do you think of when you think of foods from the Caribbean?
Hot, spicy flavors married with tropical fruit? Aromatic spices
blended with fiery hot peppers? Bananas, pineapple, mangoes,
ginger, allspice are all flavors indicative of the Caribbean.
When I think of Caribbean cuisine,
I first think of jerk seasoning. Jerk is a seasoning that
imparts a spicy, complex flavor to meats and vegetables. Jerk
is usually a combination of hot peppers, spices and fruit.
The combination creates an exciting layering of hot, aromatic
and sweet flavors that are spectacular on chicken and pork.
Jerk seasoning is also naturally gluten-free.
To get you in the island mood, let’s
start with, ‘Island Banana
Bread’, a great blend of bananas, rum, lime and
coconut – a delicious start to a summer breakfast. For
dinner, if you are in the mood for something spicy try, ‘Jerk
Chicken with Pineapple Chutney’, deliciously hot
and sweet. For an island style side dish try ‘Jamaican
Rice & Beans’ or ‘Caribbean
Risotto’. And for those fish lovers, ‘Caribbean
Fish Fillets’ is a great way to spice up your next
fish meal. And let’s not forget dessert – try
our mouthwatering Grilled Fruit
Kebabs! Serve this delicious combination of grilled fruit
over gf vanilla ice cream for the perfect ending to a ‘Caribbean’
Caribbean food is generally pretty hot,
but you can tone it down by controlling the amount of peppers
you add to the recipe. Serve your Caribbean meal with a cool
glass of Chenin Blanc. The fruitiness will offset the heat
of the peppers.
So, put on some reggae music, let a warm
breeze drift through your windows and share a Caribbean meal
with a few good friends.