Briarpatch Co-op Cooking Classes: JAMAICAN ME HUNGRY! PART 1


with John of Heartical Foods

Anyone out there familiar with fine Jamaican cuisine?  Well, let me reserve this class just to “big up” some of the most delicious food in the world.  The diversity of ingredients and culinary styles innovated on this small Caribbean island is truly amazing.  Flavors from around the world come to dance and play their part in harmony: Spicy Chilies from Latin America, Ackee and Pigeon Peas from Africa, “Irish Potatoes” from Europe, Ginger from Southeast Asia, colorful spices from India, Ethiopia, and beyond.  Indigenous Arawak staples such as Callaloo are still a mainstay.

Innovative chefs as creative as the Island’s many musicians have cultivated a cuisine as globally diverse yet uniquely Jamaican as can be imagined.  With such a multitude of ingredients, and a variety of climates to grow them all, the people have certainly let creativity infuse the food with life and vitality.  A cornucopia of vegetables and fruit together with herbs and spices provide for an incredibly healthful Vegan menu.  Ital is Vital!


Stewed Peas and Rice (Red Beans and Rice) with Thyme Stick

Steamed Callaloo (Tender large Amaranth leaves, a staple of the native Arawak)

Ital Stew with dumplings- Cho Cho (Chayote), Callaloo, Pok Choy, Cabbage, Irish Potato, Sweet Pepper, Ginger, assorted Veggie Chunks

Fried Gingered Plantain in Coconut Butter

Sorrel Tonic (hibiscus) – With Ginger, Star Anise, and Coconut Sugar

Fresh Irish Moss Smoothie- Irish Moss Superfood Seaweed, ND Milk, Cinnamon, Jamaican Allspice, Coconut Sugar, Spices



Please pre-register and prepay for classes. To pay online, click the orange text or button for each class. To register and pay with cash or check, contact us at or (530) 272-5333 ext. 134. We hope to see you at a class soon. Please sign up 48 hours in advance of the class you would like to take, so we know how many to shop for. Thank you!
$35- Non-Owner “Real Cost” Level: This price covers the actual cost of our offering a cooking class.
$30- Owner “Real Cost” Level: This level reflects our actual cost of offering cooking classes, with a discount reflecting the support of owner payments to offset the real cost.
**NEW** $20 – Kitchen Kindness Level: At this level, folks can attend classes at a rate below the Owner “Real Cost” Level; supported by generous contributions of those in our co-op community who sign up at the Benefactor Level.