Our Mother … Gary

Our Mother was a short woman in height, however she stood very tall in stature, brilliance, resilience, compassion and plain human decency. Mavis Thompson was no ordinary woman. As a mother and home maker, during the early 1980s she would get up at 1am to do laundry for us as that was the only time we could have water available. Then went to work for a full 8 hours.

Mavis Thompson

She worked a full-time job yet was always able to be home to accomplish tasks as if she was a full-time housekeeper and had been home all day.

As a family we knew what good well-prepared food was and that’s because she made it happen, no matter the economic or social circumstance.  Her culinary skills and ability to satisfy hungry bellies went beyond the family to grace many a social event. Some of us (Gary) may have benefited a little bit more than others in this respect.

Mavis was wise!  All her 3 children (Cordia, Roger and Gary) can attest to her broad band of wisdom that she was able to apply to all areas of our lives.  And we are the better today because of it.

Mavis and Victor Thompson

Our mother was a very attractive woman who on all occasions carried herself with poise and grace. Indeed, a prize-catch for the slick and equally handsome Victor, our Dad. But be not fooled for if required she could knock heads and come out swinging strategically as required. Not one to mess with as we all realized when we received the wisdom of her punishments on crossing the line.

This woman had a heart of gold. She gave of herself to all who she came across. Stories of Her compassion and sense of giving would resonate in our lives long after her passing. Her stature and her presence today are quite vivid in the looks and mannerisms of her grandchildren.  

Our Mother, Our Friend, Our Hero, your physical presence has been gone for awhile but the fire of your spirit continues to burn in our hearts and minds. Keep smiling down on us Mother we love you.

Cordia, Gary and Roger Thompson

Written by Gary, her 1st son in coordination with Cordia and Roger

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To My Mother … Marco

This year Mother’s Day things will be very different for me.

It was one month after Mother’s Day last year 2019 that I started planning what I should give my mother for her birthday. We had already taken my mother to Cuba for Christmas 2018 and were spending an extra two weeks with her in Jamaica as we would be heading back to Australia in January 2019. 

Young Inez Breakenridge

My mother died in June 2019 – one day before her birthday. As soon as I got the news I was on my way back to Jamaica. I could not wait to get there. On arrival in Jamaica I went immediately , to the funeral parlour and saw my mother lying there, eyes closed, motionless but with a smile on her face. She had meant the world to me.  

My mother, like all mothers with average education, was a great teacher, a doctor, a health worker, a fantastic cook, you name it she did everything for her 8 children. She was never selfless, always having a kind word for everyone, always giving to those who were less fortunate than her. And even giving to those who were more fortunate than her but trying to pull a swiftie on her.

The greatest gift my mom gave me was supporting me to pursue my dream which took me to Australia. She knew that our times together would be limited to one or two visits every other year- she coming to Australia or me going to Jamaica. However, the times we shared together will always be etched in my memory.  

That Enduring Smile

She was always singing and praying to the Lord for her children, her close friends, her husband before and after he died. She even asked the Lord to bless those who wronged her. 

Everywhere I went people always said my mother was waiting for the Lord, so when he took her she smiled. She had received her goal of being with the Lord. Thus, this Mother’s Day I will sit and reminisce on you, my mother and how you lived a humble life and pray that I can emulate you, so that when I die (we all will), I will have a smile on my face as I will be ready for my Maker. Hence my message to everyone whose mother is alive I encourage you to love her and celebrate the day with her. For those who live with their mother or those who may be separated from her please remember your mum always deserves the best.

I will be celebrating this and every future Mother’s Day by reflecting on the memory of times my Mom and I had together.

By Marco Breakenridge, the honorary Consul of Jamaica in Australia

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Reflecting on Daphne … Celia

When my Mom, Daphne Innerarity, married my father it became an immediate family of 6, as they had 4 children combined, and were shortly joined by myself and younger brother. Never did any of us feel that we were not all one.

My memories of my Mom are… active. She was always doing something or on the move. As such, as kids we had no choice but to be active ourselves. Mom’s passion is sport and she was an athlete (sprinter and netballer) turned Physical Education Teacher and Lecturer. She also taught dance (until she was 8 months pregnant with me) and was a Netball Coach par excellence.

Daphne Inneraity

I have so many memories of being at Netball Matches, watching Athletics at our national stadium, cricket at Sabina Park.  In addition there was the cultural aspect, being taken to every Pantomime (back in the day), National Dance Theatre recital and Play that was on. We were dragged until we became appreciative. Mom’s other passion was singing and she had a beautiful soprano that made her very popular on the wedding scene, as she serenaded many Couples with the song Ave Maria.

