This weekend the Hooklings and I have been preparing for Caribbean Food Week 2016 (22nd-29th August 2016). We were challenged by Grace Food’s who are the UK’s number 1 Caribbean food and drink company, to create the perfect spread fit for a Caribbean street party.
They sent us this fabulous hamper, stuffed full of Caribbean food and drink, seasonings and party essentials.
For starters, I made salt-fish and ackee fritters. I used a recipe from Jehan Can Cook. Jehan is a food blogger and her recipes and photographs are stunning, I highly recommend visiting her.
This dish is made with dried salt-fish, which you will need to soak and ackee, which is a type of fruit that looks a little like scrambled egg. It has a lovely subtle flavour however, and really adds to this dish. The combination of salt-fish and ackee is very popular in the Caribbean and this twist on Jamaica’s national dish is really worth a try.
For our main dish I made oxtail stew with butterbeans and rice and peas. The joy of Caribbean cooking is that you can turn up and down the heat depending on who you are cooking for. I included some heat in the oxtail stew through the use of all purpose seasoning and scotch bonnets, but made a very simple version of rice and peas for the children. They really enjoyed the flavour of rice cooked in coconut milk. I took the recipes for these two dishes from the Grace Foods website. They have hundred of Caribbean recipes available.
For pudding the children helped me make a traditional Caribbean Coconut Cake which is called Toto (pronounced Toe-Toe). They loved measuring out the spices and desiccated coconut which go into this recipe. The recipe for this cake is also available on the Grace Foods site. It makes your whole house smell amazing as it cooks.
As you can see the cake went down very well! Twinkle wouldn’t wait for me to take the picture and just dove straight in!
They also really enjoyed the Aloe Vera Juice which came in the hamper.
So much so that Captain Hook and I felt a bit left out, and I made ourselves these delicious Caribbean Mule Cocktails once the little ones had gone to bed. If you fancy trying them head over to Bartender for the recipe.
We had so much fun celebrating the run up to Caribbean food week with Grace Foods, if you would like to share your own Caribbean parties or spreads, drop them a tweet or picture on their Twitter page and use the hashtag #CFW2016.
Disclosure – This post is sponsored by Grace Foods, however all opinions expressed are my own.