November 27 – December 3, 2006   27

  200 years of Christmas
Avia Ustanny
Freelance writer                                       COSTUME DRAMA: The popular Jonkonnu tradition
                                                       has been supplanted by Carnival revellers at Easter
DURING SLAVERY the sound of African
drumming went on all night until morn-
ing dawned on Christmas. So began the
celebration of three days of freedom for
people enslaved. When the three-day holi-
day ended, their servitude would again
begin. Along with drumming, dancing
was high on the agenda. The trans-
planted Africans formed large circles in
the village square with men, women, boys
and girls holding hands, singing shouting
and swaying. At times, a couple would
suddenly break the circle and leap into
the centre, dancing to the incessant beat-
ing of the drum and the shaking of rattles
made from a calabash.
Couple after couple would break the cir-
cle and dance until they dropped from
exhaustion. Christmas market was then
the destination for all. The slaves carried
farm products in large straw baskets,
making their way to the central destina-
tion where they would meet hundreds of
others from other estates. Yabbas, straw
mats and ropes were items sold or
exchanged. Market would usually last for      SAUCY SET GIRLS                                                   was the Saucy Set Girls. The red set rep-
about half a day until the fife and drums     Besides the popular Jonkonnu, another                             resented England and the Blue set repre-
and antics of Jonkonnu began.                 source of Christmas day entertainment                             sented Scotland. It originated in Admiral
                                                                                                                                  Town, Kingston and
                                                                                   G I F F O R D T H O M P S O N included a competition
                                                                                                                                  to see who was better
                                                                                                 & BRIGHT                         dressed. Each had a
                                                                                        Christmas message                         queen or madam who
                                                                                                                                  would be chosen as the
                                                                                             We look back on a year in            best dressed of the lot.
                                                                                         which Jamaica welcomed its               The custom spread to
                                                                                      first female Prime Minister; the            other parts of Jamaica
                                                                                              crime rate went down
                                                                                          considerably; and the West              and the general popu-
                                                                                         Indies cricket team began to             lace as women bought
                                                                                           do well again. To highlight
                                                                                             next year we hope for a              hundreds of yards of
                                                                                       peaceful democratic election;              muslin, lace, ribbon and
                                                                                       further progress on the crime              parasols to look like the
                                                                                            front; and the successful
                                                                                         staging of the cricket World             queen of the Set Girls.
                                                                                              Cup. In a world full of             Some women were said
                                                                                        insecurity, Jamaica continues
                                                                                              to offer to its visitors,           to receive jewellery on
                                                                                           including Jamaicans living             loan from their owners
                                                                                                abroad, a beautiful               to make their costumes
                                                                                               environment and the
                                                                                      prospects of economic growth.               even more replendent
                                                                                                                                  and some ensembles are
                                                                                           Many problems remain, and
                                                                                             some of them are legal               noted to have cost as
                                                                                      problems. Gifford Thompson &                much as 60 pounds
                                                                                        Bright remains committed to               sterling. In Falmouth,
                                                                                      helping its clients to negotiate
                                                                                       the legal system during 2007.              the blues and reds car-
                                                                                          We wish all readers a happy             ried whips with ribbons
                                                                                          Christmas and a prosperous
                                                                                                     New Year.                    of the appropriate
                                                                                                                                  colour tied to the tips.
                                                                                       G I F FO R D T H O M P S O N & B R I G H T There are records of
                                                                                                                                  women who bought
                                                                                                                                  their freedom with
                                                                                                                                  money collected on
                                                                                                                                           Continued on page 28
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                                                                                     CHRISTMAS SHOPPING
Continued from
page 27