You never felt unwanted or uncomfortable around my Mom, as you’re getting a hug first thing! She has a warm spirit, an infectious laugh and ever the life of the gathering.  She can fit into any situation.

I appreciate her for the legacy of all these things. She has instilled in her children a love of people, which is expressed by the strength of friendships that my family has enjoyed over decades. I even became a hugger myself. I thank her for the love of sport and appreciation of the arts, especially music and dance. But most of all, I thank her for imparting the values by which we live.

My Mother embodies the Proverbs 31 woman. She was a wife of noble character, and has lived her life with purpose, integrity, honesty and love. Because of that her children call her blessed. She speaks wisdom, she prays for us, she sacrificed much for her family and continues to so. So today I honour her for all that her hands have done. She recently had her 80th birthday and unfortunately the celebrations had to be postponed. We give thanks that she is still here and going strong.

My prayer is that she will have health and strength all the days of her life and that she will know that she is loved.

By Celia Innerarity. Celia is a dietitian, working in private practice. She assists her clients, most of which have chronic conditions such as diabetes, with lifestyle management of their condition.

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A Tribute to Mom … Vil + Jos

Mom came into this world with a purpose to teach young ones and to serve her fellowmen.

Lorna Charlton was born on March 15, 1916, in Darliston, Westmoreland, Jamaica, and passed away on October 4, 2008.  Her marriage to Jeremiah produced four children- from the eldest to the youngest, Vilma, Jossette, Glen and Karl.   Apart from her husband, her children were her greatest confidant; so close were we all.  Many nights she chatted with us until we fell asleep.

Young Lorna Charlton

We vividly recall as young children being drafted by Mom over our summer holidays to carry out all the domestic chores generally done by the live-in helper.  As was customary, the live-in helper went off on holidays to her home town in the parish of Westmoreland.  To our chagrin we were required to: clean the board floors throughout the whole house, first applying the dye and then shinning the board with a coconut brush; wash the soiled clothing with the use of scrubbing board and wash pan; iron the clothes ensuring that the little iron heated on the coal stove was impeccably clean before applying them to the clothing. Even helping to prepare the meals was sometimes quite painful as we very often grated our knuckles instead of the coconut, and if we were not careful the wood fire in the iron stove would go out if the fire sticks were not continually adjusted. Balancing a bucket of water on one’s head and walking from the riverside up the rocky road to our house, was also a skill which we fought to achieve.

Perhaps we did not consider it much fun then, but as we grew older we came to appreciate the tremendous value and experience of those early years.  For that we are eternally grateful to Mom.  She helped to prepare us for life away from home.  In those days life away from home could begin as early as ten and eleven years old, particularly for country children like us, who were sent off to high school in Kingston.  

The Charlton Family

Lorna Charlton, spent her entire work life in the primary school as a teacher.  Like her husband, Jeremiah, who was generally the Head Teacher of the school, she was very soft spoken but extremely successful in preparing children for the upper grades.  Students in her class received a good foundation as they prepared for another two years of studying, culminating in the sitting of the National Common Entrance Examination.

At church, she played the organ and also devoted a lot of time to choir practice, ably supporting her husband who was the Choir Master.  Choir practice prepared the choir for regular church services and special events.  One of these special events was the Annual Choir Competitions in the parish of St. Catherine, which they won on several occasions.  After winning for many years the trophy was eventually retired to then at the Point Hill Baptist Church.  Later she also played the Piano for school.  As a matter of fact her two oldest children, Vilma and Jossette, were given a very good foundation in piano, before pursuing it further, during their High School years.

We remember Mom as a remarkable mother, very affectionate and close to her children.   On this Mother’s Day we salute her.

We remember Mom as a remarkable mother, very affectionate and close to her children.   On this Mother’s Day we salute her.

Vilma Charlton, OD, Officer Class in the field of Education and Sport. Olympian 1964, 1968, 1972

Jossette Charlton, OD, Officer Class in the field of Local Government.

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To My Moms … Eileen

The celebration of Mothers’ Day brings a focus on mothers.  In Jamaica, and indeed in the Caribbean, mother has a special significance being often the only constant and consistent parental figure in a child’s life.  Accordingly, Mothers’ Day is a big celebration when mothers are honored and saluted for the role they play in the family and the wider community.

