News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Mar. 17, 2017: As you may or may not know, the use of strong spices is the hall mark of Caribbean cooking. For example, Caribbean cuisine will include the such spices as nutmeg , cinnamon, cloves, curry, thyme, oregano, scotch bonnet pepper, country pepper, bird pepper , black pepper, cilantro, garlic, onions , pimento and ginger .
The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s (JCDC) is on the lookout for foodies, who wish to showcase their talents in the 2017 Jamaica Culinary Arts Competition. The competition which began accepting entries in September 2016, invites persons to compete in various categories including, Special Diets (Live Cooking), Fruit and Vegetable Carving, Sweet Treats, Mixology, Dutchie Dash and Hot off the Grill. The aim of the competition is to showcase the creative talents of Jamaicans in the culinary arts, while promoting healthy lifestyle and wellness. The competition also seeks to encourage innovative and creative use of local foods and to stimulate creative talents and provide opportunities for exploring the economic potential of local foods.
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Mar. 3, 2017: The importance of eating a balanced meal cannot be over emphasized. A balanced meal is considered a meal with protein (animal or plant), carbohydrate and vegetables. Often times, as Caribbean and Caribbean Americans, we do not put a fair portion of vegetables on our plates as we do with protein and carbohydrates.
Fort Lauderdale, FL (February 28, 2017) - In 2015, Caribbean cooking show “Taste the Islands” made history by becoming the first Jamaican-produced and Jamaican-hosted series on US national public television. Show creators Blondie Ras Productions have announced that the second season will premiere this June, Caribbean American Heritage Month, on Create TV and select PBS stations around the country. Public television’s favourite Caribbean culinarian, Jamaican Hugh “Chef Irie” Sinclair, will be joined by two new cast members, Haitian Cynthia “Chef Thia” Verna, and island explorer “Lisa Lee” Arneaud. Fans of island cuisine can find out where to watch locally, as well as discover recipes, see behind the scenes images and more on the show's website, www.tastetheislandstv.com.
Residents of South Florida will enjoy a celebration of the African Diaspora, featuring cuisine representing several African and Caribbean countries. The evening will also feature fashion, poetry and music. The event, titled: African Diaspora Banquet and Cultural Night, will feature a buffet of different ethnic cuisines, a fashion show of African attires, a poetry reading, and music representing Africa. The evening is intended to celebrate the best of the African Diaspora cuisine and culture.
Ingredients
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Jan. 20, 2017: Cooking is a challenge sometimes, especially when you are unable to find the right ingredients to make a special dish you have a strong desire for. Ingredients are sometimes not available for one reason or another. Sometimes they are simply out of season or were recalled. When these situations occur, I find the best thing to do is to try to find substitutes. For example you can substitute meats, fish and various vegetables.
Thanksgiving Day may have passed, but there’s always time for a great meal you can share with friends with family. The Caribbean flavours I am thinking of incorporate are jerk seasoning, mango/pineapple and coconut cocktails. It’s my recipe for a Caribbean salad.
In the Caribbean and in the diaspora, the Sunday dinner meal is one of the most important meals of the week. Everyone looks forward to the main course, but most of the dessert or desserts are served with the meal. After the main course, dessert is the treat. Dessert, may consist of one or two of the following: Sweet potato pudding, blue draws, homemade ice cream, pineapple upside down cake, fruit cake, jello, cowfoot jelly, flan, plain cake, lemon meringue pie, cornmeal pudding, cornmeal pone, cassava pone, banana pudding or “to-to”.
I was recently introduced to Haitian barbequed goat. Under the Haitian barbeque method, the flavor of the goat meat is enhanced through the grilling process that other method of cooking does not compare. Here’s my version of Haitian barbequed goat meat.
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