the parade as they                                                ensure that their girls                              GRAND MARKET                        documents from the         people who
went from house to                                               would win.                                            DAY                                 Jamaica Cultural           travelled just
house on Set marching                                            Next in the Christmas                                 By 1898, new hats and               Development                for the pleas-
days.Many of the Set                                             entertainment were                                    shoes were status sym-              Commission (JCDC):         ure of the ride.
Girls were domestic                                              Zoo Zoo or actor boys                                 bols for the emanci-                “Dainty hats and
servants and their own-                                          who followed the Set                                  pated slaves and these              resplendent silks,         GOD AND
ers wagered heavily on                                           Girls and were like                                   were worn first at                  satins and lace. Nearly    MAMMON
who would be more                                                court jesters, drawing                                Christmas. In 1898,                 all of Kingston and his    Church bells woke peo-
impressive. The spirit                                           laughter and ribald                                   Grand Market in                     wife was there”.           ple at 4:00 on
of competition was high                                          comments. Christmas                                   Kingston was held on                At J.M Crosswell's in      Christmas morning for
and slave owners went                                            day ended with a feast                                Monday, December 26.                Kingston, owner Dr.        5:00 o'clock service.
to great extremes to                                             on each estate.                                       According to historical             Magnus was asked by        Churches were deco-
                                                                                                                                                           one reporter what he       rated with foliage
                                                                                                                                                           planned to do with his     wound around the pil-
                                                                                                                                                           enormous stock of          lars with gold and
                                                                                                                                                           hams and smoked            cream flowers
                                                                                                                                                           tongues. He assured        attached. On the
                                                                                                                                                           him that they should be    streets, groups of car-
                                                                                                                                                           all gone by the follow-    ollers from the
                                                                                                                                                           ing week. In good times    Salvation Army went
                                                                                                                                                           or bad, everyone ate       from place to place
                                                                                                                                                           well at Christmas."        singing. There was no

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  B.B SEATON                                                                        Jamaican Girl” were also hits. His music continues to
                                                                                    contribute to the rich legacy of Jamaican Music.
                                                                                    Currently, B.B has sixteen albums to his credit.
  B.B Seaton christened Harris Lloyd Seaton, born                                   “Dancing Shoe” (first reggae album released by Virgin
  September 3rd under the star sign Virgo. BB's music is                            Records), “Thin Line Between Love & Hate”, “Colour Is
  personal by nature and universal in expression. A rare                            Not The Answer”, “I’m Aware Of Love”, “B.B Seaton
  combination of talent, a singer with a soulful voice,                             Sings The Gaylads”, “ Wish Me Luck”, “     Just One
  accomplished musician, successful producer and                                    Moment”, “B.B Seaton Greatest Hits”, “In Control”,
  arranger, educated at Cornwall College. One of the                                “Everyday People”, “Pleasure & Pain”, “Reggae
  premier song writers in the history of Jamaican music.                            Country Classics”, "Unbeaten". "Rootically Yours",
                                                                                    "Reggae Land".
  B.B Seaton's legendary musical career began in the
  early sixties. He grew up listening to groups like                                As a Record Producer / Writer, he has had hits like
  Platters, Drifters, Temptations and the Four Tops.                                        “Laugh It Off” by Phil Francis, “Tonight Is The
                                                                                            Night” & “I Must Be Dreaming” by Claudette
  He had his first big hit in Jamaica when teaming
                                                                                            Miller, “Sweet Sunshine” by Pat Rhoden, “Give
  up with Delano Stewart and Maurice Roberts to
                                                                                            Love A Try” & “Mash Up Illiteracy” by Delroy
  form The “Gaylads”. They recorded their first hit
                                                                                            Wilson “It Comes & Goes”, ”Sweet Rose” by The
  single “Lady with the Red Dress” on Clement
                                                                                            Melodians, “Let Me Go Girl”, “People
  Dodd’s Studio One label in 1961. A series of hits
                                                                                            Rocksteady” by Slim Smith , Jimmy London’s
  followed including two albums “Soul Beat” and
                                                                                            “Saddest Moment Of My Life”, Ken Boothe’s
  “Gaylads Sing Folks”.
                                                                                    “Who Really Cares” " Freedom Street", "Say You", "The
  After ten years of working with companies in Jamaica                              Girl I Left Behind", "Black Gold & Green", Just Another
  like Studio One, Tip Top Records, Beverley’s Records                              Girl", "Who Really Cares", "Drums Of Freedom", "Mr
  and Treasure Isle Records as either A & R, Producer,                              Wind", “Lady With The Starlight“, "Why Baby Why", "I
  writer, musician and backing vocalists, BB decided to                             Wish It Could Be Peaceful Again", “I Feel Like Daniel” ,
  go solo.                                                                          “I Remember Someone”, “Lucky Me”, “Love Come
  In 1972 he recorded his first solo single “Accept My                              Tumbling Down” & “Six In One Medley” and “Born
  Apology” which was an instant hit and there was no                                Free” “No Good Girl” with himself. “Sunshine Reggae”
  turning back from then on. BB's version of Bill Withers                           vol. 1&2, and “Gun Court Dub” vol.1,2, 3 & 4 are
  “Lean On Me”, Persuaders, “Thin Line Between Love &                               Various Artists and Dub Albums produced on his Soul
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                                                                                                                               November 27 – December 3, 2006   29


