Mi belly ful but mi hungry Jamaican Proverbs

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Good old Jamaican Cooking   Mi belly ful but mi hungry

Many of you may not know these Jamaican  Proverbs and what are their meaning, when someone is saying  “irie” is often used to let others know”everything is alright and fine.”

Note that Jamaica has numerous variations when it comes to greeting someone. When someone asks “How are you feeling?” or “How yuh stay?” an appropriate response would be, “Mi irie.”

So when you here this saying  My belly full but my hungry, You kinder understand where I am going with this.

Many Jamaican cuisine includes a mixture of cooking techniques, herbs spices and flavors are influenced by Amerindian African, Irish, English, French, Spanish, Indian, Chinese,Middle Eastern and Portuguese people who have inhabited the island. Jamaican cuisine are influenced by the crops introduced into the island from tropical Southeast Asia.All of which are now grown locally in Jamaican A wide variety of Seafood, tropical fruits and meats are available.


You all may not know Almost all  Jamaican dishes are variations on cuisines brought to the island from elsewhere. They are often modified to incorporate local produce, herbs and spices. They are novel or fusion and have developed locally. Popular Jamaican dishes include curry goat, fried dumplings, and ackee and saltfish. Jamaican patties along with various pastries, breads and beverages are also popular. Almost all of the Jamaican cuisine has been spread widely throughout the world with emigrants, especially during the 20th century, from the island to other nations as Jamaicans have sought economic opportunities in other countries.

Jamaican has used some of the African cuisine that was developed on the island as a result of waves of slavery such as Rice and Peas, which is argued with  similarly spin cooked like the Ghanaian Waakye, Callaloo from the Angolan dish “Calulu”, and Jerk chicken from West African seasoning techniques. The fruit of the most popular Jamaican dish, Ackee, was also one of the fruits that was brought to the Island by West African peoples. And the Spanish, which was brought  first to the country by European when they arrivals to the island, contributed dishes such as the vinegary escovitch fish (Spanish escabeche) contributed by Spanish Jews. Later, Cornish which could be argued influenced the development of the Jamaican patty, a pasty styled turnover filled with spiced meat. More Chinese and East Indian influences can also be found in Jamaican cuisine like Roti and Curry Goat as a result of indentured labourers who replaced slaves after emancipation has  brought their own culinary spin (especially curry, which Jamaican chefs sometimes use to season goat meat for special occasions).

Jamaica National Dish

Some of Jamaican cuisine includes the  Rastafarian influences but not entirely. The Rastafarians took a vegetarian approach to preparing food, cooking, and eating, and have introduced a host of unique vegetarian dishes to the Jamaican cuisine. Rastafarians and Seventh-day Adventists do not eat pork, and the strict ones do not eat meat, including poultry and fish. pork is a very popular dish in Jamaica. Stew pork and jerk pork is one the most popular ways to prepare it. Some of our native who believe in cooking with little or no salt, is referred to as the ‘Ital’ way on the island.

Mostly all of Jamaican cuisine is available throughout North America, the United Kingdom, and other places with a sizeable Jamaican population. In the United States, a large number of restaurants are located throughout New York’s boroughs, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Washington DC, Philadelphia, and other metropolitan areas. All over  Canada, Jamaican restaurants can be found in the Toronto metropolitan area, as well as Vancouver, Montreal, and Ottawa. Jamaican dishes are also featured on the menus of a US-based restaurant. All of these restaurants sell Jamaican patties, buns, breads, and other popular Jamaican dish

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