When you’ve been away from Caribbean food for a while, it is nice to return to good old Caribbean dishes by way of a relative or something that has prompted your memory of how good they taste. Recently after the visit from a family member, we had to return to our roots and drum up some good Caribbean dishes to suit our Jamaican visitor.
The whole process of planning, preparing and cooking the meals is something that you want to take your time over. Discussing ingredients and the best places to by the meat, fish or vegetables for the meals was all part of the excitement.
Living where we do, we have a variety of suppliers of exotic Caribbean veg, such as yams, sweet potatoes, plaintains, even okra, which is not to everyone’s liking but is an essential part of Caribbean cooking.
We cooked Red peas soup. Oxtail, curry goat and rice, even Ackee and Saltfish with fresh ackee direct from Jamaica. It was wonderful and prompted us to consider preparing and cooking more of the food that we love more often.
If you’re someone from the Caribbean who used to cook Caribbean dishes but doesn’t do so as often as you would like, why not get out the recipe book, dust off the pages and prepare some of your favourite Caribbean cuisine at home. You’ll find you enjoy all the more from being away from it for so long.