Tatty from Birchfield, Birmingham
Hi my name is Tatty, i’m 38 and I currently live in Birchfield, Birmingham. My Family came to England in the 1950’s from Jamaica and settled in Handsworth Birmingham before moving to Lee Bank where I grew Up.
My family who I grew up with is predominately women, with strong ties to the Caribbean and the English Caribbean community. My Parents were married and we had a huge house in Handsworth they worked hard so on the weekends I would go and stay with my grandmother who would look after me and my cousin. She was a strong Christian woman who is so kind and loving. We were a very close family and often on Friday evenings we would all gather together to discuss our week, laugh eat and drink together and we always had Sunday dinner around the table.
For breakfast we would have cornmeal porridge or eggs, lunch was usually some left overs in the fridge that we would warm up and eat and for dinner we would have cooked down chicken rice and veg.
Meals were either help yourself from the pot and sit anywhere and eat or they would be laid out in bowls on the table and we would help ourselves to first, second and third rounds until we were full.
My favourite meal as a child was beef stew.
Once we was all getting ready to go to our church convention and my nan cooked us some sausages for my aunts and cousins but nobody wanted there’s so I sat down quietly and ate the lot, hmmm they were so good. Everyone was surprised lol but hey my nan always stays waste not want not!
I’m a Christian and I am mindful of the foods that we are warned that damage us if we eat them like pork and fish without scales etc. I eat them but as I am getting older and understand the importance of food I am cutting them out of my diet one by one.
We didn’t eat at restaurants growing up but we did eat from the local chip shop. Takeaways like KFC and McDonalds were a rare treat unlike now where they are everywhere and when you’re in a rush to get something to eat you end up eating toxic fast food.
I loved cows feet when I was a child my mom and gran make the best cows feet but as I got older I didn’t like the jelly sticky texture.
I had the best school dinners and one of my favourites was boiled potatoes smothered in tons of butter, jheez now that would be considered a heart attack waiting to happen but they used to taste so good.
Yes I love trying to cook Chinese, Indian, Mexican, Italian and French food. Notice I say try as it generally comes out with a Caribbean twist.
I love Calaloo and saltfish with either fried dumplings or bammy, beef pattie in coco bread, oxtail with butter beans and white rice, pound cake & custard and to drink pineapple sexy juice.
I love that I have a Jamaican culture because I grew up eating a lot of fruit and veg, fish and wide variety of meats which means that I will try most foods the downside is that its typically full of salt or sugar which is why at lot of west Indians have high blood pressure, high cholesterol and Diabetes. Also as the generations are becoming more integrated a lot of the traditions are being lost and many cant cook traditional Jamaican dishes which is a shame because they taste soo good.