Caribbean cuisine is, beyond any doubt, a fusion of African, Amerindian, European, East Indian, Arab and Chinese cuisine. These traditions were brought from many different countries when settlers arrived to the Caribbean basin. In addition, the population has, over years, created styles that are unique to the region, and which are thoroughly different from those which gave rise to this gastronomy.
Ingredients that are common in most islands’ dishes are as follows: rice, plantains, beans, cassava, cilantro, bell peppers, chickpeas, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, coconut. Also, many various meats that are locally available and include: beef, poultry, pork or fish. There is a characteristic seasoning in the region that is a green herb and oil based marinade that gives a special and quintessential flavor and character to all the Caribbean dishes. Ingredients may include garlic, onions, scotch bonnet peppers, celery, green onions, and herbs like cilantro, marjoram, rosemary, tarragon and thyme. This green seasoning is used for a variety of dishes like curries, stews and roasted meats.
Traditional dishes are so important to regional culture that, for example, the local version of Caribbean goat stew has been chosen as the official national dish of the Island of Montserrat and is also one of the signature dishes of St. Kitts and Nevis. Another popular dish in the Anglophone Caribbean is called “Cook-up”, or Pelau. Ackee and Salt Fish is another popular dish that is unique to Jamaica. Callaloo is a dish containing leafy vegetables and sometimes okra amongst others; it is widely distributed in the Caribbean zone, with a distinctively mixed African and indigenous character.
The variety of dessert dishes in the area also reflects the mixed origins of the recipes. In some areas, Black Cake, a derivative of English Christmas pudding may be served, especially on special occasions.
Links of interest:
The Gastrosite of Spanish recipes — The Gastrosite of….on Facebook — Some Pieces of the French Cuisine — – The French Cuisine as It Really Is — The Italian Cuisine as It Really is — InterGastroLinks — La Isla Bonita Caribbean Recipes — PhotoGastrosite by Carlos MIrasierras — Carlos Mirasierras on Scribd — Carlos Mirasierras on Pinterest — Gastronomía Española por Carlos Mirasierras — La Cocina Británica — Carlos Mirasierras google +