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Caribbean Cuisine

When I first started Lifespan of a Chennette (July 8, 2006!), there were only a few Caribbean food blogs I encountered, but in the last 2 years there have been so many more I have found, from the diaspora and from right at home in the West Indies. I hope there are going to be even more in the future, so that “Caribbean” food on the internet won’t just be people chucking pineapple or mango into everything, but a true reflection of what Caribbean people eat, and our varied history as reflected in our traditional foods. So, I thought I would list the Caribbean food blogs I know, in the hopes that if there are others people tell me :-). I I am listing by country, and I know you’ll understand if I start with Trinidad and Tobago :-) As it turns out, the majority of blogs that I have found out there are by Trinis, or linked to T&T. But that may be because I haven’t found any others?

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

The Trini Gourmet
Sarina’s blog was about the first I encountered when I started this enterprise, and her site was so snazzy and professional, I assumed she had been doing this for a good long time. Imagine my surprise when I realised she didn’t start that much earlier than I :-) she’s just better at these grand undertakings! At the Trini Gourmet, you’ll find recipes both original and tested, lots of information on cooking essentials for the Trini/Jamaican and kosher kitchen, recommendations for books and gifts…it’s all there. We’ve even started a annual (2 years so far) tradition of visiting the Taste T&T together :-) and increasing the posse every time we hope.

Lilandra
…is my sister, and although she resists being described as a food blog (well, she IS a person, not a blog…) she has blogged many of her forays into cooking, whether it’s handmade chocolate trufflestrini macaroni piehops bread or lemon meringue pie and she has access to the same source for traditional Trini fare – our mother. And she’s my company (dare I say sidekick) when we go explore food in T&T, including at the Taste.

CanCookMustCook
TriniFood is a trini journalist in London, who has a passion for food and food-writing. Her interest has no boundaries, delving into books, and markets, trying out the traditional with no fear of using new techniques to adapt the old. You get reviews, recipes, deep thoughts and always something interesting.

The Caribbean Garden
Nicole was the first person I know in real life who came across this blog entirely on her own and figured out who I was. Of course, there may be others, but they haven’t let me know, so I can pretend to be secure in my anonymity :-D She’s passionate about food and gardens, growing food and landscaping and travel! If people think I travel a lot…wait till you see her pictures of Laos! And yes, I count it as a food blog, because she posts her recipes :-D

Simply Trini Cooking
A relatively new blogger, but prolific and regular. Traditional recipes for coocoo, stew chicken, curry cascadoo…lots and lots and he posts regularly, with step by step pictures. There’s also a glossary of useful cooking terms (emphasis on the Trini terms) and a Trini dictionary to help you navigate through our food talk.

All Tings Trini
Jevon is of Trini descent, living in the US and interested in food. He’s had chef training, and although he’s not a regular blogger, he has posted about Trini favourites including a pictorial recipe for sorrel.

So Epicurious it Hurts
Marsha is a Trini living in the US and she posts about food and places she’s eaten and her cooking, including of course some traditional Trini foods.

Healthy and Gourmet
Natasha is a Trini now resident in Minnesota and provides regular healthy and delicious recipes, and occasionally some reminisces of T&T.

Mark Ruins Dinner
Mark is from the US, married to a Trini (Karen’s blog is here). I sorted him into the Trini category because I believe I first encountered his blog when he was proclaiming his #1 search status in March 2007 for “how to make Trinidad food” :-) possibly due in large part to his post on making doubles, called “Two doubles, slight pepper”. Despite the name of his blog (and the latest post) he makes quite good dinners, and lunches and possibly breakfasts and desserts, with great pictures of the attempts and successes both. And of his helpers, the ever increasing tribe of boys.

Caribbean Recipes
This is in the T&T category because of the actual blogger name (trinidadrecipes) as well as his current base in Trinidad. He’s a Brit, married to a Trini I believe, and having lived and worked in Trinidad (and parts of the Caribbean) for some time, has posted about food and cooking. I only discovered this blog this week, but he’s only been blogging about Trini and Caribbean food since March.