Christmas is almost here. Time for family. Time for fun. Time for good food – which means including some traditional Caribbean dishes among
all the culinary delights on offer. For more than 80 years, the name Grace Kennedy has been synonymous with quality – the finest foods from
the largest food producer in the English speaking Caribbean. Grace is THE genuine taste of the Caribbean, guaranteed to add sunshine to
every meal – whatever the weather outside. Here are just some mouth watering suggestions to keep out the chill this festive season.

SPICY VEGETABLE SOUP                         until soft.                          make them ideal ingredients for cock-   VIRGIN DAIQUIRI
Serves 4                                  2. Mix spices and seasoning to a        tails and punches. Here are a few       • 550ml GRACE TROPICA
                                             paste with vinegar and               ideas – the real fun is creating your     RHYTHMS FRUIT PUNCH
                                             tomato ketchup.                      own. Have fun this Christmas!           • 1 ripe banana
• 1 small onion
                                          3. Add mixture to the pan and fry for                                           • 1tsp lime juice
   (peeled and chopped)
• 4 celery sticks (sliced)
                                             three minutes, stirring              GINGER RHYTHMS                          • clear syrup (optional)
                                             continuously.                        •   185ml GRACE TROPICAL
• 1 x 50g packed GRACE COCK                                                                                               Method:
                                          4. Stir in GRACE COCONUT MILK           •   RHYTHMS PINEAPPLE GINGER
   SOUP MIX                                                                                                               1. Break banana into pieces then
                                             and simmer for 10 minutes.           •   35ml dark rum
• 1 small sweet potato                                                                                                       place in a blender with all
                                             Add prawns and allow to cook in      •   35ml strawberry syrup.
   (peeled and sliced)                                                                                                       other ingredients
                                             sauce for 5 minutes.
• 1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes                                                   Method:                                 2. Blend for about one minute
                                          5. Transfer to a heated serving dish
• 1 x 400g can GRACE COCONUT                                                      1. Pour ingredients into a blender      3. Serve over crushed ice
                                             and serve immediately.
   MILK 250ml (1/2 pint) water                                                       and blend for about 30 minutes.
• 1 x 400g can GRACE BLACK                Serving Suggestion: Serve hot with      2. Pour over crushed ice.                 Fancy more ideas for tasty
   EYE PEAS.                              curried rice and a salad of your        3. Decorate with a pineapple wedge,       meals? The just go to
                                          choice. Tropical Rhythms’ unique           an orange slice and a cherry 
                                          blend of exotic fruits and vegetables      on top.
1. Heat the oil in a pan, add the onion
   and celery and cook
   for 2-3 minutes. Add the soup mix,
   the sweet potato, the tomatoes,
   the coconut milk and the water.
2. Cook for 15-20 minutes until the
   vegetables are just tender.
3. Add the black eye peas and
   season to taste with hot pepper

Serving suggestion: Garnish with a
few celery leaves and serve hot with
fresh crusty bread

Serves 4
• 8 chicken drumsticks, skinned
   or skinless
• 3 tbsp olive oil
• Juice of 1/2 lemon
• 2 tsp tomato ketchup
• 2 tbsp soy sauce
• 1 tbsp honey
• 2 tbsp water
• 3 tsp Demerara sugar.
1. Score the flesh of the chicken and
   place in a shallow dish. Add salt to
2. Mix together the remaining
   ingredients and pour over the
   chicken. Marinate for at least 2
   hours, turning occasionally, or in
   the refrigerator over night
3. Place the chicken on the grill for
   25 –30 minutes turning frequently,
   basting with any remaining
   marinade until cooked.

