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Editor’s note: I’m not a complainer. Really, I’m not. But having lived my first 68 years in the USA, I find that things being different take me some getting used to. Understand, please, I’m not asserting that “different” is wrong. It’s probably right for here; only I’m unused to it.

The Dominican Difference #2: When to eat Lima beans. Here in Dominica they’re called “butter beans” and people let them become hard, brown mature seeds before they gather them.

When they are hard brown and dry they must be soaked a long time before cooking or cooked in a pressure cooker in order to make them soft and palatable. I understand why it’s customary to gather dry beans here. They are not grown in patches, and it is seldom that enough can be gathered for one meal, especially a family meal. And, many Dominicans, especially in days past, had no refrigeration, meaning only dry beans could be stored.

In the USA these beans are called “baby limas” when they are small and green, and “lima beans” when they are large but before turning dry and brown and hard. After they turn brown, they’re called “navy beans”, because the navy could store those in bags. Trust me, the baby limas and limas are delicious. They can simply be boiled for a short time. Serve them with butter. For an extra delicious treat, take some sweet corn off the cob and boil the kernels with the beans. The dish is called succotash.

We like these beans so much that I gathered some seeds in the wild and we planted them. Placed in a pot, they sprouted overnight! I half expected to see a giant atop a beanstalk. We planted a row of them along wires we strung between poles so that now we have a “butter bean” crop.

Pretty much goes the same for wild peas (“bougasu” in Patois; “pois sauvage” in French). They are delicious raw in salads when still green, although they can be stored or used as seeds when brown. The pea plant has a pretty little flower, from which the peacock gets its name. Look carefully at the flower and you’d easily see the bird’s body and tail fan. One pea variety has a pretty reddish leaf and potted makes a nice house plant; I suppose its peas are also edible.

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LIME customer Lucille Worrell,receives her prize cheque from Jeffrey Baptiste, Country Manager for LIME in Dominica Photo via time4line.com

UPDATED:LIME customer Lucille Worrell from Fond Cole, Dominica is the Caribbean’s newest MILLIONAIRE!!! She is the Grand Prize Winner of LIME Million Dollar Christmas draw.

Lucille’s New Year got off to an incredible start today (January 9), when she emerged as LIME’s grand prize winner in the final draw of undoubtedly the most spectacular Christmas promotion in the Caribbean. She was one of 300 LIME customers from across the region who qualified for the Grand Prize Draw after winning weekly prizes in the promotion which began in mid November.

Lucille was entered in the draw after she paid her fixed line bill in full and on time and won an iPod nano and now, the rest is history.

According to Dominicanewsonline.com, Worrell was in tears on receiving the good news of her US$1 million dollar win equivalent to EC$2.67 million.

“It’s so amazing because people were saying the winner would never come from Dominica and we proved them wrong” said Marketing Executive of LIME Dominica, Ferdina Frampton as she express her excitement.

The question that’s on everyone mind – What will Lucille do with US$1 million dollars?

To enter the weekly prize draws, customers can sign-up for a new service or upgrade an existing service; pay their bill in full and on time; text “Win” to LIME (5463) at a cost of $1.00 per text; or top-up by $20 or more.

Prepaid mobile customers who top-up by $20 or more also get a chance to win credit up to $200 instantly.
Each weekly winner who successfully answers a LIME skills test question qualifies to enter the regional grand prize draw for US$1 million dollars.

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alix-honoreChina Daily

[China Daily] — Sharing a common wealth – Great Read!

When Alix Honore stepped off the plane in Beijing she was completely overwhelmed, not so much by the 20-hour flight, the transfer and stop off, or the idea that she, at 19, was about to embrace a culture and education system so different from her own, but more so by the size of the airport.

But Honore arrived in 2005. Beijing International Airport’s Terminal 3, like the Bird’s Nest, was just a blue print and Athens rather than Beijing was still considered the Olympic city. Things have changed dramatically.

Honore comes from the Commonwealth of Dominica. It is an island in the Caribbean and has one of the smallest populations in the world. It is an island that often lives in the shadow of its namesake, The Dominican Republic, so much so that “not to be confused with the Dominican Republic” reads high on its encyclopedic definition

Honore often finds herself explaining to her classmates where her island home is situated. They simply haven’t heard of it before….full story@chinadaily.com

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