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.
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.
Appointed executive chef at Fairmont Royal Pavilion resort in St. James last year, Barbadian Kirk Kirton has reached a milestone in his culinary arts career. After 18 years of climbing the creative food management ladder, Kirton continues to use his culinary creativity as a guiding principle. “My style is really taking local produce and trying to translate that into a form that guests will enjoy,” he explained. “Rather than just using only our indigenous ingredients and spices and overwhelm their palates, it’s presented in different ways, and modifying classic dishes in such a way that it incorporates some of our stuff. Is it fusion? Not necessarily.”
News Americas, New York, NY, Fri. Jan. 13, 2017: Recently a friend of mine asked me what is my favourite Caribbean meat stew? As I thought about it, I found it was difficult to decide which Jamaican meat stew is my favourite. It is difficult because I enjoy them all. I love Jamaican beef stew, Haitian goat meat stew, Jamaican stewed pork, Jamaican stewed chicken and Caribbean -American stewed turkey!
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Jan. 13, 2017: CNN host Anthony Bourdain has been making the rounds all over Trinidad and Tobago filming for his show and chowing down on those tricky doubles. For New Yorkers looking to experience Trinidadian food in the city that is home to some 90,000 Trinis, here are three top recommended restaurants in the Big Apple, based on the most positive reviews on Yelp.
Slow Food is a grassroots non-profit organization that started in Italy in 1986 and became international in 1989. It was created to “counteract fast food and fast life”. Now in 150 countries, Slow Food is an association of worldwide members who advocate a food culture that is good, clean and fair, three important tenets of the movement.