April 20, 2014

I recently came across this video from a travel show called Bizarre Foods. I thought it was funny that the show features Jamaican food, but I guess one man’s normal is another’s bizarre. In the video they feature a “bushman” who does rustic cooking in … the bush. He’s actually a rasta named Wolde Selassie who cooks vegetarian patties and something called Blue Drawers. I have no idea where the name blue drawers comes from, and have had no luck finding out. However, if I do, I’ll make sure to let you know.

Also called Duckunoo, blue drawers is of West African origin and is a  boiled pudding made of cassava, cornmeal, coconut milk, raisins, sugar and spices. (Some recipes use green banana and sweet potato instead of the cassava and cornmeal.) Individual servings of the mixture are wrapped in banana leaves, tied and boiled in hot water.  It’s actually a sweet pudding very similar to the Cornmeal Pudding recipe that I recently added to the site. Check out the video, which features a few other (not so) bizarre Jamaican foods.



I’ve been cooking Jamaican food for my family for more than 50 years! Now I'm teaching my daughter Angela and you how to cook my treasured family recipes! I'm happy to be of service and love hearing from you so don't forget to leave a comment below.



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    March 12, 2013

    Hey Woldie is a friend of mine. They spelled his name wrong but he makes the best YATTE’s ever and I just saw this video today for the first time…… and I told him: Why you don’t make me any blue drawers?? he said next time I come I will. IF you ever want to go visit him you can email me and I can tell you how to get to him. He is a beautiful human being!!! and great cook with real vibes!!! :)

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      Cook Like A Jamaican
      March 12, 2013

      Hi Roxanne,
      We would love to meet Woldie! Next time either of us are headed to Jamaica we will make sure to get in touch with you to get his contact information! His blue drawers look delicious! Blessings, F&A

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      February 18, 2014

      Hi there! we are a couple of Chilean guys heading to Kingston this 24th. We’d love to meet Woldie and taste his awesome Yattes, so please if you are so kind and tell us how to get to his place, we’d appreciate it a lot.
      Camille & Andres

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