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Taste of the Islands

Finally! Singing the Hallelujah chorus . AGAIN!

This time all the rejoicing is because of a new food TV show.

We relocated to Austin, Texas in 1998 and my mate's first observation about living in this land-locked part of the state was that the city was missing a good Bahamian restaurant or at least some place that serves dishes that look like island food!

Once we got cable TV hooked up and got settled in, his next complaint was that the channels didn't have a good show to teach people how to prepare common island meals.

It's 2015 and his prayer has finally been answered. Our public television station (PBS) airs a show called “ Taste the Islands ”. Chef Irie (real name Hugh Sinclair) lives in South Florida but is from Jamaica.

My mate is from The Bahamas .

Close enough!

We're both very happy. For now. :)

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MegL wrote on July 21, 2015, 3:05 AM

Sounds like a useful show to watch for anyone who wants island food. Does it contain lots of fish and other sea food?

AliCanary wrote on July 21, 2015, 12:50 PM

It's been a while since I've had island food. The Jamaican restaurant I liked closed down, and we haven't gone to the other one yet. You have me wanting jerk chicken and conch chowder!

cmoneyspinner wrote on July 21, 2015, 3:19 PM

MegL , &AbbyG , AliCanary – LOL. This post isn't really about food. I'm just happy my husband finally got a cooking show that reminds him of home. :) It's been a very long time since he has been able to visit family in his country.

RuthCox wrote on July 23, 2015, 4:52 PM

That sounds like a long time to wait but definitely worth waiting for. Island food is not something I personally prepare but do enjoy it when others do.

VinceSummers wrote on July 24, 2015, 4:50 PM

I do wish I had it in me to travel. I'm an armchair kind of guy. As to the word hallelujah... It is actually a composite of 3 words, Hallel U Jah. It means "Praise, Jehovah you people." Hallel is praise. U is you people. Jah is a shortened form of Jehovah, often seen in such words as Elijah (meaning: My God is Jehovah).

cmoneyspinner wrote on July 24, 2015, 6:13 PM

Fully aware of the meaning of the word. When one receives a blessing one gives praise to honor The One where the blessing came from. A "creature comfort" - such as a TV show that finds a sentimental spot in one's heart may seem insignificant to some, but to another it's a blessing that makes them want to shout praises! :)

Shellyann36 wrote on July 25, 2015, 8:45 PM

Oh I will have to look him up. Glad you finally have some island cooking going on.

scheng1 wrote on July 25, 2015, 11:05 PM

I think you will be very happy if you can win a cruise to Japan. You can enjoy seafood all day long.

cmoneyspinner wrote on April 4, 2017, 9:17 PM

Republish at Food Ways.