June 26, 2017

As many of you know, I’ve been cooking for my family for over 50 years. However, most of those recipes are not written down. So, in order to share them with you I have to “test” them so that they can be photographed and the recipe can be written. My daughter Angela and I meet once a week to work on a “new” recipe and I love it because after everything is done … we eat! That’s the part my husband, Eddie, especially likes.

Well, yesterday the plan was to videotape me making my Sweet Potato Pudding recipe. Traditionally the sweet potatoes for this recipe are hand grated and it’s one of the reasons I don’t make it often, because it takes some work. However, I wanted to modernize it for you. Why hand grate when I could use a food processor instead? However, because I don’t have a food processor my daughter Diane let me borrow hers.

I was excited because this was going to reduce the prep time a lot! I “grated” the potatoes but they came out shredded, which is different. She gave me the wrong blade! The potatoes need to look almost pureed, but they looked more like mini spaghetti. Well, I decided to forge ahead and hope for the best. Nope, the pudding didn’t work out. It still tasted good, but texture was wrong. Back to the drawing board for this one.

Cooking is all about trial and error … we all make mistakes. If you try one of my recipes and it doesn’t work out quite how you expected, make sure to get in touch with me so I can help you out. However, I do my best to “test” all my recipes so that you’re in good hands. As for my modernized Sweet Potato Pudding? I know that using a food processor is the way to go …. I just need to use the right blade next time. Stay tuned …


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.



  • Reply
    Tracey Harris
    May 28, 2012

    Hello Fay and Angela,
    Woops, that sweet potato pie did look a bit dodgey didnt it!!
    I just wanted to tell you I have finally managed to source the goat meat I have been looking for since returning from Jamaica and have now found it home raised less than 10 miles from where I live. I was visiting my mum in Ely at the weekend and we attended a farmers market where guess what, there was a stall run by a couple who come originally from Keyna selling would you believe it, goat meat.

    • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
      May 29, 2012

      Hi Tracy,
      Glad you’re well. Sounds like we better get a Curry Goat recipe up on the website soon for you to give a try.
      Blessings, F & A

  • Reply
    June 4, 2012

    Used the same blade all the time, just give it more time in the food processor untill potato is the desired texture

  • Reply
    Kris Micheals
    March 13, 2013

    Hi Fay, sometimes I ignore how it looks and concentrate on the taste – I am known as “the lab rat” in my family, I will try almost anything once, and I have seldom eaten anything I wouldn’t try again. Old styles recipes are brilliant, and yes they are seldom written down, but to have you perfect this for us is a godsend. Thank you

    • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
      Cook Like A Jamaican
      March 13, 2013

      Kris, thank you for you kind words and encouragement. Blessings, Fay

  • Reply
    Denise Wong
    March 22, 2014

    Hi just wondered when you were posting the video for sweet potato pudding, my husband loves it and all the recipes I have tried have been a disaster. Denise UK

    • Reply Fay & Angela
      Fay & Angela
      May 26, 2014

      Hi Denise,
      We look forward to sharing a video for this recipe in the near future.

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