We are working on a new magazine that will be for diabetes, health, lifestyle and travel. I thought since the people dont really have a magazine that is not ran or funded by big pharma companies, they cant speak freely. We will be able to share the stories of the millions around the world and hear from some of the best in the business of health and wellness. The magazine will also be a window into the new TV show we are working on with the same name “Reversed” We will keep you posted, if you want to be in the magazine or contribute a story send us a note at Info@thepoorchef.com
Laying in the bed way to early to.be up. What a great experience and time i and we had. I feel I learned so much about the island but also about myself. At the core finding our true purpose is left in the hands of the most high. I plan on being closer to family and focusing on spiritual things more than work. I love the water and love the island vibes.. simple is the way for me. We have some great pics and more to share. I am also excited to get back and get my rv tour started. I cant wait to get it in the next week or so, I cant wait to hit the road. The many colors and smells and taste are truly amazing..
I must say, this was one of the best trips i have ever had. I would say number one because of the company, number two the things we were able to accomplish, number three the country and the lovely island. I would say i gained about 5 pounds with all the good foods. So if i didn’t have diabetes before i left i am sure i could get it. Now thats not to say the food is not of quality but i allowed myself to go wild for a few days. The food tasted so good and when you have family and friends from the country they know all the little side spots that will blow you away.
We met with the biggest TV station in the island and they loved the idea of the show, we also met with Mrs Lyn who owns the restaurant Island Grill, they have some great food and were hoping to do some big things with her. The list goes on and on as we ran from Negril to Montego bay and Kingston. The whole time just having great times and singing and eating and laughing. If you need to find yourself and take a few days away to just enjoy life i would suggest finding a few good friends, getting away for a few days and leaving the cell phone and Facebook behind and enjoying the simple things of life. We are hoping to have the show up and running in the next few months and working on finding my own little spot to open where i can just enjoy the good life.
So i am off to Jam rock to lock in some meetings for my new reality TV show. We will be meeting with TV stations and Dr’s, radio stations you name it. We will be hosted by facebook.com/IslandGrill and many thanks to Sharon Parris-Chambers for helping set up so many amazing events. I know the show will find a great home on the islands. With so many dealing and living with diabetes on the islands, this show will be a number one show on many of the islands. It will show the people ways to live their best life as well as the seriousness of diabetes. So you may not hear from me for a few days as i may not have internet access, but i will make sure to keep you posted as much as i can and post some pics and all that good stuff. Until i talk with you stay healthy and much love.
For close to 30 years Rasta continued to grow against the tide of official and social approbation. Early elders were charged with sedition and locked up. Others were declared insane and placed in the Jamaican equivalent of Bedlam, a prison for the criminally insane. Churches and schools, newspapers and radio stations were conscripted in the fight against this Ras Tafarian-ism. The entire overclass was united in this fight.
Rasta was the lowest of the low, the poorest of the poor, yet secure in his knowledge that his fight was a righteous one. How could a man love his neighbour, if he did not first love and accept himself? and what did it gain a man or woman to deny their blackness, when that could never be erased and when it was the image of JAH.
At first, society resisted the idea of goodness, let alone greatness in Afrikan people, but as time went by Rasta showed no wavering in the doctrine, despite the horrendous toll that the society through its criminal Justice System inflicted upon anyone who dared to wear dreadlocks or appear to offer support to Rasta.
This above all, was the single most important factor in catching and holding the attention of the people who readily sympathized, when they realized that they were just as vulnerable as Rasta. Now there was a commonality they could relate to. Now they could begin to see that Jamaica was babilan and run under a babylonian system and that they were like those who wept by the rivers of Babylon, when they remembered Zion:
For a while there was serious effort to move Rasta into militancy of te sort that led to armed revolutions, and this culminated in the attack on the Coral Gardens Police Station outside of Montego Bay in the 1950’s. Several policemen died as well as several bredrin. Suddenly the colony had a Ras Tafarian problem. Little could be done, however as decolonization was very much on the minds of the British. Thus was born the idea of the dreadlocked criminal, a stereotype that has worked its way into Holly-Weird .
Rasta spoke out against this type of violence, reasoning at the gatherings ( or NIAHBINGI ) that the way of Rasta was to shun the works of babilan. Since babilan had used violence upon Rasta and the people, in an attempt to convert Rasta to their corrupt mentality, Rasta could not be seen to be emulating the acts of babilan, however worthwhile the intended result.
Furthermore, the commandmants were clear: Thou shalt not kill. Thus was born the enduring image that most Jamaicans have of the true Rasta: That of the peaceloving being.
More info http://www.jah.com/rastafari-movement/
As i wait for my RV tour to get underway, i want to share some great recipes that i love to make. I love these as they are from my island of Jamaica. Enjoy
CURRY SHRIMP RECIPE
2 lbs fresh shrimps
1.25 fl oz oil
2 onions, chopped
1/4 shin of a scotch bonnet pepper finely chopped up
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons curry powder
1 tomato, chopped
1/2 sweet pepper chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups water
Peel and devein shrimp if necessary. Heat oil. Add the curry powder and continue to fry for two minutes. Then add the tomatoes, sweet peppers, salt, pepper and other seasonings. Add water. Bring to a boil then reduce. Add shrimp. Heat and simmer for 10 minutes or until shrimp is cooked.
