Caribbean Food Week is one of my favourite foodie weeks of the year. I was invited again to take part in a Caribbean Food Week challenge in association with Grace Foods. Last year, I created a delicious Creole chicken soup, this time I was sent a hamper of Caribbean food stuff and some other supplies to host our own Caribbean street party. Yes, we had an inflatable palm tree! Caribbean food week is a great time to experiment with some different flavours and try out some new food. For me this year has been about introducing people to new foods and finding out what they think. We invited the neighbours and their kids & grand-kids for some party food with a twist to celebrate Caribbean Food Week.
Sweet potato crisps with tropical seasoning were so easy to make. I sliced some sweet potato and cooked them in my air fryer. After they were cooked, I shook over some Dunn’s River tropical seasoning over them. The end result was fabulous. Perfect sweet potato crisps with a Caribbean flavour. Everyone loved them and the whole bowl was gone in minutes! They were perfect for dipping in my Jerk coleslaw. I used my usual home made coleslaw recipe (white cabbage, red cabbage & carrot mixed with natural yogurt and a squirt of mayo) I added a teaspoon of Jerk paste with the yogurt. It gave the coleslaw a lovely kick but it wasn’t overpowering. We also had some onion rings & sweet potato fries. They made a perfect finger food for our Caribbean party and they were served with some BBQ Jerk sauce. Perfect for dipping!3 bean salad is a typical Caribbean food. It’s essentially just a can of mixed beans with a dressing. I gave this more of an East Yorkshire twist by adding some homegrown spring onion, grated carrots and local cucumbers and adding Dunn’s River all purpose seasoning into the lime dressing. We also had a peach & rocket salad with the same dressing. The dressing worked really well with both the bean salad and the peach salad. We also had mango and pea rice for the fussy kids who weren’t really into the salad!Peach & Bacon Jerk Pizza was a fabulous last minute idea. I hadn’t really made much “kid friendly” food and there were more kids than adults to feed. I whipped up a quick pizza dough and topped it with a BBQ jerk & tomato base and I caramelised some chunks of peach and slices of bacon in some molasses sugar. Once they were really caramelised, I put them on top of the pizza and cooked it. When it was time to serve, I added a handful of rocket leaves, slices of mozzarella and Parmesan shavings. I also made a BBQ jerk garlic bread by adding a couple of tablespoons of BBQ jerk sauce to the garlic butter. We had an awesome evening whilst the kids drank coconut based mocktails and we drank quite a bit of rum. Nuff said!This year, Grace Foods UK are holding their first ever Caribbean Food Week Food Festival at Windrush Square in Brixton, London. The event takes place on the 26-27th of August and features a whole host of Caribbean street food, live cookery demos, live music and more! Check out the social media accounts (Facebook – CaribbeanFoodWeek & @Caribbeanfoodwk on Twitter) You can also search using the hashtag #CFW2016 for some more excellent Caribbean food ideas. Disclaimer – I received a hamper of Caribbean ingredients from Grace Foods UK to help me come up with some awesome Caribbean inspired party food. The hamper also contained party poppers, which the kids popped in seconds and took me more than an hour to pick up off the grass and an inflatable palm tree which Falfalfa* (*That is NOT his real name) fell in love with and took home. We had loads of fun and drank more than we maybe should have done. I also took A LOT of embarrassing pictures and videos of my wonderful neighbours. They wouldn’t let me post them online though. What happens in our village sometimes needs to just stay in our village! Did I mention how much I love it here?!
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