s back to basics for yours truly. It’s so ironic how certain things can bring back nostalgic feelings and memories. You see, a few mornings ago, a gush of cool and refreshing air brought back childhood memories of the culinary type. I guess I wanted something warm and comforting for my stomach and palate. It has been quite sometime since I last enjoyed a creamy dish of cornmeal porridge and I decided to pay a revisit.

As a child growing up in my domain (Jamaica), rain or sunshine, sizzling temperatures (well, most times) or Blue Mountain and Caribbean cool breezes, a pot of cornmeal porridge was up front and center on our stove early in the morning. When you have multiple mouths to feed, this hot cereal was the way to go. Like it or not, that was the cereal doled out by Beryl, my dear mom.

They say that mothers know best. And, my mother was on top of her culinary ‘game’ and knew how to stretch a dollar. Cornmeal has ‘legs’. As such, a little goes afar way. Mom knew it; and she made it happened. Any given morning, a stockpot simmered with a golden/light yellow goodness.

Cornmeal porridge is one from the grassroots in Jamaica. My siblings and I were brought up on the hot cereal. Most Jamaicans will state so as well. Cornmeal is a meal that is milled from maize (corn) with a fine, medium and coarse finish.

When it comes to nutrients, cornmeal is loaded with a very high amount of carbohydrates which includes fiber. It is no wonder our bellies were satisfied for hours. Iron is also another beneficial nutrient that is found in cornmeal which provides great energy. And, without a doubt, we (siblings/playmates) needed that energy to play for hours on the outskirts.

So, it was with warm nostalgic feelings that I made my morning’s cereal. I tried to replicate my mom’s recipe by incorporating fresh coconut milk. My mom used mainly the medium and coarse texture of cornmeal; however, I used the fine counterpart.



  • Cornmeal (1/2 cup)
  • Coconut milk (1/2 cup)
  • Water (21/2 cups)
  • Salt (pinch)
  • Nutmeg (1/4 teaspoon)
  • Vanilla (1 teaspoon)
  • Cinnamon (1 teaspoon)
  • Condensed milk (sweeten to taste)


  1. In stockpot, add coconut milk, water, salt, and cornmeal.
  2. Use whisk or bamboo spoon to dissolve meal in liquid until smooth.
  3. Slowly bring to a bowl and simmer under low heat for about 20 minutes with lid on.
  4. Add spices and simmer for another 10 minutes.
  5. Whisk or stir occasionally to prevent lumps.
  6. Sweeten with condense milk or any sweetener.
  7. Ladle in bowl and top with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Most times, my dear mom used to sweeten our cornmeal porridge with brown sugar. There was no need for condensed milk as the coconut milk produced a silky and creamy finish. I’ve decided to use condensed milk as the sweetener. Like many dishes, everyone brings a different spin and make it their own. It’s no different with cornmeal porridge. Some cooks do thicken their porridge with the addition of flour. I didn’t.

Oh, by the way, it was close to the eighties on the outskirts, (quite a warm day for Fall, but, it’s South Florida weather). As I spooned my fiber and iron-rich porridge, I was brought back to a sweet, satisfying and mouth-watering place. I will be revisiting very soon.

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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