Serves 4
• 450g prawns (approx 4-5 per
   person, peeled and deveined)
• 1 medium onion, sliced. 3 gloves
   of garlic, sliced finely.
• 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger root.
• 3 tbsps butter.
• 2 tsps ground coriander.
• 1 tsp turmeric.
• 1 tsp chilli powder. 1/2 tsp salt.
• 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
• 1 cup (250ml) GRACE COCONUT
1. Heat butter in a heavy saucepan,
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   add onion and garlic, stir gently
30   November 27 - December 3, 2006

                                         CHRISTMAS SHOPPING
Continued from page 28

were worn first at                                   and enjoy mingling with the holiday               powered by electricity. The trams drove
Christmas. In 1898, Grand                            crowd. Boys let off squibs and blew whis-         all night and were crowded with people
Market in Kingston was held                          tles and horns. People waved at their             who travelled just for the pleasure of the
on Monday, December 26.                              friends with handkerchiefs in their hands         ride.
According to historical documents from               – it was the style.
the Jamaica Cultural Development                     The tram cars which were drawn by                 GOD AND
Commission (JCDC): “Dainty hats and                  mules only the year before were, by 1901,         MAMMON
resplendent silks, satins and lace. Nearly
all of Kingston and his wife was there”.
At J.M Crosswell's in Kingston, owner Dr.
Magnus was asked by one reporter what
                                                      Don't add waist this Christmas
he planned to do with his enormous stock             Healthy alternatives to traditional festive foods
of hams and smoked tongues. He assured
him that they should be all gone by the              By Heather Little-White, Ph.D.,                   well as the creative use of peas and beans
following week. In good times or bad,                Food & Nutrition Consultant                       can be tastily combined to make delec-
everyone ate well at Christmas."                                                                       table treats.
                                                    CHRISTMAS IS the time for feasts of tra-           While you may scoff at ham made from
THERE WERE                                          ditional foods like meats, cakes and other         pork, there are variations of ham made
OUTIN GS TOO                                        treats that jeopardise one's course on the         from turkey, chicken or beef available at
People travelled on the tram car from one pathway to a healthy lifestyle. However,                     most supermarkets. These can be baked
end of town to the other. By 1900, thou-            all is not lost because there are tasty and        and dressed with pineapples, cherries
sands would make their way to the                   nutritious dishes that can be enjoyed in           and cloves and nicely glazed to give your
Kingston Race Course to walk around                 the spirit of celebration, without adding          spread of Christmas dishes the festive
                                                                          to your waistline.           look.
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                                                                          the Christmas menu           not do harm. However, stay away from
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                       Work and dinner parties.                           Poultry and fish as                                                     Continued on page 36