Mother and Daughter

“Loving”, “caring”, “nurturing”, “sacrificial “, “selfless”– are terms we associate with “mother”.  You will hear it being said of a person who is obstinate and difficult and generally of unpleasant disposition -“only his mother can love him”. This is a reaffirmation of the unconditional love expected of a mother.

These maternal characteristics are not peculiar to the woman who gave birth to a child, but also demonstrated by other persons who assume the responsibility for the care and upbringing of children, whether formally or informally, in some cases voluntarily and in others coincidentally.  It is a common feature of Jamaican society for children to be raised by “granny” or “auntie” or other female relative or friend, and in rare cases a male.  Thus “mother” is defined more in terms of relationship than biological ties or even gender.  A celebration of the Jamaican mother must recognize this wider concept to be truly representative.

Granny – Miss Terry

From my own experience I have been blessed to have had the love and support of not only my biological mother but also some other wonderful women who were “mother figures” at critical junctures of my life’s journey.  In great part I owe what I am today (the good bits that is) and what I have achieved to them.

My mother, Louise, has been a supportive and stabilizing force throughout my life.  Though not physically present continuously, her influence, and I think her good genes if not her beauty, are   evident.  Friends and family members remark how much my expressions and gestures remind them of her, and as I move into the senior years I hear her voice in my laughter. I do miss her sense of humor and think how much she would enjoy my dog, Zorro.

Aunt Ives and Eileen

My Grandmother, “Granny” “Miss Terry”, was for all practical purposes my mother as she raised me from age 5 years.  She inculcated in me the good old fashioned values and the love of God above all else.  Although she believed in not sparing the rod for fear of spoiling the child, she was loving and kind and made me feel I was the best at everything.  She had an appropriate saying for every situation and her vocabulary was more expansive than the Oxford dictionary! Indeed, some of her expressions were unique and I would impress my friends with granny quotations.  Hardly a day passes that I don’t recall her with fondness. 

Then there is Aunt Ives who was married to my Uncle Reg and who took on the role of mother and confidante in my late teens and young adulthood.  She was loving and kind and imbued in me a sense of style and good graces and taught me the art of entertaining.  We enjoyed a good relationship which led some people to believe we were biologically related.

Aunt Ina

I was well into adulthood when I met Aunt Ina, my ”England mother” while I was pursuing post graduate studies at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom.  I was introduced to her and her family by a friend to whom she was related.  We developed a special relationship.  We worshipped together and would have a tipple to celebrate occasions.  She not only fed me and gave me a home when I needed one but wholly treated me as a daughter. The family connection and friendship continue today even after her passing.

The above is just a brief mention of the impact and contribution of the amazing women who have mothered me.  There are other women who have played a maternal role along the way and whose mentoring and love and support have smoothed life’s pathway – I speak of the mothers of friends, my former boss, Miss Min and Mama Keizs. I think of them all with respect and affection, particularly at this time of year when we celebrate mothers. To my mind the best tribute to them is to emulate the good characteristics exemplified by them in my own relationships with children.   

Eileen and Zoro

I have not given birth myself, but I have been blessed with many children in the form of nieces; nephews; godchildren; the children of friends; my young colleagues and not to be left out, my pet, Zorro.  I thank God for the opportunity afforded me to practice what I learnt from my mothers and pray that the legacy will continue through those whose lives have been touched. 

By Eileen R Boxill CD,QC,Ph.D

Eileen is a former Consultant/Advisor to the Jamaican Ministry of Justice, and retired Director of Legal Reform at that Ministry. She was awarded a national honour – Order of Distinction, Commander Class (CD) and appointed a Queen’s Counsel (QC). 

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Jamaican Patties

A Jamaican patty is a golden coloured flaky pastry that contains a spicy filling, the most popular of which is ground beef.  Other fillings which may be offered include: chicken; goat; pork; lobster; shrimp; vegetable and even Jamaica’s national fruit, ackee

Regular Jamaican Patties

Originating in Jamaica, it is the most popular convenience food in Jamaica.  Served hot from the patty shop oven in a paper bag, Jamaican patties are usually eaten on the go straight from the paper bag.  For most busy Jamaicans the patty is most popular at lunch time, eaten one or two for lunch while in school or at work.  Being affordable and available everywhere in Jamaica, the patty is more than a snack: it’s a filling breakfast or lunch and can even be eaten for dinner.  This Jamaican staple can also be made as bite-sized portions called cocktail patties. 

The patty is a product of colonialism and migration developed after the introduction of the Cornish pasty, mixed with cumin and curry seasonings from Indian indentured labourers and the Scotch bonnet, a hot pepper indigenous to Jamaica.  From these multicultural roots, Jamaicans made the patty their own.