Trini Spice
This is a brand-new blog, whose first post seems to be yesterday (23 November 2008). I don’t know anything about the blogger, but he/she has posted a recipe for doubles thus far Looking forward to more things!

Bring it to the table
This is “Trini Bachelor style cooking”, with contributions from 4 friends who seem to take their eating and cooking seriously. From their own words: “It’s that style of cooking that is about improvising, adding a unique spin, cooking with feeling, and creating meals that are as filling as they are delicious.” Lo0k for anything from local favourites, to things with cheese. Lots of things with cheese..

Chillibibi - Aruna has just started this blog, with the intention of showcasing “some of those tings that we used to eat in Trinidad long time.” With her blog name reminding me of one of my favourite school snacks that I can’t find anymore, I wish her all the best!

Belly in Hand – Melissa is a new blogger, chronicling the search for the best food in Trinidad and Tobago – whether it’s food festivals, restaurants or mall staples!

BARBADOS

Vegan in the Sun
Barbadian vegan food blogger, with recipes, restaurant reviews and vegan dining information for Barbados, French Antilles…Paris…she used to be Barbadian Vegan, but now is so much more (should be in the Caribbean category!), with a book under development.

BELIZE

Rice and Beans: A Belizean in DC
The title tells you part of what you need to know – Lyra is from Belize and lives in DC. She’s a great advocate for eating local, seasonal and organic produce, and healthy and her blog is delicious.

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

Sugar Apple
Abigail is originally from the US, but has been living in Tortola for the past 16 years. New blog, but already a very nice step-by-step for Eggplant Choka!

CARIBBEAN

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and PunchTales of a Caribbean Mama’s cooking. A fellow D80 user, too, with lovely photos and recipes.

Macafouchette –  from the site: “a West Indian foodie who loves to talk about food and restaurant service” – she’s of Jamaica and Trini parentage, having lived in more than one Caribbean country and now a member of the Caribbean Diaspora. Fairly new presence, but with promise of a lot – including a recipe for curry channa hummus.

K.Parris –  Kimberly Parris, who blogs as Confessions of an Ex-Foodie, is a personal chef and caterer, offering services in New York as part of our Caribbean diaspora. Another one I found on Twitter!

DOMINICA

Gourmet Global
A chef and entrepreneur in New York City, claiming several Caribbean heritages, but I believe primarily from Dominica. She reviews restaurants, provides recipes, and even blogged about her travels back to the homeland.

GRENADA

The Nomadic Gourmet
Amatullah started blogging in a few years ago, with traditional recipes from Grenada. As she reminds us (me) on her blog, there are so many similarities in Caribbean foods, and particularly between T&T and Grenada, because we both received Indian indentured labourers and therefore the foods. She has truly been Nomadic since then and is now resident in Saudi Arabia.

12 Degrees North
Wes is an American living and working in Grenada with his family, trying out local and regional foods – both by review and by cooking. Photos and recipes (vegetarian) and currently a strong interest in various Indian styles.

GUYANA

Tastes Like Home
Cynthia is a food writer and photographer, who has a cookbook in the works! She posts every Saturday (oh for that discipline!) along with her column in the Stabroek News of Guyana. She’s Guyanese, living in Barbados who writes about her favourite traditional foods, intrinsically linked to her memories of home and family, as well as the new things she learns and tries out – like making paneer! :-) Her adoring fans are many, and every post provides such gorgeous pictures. I can’t wait for the book!

Jehan Can Cook
Jehan is originally from Guyana, but lives in New York. From her own words, she’s a: “27 year old food lover who loves to cook, bake, eat and explore new foods.” Her blog has recipes and photos from foods she cooks, whether traditionally Caribbean/Guyanese or from anywhere. She’s been blogging since January 2009, but has quite a few posts already!

