Holy Dumpling !!!

Fried dumpling is a Jamaican staple that is easy to make. It consists of four ingredients, all-purpose flour, baking powder, water and salt. Some variations add a pat of butter to the recipe while others substitute milk for water. Dumplings are a cheap way to bulk up a meal where flour is cheap and meat or fish expensive. Usually found at the breakfast table, along with fried ripe plantains, boiled green bananas and roast breadfruit

86 Happiness – A Fickle Emotion, Like a Vase of Carnations, Beautiful in the Moment, Unaware of its Inevitable Demise, as sure as Roots Separated from Earth.” Jomo Morris

The number “86” in kitchen lingo means to “be out of a particular menu item or ingredient.” Urban legend contends that the term originated from a famous New York speakeasy called Chumley’s. The bar was located at 86 Bedford Street, but had its entrance through an interior adjoining courtyard to provide privacy for its customers. The prohibition era, was the perfect petri dish for clandestine business activities, with government officials accepting bribes to allow bars like Chumley’s to keep the masses inebriated. If the police were planning a raid in that area, the bartender would be tipped off, at which point he could “86” his customers through the backdoor on Bedford Street, while the police were coming through the front courtyard. Georges Blanc, wrote in his 1943 cookbook, ‘Ma Cuisine des Saisons’ that “Happy and successful cooking doesn’t rely only on know-how; it comes from the heart, makes great demands on the palate and needs enthusiasm and a deep love of food to bring it to life.” In the trenches where it’s 8:30 pm and open warfare has been declared between hungry diners and line cooks working feverishly to keep them sated. Wrong time for poetry or romantic ideals, buddy! The tension is palpable, we’re communicating, shouting, moving, no time for laughter, focus, everything must be perfect. Cooking professionally is like skiing a double diamond run like Alta Zero; it’s an adrenaline rush, a straight shot of B12 to the heart. But it also means that technique, repetition and precision […]