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Recipes and ideas for Caribbean grown food and drink.

From Dominica – Jacoway Inn, Part 3

Overlooking the Gardens below from the top floor balcony.

Overlooking the Gardens below from the top floor balcony.

The Jacoway Inn, Dominica : Storming Back To Business, Part 3

The day before Cat 5 Hurricane Maria hit Dominica on the night of September 17th 2017, views from the lovely gardens of Jacoway Inn were somewhat restricted by the tall hedges of shrubs and trees, providing shade and privacy.

This changed overnight, and now eight months later the property boundaries of bright oranges, yellows and greens of tall crotons are regrown. Before long, overlooking the surrounding banana gardens and the few neighbouring homes will only be possible from the upper floors of the Inn.
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From Dominica : Jacoway Inn, part 2

Jacoway Inn Gazebo

The Gazebo

The Jacoway Inn, Dominica : Storming Back To Business, Part 2

Inland, behind the bayside village of Calibishie resides the main part of a very international community along the several spectacular ridges and valleys which lead down to the beach and bay. New, architecturally designed expensive homes are dotted along the ridge summits amongst banana gardens, grazing cattle, and borderless, family smallholdings, enjoying panoramic views to the village below and the Atlantic beyond.

Up here, the hurricane blasted trees take their time to grow new branches, but on the ground, good husbandry has ensured that all the massive, dead branches have been cleared away and recycled elsewhere. Continue reading

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From Dominica: Jacoway Inn, part 1

Red Rock beach at Calibishie

Red Rock beach at Calibishie

The Jacoway Inn, Dominica : Storming Back To Business

The deep blue Atlantic Ocean gleams under a hot Caribbean sun. The cool, sweet tradewinds blow a cleansing breeze into the beachfront mainstreet of Calibishie adding to the recuperative sense of regeneration found throughout the lower village and the surrounding community in the hills behind.

It is late May, and eight months after catastrophic Category 5 Hurricane Maria dealt a mighty blow to Dominica, and this northern seaside village of Calibishie seems to be showing the rest of the island how to ‘get over it’ and get back to the business!
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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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