Patricia Spellen knows that nothing is more filling than a home-cooked meal, and she has a diverse menu of meals and snacks that she relies on when she isn’t going out to eat. She favors fresh ingredients and delicious, simple recipes—we all have busy lives, and cooking an elaborate meal is a luxury most people can’t indulge in very often.
Patricia Spellen likes to start her days with a fresh, invigorating cup of coffee, ideally flavored with French vanilla or hazelnut. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee is one of her favorite blends, and there is no better way to greet the day than with a steaming mug of delicious coffee in hand.
Patricia Spellen usually prepares herself a fruit salad in the morning. Depending on what is lying around her pantry, she might add papaya, mango, pineapple, banana, raspberry, blueberry, blackberry, orange, or kiwi. Variety is the spice of life, and she likes to mix things up a bit. She usually supplements the fruit with a hot bowl of oatmeal and a cool glass of juiced fruits and vegetables.
Patricia Spellen continues her healthy diet throughout the day. She likes to have a light lunch, perhaps involving grilled fish. She particularly enjoys salmon grilled to perfection with dill or deli-flavored with olives and pepper. Fried porgies and snapper are also a very special treat, as is strawberry grouper stuffed with callaloo, spinach, okra, or other vegetables.
Patricia Spellen also includes cooked vegetables in her repasts. Fried ripe plantains are of particular interest, as are roasted yams, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, broccoli, carrots, and beets, depending what is in season. Picking out the vegetables for that evening’s meal is always an enjoyable part of a grocery trip.