When I was a wee little tot me and my family got to visit the beautiful land of Jamaica.
I have some amazing memories that I’ll never forget. To this day I can taste the sweetness of the sugar cane and remember going with Mr. Brownie to find the best to eat. I spent my days at the school playing jump rope with all the girls…..they were amazing at this by the way.
The beaches were beautiful and I remember swimming and looking at the endless water as it lapped over us in waves.
However, I also remember seeing poverty like I have never seen before. Relentless, hopeful, and strong people who had endured so much in their life yet still walked around with a smile and kind word. Their positive attitudes and laughs made a huge impact on me even as a small child. For that I’m more thankful for the life that I now have.
I have spent years trying to find a porridge recipe that would match the amazingness of authentic Jamaican porridge. One of the greatest highlights of my experience was eating porridge for breakfast in the morning. I was very young, (about 5) so this had to have had a huge impact for me to have remembered the taste all these years. Many hours have been spent over the past few years trying to do research and find what I was looking for but I never could find anything….until now!! Thanks to my pinterest addiction I came across a wonderful blog that provided me with the correct recipe. (You can find that blog and other recipes at thejamaicanfoodie.blogspot.)
So this morning was the day I decided to dirty up the kitchen in hopes of reminiscing on those days of my childhood. I wasn’t dissapointed!! It tasted just like I remembered it and my belly was so nice and full I had to spend 30 minutes on the treadmill just to get over the guilt of such a sweet indulgence.
For anyone who wants to walk down memory lane with me and taste one of the greatest things on earth here is the recipe:
Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge
1 cup of yellow cornmeal
4 cups of water
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 cup coconut milk
1 tbsp flour
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of nutmet
1/2 cup of sweetened condensed milk
Place water, cornmeal and salt in a pot.
Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Once boiling, reduce heat and cover. Let simmer for 5 minutes stirring constantly.
Mix together coconut milk, flour, cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg in a seperate bowl
Next, mix cocunut milk mixture into cornmeal. Cook for about 5 minutes to thicken
Stir in the condensed milk and sweeten to taste
Pour into a bowl and serve. Be careful it’s HOT!!!
Voila!!! I added just a touch more of sweetened condensed milk and cinnamon to the top to make it look fancy!
Me and the munchkins enjoyed our porridge and enjoyed acting like we were the ‘Three Bears’ hiding our porridge from Goldilocks. We ate it all up before she had a chance to snatch it away. Take that Goldilocks!!
Please ignore the no makeup look from above. It was early in the morning. 🙂
Wishing you all happy porridge mornings, memories and the skill to keep those little blonde haired girls away from your breakfast!!
Until next time…..