National Jamaican Jerk Day

The weather is cold and damp and gloomy buy yes, my grill is on and the ale is flowing.

The weather in New Jersey today is cold, damp and gloomy but, my grill is hot, and the ale is flowing. Today is the last Sunday in October which, according to the USA National Day Archives, is National Jamaican Jerk Day.

National Jamaican Jerk Day celebrates the unique way of seasoning and grilling foods, originated by the Maroons in Jamaica. Jerk cuisine has evolved from simple street food to being served in top-class restaurants worldwide and celebrated through numerous Jerk Festivals around the globe. National Jamaican Jerk Day

I grilled Jamaican Jerk Chicken with Cilantro Aioli with a plant of cedar to add a smokey flavour. A real treat as neither Bhavna nor myself know how to cook West Indian food and my mom is in the West Indies right now. I found a recipe for one of the simplest West Indian dishes I could make. This recipe was not as spicy as I had expected. In fact, it was too mild to be authentic jerk chicken. Still, the chicken was delicious.

I grew up eating fresh lobster and crab caught in the mangrove lagoons in the early morning by my uncles and spiced and cooked by my grandmother and my mom. So delicious. I would always eat too much.

During my semester at the College of Liberal Arts at Drew University, my friends and I would pile into a car and drive up to Boston, Massachusetts for a weekend. Faneuil Hall Marketplace was filled with seafood merchants and I fell in love with New England clam chowder and Maine Lobster Rolls. For several weeks I have visited the Cousins Maine Lobster truck wherever they were in the area; Trenton, Ewing, Lawrenceville, Somerset. The lobster rolls, New England clam chowder, lobster tacos, lobster bisque, and lobster grilled cheese are my weekly treat.

Thursday 22 October, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF27mmF2.8 | f/10 | ISO 200

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: Week 9: Mood

I think the topic of mood was appropriate for this week. I had been having a challenge (politics) at the office and a challenging commute to and from New York City. I was in no mood to take photos. Plus I was feeling guilty about not submitting images for the previous weeks. However, Frank Jansen, Thief Images Photography[^1], The Only D800 in the Hameau, Magical Normal Life, and Amy Maranto, all submitted images.

Submitted for my 52 Week Smartphone Challenge.

In praise of meat, milk and eggs

"Excluding animal products from your diet as a vegetarian or vegan is a choice some people have the luxury to make."

Excluding animal products from your diet as a vegetarian or vegan is a choice some people have the luxury to make, and if they know what they’re doing, and take care, they can be perfectly healthy. But there are probably far more people who have no choice in the matter. They would eat meat if they could, but they simply can’t afford it. For those people, a little bit of animal source food – milk, meat, eggs – can make a great difference to their health and wellbeing. It can be easy to forget that, in the clamour for meatless Mondays and other efforts to respond to climate change. There’s also the fact that in many parts of the world, animals play a very useful role in transforming things people can’t or won’t eat, like grass, into good food. Eat This Podcast