Almost every nationality has a form of patty.  South Asians have the samosa, Puerto Ricans the pastelillos, the Greeks the spanakopita, and the English the Cornish pasty.  What they all have in common is that they’re filling, compact and easy to eat, a sort of traditional fast food. Across the Caribbean, patties are considered the ultimate street food.

In the 1960s and 1970s Jamaicans brought recipes for the patties with them when many went to the United States of America, Canada and the United Kingdom (UK) as hospital orderlies, home health aides and nurses.  This led to patties being offered at restaurants in areas of the New York Metropolitan Area with high Caribbean populations.  Patties are equally popular in UK cities with large Caribbean populations, such as Birmingham, Manchester and London. Their popularity is spreading in the UK and they are becoming available in many mainstream outlets.

Cocktail Patties

The humble patty was forever introduced to the world and can now be found wherever there is a Caribbean community.  In Australia patties with beef, chicken or vegetable fillings are offered frozen by Jamaican Products.

In this unprecedented time in our history Jamaican Products is aware of challenges faced by many households.  It can be difficult working from home as well as having to home school the kids.  For others they may be tired of seeing the same 4 walls, or cooking and eating what is the pantry.

Jamaican Products Regular Patties

Why not try something different?  Crank up Bob Marley or your favourite Jamaican music artist to accompany your meal.  Get into the Caribbean grove while cooking and eating our delicious Take & Bake range of jerk seasoned chicken wings and patties.  These Jamaican Party Food are suitable for any occasion, snack, lunch or dinner.

We offer a Special on patties and discounted no contact weekly home delivery to our Sydney customers, so place your order.  To view the delivery fee and Sydney postcodes to which the offer applies, read the Take & Bake Special.

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Making Bun Boxes

Can you remember how Jamaican Easter buns were packaged?

For some of you those memories may be fading while for others it is still current.  Most times it was in a box. 

Bun Box from Jamaica

Wanting to relive this memory I decided that the Jamaican Products Easter buns should be packaged in a box.  Fortunately I brought a few Easter bun boxes from Jamaica, so I could well use those boxes.  But wait, I have to buy the bun tins in the shape of a bread loaf.

So off I went looking at the hospitality equipment shops.  Asking for bun tins got me a quizzical look, so I quickly asked for bread loaf tins instead.  Something I thought would be easy was turning into a challenge.  Back to the large department stores and I found a loaf tin that I was happy with.  It boasted a heavy duty seamless loaf tin with a double non-stick coating, ideal for making bread, meat/fruit loaf and pate.  Above all it could easily be used to make a 1.2kg loaf.

I bought 16 tins and went home pleased with myself.  But I only bought 10 bun boxes in Jamaica!  Are they large enough?  Alas the tins were about twice as wide as the boxes. 

Tin too large for Box

Now I need some 20 bun boxes.  I measured the newly purchased tins and started my Google search.  I was looking for food grade boxes to store buns baked in the tins.  I saw many square boxes but no rectangular boxes the shape I was interested in.  After over 3 hours searching, I started calling companies in Sydney that sold boxes. 

They were interested in making these boxes for me until I told them I only needed 20.  Do you mean 20,000 they asked?  No, I replied, I only need 20.  I know I could not afford a one off order when they quoted me the price while others  said they could not do such a small run.

Designing a Box

After spending the day searching and talking to various packaging firms I decided to produce a custom made box myself.  Now the search was on to find material to make this customised bun box.

Again I was googling and calling various shops, asking if they had necessary material or could advise where to obtain the material.  My search led me to Arts and Craft stores.  I needed material sturdy enough to hold the bun, a box design and glue to hold everything together. 

By the third day I was going home with cardboard sheets and glue to start the building process.  I was in my element as an engineer designing and later constructing bun boxes.   

The Pro Forma Design

It was out with my ruler, set square and drafting pens to draw my box to scale.  I did my measurements and drew up the box shape for cutting out as the pro forma.  Now it was time to consult my business cohort, Jean Kropper, on how to fold the cardboard.  Jean owns Paper and Pixel, making ingenious promotions in paper that excite the senses and inspire response. 

A Finished Box

Using the pro forma created as a guide I soon had 20 box frames marked and cut from the cardboard sheets.  Then it was folding and pasting to make each box.  To add that business touch I added the Jamaican Products logo.  After many hours the 20 Jamaican Products bun boxes were complete. 

