A variety of dishes from Caribbean Islands
When Caribbean people get together for a nice time, it is to eat, drink and be merry. These are the ingredients one finds at Caribana. However I am focusing on the eating side, because we often don’t realize how important and creative our mothers and grandmothers were cooking different dishes. Caribbean people have a variety of dishes with the same ingredients but call them by different names. Very often other things are added to the ingredients, which give the final product a different taste.
This is where I believe we can have a Caribbean cook-up with different dishes from different islands. Those involved can be from the Caribbean Community Restaurants, the Mom and Pop outfits, or folks who do a fair amount of cooking and need to advertise their services to the community.
I entered an area to pick up some food at McDonalds and came across a Nicey Restaurant. I decided to checkout Nicey and found a variety of Caribbean dishes that were very appealing. Of course I settled for a plate of “rice and ox-tail”. I was surprise the restaurant existed and that it is a part of a franchise. I believe there are many more people from the Caribbean who’d rather support Caribbean Restaurant than other fast food outlets. The problem is that we don’t know about them.
I hope our Caribbean Cook-Up will introduce these outlets to our Caribbean community, so we can start supporting each other. In Montreal a large number of people turn out for “A Taste of the Caribbean“, including people from Toronto, who travel to Montreal to attend this function by Gemma Raeburn Baynes. I can see Caribbean Cook-Up doing the same thing by bringing Caribbean people together to have a good time.