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use olive oil combined with herbs and
                                                                                                                                                                                         GENERAL GUIDELINES
fruit juice for a healthier combination.
                                                                                                                                                                                         ❅ Reducing the use of meat
Interesting pasta dishes are Seafood-
                                                                                                                                                                                         as much as possible.
Stuffed Pasta Shells; Macaroni, Broccoli &
                                                                                                                                                                                         ❅ Eliminating deep fat frying
Cheese Bake; Tuna Pasta Supper Skillet:
                                                                                                                                                                                         -- instead use crisp coatings
Shrimp Marinara with Angel Hair Pasta.
                                                                                                                                                                                         like breadcrumbs or corn-
To reduce the fat of the tuna pasta skillet
use water-packed tuna instead of oil-
                                                                                                                                                                                         ❅ Make pie crusts with
packed tuna. Sun-dried tomato pesto
                                                                                                                                                                                         ground fruits or graham
sauce is good for pasta dishes and low-fat
                                                                                                                                                                                         crackers instead of butter or
versions are available.
A typical healthy festive menu can be:
                                                                                                                                                                                         ❅ Limit high-fat cheeses
Fish Fingers with piquant dip
                                                                                                                                                                                         ❅ Eliminate clarified butter,
Baked chicken ham with
                                                                                                                                                                                         heavy creams and sauces
orange ginger glaze
                                                                                                                                                                                         ❅ Reduce the use of dairy
Stuffed turkey
                                                                                                                                                                                         products. Use vegetable stock
Special vegetable lasagne
                                                                                                                                                                                         to make stews and casseroles
Sweet potato 'N pineapple crush
Traditional gungo rice and peas
Carrot and beet salad
                                                                                      FOR STRICT                                                                                         ❅ Substitute skim milk and
                                                                                                                                                                                         non-fat yoghurt
                                                                                                                                                                                         ❅ Reduce the use of eggs
Medley of stir fried vegetables
Minted passion fruit punch
                                                                                     VEGETARIANS                                                                                         especially the yolks where the
                                                                                                                                                                                         fat and cholesterol reside
                                                                                                                                                                                         ❅ Replace whole eggs with
To reduce the fat in lasagne by about five                                    Vegetable burgers and sweet and sour sauce                                        whites; use two whites for every egg
grams, use skim milk and a low-fat cheese                                     Tangerine and honeyglazed tofu slices                                             ❅ Use fresh herbs and whole spices for flavour
in place of whole milk and cheddar                                            Gungo rice and peas (brown rice)                                                  instead of salt and sugar. Also useful are pickles,
cheese. The lasagne noodles can be                                            Nutty raisin candied plantains                                                    chillies, dried fruits, dried tomatoes, exotic mush-
cooked a day ahead, drained and placed                                        Sweet potato vegetable salad                                                      rooms, wine vinegars and soy sauce.
in a single layer on a plastic-wrapped                                        Cucumber, lettuce, tomato, raisin salad                                           ❅ Use cooking methods like grilling, pan roasting
lined cookie sheet and refrigerated                                           Buddha's delight (stir fried carrots, peppers, broc-                              and smoking to maximise flavours.
overnight.                                                                    coli, pak choi and water chestnuts)

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                                                                                                                              is not the same without
   TRY THIS DISH                                                                                                              sorrel. In fact, she
                                                                                                                              always keeps a few bottles
                                                                                                                              stashed away until the next
  THIS CHRISTMAS                                                                                                              year. Mrs. Shakespeare said when
                                                                                                                              preparing sorrel it is important to
                                                                                                                              choose sorrels that are fresh and
Shrimp Marinara with Angel Hair Pasta                                                                                         have a bright red colour.
INGREDIENTS                                                                                                                   Mrs. Shakespeare's sorrel preparation
1 pack angel hair pasta                                                                                                       method:
1 tbsp. olive or vegetable oil                                                                                                1. Grate ginger and juice then put it
1 lb. shelled, deveined                                                                                                       aside.
uncooked medium shrimp                                                                                                        2. Wash sorrel then add to boiling
1 garlic cloves, minced                                                                                                       water. Turn off stove and leave for
1 16 oz. bottle flavoured                                                                                                     three to four hours.
?tomato pasta sauce                                                                                                           3. After sorrel is cooled, add ginger
1 tbsp. lime juice                                                                                                            juice, sugar (granulated preferably as
1 tbsp. vodka, if desired                                                                                                     it better brings out the rich red colour
1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper                                                                                                   of the sorrel), rum and wine.
flakes (or strips of scotch bonnet)                                                                                           4. If you are going to serve right away
METHOD                                                                                                                        just add ice but if you want to keep it
Cook pasta to desired doneness as directed on pack-                                                                           for a few days add some rice grains to
age.                                                                                                                          help preserve it and store in a cool
Drain: cover to keep warm. Heat oil in a large skil-                                                                          place.
let over medium-high heat until hot. Add shrimp                                                                               5. The beauty of sorrel is that it can
and garlic.                                                                                                                   be stored for a very long period even
                                                        Whatever your preference, sorrel is the perfect
Cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until shrimp just                                                                  up to a year. The trick is adding rice grains,
                                                        drink at Christmas. In fact, sorrel has been appear-
begin to turn pink. Stir in all remaining ingredi-                                                              pimento seeds, rum and wine but do not sweeten
                                                        ing in markets since September. And with the new
ents. Simmer 3-5 minutes or until mixture is thor-                                                              then store in a cool place.
                                                        development from the SRC, sorrel can be found all
oughly heated.
                                                        year round.
Serve over pasta. Serves 4
                                                        Jamaicans take sorrel

