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One of the best things about living in the Caribbean is the amazing variety of foods that are abundant, delicious and quite often growing in the back yard.
Caribbean recipes combine African, Amerindian, French, East Indian, and Spanish styles of cooking. These traditions are a reflection of the early settlers of the region. Rice is the staple of a Caribbean meal and isn’t complete without a generous helping. It is eaten with a variety of sauces and beans. You’ll find the rice on each island may be a little different. Some season their rice, or add peas and other touches – like coconut. Sometimes the rice is yellow, but other times it is part of a dish.
Jamaican , Haitian, Guadeloupean, and other French Caribbean islands enjoy goat meat. Goat water stew has been chosen as the official national dish of Montserrat and is also one of the signature dishes of St. Kitts and Nevis. It is a tomato-based stew, made with goat meat, breadfruit, green pawpaw (papaya), and dumplings (also known as “droppers”).
Another Caribbean recipe favorite is called “Cook-up”, or Pelau. This dish combines meats like chicken, beef, pig tail, saltfish, and vegetables with rice and pigeon peas.
Seafood is one of the most common Caribbean recipe delicacies in the islands due in part to their geographic location. Each island will likely have its own specialty. Some prepare lobster, while others prefer certain types of fish. Barbados is known for its “flying fish,” while Trinidad and Tobago is known for its cascadura fish and crab.
Whatever your personal tastes you will find that Caribbean Cuisine will add some spice to your life. Enjoy!
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