#TwoWeeksOfChristmas: Christmas Dinner Menu – Part 2

What is the essence of a true Jamaican Christmas? Family, friends and nuff food! Indeed, it’s the time of year when we gather, often with several generations present, to talk, share and eat ourselves into oblivion. Whether you’re responsible for Christmas dinner this year, or just contributing a dish to the family ‘potluck;’ making traditional favourites or trying something new, here are some recipes to consider. Part 1 of the ‘menu’ can be viewed here.

Desserts and Treats

Sorrel Fruit Cake



8 oz margarine

8 oz sugar

6 eggs

3 cups flour

1 cup breadcrumbs

1 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 mixed fruits

6 cups sorrel wine

2 tsp vanilla

1 tsp mixed spice

2 tsp rose water

2 tsp almond flavouring

3/4 cup browning


  1. Soak mixed fruits in four cups of sorrel wine, then blend.
  2. Cream together margarine and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs one at a time and blend well.
  4. Add blended fruits and mix. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. Fold into mixture alternately with remaining wine.
  5. Mix in browning, pour batter into greased baking pan and bake until done.
  6. Serve with a sorrel sauce (optional).

– Courtesy of Lorna Wilson

Other dessert options


Sorrel Stripe

sorrel drink


1 Red Stripe Light

400ml sorrel juice (sweetened)

100ml club soda

30g ginger


1. Crush ginger and place in shaker.

2. Add sorrel juice and shake.

3. Pour mixture along with Red Stripe light and club soda in a jug and stir. Taste for consistency (should have a light beer taste with a slight sweet from the sorrel and a subtle pop from the club soda).

4. Garnish with cilantro and lime slice in a martini glass.

5. Enjoy chilled.

Other beverage ideas

The Gleaner’s Christmas Cookbooks

  1. 48 Pages Of Delicious Jamaican Recipes For The Holidays
  2. 64 Easy, Delicious Jamaican Christmas Recipes