It was a bitter sweet moment when I came to the end of this amazing book. I was dying to finish it but at the same time when I did finish it, I wanted more. More of her hilarious stories. Man they had me bursting out loud while reading…
Hajarie (The Teapot JA) is a fairly recent bistro that has popped up in the Phoenix Ave Complex. Though not entirely new, the amazing little spot was formally known as simply: “The Teapot” and was located in Sovereign Shopping Centre. (The Movie theatre Entrance)
I remember my first few stops at their previous location. I had randomly walked in one day drawn by the display for teas (I’m a serious tea lover- having a cuppa as I write this.) and met both Owner: Jacqui Mighty and Cute Barista: Anna Hines. I quickly fell in love with the place and with them. Everything was so charming. Jacqui and Anna are such amazing people that I clicked with them immediately. I soon found myself going there to get my regular “FIX” as I became addicted to their AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS Chai Tea Latté. Soon we became fast friends and I was kept somewhat in the loop of soon to come expansion. I couldn’t wait!
When I found out that Jacqui had finally expanded, I was simply over the moon for her! I could not wait to visit the new place, and when I finally did… I was not disappointed AT ALL. I was very impressed and sooo happy for Jacqui’s new adventure. The place was absolutely perfect!
Toilet paper…… Over or Under? The Great Debate!
Since the invention of toilet paper people have argued whether which way was the “right” way to place it on the roll. There was even a 124 yr old patent that was discovered stating that “Over” was the right way. I too for a long time insisted that this was the right way too.
“Under” is sooooo annoying. You have to reach up under this roll to try and find the end of it and it can be so frustrating! It would always annoy me to the point where if I came across a friends bathroom and found it in the “Under” position…. I would flip it to “Over!” (sorry not sorry) lol Shameful I know. I would hate seeing it in my moms bathroom and even the powder room… I couldn’t stand it!!!
In my house thankfully my husband doesn’t really care which way it is put on but then that would also mean when it was his turn to change the roll he never really paid attention to how he did it and sometimes he would put it in the “Under” position. My helper (maid) straight up never replenished the roll when it was out lol “Lort” help me! lol
“The truth is you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed.”Eminem
In googling for top quotes about life I found this one. It’s not by anyone say, like Einstein or some other historic figure, but a very real and down to earth “average Joe” individual. At the end of the day it doesn’t matter who said it,…. the point is that it’s a very real and powerful fact about life.
Sadly what sparked this entry is finding out this morning that a friend of mine who sadly I did not keep up with as much – now I wish I did, had a stroke and is not doing so well. She is just 3 yrs older than I am. It has scared the living daylights out of me. Really has hit home for me and I am a little sad/ embarrassed that it took this to hit home…………..
That was the start of this entry a year ago…….
I am ashamed to admit that it did not get finished and published….but I’m back to finish it and not for a good reason either…..July 10 – 13 2016 was another terrible one for the books…
Here in Jamaica a few of my good friends lost a very dear friend of theirs to suicide….. and following that the Orlando Shootings…..50 dead.. 53 injured. What the actual FUCK is going on in the world??!!
So I made an impromptu pasta for dinner last night and it turned out amazing! Like seriously it has moved to my Fav. Dish List (I should do a section for those). It tastes great and is quick and easy to do (which is a plus) so ppl on the go like busy moms, career men&women etc would love it. I think it is healthy too… somewhat I’m not 100% sure.
First I want to say that I suck at measurements so if you are expecting that sowee you might be disappointed. I don’t really use measurements (except for baking) as I love to experiment in the kitchen. Besides, being from the island of Jamaica we have one measurement: “bout suh.” So really my posts are for people like me who like to experiment and also have a little experience in the kitchen, enough to guesstimate the measurements on their own. But if not that’s ok, still give it a shot. The best way to learn is by doing… so read on…
Any how lets get started.