Preparing sorrel
                                                        very seriously and many
                                                        like to take a bottle or
                                                                                     W R AY & N E P H E W R U M
                                                        two of sorrel that has
By Keisha Shakespeare
                                                        been preserved from the
                                                        previous year, out of
                                                                                       C R E A M G I V E A W AY
                                                                                                               DON’T HAVE XMAS
CHRISTMAS IS a time to be jolly and without sorrel
                                                        storage. Also, in the
Hark the Herald Angels will probably not sing.
                                                        rural regions it is tradi-
                                                                                                                 WITHOUT IT!
Sorrel over the years has been a major part of
                                                        tional for neighbours to
Christmas festivity in Jamaica. And recently the
                                                        go from door to door and
Scientific Research Council of Jamaica (SRC) has
                                                        have a glass of sorrel                                 Made with genuine over proof rum, from
found out that sorrel is not just a mere Christmas
                                                        accompanied by a slice of                              rum connoisseurs, Wray & Nephew, Rum
drink but it has nutritional values.
                                                        Christmas cake or                                      Cream will be the drink of choice during
The key to having the perfect glass of sorrel lies in                                                          the festive season with its delicate taste
the preparation. Some like it with a little rum and                                                            and warm timbre.
                                                        For housewife Celia
wine added while others like it with ginger only.
                                                        Shakespeare, Christmas                                 We have 10 packs to give away.
                                                                                                                To win a pack (six bottles) of 20cl Rum
                                                                                                                 Cream simply answer this
 ✴ Season’s Greetings to our valued customers ✴                                                                     What is the countr
                                                                                                                                       y of
                                                                                                                    origin of Wray & N
                                 ✴ ✴
                                                                     ✴                                              Rum Cream?
                 ★★★ SPECIAL★★★                                                                                     a) Grenada
  ✴ ALL YOU CAN EAT BUFFET £6.99 Incl (Lewisham Location only)                                                       b) Dominica
                                                                                                                     c) Jamaica
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                                                                          CHRISTMAS SHOPPING

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          Dalgety Agri Products are the first Guyana based operation which sell produce dried herbs to Europe and North
          America, their strong flavoured teas are world renowned and embody the vibrancy and exoticness of the
          Caribbean for which they originate. To be in with a chance of winning one of 20   exported dried herbs in bulk
          to Europe and North America as well as Pineapples to the Tourist Islands of the Caribbean.
          Name the new Dalgety Tea that                         you simply pour into hot water and stir?
          a) Ginger Tea Instant                         b) Lemon and Honey                            c) Guava

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     After causing a stir in the West Country, THE BLACK FARMER – aka Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones – is set
     to take the nation by storm with his range of sausages and sauces. Bearing the tagline ‘Flavours
                                                                                                                                                                     WIN A CARIBBEAN COOK BOOK
     without Frontiers’ the products bring to life Wilfred’s philosophy of not being confined by tradition, race
     or culture. The Black Farmer has teamed up with The Voice to give 24 LUCKY READERS the chance to                                                                AND WALKERSWOOD HAMPER
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     How many children took part in the channel 4 documentary series                                                                    contemporary recipes from the Caribbean, ‘Eat Caribbean’ by Virginia Burke, along with a selection of
                                                                                                                                        Walkerswood seasonings and sauces.
     ‘The Black Farmer’ ?  a) 9 - b) 18 - c) 36                                                                                         INCLUDING 100 SUPERB RECIPES AND EXQUISITE, specially commissioned location photographs taken around
                                                                                                                                        the Caribbean, this superb cook book both reflects the rich history of the islands and provides a highly contem-
                                                                                                                                        porary take on Caribbean fare.
                                                                                                                                        Traditional recipes such as Jerk Chicken vie with modern classics such as Sweet Plantain and Ginger Flans. A
                                                                                                                                        whole range of recipes is covered, including vegetarian dishes such as Creamed Cassava with Roasted Garlic and
                                                                                                                                        desserts like Little Rum and Chocolate Puddings.
                                                                                                                                        Walkerswood Caribbean Foods are the experts in authentic Caribbean seasonings, spices and sauces, including
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                                                                                                                                        For more information, visit the website