Wendy’s Kitchen
Wendy’s parents are Guyanese but she’s been raised in the UK – part of our West Indian diaspora. She’s been blogging (perhaps infrequently) since November 2008, but I look forward to seeing more.

The Inner Gourmet
Alicia is also of Guyanese parentage, but born and raised in New York. She has worked in the food industry and wants to combine her passion for food with business. Lovely photography on her blog and of course recipes, including some Guyanese favourites!

CARIBBEAN MAGAZINES

There are two publications, one available online and one with a blog that should be part of the online Caribbean food experience:

Caribbean Beat
This is the inflight magazine of Caribbean Airlines (formerly BWIA) and in addition to showcasing major tourist events and attractions, and the people of the region, always has a good food article, sometimes even by TriniFood :-) The issues and archives are available online, complete with any recipes featured. And as I have said before, this is one of my favourite magazines so disregard any preconceived notions you may have about infight publications. And no, that’s not just because my blog was once featured ;-)

MACO Caribbean
Toute Bagai publishes several Caribbean lifestyle magazines, highlighting Caribbean destinations and events, and of course sometimes, food :-D. Their website has recipes and plans to review restaurants in addition to providing information and reports on various food festivals around the region. MACO is also going to issue later this year a magazine on Food & Rum.

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This list was originally posted on 16 July 2008 here, and hopefully will be continually updated as a permanent page. As I said, I don’t believe this is the complete list, so I am open to your contributions – any Caribbean blogs out there that I should know about? I know there are some recipe sites, and I hope to link to those, but in a another post/page.

25 Comments so far (Add 1 more)

  1. This is great. I’ll definitely be back to check out your blog!

    1. Rachel on August 17th, 2008 at 1:21 pm
  2. hey Rachel! Welcome.

    2. Chennette on August 17th, 2008 at 1:43 pm
  3. I can’t remember if I wished you a happy blogversary back in July, Chennette, but here’s one now just in case. Unfortunately I’ll be working next February, but my brother Joel and his partner Aliyyah have booked flights to Port-of-Spain and my dad may well join them. They were both at Notting Hill Carnival today, where Joel designed this year’s official Mas T-shirt. I hope that between you, Lilandra, Sarina and the other food bloggers, you’ll be able to introduce them to some great food as well as the more obvious delights of Trini Carnival 2009 – assuming you are planning to pay a visit of course.

    3. Trig on August 24th, 2008 at 6:16 pm
  4. WHOA! TRIG’S FAMILY COMING T&T!

    4. Lilandra on August 24th, 2008 at 11:40 pm
  5. Notting Hill Carnival 2008 – J’ouvert

    Chocolate Mas T-Shirt designed by my brother Joel:
    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_KOANLi2W44U/SLO4x-NXxPI/AAAAAAAAJ3U/QAXMD0fpzio/s1600-h/jouvert.PNG

    Cool, or what?

    5. Trig on August 26th, 2008 at 4:06 am
  6. Check out this new Caribbean food Ezine launched by Kaletha Patterson Henry http://www.dishvi.com/ – it looks at the food culture of the Virgin Islands and evolution of Caribbean cuisine

    9. Sofia on January 20th, 2009 at 2:52 pm
  7. Great to find your blog and find other bloggers in the Caribbean. I have a new blog about life and cooking in the British Virgin Islands. http://www.abigailblake.com/sugarapple.

    10. Abigail on May 1st, 2009 at 11:53 am
  8. thank you sooo much for adding me to the list…I look forward to more caribbean visitors!!

    11. Jehan can cook on May 21st, 2009 at 8:18 pm
  9. Thanks so much for the doubles recipe. I’m new to Trini cooking (but not Trini food :) My boyfriend (a Trinidadian) gave me a cookbook by Sylvia Hunt and I’m trying some of the recipes. Now I can make a decent corn soup and stew chicken. There’s a recipe for black eye peas and coconut soup that I want to try but there’s a term I’m not familiar with and can’t seem to find it anywhere. What is finity soup (a bunch of herbs)? I think it’s some kind of vegetable stock but not sure.