Best served with steamed veggie’s
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Florida, USA (August 28, 2013). Celebrity chef Charles Mattocks as seen on such shows as Dr Oz, The Today Show, CNN, Good Morning America and Anderson Cooper, brings you the first ever Diabetes Reality TV show. The revolutionary approach to lifestyle management of diabetes will be filmed on the island of Jamaica, surrounded by the lush nature and the island’s beautiful people, Reversedwill feature seven (7) people from Jamaica, Trinidad, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas.
With diabetes reaching pandemic stage, the people of the Caribbean are being hit hard. With almost 1 out of 3 on these islands suffering from diabetes, Mattocks will produce a thrilling and compelling, as well as, entertaining program that will showcase the lives and stories of each person living in the house. This is not a contest, this is real life! The producer will use some of the best Doctors, Nutritionists, Herbalists, Dietitians, and personal trainers the islands and states have to show these guests how to take back or as we say ‘Reverse’ their lives. The program with span over two weeks and will change the face of diabetes and health. Be the first to be a part of the excitement. Mattocks will look to air the TV show in Trinidad, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and The Bahamas to name a few.
Why the islands?
Celebrity chef Charles is not from the islands, but due to his rich heritage as the nephew of the late reggae legend Bob Marley, he wanted to create a platform to help the people of his island, Jamaica. Charles is also a worldwide diabetes advocate. He is a Blue Ribbon Champion with the International Diabetes Federation and a spokesperson with the American Diabetes Association. Charles is seen all over the world talking diabetes and healthcare. As a celebrity chef he has seen the need first hand to address the issues of healthy eating and exercise.
Reversedis a movement that comes along once in a lifetime. The people of the Caribbean need the education and inspiration to improve their condition and lifestyle now. With Reversed, millions will have the chance to see how to life their best life. You can now take back your health, take back your future.
We are looking for committed sponsors from the health, food and music sectors to be a part of this revolutionary show. For more information on being a sponsor, professional specialist or to be a Reversed house guest, contact Sharon Parris-Chambers 876-275-3169 or firstname.lastname@example.org. or email@example.com
Reversed: Take back your health: take back your life!
Now most of you know i am from the west indies and also a chef so i had to share one of my favorite dishes. This is must say is one to try, its very very easy to make and will take you back to Jamaica. It may not look like you would like it but when i say i loveee this dish i love it.
1/2 pound dried salted fish, such as cod
6 slices thick-cut bacon
4 tablespoons butter or coconut oil
3 large onions, chopped
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 green bell pepper, sliced into strips
1 red or yellow bell pepper, sliced into strips
2 sprigs thyme
6 green onions, finely chopped
1/4 hot red pepper, such as scotch bonnet, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes, broken with your hands
2 (18-ounce) cans ackee*, drained
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
In a bowl of cold water, soak fish at least 8 hours or overnight, changing water at least two times. Drain and transfer the fish to a saucepan. Discard soaking water. Cover the fish with fresh cold water by 1-inch and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes. Drain again and set the fish aside to cool. Discard water. When cool enough to handle, remove, and discard any bones and/or skin, and flake the fish into small pieces. Set aside.
In a large skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until very crispy and all of the fat is rendered. Transfer the bacon to paper towels to drain and set aside. Pour off most of the fat, then add the butter to the skillet. Add the onions, cayenne, garlic, bell peppers, thyme, green onions, red pepper, and allspice and cook until the vegetables are tender but not browned, about 4 to 6 minutes. Add the tomatoes, fish, and drained ackee and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and serve alongside a plate of white rice or rice and beans cooked in coconut milk. Crumble the reserved bacon strips over the top of the ackee and serve.
I dont just do diabetes all day. Well it seems like that but i do love to make music. Coming from the west indies i love my reggae music. Now i have been working with a top producer and this is my first song, its not mixed or anything but still wanted to share. We have some serious songs coming, i do think this has alot of potential and will even put out a video for it. I feel the timing with all the mess going on in the world this is very fitting. I have some great songs coming after this first one is mixed. I want to get back to the roots, i don’t care for alot of the new stuff as i feel it does not truly move people to get up and change or stand for something. So Sir Charles is born. I am going to have some fun with this next chapter of my life.
When i was about 6 years old, i met whom was to become the man who would change my life. Of course my dad played a role as he raised me. But it was this man who took a few moments and take me into the hallway of a hotel in NYC to play soccer. This man was Bob Marley. I was able to meet him another time at his hotel room I want to say about a year later. At this point he was not doing so well and we sat in the living room of the hotel and talked about a few things I’m sure i don’t remember. We did talk about this brown bag he had on the table that had his locks in the bag. He told me that he was sick and we ate some grapes and i went back into the room to play with some toys. That exchange was enough to make the man I feel i am today. I was able to see a man who help change lives of millions across the world. That man help inspire his own people and take them to new levels. That man spread music of hope and peace to people and places they would never have heard his message. Till this day he keeps me going as he was able to come out of Trench town Jamaica, a place that can be hard and rough and for many there is not much hope. This man is my uncle. This is why I do what I do for diabetes. It’s in my blood to do something amazing and help people and leave my mark in somehow. It’s not a selfish movement but a movement that needs to be done. There are many that just do their jobs, they play an important part. But when it’s all said and done and when we leave this earth, we must ask what did we leave and what did we take. My life is not about me, my life is about others. Like my uncle once said,”He don’t have no ambitions” I took that to mean, he was not trying to be anything in this life, he was here to give. He was not focused on houses or cars or a title.. He was here to be a man who helped inspire people like you and me to do something out of the ordinary. Yes I
- Jammin’ In Jamaica: Bob Marley’s Timeless Reggae Legend (theculturetrip.wordpress.com)