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Recipes and Secrets of Top Caribbean Chefs: Half Moon Jamaica

Fresh baked bread every morning!
Fresh baked bread every morning!
Half Moon, Jamaica

Half Moon, Rose Hall Jamaica is having a fall sale on decadent villas, the kind where you invite everyone in your closest circle. Whether it be family, friends or a combination - these luxurious Royal Villas have four to seven bedrooms depending on your needs. Oh and needs, they will be met by your own staff of: personal cook, personal butler and a personal housekeeper. I'll tell you all the details further down.

But first, I must introduce you to Stephen Sowan, Executive Chef at Half Moon. Stephen has over 20 years experience in the kitchens of international resorts such as the Labadi Beach Hotel in Ghana, Africa, Merville Beach Hotel in Mauritius, the Trust House Forte in London, England as well as the Sandals and Beaches resort chain, Chef Sowa has amassed numerous culinary medals and trophies in England, The Bahamas, Mauritius, USA and Jamaica. He captained the successful Jamaica team at the first Jamaican Jerk/Barbecue contest; was nominated for Chef of the Year in the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Awards in 2003 and cooked with popular US weather forecaster Al Roker on the US-based National Broadcasting Corporation’s “Today Show,” a morning news programme. Chef Sowa, originally from Middlesbrough, England, is also coach of Jamaica’s National Culinary Team.

An expert ice, fruit, vegetable and tallow carver, Chef Sowa specializes in Asian cuisine and enjoys traveling, golf, music and participating in culinary competitions.

Chef Sowa has shared his delicious Banana Bread recipe with us this week and guests rave about the delicious Jamaican coffee and this bread for breakfast menu.


3 cups ripe bananas, peeled and mashed

2 ¼ cups sugar

4 eggs

3 1/3 cups flour

3 tsp baking soda

1 ¼ cups corn oil

1 ¼ cups milk

1 tsp vanilla essence (to taste)

½ tsp. cinnamon (to taste)


1. Beat bananas and sugar together until smooth

2. Add eggs and vanilla, beat until incorporated

3. Add dry ingredients

4. Add oil and mix well

5. Add milk and mix well

6. Fill 2 well greased bread pans ¾ of the way up with the mix

7. Bake in a 350 degree oven 45 minutes – 1 hour

Your Private Villa in Jamaica

Yes, as I mentioned above, hold your next reunion, wedding or other celebration in one of these private villas at Half Moon. Whether you choose a four, six or seven bedroom villa, each room has a private, keyed lock entrance and en suite bathroom. Another benefit of staying at The Royal Villas at Half Moon is having full access to the amenities and activities of a world-class resort while still enjoying the privacy and comfort of a personal Caribbean Villa.

The Royal Villas include:

  • Staff of three - personal cook, personal butler. and a personal housekeeper
  • Private swimming pool and outdoor areas
  • Spacious living room
  • Ocean or Garden View
  • Cable television, Radio, DVD Player, Telephone
  • Air conditioning in each bedroom
  • Two golf carts
  • Safe
  • Bathrobes in each bedroom
  • Wireless Internet (living area)

Rates for a 4 bedroom royal villa (8 people capacity) start at $1,175. All rates are found here:

That breaks down to $146 per person per night….for all that? Sounds like a party to me! But I forgot to tell you that the THIRD NIGHT IS FREE if you travel before October 31, 2010. Now if that doesn't make you want to get your groove back, what will?

Reminds of one my trips to Rose Hall and a staff member told me, “You’ll be comin’ back for more!” No doubt!


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