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Jamaican Banana Fritters

Grandma Ida Oats would always say:

“Over ripe bananas, make tasty  treats
As children play
Beat the batter
Add a little flour, egg, salt, nutmeg
Don’t forget vanilla
Stir it all up
Leave no clumps
Fry the batter, 2 tablespoons at time
Until golden brown on each side
Bite
Chew
Swallow
Then Sip on homemade fresh Cocoa
That’s the way we eat
Our tasty Banana Fritters treat”

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Szechuan White Fish

Yes, we are Jamaican  but today, we decided to spice up your pallet with something different!  In Jamaica, Chinese Food and culture is popular!  There are a lot of Chinese Jamaicans! Check out the recipie below!  Let us know what you think!

Szechuan White Fish-Serves 4-Ingredients

12 oz white fish fillets

1 small egg beaten

3 tbsp plain (all purpose flour)

4 tbsp dry white wine

3 tbsp light soy sauce

vegetable oil, for frying

1 garlic clove, cut into slivers

1/2 inch piece fresh root ginger, finely chopped

1 onion, finely chopped

1 celery stick, chopped

1 fresh red chilli chopped

3 spring onions (scallions) chopped

1 tsp rice wine vinegar

1/2 tsp ground Szechuan pepper

6 fl oz/3/4 cup fish stock

1 tsp caster (superfine) sugar

1 tsp cornflour (constarch)

2 tsp water

  • First you cut the fish into 4-cm cubes.  Beat the egg, flour, wine and 1 tbsp of soy sauce to make batter.  Dip the cubes of fish into to the batter to coat well.  Check out the pictures below!
White Fish cut into cubes
White Fish cut into cubes

Egg, Flour, Wine and Soy Sauce Batter.

  • Heat the oil in the wok, reduce heat slightly and cook the fish, in batches, for 2-3 minutes, unitl golden brown.  Remove with a slotted spoon.  Drain on Kitchen paper  (paper towels), set aside and keep warm.

Fry White Fish In batches
Fry White Fish In batches
Remove when golden brown
Remove when golden brown

  • After fish is fried and removed.  Pour all but 1 tbsp from the wok and return to heat.  Add garlic, ginger, onion, celery, chilli and spring onions (scallions) and stir fry for 1-2 min.  Stir in remaining soy sauce and vinegar.
Stir fry seasonings together for 1-2 minutes
Stir fry seasonings together for 1-2 minutes
  • Add Szechuan pepper and fish stock and caster (super fine) sugar to the wok, mix corn flour (cornstarch) with the water to form a smooth paste and stir into stock.  Bring to a boil and cook, stirring for 1 minute until sauce thickens and clears.
  • Return the fish cubes to the wok and cook for 1-2 minutes.  SERVE IMMEDIATELY!
FINAL PRODUCT~SZECHUAN WHITE FISH
FINAL PRODUCT~SZECHUAN WHITE FISH

This is one of my favorite chinese dishes!  Its easy and tasty!  For more amazing chinese dishes check out this book:  ULTIMATE RECIPES CHINESE!    Let us know what you think about this recipe!  Dive In!

 

Daughters

This piece is dedicated to the beautiful, graceful, down to earth, funny, spunky, talented, passionate, adventurous, courageous lady in my life, my daughter!  Thank You for loving me unconditionally and teaching me so much even in times of chaos!   Thank You for being Awesome and Amazing!

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Love always Mama

Dedication To Joy

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Watching leaves fall, fish swim, picking green peppers, onions and tomatoes from the family garden.  Listening to the trees whistle in the wind, seeing your face in every moment.  I imagine you throwing for your dogs, planning  adventures, traveling with your son, feeding his brain and yours, dinners, BBQ‘s with margarita’s and friends!  You feared nothing, you lived! You were a giant!  There was nothing you didn’t conquer.  Your humility amazed me!  You never bragged about your ventures, riches or status!  You were a woman of honor!  One I had the honor of being in the presence of!

I remember being upset at the times you’d come over unannounced and challenge the shows we watched, how we spent our time or day.  I remember you inviting me on many adventures which I turned down because I didn’t want to be bothered or told what to do!  How selfish of me!  I remember breaking up with an X and you stood firmly and said, “Let this be your last! Your knight will come to you.”  You then smiled and helped to clean after Thanksgiving dinner.  I stood on the shoulder of a giant! You’re shoulders but at the time I was not ready to open my eyes to the wonders ahead.

