One of my favorite quotes is “when live gives you lemons, make lemonade”. This is a prime example of that.
Slave owners wanted to feed our people the cheapest thing they could find just to “keep us alive” as their slaves and what did our people do? We Turned grapes into wine.
Saltfish is not only served with provisions such as green bananas and boiled/fried dumplings, The most common pairing is ackee. I personally am not crazy about it but it is actually Jamaica’s NATIONAL FRUIT.
With that being said, Ackee originally from West Africa, but has been in Jamaica since the 18th century and is now found everywhere throughout the island.
Saltfish and Provisions BOWL
- 1 Frying Pot
- 1 Soup Pot
- 1 Bowl
- 2 packs Boned saltfish
- 2 sprigs Thyme
- 2 diced Roma Tomatoes
- 3 diced Large bell peppers (red, yellow or orange and green)
- 4 diced Scotch bonnet peppers (don’t worry you’ll be fine)
- 2 diced Onions
- 3 chopped Cloves of garlic
- 1 tbsp Black pepper
- 2 tbsp Ketchup
The dumpling bowl
- 250ml Flour
- 75 ml Cornmeal
- 2 tbsp Salt
- 5 Green bananas (depending on how many your feeding)
- Add onions, tomatoes and scotch bonnet peppers and sauté until translucent.
- Add thyme and cook for 1 minute.
- Add garlic, tomatoes, hot pepper, and salt to taste. Sauté for 1 to 2 minutes.
- Add shredded salt fish, tossing to mix, and reduce heat to low and let cook for 5 to 7 minutes, tossing every 2 to 3 minutes.