Jamaica’s Ackee and Saltfish #2 among world’s best National Dishes

ackee-and-saltfishDid you know that Jamaica’s ackee and saltfish was ranked by the National Geographic as second among the world’s best national dishes?

Albeit citing its origins as slave food, the popular National Geographic says ackee and saltfish is out-ranked only by the United States’ hamburgers.

 According to the Top 10 National Dishes list, which was taken from the National Geographic book Food Journeys of a Lifetime, ackee is a “nutritious fruit with a buttery-nutty” flavour and “resembles scrambled egg when boiled”.

NG also said that “Jamaicans sauté the boiled ackee with saltfish (salt-cured cod), onions, and tomatoes” adding that it is sometimes served “atop bammy (deep-fried cassava cakes) with fried plantains”.

Jake’s in Treasure Beach, St Elizabeth, received a notable mention in the National Geographic as “renowned for ackee and saltfish”.

Barbados too made the NG list, third with their coo-coo and flying fish. The National Geographic described it as “a polenta-like cornmeal and okra porridge” adding that “coo-coo pairs perfectly with flying fish, which is either steamed with lime juice, spices, and vegetables or fried and served with a spicy sauce”.

Korea’s bulgogi, Kibbeh, which the National Geographic attributed to Lebanon or Syria, and Hungary’s Goulash were fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively, on the list of best national dishes.

Austria’s wiener schnitzel, France’s pot-au-feu, England’s roast beef and yorkshire pudding, as well as Ireland’s Irish stew, rounded off the top 10 in seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth positions respectively.

See the original National Geographic’s Top 10 National Dishes.

Taken from http://www.jamaicaobserver.com

 

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Bob Marley And His Many Children [Photo]

“Children are wonderful. It don’t take plenty y’know. Just a nice girl who don’t take birth control. Sexual intercourse is a lovely thing.” The words of the legend Bob Marley.

Bob Marley married Alpharita Constantia Anderson, better known as Rita Marley on February 10, 1966. The couple produced three children together, while Bob adapted Rita’s other threechildren from other relationships. Rita have six children in total, while Bob Marley have thirteen.

Rita Marley and children at Bob Marley Funeral 1981.

The Marley family portrait from the 1970s.

Sharon Marley, born November 23, 1964. She is the biological daughter of Rita Marley, and was adopted by Bob Marley when the two married.

Cedella Marley, born August 23, 1967, is Bob and Rita’s oldest child together and also Bob Marley’s oldest biological child. She was part of the group Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers and is currently the CEO of Tuff Gong International.

David “Ziggy” Marley, born October 17, 1968, is Bob’s oldest son and the front man of Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers. Ziggy is also a five time Grammy award winner.

Stephen Marley, born April 20, 1972, is Bob and Rita’s last child together and also a member of Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers.

Robbie Marley, born May 16, 1972, was Bob’s first of many children not mothered by Rita.

Rohan Marley, born May 19, 1972 to Janet Hunt. Rohan is rumored to be married to Hip Hop icon Lauryn Hill, who he have five children with.

Karen Marley, born 1973 in England to Janet Bowen.

Stephanie Marley, born in 1974. She is Rita’s child that is fathered by a man name Ital. However, Bob adapted her as his own.

Julian Marley, born June 4, 1975 in England to Lucy Pounder. He is a singer, songwriter and producer with three albums under his belt.

Ky-Mani Marley, February 26, 1976 to Anita Belnavis, a Caribbean table tennis champion. He is an actor/musician, well known for his role in the film Shottas.

Damian Marley, born July 21, 1978 to the 1976 Miss Jamaica and Miss World Cindy Breakspeare. Damian, who is one of the most successful dancehall artistes of all time, is nicknamed “Jr. Gong” after his father. He has three Grammys under his belt.

Makeda Jahnesta Marley, born May 30, 1981 in Miami, to Yvette Crichton. She is Bob’s youngest child.

Photos of the Marley brothers.

Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley died on May 11, 1981, of cancer. He is widely credited as the pioneer for Reggae music.

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Overview of the Jamaican Language

When asking about the Jamaican Language, many persons are referring to Jamaican Patios, an English-lexified creole language spoken by the majority of Jamaicans locally or internationally.

What is Jamaican Patois?

 

Jamaican Patois (or Creole) is a combination of an English based Creole language and West African based languages. Jamaican Creole came into existence as a medium for the slaves and their masters to communicate. The dialect was developed during the seventeenth century to facilitate the ‘seasoning method’, which was the process by which slaves were forced to discard their cultural identity including their mother tongue hence, Jamaican Patois was developed as the main form of communication on the slave plantation. Jamaican Patois is unique to the Island of Jamaica. However, it is spoken in the Jamaican Diaspora as well which include Miami, New York, Nottingham Birmingham and London.

Difference between Jamaican Patois and Jamaican English

 

Jamaican Patois is not to be confused with Jamaican Standard English as there are several features which differentiate Jamaican Patois from Jamaican Standard English. Jamaican Patois is widely spoken in Jamaica and as such, over ninety percent of the population speaks Jamaican Patois though it is not the official language. On the contrary, Jamaican Standard English is the official language of Jamaica; nevertheless Standard Jamaican English is not spoken as widely as Jamaican Creole. In addition, Standard Jamaican English has written and a spoken form, while Jamaican Patois is mostly spoken. Several persons have made claim that Jamaican Patois does not have a standardized writing system.

However, Frederick Cassidy developed a writing system for Jamaican Patois although there are different variations of the language. For instance, Jamaican Patois spoken in Kingston may be slightly different from that which is spoken in rural St. Elizabeth. Therefore while a person in Kingston would say “Mi wen a go a town.” while a person in rural St. Elizabeth would say “mi beh weh deh goes a town” Though the expressions are different, they convey similar meaning. Despite the variations, Most Reggae and Dancehall music are composed in Jamaican Creole rather than Standard Jamaican English.

Jamaica Patois vs. Jamaican Slang

 

Jamaican slangs are expressions which are normally spoken in Jamaican Patois. Unlike Jamaican Creole, Jamaican slang changes on a regularly basis. As new words are created, others words become redundant. Current Jamaican slangs include ‘deadings, shellings slap weh’ On the other hand; the Jamaican Patois words are continuously a part of the Jamaican Patois vocabulary. Despite the negative views toward Jamaican Creole, it is popular and tourists enjoy the language as a result of the humorous tone associated with the language. Jamaican Patois is also popular as a result of the work of the late Louise Bennett Coverley. She wrote several collections of poems in Jamaican Patois and was proud of the language even though many people shunned Jamaican Creole during that period.

Does everyone in Jamaica speak patois?

 

Louise Bennett Coverley was proud of the Jamaican Patois language. Consequently Bennett Coverley contributed to the popularity of the Jamaica Patois on an international level. Jamaican Patois is given more respect since several persons have advocated for Jamaican Creole to be taught in schools. Nonetheless, students are not allowed to use Jamaican Patois in the classroom at the secondary and tertiary level. Thus, it is fair to assume that almost all Jamaicans are exposed to Jamaican Creole conversely not all Jamaican speak Patois especially those who are from the upper social class. Non- Jamaicans tend to show more respect for the dialect as a language than Jamaicans do. In addition, Reggae and dancehall music also contribute to the popularity of the Jamaican Patois, being that Jamaican music is popular in countries such as Japan and Germany.

Louise Bennett Coverley pictureDr. The Hon. Louise Bennett Coverley – Proud advocate for Jamaican Creole

Overtime the attitude towards Jamaican Patois has changed seeing that linguists such as Professor Hubert Devonish has categorized Jamaican Patois as a language and not just a mere dialect. Teachers have observed that the use of Jamaican Creole in the classroom help students to understand much easier than using Jamaican English to clarify.

 

from http://jamaicanpatwah.com