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Contents Four Jamaican women who shaped history

Recommended Read: Eat, Pray, Love

30 Minute Meal Ideas

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Jamaican Women Who Shaped History

February is Black History Month. Within Jamaica, there are many women who, through their determination, have overcome obstacles to contribute significantly to the world. Today, we remember and salute four of the many Jamaican women who helped to shape history. Hon. Dr. Cecily Delphine Williams


paediatrician, Dr. Cecily Williams developed the name Kwashiorkor– a childhood nutritional disease– first introducing the name into the medical community in 1935. During her life, she was the first foreigner to receive the Joseph Goldberg Award of the American Medical Association, and the first woman to receive the Ceres Medal from the World Health Organisation for service of the highest order to mankind. In 1975 she received the Order of Merit in Jamaica, and in 2003 was honoured posthumously with the National Medal for Science and Technology.

Nanny of the Maroons


anny of the Maroons, through leadership of her embattled group, has played a key role in Jamaican history. Nanny was leader of the runaway slaves, and was known as an outstanding military leader, particularly for her guerrilla warfare. She played an important role in the First Maroon War, leading her people with courage during the fight for freedom. Presently, she is on the $500 note and is one of seven National Heroes; the only female to achieve such honour.

Mary Seacole


ary Seacole is known for her contributions during the 1850s Crimean war, distinguishing herself by treating the wounded on the battlefield, even while under fire. She is recognised for her contribution to healthcare in the region, and is remembered for her bravery, and determination in the face of racism. The Jamaican Nurses Association named their Kingston headquarters Mary Seacole House and a hall of residence at the University of the West Indies is named in her honour. She was posthumously awarded the Jamaican Order of Merit in 1991.

Lady Gladys Bustamante


ife of National Hero, Sir Alexander Bustamante, Lady Bustamante became Jamaica’s first ‘First Lady’ and was a defender of women’s and workers relations. She was a pioneering figure in politics from as early as the 1930s, and until her death, was the Honourary Treasurer of the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union (BITU), and Patron of the Bustamante Hospital for Children. During her life, she received the Jamaican Award for service of dedication to the people of the world, and the Gleaner Special Merit Award for Outstanding Service to the nation in 1979. your style eZine


Eat, Pray, Love In this #1 New York Times Bestseller, Elizabeth Gilbert ventures into the unknown on an exciting journey of self-discovery.


rom the outside, Elizabeth Gilbert led a charmed life. She had a fulfilling writing career, a huge house in an affluent New York suburb and a loving husband. On the inside though, she was downright depressed. She didn’t want the house and, more than anything, she didn’t want a child, a fact that was slowly killing her marriage. One night, while lying on her bathroom floor, she prays repeatedly, in desperation, “Please tell me what to do.” The international bestseller Eat, Pray, Love is Gilbert’s account of the events following this desperate prayer. She endures a nasty divorce, a destructive on-again, off-again affair and resultant bouts of depression, which ultimately force her to take a year off from her normal life and journey to Italy, India and Indonesia where she… well, eats, prays and finds love, respectively. This memoir is as much about Gilbert’s experiences in these three locales as it is about her inward journey to find herself. Gilbert tells her story with wry humour, recounting both the funny and the poignant moments with equal honesty. Over the course of the year, she learns Italian, which she describes as the sexiest language in the world, and gorges herself on scrumptious Italian food, learns the art of meditation in an austere ashram in India and creates new friendships – and finds a new boyfriend – on the island of Bali in Indonesia.

Eat, Pray, Love is a must-read for those who like a journey. There are several life lessons in Gilbert’s story for readers as well, including: 1. Travel is a wonderful way to enrich your life. You might not be able to take off for a year or embark on an extensive (and expensive!) trip like Elizabeth Gilbert, but take the time to explore Jamaica. 2. Depression is a serious illness that can rob you of your will to live. If you believe you might be depressed, seek help immediately. 3. Extend a helping hand to someone in greater need than yourself. 4. Never give up on love. You never know when or where you might find it. 5. Finally, you are ultimately responsible for your own happiness, so take the necessary steps to live each day with joy. advertisment

Attravisimo, Gilbert’s favourite Italian word, means “let us cross over” and by the end of her journey, she does reach the other side of the road. She releases the past and experiences new levels of spirituality and love for herself as well as intimacy with her new lover.

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t the mention of fast food, you immediately think standing in line at a crowded restaurant or ordering from a delivery service. Since traditional “fast food”, isn’t necessarily fast, we’ve taken the liberty of totally revolutionising the definition to now mean meals that you can easily prepare at home. Pressed for time? We’ve found some great meal ideas that can go from the pot to the table in under a halfhour.

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Meal Ideas

Crab Backs 12 crabs

6 slices of bread 1 cup milk 2 oz. butter 1 onion, finely chopped 6 oz. bread crumbs Salt and black pepper to taste

More recipes can be found in The Real Taste of Jamaica by Enid Donaldson.

Pizza Sandwiches 12 Slices Bread ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese ½ lb grated cheddar cheese 2 cups diced, peeled ripe tomatoes, drained 1 peeled, minced clove of garlic ½ tsp. salt ½ tsp. pepper ½ tsp. dried oregano 2 tbsp. oil 1 tbsp. fresh basil

1. Clean crabs thoroughly, removing stomach, etc. Drop crabs in boiling water and boil for 10 minutes approximately. Remove claws and extract all the meat from the crabs and claws.

1 tbsp. ketchup

2. In the meantime, soak bread in milk. 3. Preheat oven to 400°F. 4. Chop crab meat finely. 5. Mix soaked bread with chopped onion, black pepper, salt and crab meat.

2. Mix all ingredients together except the Parmesan cheese, oil and the bread.

6. Pack crab meat mixture into clean, empty crab shells, sprinkle with bread crumbs and dot with butter.

3. Cut slices of bread in rounds or wedges.

7. Bake for 15-20 minutes on top shelf of hot oven. Serve hot. Yields 6

1. Preheat oven to 425°F.

4. Put tomato and cheese mixture on bread, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, brush oil on top and bake for 10-15 minutes. Yields 12 (Editor’s Note: Feel free to add your own favourite toppings) your style eZine


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