    12. Di on October 1st, 2009 at 8:06 pm
  10. Hi Di – thanks so much for the comment. I am not sure about the finity soup, but will consult with someone who has more familiarity with Sylvia Hunt’s book :-)

    13. Chennette on October 1st, 2009 at 8:32 pm
  11. Hi Di, I sent you an email, but “finity soup” is defined in West Indian Cookery by Phyllis Clark, which my mother used in high school in Trinidad – the herbs used for soup seasoning – parsley, thyme, chives and celery.

    14. Chennette on October 1st, 2009 at 9:09 pm
  12. Chennette thanks for adding me again and giving such a vivid description of the blog.I hope I live up to your praises

    15. Taymer on December 13th, 2009 at 2:31 am
  13. Hi Taymer – I had had you on my blogroll as barbadian vegan and never realised I didn’t add you to this page until recently!

    16. Chennette on December 14th, 2009 at 4:34 pm
  14. Thanks for having me included in your blog roll. It’s indeed an honour. The next time you and Sarina going to Taste ah might storm all yuh lime:-)

    17. Wizzythestick on March 7th, 2010 at 3:13 pm
  15. Hey Wizzy – we just need T&T to remember they supposed to have another taste!!

    18. Chennette on March 7th, 2010 at 10:11 pm
  16. Aww!!! Thanks for listing us, Chennette!! =o) XOXO

    20. K. Parris on July 9th, 2010 at 1:26 am
  17. ramadan mubarak to you all. I was in and out the country and busy with my grandchildren, i am now catching up with my emails etc. hope you published some good recipes for Eid Mubarak.

    21. yasmin ramsingh on August 15th, 2010 at 11:48 pm
  18. Ramadan mubarak Yasmin – I may have a few recipes in time for Eid insha Allah.

    22. Chennette on August 18th, 2010 at 3:09 pm
  19. I love Caribbean cuisine…especially the trini macaroni pie… yummmy…

    24. caribbean listing on March 22nd, 2011 at 3:01 am
  20. Hi, I really love what you are doing! It’s great to read relevant info on Caribbean food on the internet. my family is from Carriacou, Grenada and we rarely hear of any food references about Grenada on the web. Keep up the good work! :)

    25. Lee on April 26th, 2011 at 8:14 am
  21. Hi Lee – thanks so much :-) I’ve been a bit overtaken by work as usual, but I promise I am still posting. Eventually!

    26. Chennette on April 28th, 2011 at 9:10 pm
  22. Hello, I’d like to share my film on Jamaican jerk cuisine with you. Feel free to stop my the page and “LIKE” us and share your favorite jerk recipes and restaurants with us. http://vimeo.com/25777660

    Here is a copy of the press release for the last film shoot.

    RUBY PRODUCTIONS

    Contact: Diana O’Gilvie FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Email: daogfilms@gmail.com
    Skype: dianafilm1

    “THE JAMAICAN JERK TOUR” FILM
    A Local Foodie Tour of the Origins and Elevation of Jerk Cuisine.

    On June 2-5, 2011 Ruby Productions will be in Jamaica shooting the documentary, “The Jamaican Jerk Tour.” This documentary, directed by an award winning documentarian, Diana O’Gilvie, will be the first to truly explore history and the global legacy of Jamaican jerk cooking. This is the film crew’s second scheduled shoot on the island.

    The production crew will be filming in Clarendon, Portland and Montego Bay. The film will examine the traditional and street techniques of jerking in on woods, using the oil drums to world renowned chefs offering a jerk dish on their menus. Jerk is a global phenomenon and this film intends to capture its humble beginnings and the rise in international appeal.

