Patty Place Serves Real Jamaican Fire
|"Moppy" Daly (center) with his in-laws.|
Moppy says, "Ackee is basically our national food....we mix it with cod fish. A loaf is like a sandwich. When I put them together, nobody else was doing it. Now everybody is. I should have patented it. People come from Homestead to Coral Springs just for this little treat."
But patties are definitely the name of the game here, and they're of the old-style flaky variety.
Daly says, "Another old custom Jamaican product is plantain tart. We cook and season the plantain with spices. I'm from up in the hills of St. Andrews. I been here in Miami 28 years, but I brought the traditions with me."
By the way, the hills of St Andrews are the famous Blue Mountains, where the best coffee in the world is produced, so the food traditions up there are probably inspired by early risers with great dirt under their feet.
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