Times have become so uncertain these days so we've: taken time to either reflect transform or make changes to our day-to-day lives (if you're lucky you've done all three). A part of my reflections have been going back to my roots. I'm first generation American in my family but I have the fondest of memories thinking about my experiences of visiting Jamaica as a child. One very vivid memory I have was staying with a grandaunt out in May Pen. When I say country.... I mean: chickens, cows, well-water, etc. C-O-U-N-T-R=Y!
One fun thing I did learn in my stays there was how to make some of the traditional delicacies, but most of all the treats. Come on, I was a kid! I've always wanted to replicate some of these simply recipes but found myself never having or really making the time to do so, but now with this COVID-19 way of life I can't say I have all the time in the world but there is definitely leftover energy in the day to devote some attention to things I like or enjoy doing.
With that said, I have such an affinity for coconut and ginger, two robust and flavorful ingredients that work so well with many things, but when working in tandem they pack such an amazing 1-2 punch! Please see my recipe for Traditional Grater Cake, which are basically shredded/grated coconut clusters.
How to Make Grater Cake
My true passion is not just in the science and creativity behind the ingredients of food making but is also in the sense of togetherness and community that food and libations bring to table!