                                                                                                                                        WHAT IS THE NAME OF THE AUTHOR OF ‘EAT CARIBBEAN’ ?
                                                                                                                                        A) VIRGINIA WOLFE - B) VIRGINIA BURKE - C) VIRGINIA MAYO

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             It’s time to hit the stores
By Christine Claus               few party dresses. My office       me, these are usually afford-    the games that hit the shops        tree on
                                 party is next week, and so         able. My brothers love alcohol   this year. Okay! I know how         Christmas morn-
GEE WHIZ, Christmas is just      too are several others I have      and I am not sure what else.     to handle this! I will get each     ing, then come the
around the corner. I think of    been invited to. I am quite        They are good men, they are      of them a box to put their          boxes, the tears and the
the food, the parties, espe-     accustomed to being queen of       always grateful and never        games in! I will dress them         phone calls. No! I must pull
cially the food. I started a     the ball, and this year will be    complain. Well, that part is     up with pretty paper and            my thoughts together, get
diet in September so I could     no different.                      easy. But for the teenagers in   wrap them nicely in satin and       over my pre-Christmas shop-
lose some weight to pack on      Spaghetti straps and flounces      my family – games and gadg-      treat my nieces and nephews.        ping blues and hit the streets.
back the pounds during the       in bright red or black and a       ets will do. But as far as I     I can see it now, laughter and      Shopping, delicious food, par-
festivities. My partner has      rich shawl to cover my             know, they already have all      fun under the lit Christmas         ties and family – here I come!
already booked us in some of     exposed parts. Somehow
the top Caribbean and            when I think of Christmas
African restaurants – we had     party dresses, I end up at the

to go early to be sure to get    same place. They all seem to                                        when you enter discount code:
in on those royal sunshine       look alike, or I seem to pick
treats. The season is fast       the same styles over and                                            VOICE, when placing an order

approaching, I need clothes, a   over again. I need the
lot of it and there are so       Fashion Police – call 911!
many things to. New toys for
the children, things for Mum
and Dad, I come from a large
                                 What exactly is being worn
                                 this Christmas? My friends
                                 at the office tell me that it is
family of eight siblings and     black and white for next year
six of them have families of     as this year’s grey did not
their own.                       quite hit it. But if it is black
It is at times like Christmas    and white, I really do not
that I get upset with my par-    need to shop, you can’t really
ents. They should have taken     tell one black dress different
birth control more seriously.    from another. I own a full
I love my brothers and sis-      wardrobe of black party
ters, especially my sisters,     dresses. I need to rid me of                                                                               To order your catalogue
but the fact that I have to      black this season. I am defi-
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shop – until I drop for          nitely looking for red!                                                                                           or Phone
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and every growing family of      colour; it is the smell of new                                                                                  079 44038267
nieces and nephews and in-       clothes.
laws is not a pleasant thing     But while I will go frock-hunt-
for me.                          ing with no worries, I will
Understand, I love to shop,      also use my time to pick out
but that is when I shop for      those dreaded Christmas
myself. Talking about that, I    gifts. My sisters are always
have to head to Oxford Circus    excited about accessories and
this Saturday to pick out a      matching earrings and trust

Grants Cuisine offers an extensive range and is the place you
can come to enjoy fine dining, Jamaican cooking – this
Christmas – and beyond. Situated in Rushey Green, Catford,
Grant’s offers traditional home cooked taste that only comes
from true care and preparation.
 Tantalise your taste buds this Christmas at Grants Cuisine
with their wide ranges – calaloo and sweet potato tart with
blue cheese dressing, crispy duck in champagne sauce, slow
baked roast lamb in a sorrel and ginger sauce, Christmas
crumble with rum sauce….. to name but a few. Grants three-
course Christmas menu comes with half a bottle of wine per
person….all inclusive.
If Christmas is not your thing Grants Restaurant & Wine Bar
is available for private hire, small conferences, birthday par-
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ties, christening or similar functions.
 Come and savour formal dining, air conditioned comfort and
Grants Restaurant and Wine Bar.

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