Never mind the fact that this decadent cacao tea is packed with heart healthy flavonoids. My favorite part of drinking a cup of rich Cacao tea is the crunchy little bits of cocoa nut that settles in the bottom of the cup. I am uncertain if other Caribbean islands prepare the cacao/ chocolate the same […]
If Ackee & Saltfish is Jamaica’s national dish then fried dumplings ought to be our national side dish. Fried dumplings and festivals (a sweet fried cornmeal dumpling) are commonly served alongside so many entrees it might be easier to list the ones that it doesn’t accompany.
Bananas have the distinction of being both a fruit and a vegetable. Green bananas are considered a vegetable. They are a staple ingredient in African, Polynesian, Asian, Spanish, and Caribbean cuisine. Ripe bananas are a fruit that’s familiar to just about everyone on planet earth. In Caribbean cuisine green bananas are used to make a variety
Saltfish fritters appear in several Caribbean cultures. There are subtle differences across each culture but the main ingredients are the same. All you really need for a tasty batch of authentic Caribbean fritters are saltfish, onion or scallion, thyme and a little bit of hot pepper. I like fresh colorful ingredients in my dishes so
If I had to choose a favorite soup, mannish water would undoubtedly be the one. Not for the faint of heart. The main ingredients in this reputed aphrodisiac are goat’s head, tripe and testicles. Yes! You read that correctly. A male goat is required to make authentic Jamaican mannish water. If you’re not an adventurous
Just about every culture’s cuisine around the globe includes at least 1 variety of dumplings. This is especially true for Caribbean cultures. In the Caribbean, we fry, boil and roast various dumpling concoctions of innumerable varieties. I can still remember the time many many years ago when I dared to make soup without dumplings. My
Toto is a coconut spice cake that is popular throughout the Caribbean. On some islands it is simply called Coconut Cake. Toto is a dense cake that is rather plain and not much to look at but the combination of coconut and spices makes for a delicious confection that is sure to delight any coconut