Next job, to make the Easter buns for packing in these custom made bun boxes.  So wish me luck. 

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Gordon Gill – Architect

The architect Gordon Gill FAIA was born in Jamaica.  At age 11 he moved to Canada with his family.  He completed his undergraduate studies in Canada and gained 2 Master degrees in the United States of America.  In 2019 he was awarded a Doctorate of Technology from the University Of Technology, Jamaica.

Gordon Gill FAIA

Gordon held positions of Associate Partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) and Director of Design at VOA Associates.  In 2006 three senior SOM Chicago practice members, namely Adrian Smith, Gordon Gill and Robert Forest formed Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG). 

Gordon’s architectural works include:

  • Design of the world’s first net zero-energy skyscraper, the Pearl River Tower, Guangzhou, China (designed at SOM Chicago),
  • World’s first large-scale positive energy building, Masdar Headquarters, Abu Dhabi
  • World’s tallest tower, Kingdom Tower in Jeddah Saudi Arabia
  • Design of Astana Expo 2017 and its sustainable legacy community for Astana, Kazakhstan
  • Performing arts centres, museums, strategic carbon planning and urban master plans across the globe. 
Kingdom Tower, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

His landmark projects pursue energy independence by harnessing the power of natural forces on site and striking a balance with their environmental contexts.

Gordon is one of the world’s foremost exponents of performance based architecture.  His approach is based on an ecologically conscious philosophy that sets new standards for the relationships between the built and natural environment. His buildings and urban projects have transformed cityscapes and defined as well as restored city centers around the world.

Gordon explains that his firm will work on almost any scale project if it has a challenge and a quality to it.  They look for the intellectual challenge behind the design.

Gordon says that AS+GG has won bids simply by saying that a site should remain empty.  He comments that clients have a preconception that as architects, if they touch something they are going to put a building there.  AS+GG are problem-solvers who are architects, so they approach problems a little differently from most.  They reason that if the solution is physical, they express themselves through architecture.  Sometimes the solution is not physical, or if it is physical it’s not a building.  So the solution can be a park.

Gordon views a commission as an invitation to a dialogue.  Just as the client has a brief, so does he, with a set of expectations for his own work.  He feels that his job is to take the client to a place they never expected, within the context of the brief.

AS+GG tell people all the time, they are not sales people.  They are not trying to sell or convince the client of anything.  What they try to do is present the client a set of rational analyses, that speak to problems or issues that the client has as it relates to their brief.  Then they tell the client how they think the problem could be solved within the context of the client’s needs.  With this approach they offer the client something that is hopefully superior to what the client expected from the brief.  If there is agree, then they have a project.

On the other hand if the client does not agree as they go through the analyses, then AS+GG can adjust how they think about the client’s problem.  But in the end it is a conversation about the client’s expectations.

Jamaica New Houses of Parliament

With this approach, no wonder Gordon was selected by Jamaica as the competition patron for the Jamaica Houses of Parliament design submissions.

Jamaica launched the competition in May 2018 to find a firm of architects to design the 160,000-square-foot building that will house both the legislative and executive branches of government.  Described as the most significant structure to be built in the history of Jamaica, the new Houses of Parliament building will occupy a place of prominence at National Heroes Park in Kingston.

To be eligible for consideration to design the structure, applying firms had to:

  • Be led by a citizen of Jamaica, residing locally or abroad, who is also a registered and licensed Jamaican architect and capable of being the project’s architect of record;
  • Comprise of at least 50 percent Jamaican citizens or persons of Jamaican heritage. 

In March 2019 the winning design for the structure, aptly named ‘Out of Many, One People,’ was announced.  Construction is expected to start in 2021. 

Listen to Gordon as he tells his story in his own words.

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Jamaican Christmas Traditions

A bit of nostalgia for those of you who can remember, while for others a chance to learn, about some of our Jamaican Christmas traditions.

“Grand Market” and “Jamaican Sorrel” are two important elements of a Jamaican Christmas.

Grand Market Downtown Kingston

Christmas is the most celebrated holiday season in Jamaica.  Children especially look forward to this time of the year.  Not all because of Santa Claus.  It is the season when most Jamaican parents treat their kids to new clothes.  Thus the kids usually get to dress up in these new clothes and attend Grand Market and other events throughout the season.

Grand Market is held on Christmas Eve in all major towns across Jamaica.  It is considered by many Jamaicans as the highlight of the Christmas season. It is also the liveliest day of the year; as vendors and stores usually operate for the entire day and night.  From as early as 6 am on Christmas Eve most businesses are open.  The streets are lined with vendors selling clothing, household items, decorations, ground provisions and items not available all year round.

