Originally Posted by *AHIMSA*
Interesting. I am American but make cuisines from all over the world, including jerk sauce inspired by Caribbean and Jamaican flavors.
I do like to have people from the actual culture show me how they cook it as much as possible, but even with that happening, there is such variation between how one person does it versus another, so that I think no one person can claim to have the "authentic" recipe or style.
Lucky for me I love spice and flavor and everything is a fusion in my kitchen.
yes it is inspired I make jerk too but it just does not taste exactly like how they do it and thats coming from me. I was watching Bobby Flay in a throw down the other day doing jerk and I was really impressed but at the end of the day the man won as he is accustomed to making it.
Yes there is a lot of variation. I am constantly challenged by older people in how I make my dishes ...oh we do not use paprika ..I do not do mine like that...
Hopefully a Jamaican would come on this board one day and explain their version of jerk but the Caribbean is a mixture of countries so it is just not one cusine..
Trinidad and Tobago is a large country and they do many vegetarian dishes like allo pie it is made with potatoes and they do something called doubles which is a curry chick pea sauce with some sweet chutney on it between two fluffy pastry.This country comprises of Indians,blacks,people from China ..so there is a mix of cuisine in this region which people find very interesting. This country has many veggie dishes in their portfolio so to speak.
Jamaica does something called bammy which is cassava (yuca) mashed into this cake that is just so good...They have something called ackee which is a vegetable or fruit which looks like eggs if you ask me.. my dad who eats vegan likes this ackee but I was never brave enough to try it.
Barbados does a lot of pickling of vegetables and some of us eat breadfruit which is another starch u may not know abt which has an interesting story behind it. Here. the youth do not eat much ground provisions as in the past.. They like a lot of pasta and fast food to be honest but some like me still appreciate these nice things like breadfruit and green banana but I have yet to meet any...lol...The food here is mainly meat and fish dishes and a few vegetarian treats but not vegan..I usually veganize some dishes. We make local sweets here from guava I do not know if u know this fruit and they make something like a gummy bear with sugar...we make sugarcake which is coconut and sugar cooked until it solidfies and they have a variety of colours. They make tamarind balls which is sugar and tamarind and spices. Nut cake is sugar and nuts but it is not like brittle in the states it is a different texture.. On the streets now barbadian cherry is in season, goose berries and "ackee" not the Jamaican ackee... I see our ackee selling in america in those west Indian supermarkets sometimes.
St. Lucia hmm they eat this cassava powder kinda which they call farine they have it with pear and sauce or as a breakfast cereal. I really like it but it is not widely available here in Barbados but people bring it for me sometimes.
Remember that the Caribbean is French West Indies, British West Indies and also Dutch West Indies. Most of the islands in the British West Indies are independent but many of our dishes are kinda british like the puddings we make here in Barbados.
The French West Indies like Guadeloupe and Martinique still belong to France. They eat things like breadfruit,green banana,dasheen,yam and sweet potato but they still enjoy French cuisine.
I hope I was of assistance