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time 15-20 mins
So after yesterday’s post, I decided (after eating my awesome leftover spaghetti from last night’s dinner) that I would share this recipe for you as well. Writing about food seems to be a really good idea to keep me posting often! Again i am sorry i had to use a google image! Boy I need to just start making an file to draw from just in case!
Anyhow, this is another fairly quick and easy recipe to do. Really great for busy moms/ corporate women or anyone who isn’t really a cook but either wants to fake it or just start learning lol. I would say this dish takes roughly around the same time (or less even) as my Cream Of Mushroom Chicken recipe. (ooh fancy I added a link!!)
Let’s get to the recipe!
Spaghetti and Meat Sauce
Prep Time: 5-10 Mins Cook Time: 15-20 Mins
I have been itching to write as it has been LONG over due.
I have so much going on in my head I just can’t pick one and well…. I just decided to just jump right in and write about something quick. Who says a post has to be long right?
I just wanted to share with you a very quick and easy recipe that I made the other night for a small dinner with friends. They are new parents and are on a very strict schedule with their son so I knew I had to do something quick, easy and delicious! I love to entertain and I love to cook. I love even more to make my guest happy and loving the food so much they are asking for more! Which they did.
This recipe has 2 main ingredients:
- Cream of Mushroom Soup (2)
- Boneless Chicken (1 pack)
Super Easy!- Prep time (about 5-10 mins) Bake time (20-30 mins)
Here in Jamaica we can get packs of De-boned chicken thighs which is packed with 8 pieces so 2 per person serves 4 (typically) You could also use breast tenderloins or just regular breast is fine too. The key for this recipe for being quick is NO BONES
I also add veggies and extra mushrooms because I LOVE mushrooms!! How can you not!!
- Chopped onions
- Sweet Peppers
- (1) Tin of Mushrooms – (or if you want fresh mushrooms – but the key here is speed)
Seasonings that I use are very basic: (keep it simple!!)
- Salt – Be careful if it’s sea salt!
- Black Pepper – I love lots of black pepper but add to your taste
- Garlic (go heavy on this one)
Other optional seasonings to spice things up:
- Red pepper seeds
One thing I really want to point out here is that most NON Caribbean cultures tend to under season their dishes (no offense). So I want you guys to step it up and be brave! ADD MORE seasoning than you might be used to. I know I have not put any measurements for them because when we are cooking we DON’T measure really. Here in Jamaica we just use “bout suh” or “just a chups more.” LOL Don’t just do a DASH of this or a DASH of that. really get into it and season your meat. I want you to be able to see each ingredient! lol and for heavens sake DON’T USE MRS. DASH……. yuck! too bland!
Also remember that the soup will water down the seasonings. If that happens just add more after.
Anyways back to the recipe…..
Pre-heat your oven to 350 while seasoning the meat.
Container for cooking in: 1 MEDIUM-LARGE GLASS BAKING DISH. – You don’t want it too shallow as remember since you are using a soup you will have “gravy” and you want the chicken covered. (I know the image in this blog isn’t glass but I thought to write this after I baked so I didn’t have a picture, I had to source one from google – I will update this blog the next time I bake it)- sorry about that.
DON’T add butter,you don’t need to grease the pan. (I learned this the hard way – I was scooping it out after -yucky)! The soup will keep everything nice and moist and it won’t stick.
After you have seasoned your meat WELL, place in the baking dish along with the veggies listed above. (you can add others if you want – green beans might be nice!) Then pour 1 and a 1/2 – 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup and place in the oven when ready. Just make sure the chicken is covered. For some 2 might be too much.
DO NOT FOLLOW ANY DIRECTIONS ON THE SOUP CAN – DON’T ADD MILK, WATER ETC. JUST THE SOUP ALONE.
Bake for about 20-30 minutes (different for each oven) until chicken is cooked thoroughly.