Joy I am sorry! I’m happy we spent the time we did together!  I know I can not make up for the past but  I promise you one thing.  Your son, my little brother will want for nothing.  I will shower him with love, laughter, adventures, memories of you!  You will remain a memory implanted in his heart forever!  A giant, a mother never forgotten, a mother, friend and family member forever loved!

Joy

We are all promised death

but most never live

When fear takes hold, most give in

You lived

You soared with the birds

You swam with the animals of the sea

You explored the world, from Africa to the Galapagos

There was no territory you feared or didn’t master

You loved your son more than rubies, diamonds or pearls

He was your richness, nothing compared in the world

You loved my mom

You were her best friend

She can’t stop crying, questioning

“Why was her life cut short, gone with the wind?”

I remind her everyday that you lived and what you’d always say:

It takes a village to raise a child!”

She remains strong, holding onto your wish

Until we meet again

watch over us all

Soon we will walk, talk, smile, laugh and drink margaritas in the sky

Love You Joy 

The Writing Road

I’ve been blogging for about a month now, I believe.  I enjoy it much, but as I sit in bed.  My mind wanders off in childhood memories.  When I loved to write without fear.  It dawns on me in this moment, I love how elegantly words flow from the heart to tongue, pencil to pad!  I was never much of a technology junky nor was I a savy girl but I’ve grown to apply myself and learn the up-comings, in’s and outs of technology, best I can! Truth is, I want to go back!  Back to when writing consisted of looking outside your window, starring at the leaves on the trees as they turn from green to red, to yellow to brown to cold, frozen, fragile stems on a winter night!  Holding a number 2 pencil or blue ink pen in hand with whatever type of paper I could find! A brown paper bag, old notebook,  a wall or even the middle of my hand!  So, tonight I bring you, writings from the past meeting the present!  The paper I wrote this on, I kid you not, is about 15 years old!  How precious, amazing, heartfelt it is to me!  Even then I was a positive light shinning through darkness to find my way home!  Enjoy~

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Be Strong,

Be Wise

Be Humble

Be True

Be Optimistic

Be Real

Be Fearless

Be Honest

Be Open

Live Long

Live Strong

Live On

Be You

Be all you can Be

That’s life

That’s Love

That’s You

Thats Me

I would love feed back!  What were you writing 15 years ago?  Any saved articles, poems, songs, blogs to share?  I would love to read!

#DiveIn & Keep Smiling

A friend and Mirror Lake

TheDriveToday, normal and agenda set!  A friend and I then decided to take a drive up to Mirror Lake!  When life’s stresses call, friends calm the situation while adding fun, scenery and sincere listening to the pot!  Producing a succulent, tasty, flavor filled meal for the soul and heart!  I haven’t seen him or spent time together for a while, due to our selfish ways & aggressive parting, so this meant a lot.   As we drove up the cold, isolated road toward Mirror Lake, we stopped along the way to capture pictures of aspens, pines and snowy mountains! A beautiful site to see!  We talked about life! How we’ve both matured in ways beyond us!  The turmoil, heartache of failed relationships and failed parenting! How they affect our everyday lives and the acceptance we’ve been looking for!  Though we’ve found exceptance and love within ourselves and we keep growing every day.  Its always good to look back, reminisce, laugh, smile, joke, cry, state the what if’s, accept the negative, be realistic and move on.

You see, we both come from abusive backgrounds.  Which kept us tied to isolation, alienation from social events and people for many years!  Not because we choose to but because what others viewed as normal, feels out of place, weird to us!  When a child is traumatized mentally, physically, etc approaching a situation whatever that may be (social, intimate, etc) is never normal!  It’s always awkward!

After chit chatting, laughing, taking in beautiful scenery, my heart revealed how blessed I am, we are!  Blessed to have so many amazing inspiring, beautiful, fun loving people in my life!  A true friend/love no matter the pain, hurt, turmoil which was caused always finds a road back to each other.  Our beautiful hearts unstained and love for each other unconditional.  Cherish, embrace and remember the good times and learn from the bad!  Love your friends, Love yourself!

DIVE IN

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Make the day count, be you! Originality makes you who you are!

Quote Monday:

“You’re beautiful, like a snowflake! No two are alike! Being you, unique and different! Leads you to fall into your destiny, like snowflakes do! Dive In.”

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