Labor Day in the United States is the official end-of-summer celebration filled with family gatherings and barbecues. But when you fire up the grill this year, why not do it Caribbean style. We have some delicious recipes from some great Caribbean cooks that are sure to make you happy .
“Taking Flight” sculpture by Bahamian artist Dede Brown installed at Lynden Pindling International Airport, Bahamas: “The national bird of The Bahamas, Phoenicopterus ruber, commonly known as the West Indian Flamingo, is a unique and singular bird, with its brilliant pink feathers and its long and delicate neck and legs.” Continue reading
Leading up to this weekend’s ultimate Caribbean cultural extravaganza known as the Notting Hill Carnival in the U.K., the BBC has run a series of short video stories showcasing various aspects of the “largest festival celebration of its kind in Europe”. Episode three of Notting Hill Carnival focuses on food and explores why West Indian/Caribbean cuisine isn’t more popular after the two-day festivities end.
Houston was back at it again, showcasing Caribbean cuisine and culture at the 4th Annual Caribbean Rum Fest. This eclectic event celebrates and promotes the history and culture of Caribbean rum to the Houston community. Rum Fest hosted a variety of artists and performances – both local and international – and cooking demonstrations (and tastings!) by Caribbean chefs.
There are some dishes in Caribbean cuisine that can as easily be enjoyed for breakfast, as for lunch or dinner. Chicken souse is one. I’m the designated Souse Chef in our house and, for a time, regularly cooked a pot of chicken souse every Saturday evening. My wife – the designated Pastry Chef – usually bakes a pan of Johnny Cake to go along with it.
You know you’re in the Caribbean when the buildings mimic the vibrant colours that nature provides. From blue-greens of the oceans to the bright yellows of the hibiscus and passionate pinks of the conch shell, we are always surrounded by colour.
The Atlantis Resort, on Paradise Island in The Bahamas, is world renowned for its family friendly environment, offering activities for kids of all ages to enjoy, from the current Cartoon Network ‘Summer @ Atlantis’ water feature to Club CRUSH, a teenagers-only nightclub. My summer crew of kids and I had the pleasure of experiencing a tour of the entire water habitat at the resort, and it did not disappoint.
Happy 52nd anniversary of Independence, Jamaica! Although we were unable to make it to the festivities in Jamaica, we did the next best thing and celebrated with Jamaicans living in The Bahamas! (FYI: Jamaicans are everywhere!! 🙂 )