About Me…

Hi there….I’m Jackie Fraser-Dunfield and this is a bit about who I am… 🙂

Cooking has always been a passion for me and when my kids were young, I enjoyed spending Sundays going through my cookbooks and planning out a delicous Sunday meal.

I found my love for cooking with my mother while spending time in the kitchen watching her work magic with her wooden spoons. She was never without the ‘Joy of Cooking’ book, which she referred to for any new meal. joy of cooking

Always clad in one of her colourful aprons and a wooden spoon in hand, she would cook up wonderful meals….never to disapoint. Coming to Canada from Scotland, my mother never strayed far from the traditional Scottish foods in the beginning…..memorable dishes I love to this day!

The ‘Joy of Cooking’ was one of the first gifts my mother gave to me, as I ventured out on my own as a young woman.

Ahhhhh….the memories of our mothers in the kitchen…I hope I never forget them.

For the past 27 years, I have owned an operated a home health care service for seniors. It continues to be a fulfilling and rewarding career and helping our seniors remain in their home is a pleasure. We will all be seniors one day…and I certainly want someone to be taking care of me in my golden years 🙂

Two years ago, after an ordeal in my business, I self-published a memoir about the financial abuse of seniors. An unpleasant, but all to real topic. You can check it out  ‘Caregiver or Taker’…the faces of betrayal.

http://www.lulu.com/shop/jw-fraser/caregiver-or-taker/paperback/product-1746156.html

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My husband and I planned our first trip to Jamaica in 1995, and have traveled back every year since then…sometimes twice a year. We have fallen in love with the Jamaican people, the land and the vibe of the island.  Jamaica became our ‘home away from home.’

Back in 2008, I had purchased my first DSLR camera and took a keen interest in photography.  That also turned into taking photos of my kitchen creations.  I was inspired by islands.

It was during these trips that I found my love for Caribbean cooking.  Brown stews, curried goat, pumpkin soups, jerk chicken and many more of the islands wonderfully spiced creations.  Cooking Jamaican style had become common place in our home.

Now Fast forward to 2016.

After years of honing my photography skills, I now special and freelance in Food Photography and Styling.  Being a home cook, I have worked hard at developing my skills of creating dishes, practicing creative styling and capturing appealing plating through my lens.

Working as a freelance photography with food magazines and publications has been rewarding.  Jamaican Eats and Cooking Sense are top notch, Caribbean inspired magazines bringing the tastes of the islands to your home.

Come follow me on my journey!!

 

 

 

 

 

14 Comments Add yours

  1. I love your pictures – I love your website and its layout and I love your recipes. My husband and I are Island people loving the Carribbean and have been to Jamaica twice; once nearly killing myself climbing up those “falls”…

    1. Sprat says:

      Hi Natalie…thanks for stopping in and for the nice comments. I have been having fun with the blog…as I am sure you are too….and Iove doing the photo shoots. 🙂
      Always nice to meet new food bloggers 🙂 Great to hear you have been to Jamaica before..a gorgeous island for sure.
      I will stop in at your site from time to time…thanks for sharing your great recipes!

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  3. Delcey says:

    Hi Jackie,

    You are a very talented lady…..and a lot of fun too. Great to meet you in Negril and I do hope our paths cross again.

    Love your website and will definately be trying out some of your great recipes.

    Delcey

    1. Sprat says:

      Hey Delcey …

      It was so nice to meet you, your husband…and son in Negril. We had a blast with you guys…up and down the West end road. 🙂

      I am sure that we will cross paths again….and tell Garrett…I expect to see him again pon da rock! Thanks for your kind words/

      Cheers…

  4. Rod Reid says:

    Jackie, we were on vacation in Scotland when you called . Send me an email withyour phone number . Rod

  5. Jesse Jaca says:

    Love the site Jackie!

    1. Sprat says:

      Thanks Jesse for stopping in…and for the compliment! 🙂

  6. Irie Always says:

    Jackie you have a wonderful thing going on! Your site is uplifting and a pleasure to peruse. Those recipies and the way you descibe give inspiration.
    Hope to bump into you, in Negril!

    1. Sprat says:

      Thank you Donna for stopping by and for you nice comments. It’s been a fun journey trying new recipes and capturing visually appealing food pics. I do hope we cross pathes again in Negril! 🙂

  7. Rebeccah says:

    Are you going to be entering the Recipe to Riches competition? I think I’m going to the Halifax auditions, but am afraid there might be a lot of competition? I want your advice on what would be the best category to submit a recipe in?

    I want my Nan’s cheesecake recipe sold in Loblaws – that would be amazing!! 😉 But think the BBq sauce could also do well — thoughts?

    1. Sprat says:

      Hadn;t heard about it Rebeccah. I will have to check it out and get back to you…

  8. The “Joy of Cooking’ was pretty much our family bible – I too left home armed with a copy and I made sure my daughter did as well.
    Jackie, you never seize to inspire me. You have so much talent and passion it jumps off of these pages. Thanks you!

    1. Sprat says:

      Thank you for posting a comment Sallie. The Joy of cooking sure has come in handy over the years. 🙂 I remember watching my mom in the kitchen with her apron on, leafing through the pages. Memories are forever!
      I try to inspire others Sallie…and cooking is a wonderful hobby and something my hubby and I plan our weekends around.

      Cheers to you….

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