VOILA! THAT’S IT! Very easy, quick and filling. I think this dish would be great for busy moms/ corporate women and anyone who isn’t much into cooking but still wants to WOW their guest.
I serve this dish along with rice/quinoa and black beans and a side salad as well.
Hope you enjoyed this quick entry! Let me know how the recipe turns out for you, if you have any suggestions or questions in the comments below
So I had wanted to post about this on Facebook as that’s is where it started but the verbiage got too long and I said let me do a short blog post instead. So here goes.
Ok so I tried this awesome recipe ( Brunch Bake ) that I found on a really awesome Facebook page that I am now obsessed with! ( https://www.facebook.com/buzzfeedtasty/videos ) and it was awesome. I love to cook and I am always looking for new things to try, different ways to spice things up/ make things a little better, add more pizzaz etc. and this page has some really wicked stuff!
So on Sunday (October 11 2015) I tried this recipe: (https://www.facebook.com/buzzfeedtasty/videos) – I didn’t exactly stick to the recipe shown here but man it was a freaking HIT! It came out great!
So one morning I did a little voice recording of me… talking.. It was pretty strange to me as it was the first time but I was inspired in that moment to do a blog post and well clearly I couldn’t since I was driving. (Inspiration sometimes comes at the most awkward times… lol)
I have been tossing up wether I will post that recording or if I will just refer to it as a transcript. Maybe the later for now as it’s the first one and kinda raw and needs some editing.
Anyhow, for the past 2 mornings I have changed my route to work as the one I took before, though relatively quicker, was 5x more stressful! There is this one long strip (Barbican Road for those who live here) where the traffic is but it moves, which is good. The issue is that, on that road there are two side roads where cars take advantage of ANY inch of space between you and the car in front of you. So sometimes 6 people drive out on you at one time causing me to curse and get angry, blow my horn while simultaneously watching for: 1. Not hitting the car in front of me when I try to close the space to not let them in. 2. Make sure I don’t let them in while also making sure I don’t get hit by them! And 3. Hoping and praying the person behind me doesn’t hit me!
The drivers on the Jamaican roads have no respect for the law or anyone else for that matter. There is simply too much stress to deal with on the roads. This sends my BP sky high, and I start my mornings with anger and frustration! Really not the best way to start days and it affects the rest of the day too because the drive home is the SAME bloody ordeal, so I changed that route as well. Nah sah! mi cyan tek it no more. I have found 2 other routes that yes have a little more traffic but they are 10x LESS stressing and that’s what I need in my life right now. Less stress. I have too much emotional stress happening with me. One (1) major stressor being the fact that my mother and I are not on speaking terms.. my choice. why? Well simply because quite frankly she doesn’t give a damn that she has hurt my feelings and does not see the need or reason to apologise. I don’t care that it’s a mother daughter relationship. It is a basic aspect of respect from one human being to another. (Anyhow, now and here is NOT the time for that discussion) Two (2) Being work as it is a very rough time right now and (3) being the fact that my bestie has moved away for a year and my social life has literally DROP DEAD dwl. (Not trying to make you feel guilty – mi just luv yuh)
“HEAVEN ON EARTH”
Everyone has that little place somewhere in their world that is sacred to them; somewhere that they hold very close to their hearts; a place that some may call “Heaven on Earth.” For me it is my grand parents home in the hills of Jamaica called “Stepping Stones” (and recently the two bedroom apartment called “Pebbles.”) How cute are those names!
This place has been present in my life for.. well…. all of it. It was my get-away spot during my childhood. My cousins and I had a spot that we called “The End of the World” which was, at the time, a flat piece of land that had one hell of a view (almost 360) of the mountains of Jamaica. It was the best spot to go to when I was feeling down. It was the perfect spot to sit and look out and just reflect on life. I was heart broken when the owners built their house on it as i felt that a piece of me was taken. But, alas, nothing I could do. They have one hell of a view I tell you. I miss that little spot.
Source: Nothing Before Its Time