Christianity is the dominant religion throughout the islands of the Caribbean, and Jamaica is no exception. With the celebration of Easter celebrated all over the islands and Jamaica is no different. When one hears the word, “Easter”, in the Caribbean what comes to mind is hot-cross buns, the most Amazing Jamaican Easter Bun (buns and cheese), is a hot cross bun that comes with the provisions of salt-fish and cheese to eat while going to church.
What is a Hot Cross Bun?
A hot cross bun is a spiced sweet bun usually made with fruit, marked with a cross on the top, and traditionally eaten on Good Friday in traditionally the following countries:
The hot cross bun is significant because it marks the end of Lent. Different parts of the hot cross bun have a certain meaning. The cross on the bun represents the crucifixion of Jesus, and the spices inside the bun signifies some of the spices used to embalm Him at his burial.
Christians Abstain from Meat During Lent
Easter is the time of the year, when Christians abstain from meat and flock towards bread and meat-free goods. During the Lenten Season, especially on Fridays, in the Caribbean, Christians only eat bread and water until sunset. In particular, hot cross buns were only reserved for Good Friday.
The Jamaican Easter Bun
Jamaican Easter Bun is a hot cross bun that is a delightful piece of the Jamaican culture. Traditionally made in the “Easter season” as the name dictates, the Jamaican bun is a sweet, delicious tradition that has been passed along from generation to generation. A Jamaican Easter Bun is great when paired with Tastee Cheese. The Jamaican bun is a MUST have for Easter.
Jerk chicken is a spicy and flavorful approach to cooking chicken. You can either make it from scratch, or you can buy a jar of pre-made jerk seasoning mix at the supermarket. Both ways result in delicious jerk chicken. And who doesn't love a good jerk chicken recipe? We have some of the best jerk chicken available at Yaso Grill.
The history of jerk spice can be traced back to Africa. However, it is now gaining in popularity in the United States and around the world. Traditionally, jerk chicken is made by combining spare parts like brains, feet, and necks with other ingredients to create a marinade. This mixture is then added to water to cook and sometimes rubbed with spices to give the resulting dish its particular taste.
Nowadays, jerk spice is not just for chicken. It can be used in a variety of meat recipes too, but jerk pieces are definitely preferred over other variations. A good example is jerk ribs, which can be prepared with a rub with allspice. In most cases, jerk ribs are marinated overnight and then grilled to golden perfection. Another popular use is in a variety of sandwiches: chicken salad (which may be prepared with or without mayonnaise), chili, steak, seafood, pasta, and so on.
For people who have health problems, it is important to note that there are mild versions of jerk spice that do not contain allspice. These "clean" varieties can be purchased in supermarkets and health food stores without any added spice. They are usually just as tasty as the traditional versions. Be sure to choose products that are gluten-free, as these products may contain ingredients that are harmful to those with gluten intolerance. This is especially true if you are buying ground chicken since some may use salt to season the meat.
When you make your own jerk chicken, be sure to use only top quality parts. When you purchase your ingredients, make sure that the package contains all of the pieces needed to make your recipe. If pieces are missing or not included in the original, be sure to obtain them. While this might cost more initially, you will find that buying the best stuff will pay off in the long run. You will be able to use these pieces over for many years, and your family will enjoy them every single time.
Even though you might be tempted to skip the traditional jerk spice (and avoid the accompanying possibilities), this versatile ingredient is extremely tasty. The best part is that you can prepare this jerk dish with little effort. While there are many variations on the theme, chicken tends to be the most common ingredient. The other variations that are quite tasty include adding scallions, bell pepper, onion, garlic, celery, or spices of your choice. With so many wonderful choices, there's bound to be one that suits your taste perfectly!