This blog post will blow your perception of typical Caribbean food. We are writing this article because modern Caribbean food is not just jerk chicken, rice and peas. Caribbean food is a fiery fusion of many cultures all mixed in the melting pot that stems from the days of colonisation. It heralds flavours from Africa, India, China, Portugal, Spain, Lebanon, Britain, France, South America and the list goes on. We want to share with you some of the exciting foods available and that can be enjoyed every day. We hope that after you’ve read this it will open up your eyes and tastebuds to modern Caribbean food.
Here at Kitchen Thyme UK in Shrewsbury one of our favourite Caribbean dishes is grilled prawns with a mango salsa and the reason why we like it so much is because it is bursting with flavour and can be made on the hob. You just peel the prawns, keep the tail on, butterfly, season with salt, black pepper, fresh coriander and garlic. Grill for two minutes on griddle pan with bit of rapeseed oil. Drizzle with teriyaki sauce and serve with mango and carrot salsa. The mango and carrot salsa is made by grating both in equal amounts. Season with salt, black pepper, coriander, chives, garlic and fresh chilli pepper. Add a splash of cider vinegar and its ready.A simple dish like this completely blows the top off what people think Caribbean food is made up off. Its fresh, its light, its tasty and it takes minutes to prepare. Can be eaten as an appetiser or as a main.
Another unknown Caribbean dish is crab cakes. The influence of crab cakes comes from the abundance of fresh seafood available on the islands. In fact growing up, I remember going crabbing with my dad. Crabs can be cooked with spinach to produce a dish called callaloo (spinach type soup),curry crab and dumplings but my favourite is a spicy crab dip made with crab claws. There are many ways to cook crab, in its shell it takes about 30 minute. The claw meat takes mere minutes to cook.
Fact 1 – Caribbean food goes way beyond jerk chicken, rice and peas.
Fact 2 – Each island has its own distinctive blend of herbs and spices.
Fact 3 –The Trinidad Moruga “Scorpion” Pepper has officially been ranked as the world’s hottest pepper by the Guinness Book of Records.
Fact 4- Trinidad & Tobago may have more national dishes than any other country.
Fact 5 : Caribbean people drink fresh coconut water with Rum, Scotch and for all ailments.
Sabrina Zeif, Culinary Personality will be a guest Chef demoing at Car Fest North on July 29th -31st with Simply Good Food TV. She’ll be heating up the festival cooking up a Caribbean storm on stage. Loads of tips on how to create great Caribbean flavour.
Belatedly, just wanted to say a huge thank you for the most wonderful evening last month. We were so pleased to be able to make the June Supper Club. The food was delicious, the atmosphere was great fun and very relaxed and it was one of the best evenings we have had in ages! The steel band was a great touch and we loved our little take-home goody. Can’t wait for the next one!
Thanks Sabrina and all your team.