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Recipes and ideas for Caribbean grown food and drink.

Caribbean Christmas Sweet Delights

Caribbean Christmas Sweet Delights

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Caribbean Christmas Sweet Delights – Caribish Delight

Turkish delight is one of our family Christmas favourites and its very hard to find in Dominica, or indeed in many of the islands. So sticking to my principles of trying to create recipes using as much of what we grow on our Caribbean property as possible, I have made a thinly disguised Turkish Delight with a mystery twist from my garden and called it Caribish Delight.

Naturally it did’nt stop there, and so we now have an interesting selection of Christmas Sweets to offer visitors dropping in.

Gelatine is readily available locally as a gelling agent, so I used that to set my sweets, although there maybe better alternatives elsewhere.

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5 Steps to Starting a Small Tropical Vegetable Garden

5 Steps to Starting a Small Tropical Vegetable Garden

Vegetables grown at a Dominican home.

Vegetables grown at a Dominican home.

If you are living in the tropical Caribbean, you may be interested in taking full advantage and try your hand at living off the land. A tropical environment is very conducive to growing your own fresh foods, and there are so many benefits to growing your own food (better nutrition, lower cost, etc).

Fruits tend to grow more successfully in this part of the world, however, you can also have a great deal of luck growing your own vegetables. Read on to find out useful tips for growing your own vegetable patch in the Caribbean.
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Breadfruit Coffee Chocolate Dessert

Breadfruit Coffee Chocolate Dessert with white and dark rums

Breadfruit coffee chocolate dessert

Breadfruit Coffee Chocolate Dessert – made with ingredients from the garden.

I try to create recipes using as much of what we grow in the gardens as possible.

Sometimes the combination seems odd, a fusion of European, Asian and Caribbean but it makes for some interesting results.

This recipe includes our home grown coffee, cocoa from last years crop, green breadfruit which is just coming into season, and our own limes.   It comes out almost like an Italian tiramisu, but we think, even better!

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5 Steps to Homemade Coffee

5 Steps to Homemade Coffee – the Caribbean way!

5 Steps to Homemade Coffee

5 Steps to Homemade Coffee – From berry to cup

A breakfast cup of coffee is healthy for most of us it seems, and even several more throughout the day!

Recent studies over the last ten years indicate that coffee drinkers are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s, colon cancer, and diabetes compared to non-drinkers, and they are also less likely to die from heart disease.

A group of Japanese women who drank three or more cups of coffee a day halved their risk of developing colon cancer, compared to those who didn’t drink coffee, and other comparative studies seem to show that coffee drinkers have a 41 percent lower risk of developing liver cancer.

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Mango Passionfruit Cheesecake

Mango Passionfruit Cheesecake Dessert Recipe

Fresh mango passionfruit cheescake

Fresh mango passionfruit cheesecake

Mango Passionfruit Cheesecake uses our seasonal fruit in a rich and creamy dessert.

We have three huge mango trees, several passion fruit vines and three lime trees which all mature in the months of June, July and August on our property.

Our quest to find new recipes combining these three seasonal fruits continues this year with a showstopping mango passionfruit cheesecake.

Its July and our Caribbean mangoes are in full mango splendour. They hang like huge green and gold earrings, suspended on long slim stems, from the mango trees which grow 70 feet high and more!

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Caribbean Food – A Little History

Caribbean Foods : Papaw, Yams, Guavas, and Cassava

The Arawak, Carib, and Taino Indians were the first inhabitants of the Caribbean islands. These first inhabitants occupied the present day islands of British Virgin Islands, Cuba, Dominica, Grenada, Haiti,
Trinidad, and Jamaica. Their daily diet consisted of vegetables and fruits such as papaw, yams, guavas, and cassava. The Taino started the process of cooking meat and fish in large clay pots.

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Caribbean-Style Tilapia with Fresh Lime

Caribbean Fish – Freshwater Tilapia

Tilapia freshwater fish

Tilapia freshwater fish

Escape from the ordinary, boring fish recipes that call for just butter and a little lemon. This zesty, mouth-watering recipe will make your taste buds come to life as the flavors of the Caribbean combine to create a spicy, healthy meal. Enjoy this easy-to-prepare entree with plantains, black beans and grilled corn on the cob. Yummy!