Grand Market provides an opportunity for parents and their smartly dressed children to complete their last minute Christmas shopping.  Festivities and music go hand in hand in Jamaica.  So sound boxes playing music are set up to entertain.  After a certain time of the night, a lot Jamaicans usually gather in a “street dance fashion” to dance, drink and enjoy themselves until Christmas morning.

Sorrel Drink with Pods

Christmas Day usually begins with the playing of Christmas Carols.  However Christmas dinner is what most Jamaicans look forward to.  It is a Jamaican tradition to have Jamaican Sorrel with Christmas dinner.

Jamaican Sorrel is a drink made from the Hibiscus Sabdariffa flower (Sorrel).  In Mexico this Christmas drink is called ‘Agua de Jamaica’ (Jamaican water).  The Hibiscus Sabdariffa plant is harvested and the dried flowers pods are boiled and used to make this famous and refreshing drink.  Ginger is added for flavor and it is sweetened with sugar and a splash of white over proof rum is usually added to give it a kick.

Jamaican Christmas cake

Jamaica Sorrel is not only tasty but has numerous nutritional benefits you may not be aware of.  Sorrel is an excellent source of Vitamin C.  It is also rich in iron, calcium, copper, magnesium and phosphorus. It helps to lower blood pressure, high cholesterol and it enhances liver function.

If you want to have a taste of Jamaica this Christmas just head to our website to purchase a bottle of Christmas Sorrel cordial or Contact Us for one of our delectable Christmas Cakes.

Thanks Jhana Dunbar for this informative post.

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Am I An Entrepreneur?

Who comes to mind when you hear the word entrepreneur?

Any women you can think of?  What about Lady Gaga or my favourite Oprah Winfrey? 

Lady Gaga

Some of the common characteristics of an entrepreneur are passion, perseverance and learning.  Can you see these features in your favourite entrepreneur?

As I sit updating my resume I contemplate writing Entrepreneur as my current role. But do I display these features in my Jamaican Products business?

My vision is to bring you an authentic Jamaican Patty through a marriage of local Australian beef and imported Jamaican products.  A patty contains various fillings and spices baked inside a golden yellow flaky pastry shell.  As the name suggests Jamaican Patties are commonly found in Jamaica and often eaten as a full meal.

Oprah Winfrey

With my superannuation to fund the scheme I established a bakery at home.  Now that is passion!

Initially I made the pastry by hand, but was faced with sore arms and uneven pastry thickness.  The Rondo benchtop dough sheeter in my bakery put an end to these problems. 

Manning the dough sheeter with a hit of the knobs I control dough movement from left belt to right belt and back, as the dough got thinner and longer.  Before you knew it the dough was falling off the sheeter arm onto the bench and then handing in the air.  I moved away from the controls and tried rolling the dough onto a rolling pin.  The machine was too quick for me and in this position my arms could not reach the stop button.

Jamaican Patties

The weight of the dough hanging off the machine caused the sheet of dough to break as I tried moving it to the other side.  There was dough everywhere, on the floor, ceiling, all over me and it was 1am.  I sat looked at the mess and wondered how seasoned bakers do it.  The photos show a rolling pin, which I had acquired, as there is no rolling pin attached to my machine.  Probably I can leave the rolling pin on the machine and use its speed to my advantage.  Two containers storing ingredients should do the trick. 

By 2am I had cleaned up and with new dough and the pair of containers I was ready to start again.  I watched with joy as the dough rolled onto the rolling pin with the containers on either side to hold the rolling pin in place.  But that was the left side and the dough needs to be thinner.  3am I had the strips of dough in the freezer.  Surely that shows perseverance.

Dough Sheeter

I drew a sketch of what I needed for the machine, rolling pin holders for each end.  I contacted the local machine distributor but they were neither interested in my suggestion nor shared with me what other bakers do.  I contacted the manufacturer in Switzerland.  They replied within 2 minutes and organised for the distributor to visit me and discuss the issue.  With each interaction I learn more about baking techniques and the machine.

As I reflect on the term entrepreneur I reply, yes I have what it takes to use the term.  I showed commitment, passion and faith to fund the scheme from my superannuation.  Yes, I persevered moving from rolling the dough by hand to become a novice baker using a dough sheeter.  I encountered challenges but enjoyed finding solutions with a desire to learn.

So there on my resume I describe myself as an entrepreneur.

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