Hello everyone! The time flew by and I am finally on my field trip in Jamaica! The country is stunning, the temperature is a huge step up from Scotland and the people are so friendly. I’m on day four of my trip and have had lots of fun already.
Before I left, I decided to make a hummingbird cake because it is so tropical; and because it is often known as Jamaica Cake. Of course like a lot of cakes, there is a lot of dispute about where the hummingbird cake originated. I don’t know, but I can say that wherever it came from it’s one of my favourites!
This was my first ever hummingbird cake, to make and to taste. So I opted for a classic, straightforward recipe to begin with. Fortunately it was so delicious that I am quite happy to continue using this recipe with only a few modifications!
I even managed to catch a rare Scottish sunset to photograph it with!
The cake is one of the moistest cakes I have ever tasted, and the pecans are so subtle yet delicious. I added lemon to my favourite cream cheese frosting which made such a nice addition. Also, I found that frosting on the top and in the middle was enough; the ratio was perfect and the cake really didn’t need to be frosted all the way around.
The campus we are staying in is lovely. A lady called Precious makes our food and she bakes phenomenal cakes! I am in total admiration. Here are a few pictures:
This is the bay right on our doorstep with resident pelicans! We snorkeled in here on our first day which was a new experience for me but I loved it.
This was the beach bar we paddled over to from our boat. The local beer is Red Stripe, the atmosphere is amazing. I can totally understand why people become addicted to the Caribbean!
The fruit is so much better over here than at home – I can’t get enough of the pineapple. Next week we’re moving off into the jungle, so I expect to see some big bugs!