 

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Fantastic Food in Barbados

Barbados : Cou cou and Flying Fish

A famous Spanish saying quotes “The belly rules the mind”. Indeed it is true! As for people all over the world, eating or the art of cuisine is such a favorite topic among many since it satisfies our sense of taste.

When we come to talk about cuisine and exotic tropical taste, one place stands out, Barbados. Having a mix of tropical atmosphere and the sweet sense of exotic and mouth watering taste surely gives a whole new definition to dining.

Let me start off by introducing to you the national dish of the famous island. Cou Cou and Flying Fish has made this little Caribbean island stand out among the rest. The first recipe is an exotic and sophisticated blend of cornmeal, okra and tomatoes with an accent of salt, peppers and the famous Bajan hot sauce. Meanwhile, flying fish is abundant in this location since it thrives well among the warm waters that surround the island. This dish is commonly served fried or steamed, depending on your choice.

Fish here in the island is a common choice for food since the place clearly is full of aqua culture resources. People have created and come up with different kinds of recipes that use fish as its main ingredient. Another one of their famous cooking inventions is the Bajan Macaroni Pie and Flying Fish. This unique recipe is the Bajan’s own version of Mac and cheese.

This time, let’s talk about the famous thirst quencher. It’s called the Mauby drink. It’s a carbonated drink made from the bark as well as the leaves of a Colubrina arborescence tree. Although there are already a lot of commercialized carbonated drinks in the market out there, Mauby still stands out as a symbol of the Caribbean island’s pride. This drink can be of an alcoholic nature as well as a non-fermented drink. It is consumed as a cold drink in most cases. So team up your flavorful meals with this native drink and get to feel the whole tropical experience of being in Barbados.

For those having the notion that food in Barbados are almost all hot and spicy, well, let me enlighten you on that. Actually, not all Barbados food is hot and spicy. As a matter of fact, one of the islands well loved delicacies is coconut bread or sweet bread as what they usually call it. Its flavor and taste is best described by three words, sweet, sweet, and sweet! The bread is accentuated with a bit of coconut filling inside before it is cooked in the oven. While this delicious treat is being cooked, it gives out the aroma of sweetness all over the place. This will surely make you crave for more.

Here’s a rare delicacy that would surely give off that exotic taste you have been looking for. Get to experience the local specialty of the island, Sea-Egg. The sea-egg is commonly known as the sea-urchin. This local delicacy is considered rare since harvesting of these eggs is controlled by local government officials due to the depletion of its resources. But don’t fret; these exotic eggs are available when they are in season. So if you happen to be in Barbados, don’t forget to check out this dish.

When it comes to food, Bajans have been known for two things: alcohol and cake. Rum Cake or also known as Great Cake has been a favorite among the locals of this island. A combination of beer and rum, this dessert would top your great food experience in Barbados.

All these food and delicacies would surely fill you up not only with a satisfied belly, but with a rewarding and complete tropical experience in the island of Barbados.

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Raise Your Glass for Caribbean Christmas Drinks

A pay for essay writing Caribbean Christmas

Christmas in the Caribbean is a warm-weathered social event where you spend time visiting friends and family and joining in the local festive fun. At the homes of your relatives and loved ones you will surely be offered a selection of seasonal drinks that really get you in the spirit of Christmas.

Sorrel is a number one favourite for many people. Made from the petals of the sorrel plant, the fruity and tart drink is a deep red beverage. It is often made with ginger and spices for extra heat and flavour. Sorrel is usually served chilled although it can also be warmed and some add a splash of rum too. As well as being deliciously refreshing, Sorrel is also very nutritious and is said to have anti-cancer properties and boost the immune system.
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Amaranth – Healthy, Easy and Delicious

Amaranth; locally known as wild spinach or zepina

In the Caribbean, you may have noticed that if you burn the bush and dried grass in your yard, what you usually see after a few weeks is a wild weed. Often this weed is actually a commonly available vegetable – wild spinach.

Wild spinach can be found almost anywhere because it is extremely adaptable to adverse growing conditions. It is a great addition to have in your vegetable plot as it will even grow just from sticking a branch into the soil, I know because I have tried it. I myself have become very fond of this vegetable because it is so easy to grow, needs very little care, and has so many ways in which it can be cooked.
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