    It strikes me that this is an excellent opportunity to open up a discussion to have your blog or website feature this documentary and to use it for positive global brand leverage. The film is generating an internet buzz on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Jamaican-Jerk-Tour/203230009712718) as well as on the travel blog Love2TravelWrite. Let’s strike up a mutual beneficial relationship where we can guest blog on each other’s formats and increase viewership on all our platforms.
    Jerk is a religion in Jamaica. Jamaica has many churches in a square foot area and twice as many jerk joints. Most historians agree that the jerk method originated with the island’s first inhabitants, the Arawaks as a means of preserving meats. The term ‘jerk’ refers to both the spice rub and the cooking method. Jerking involves smoking meats on wood or charcoal, or in a hole in the ground. Holes are poked in the meat to allow the spices to permeate for bold flavor. Wet marinated or dry jerk rubs used interchangeably, depending on personal preference. Every household has a special family recipe, so the ingredients are not the same across the board. However, the essence hits the right notes of spiciness.

    Jerk is typically a street food. You’ll find jerk huts, and jerk pans on many street corners and country roads. Locals flock to their favorite jerk spots on Fridays after a long work week and on weekend trips to the beach. Some vendors are particular to using no powdered seasons at all, only fresh herbs and spices. No matter the combination of ingredients that are in the jerk recipe each vendor garners a loyal following.

    The film will briefly touch on the history of jerking and how the cooking method has evolved. The question that’s central to the discussion is “What is it about jerk that has catapulted Jamaica into a global culinary star?” Culinary chefs like Marcus Samuelsson and Emeril Lagasse have used jerk seasoning in their restaurants and cooking shows. Jerk is global, but its essence is in the simple amalgamation of organic ingredients grown in Jamaica. Jerk has emerged from Jamaican street food to the menus of world class chefs who pontificate their ethnic offerings.
    I look forward to speaking with you this week to securing your stake in this exciting project.

    DIRECTOR – Diana O’Gilvie
    Award winning documentary filmmaker, Diana O’Gilvie has been making documentaries for over 6 years. Her latest film, the socially biting “Chasing Daddy” was selected by the American Theatre of Harlem Film Festival (2009) in New York; won Best New Honor Award at the Reggae Film Festival (2010) in Jamaica and specially selected at the Aluta Film Festival (2011) in South Africa. Diana has lectured on film theory and taught film production courses at Dowling College, in Long Island, New York. Her columns on food and travel are syndicated in Yaadinfo.com as well as Jamaicans.com pages.
    In 2010, Diana was signed to the distribution UK distribution company, Reggae Films UK. Recently she’s signed with UK owned, NY PR firm STOOSHPR.
    PR for the film will be conducted by New York company STOOSHPR.COM
    Founded by ex-BBC, Disney and Maxim Magazine staffer Jane Buchanan and will be supported by a viral/social media campaign as well as a global press release to radio, television, print and magazines.

    27. Diana on July 13th, 2011 at 4:36 am
  23. Thanks for the link. I’ve decided to start my own and it’s in progress. I’ve only been to Trinidad once but my mother does cook alot of food from there. I hope to be able to cook similar meals. It’s going to be fun exploring West Indian food.

    28. Steveland on November 27th, 2013 at 6:07 am
  24. Dear Chennette

    I am just starting out in my ambition to teach genuinely interested people how to cook classic Caribbean meals; specifically from Jamaica. I am British but both my parents are Jamaican. I have Liked your website on Facebook and would be honoured, if you could take a look at mine. Please feel free to leave me a comment and I would also appreciate any suggestions, you may have on how I can improve. Thank you and keep up the great work!

    29. Jean Brown on April 17th, 2014 at 3:51 pm
  25. I would like a copy of one of Sylvia Hunt’s cook books. Please let me know if I can get a photocopy from anyone.

    Leslie

    30. Leslie on July 5th, 2014 at 7:20 pm

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