Food brings us together
Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a “foodie.” When my first husband, John, died unexpectedly when I was just 37 years old, it was cooking in my kitchen that was grief therapy for me. I never saw a counselor; it was those times cooking with the programs from the Food Network playing in the background that kept me sane as I worked through the grief of losing him when he was only 40 years old. I come from a French mother and Jamaican father, so those two cultures have played heavily on my love of cooking and food. I can remember growing up in Jamaica, where my mum would host fabulous parties at our house nestled in the hills perched above the capital, Kingston. Our house in Jamaica was built with the living quarters upstairs and a wonderful party room, outdoor veranda and huge BBQ pit outside. I remember fondly parties held there – hosting both friends and family alike. It was at those times, that the love of good food and even better friendships brought us together. It is with this mind, I share with you and your family, the recipe for Jamaican beef stew that you can make in your slow cooker. I few things make this different than your average stew – the use of spices and herbs, such as thyme, ground allspice and fresh ginger. I promise if you make this hearty stew, you will never use another beef stew recipe as long as you live and this recipe will become one of your “go to” recipes when the weather is cold, damp and snowy outside. Enjoy!