Nola Knows Best : Advice for the True Foodie at Heart


"Dear Nola,

I’m a Southern belle reigning from Texas and I have a wonderful fiancé who is Jamaican. He has been in the states for some years now and sometimes complains of being unable to find authentic Caribbean food in our area. I feel badly about this because he uprooted his life to move here to be with me. I’m not the best cook, but as a token of my appreciation for all he does, I wanted to prepare him a Jamaican meal. Can you help me?" - Culture Clash

Hi Culture Clash,

Fear not! Variety and in this case cultural diversity is indeed the spice of life. My suggestion would be to keep it simple and find a way to give your dish a tropical twist by adding a seasoning with a mix of Caribbean flavors such as jerk seasoning. This dish is packed with loads of flavor. After your guy gets a taste of this dish, it will remind him of the dishes he used to enjoy back home.

Good luck!

Jerked Shrimp

Here's What You'll Need:
* 15 jumbo or Black tiger shrimp, butterflied
* 3 tablespoon olive oil
* 1 tablespoon jerk sauce
* ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
* 3 lemon wedges

How To Prepare It:
1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
2. Arrange shrimp on a greased baking sheet.
3. In a small bowl, combine olive oil, jerk sauce, and the juice from one of the wedges of lemon.
4. Brush shrimp with mixture then sprinkle lightly with cayenne pepper.
5. Broil for 7 to 10 minutes.
6. Serve hot, garnished with remaining lemon wedges.

Serves: 4 - 6