This week is Caribbean Food Week. Established in 2012 by Grace Foods, the UK’s largest supplier of Caribbean food and drink, this week is all about celebrating and showcasing the delicious tastes of the Caribbean. This year, celebrations will come to a fruition with a two-day Caribbean Food Festival in Brixton, London, with cooking demos, live music, a Caribbean market, and plenty of food and drink.
To mark the occasion, Grace Foods sent me a hamper of their produce to put together food fit for a Caribbean street party, so I put my thinking cap on and came up with the below.
To drink: Ginger Beer Mojito
Crush some limes and mint and pour over Grace Foods ginger beer and a shot of rum. Mix together and you’re ready to go… simple!
Savoury: Jerk Chicken Pizza
Ingredients (makes 2 pizzas):
- 250g white bread mix
- 15ml Oil
- 170ml water
- 1 chicken breast
- Grace Foods Jerk Chicken Fry Mix
- Grace Foods Jerk BBQ sauce
- Handful of mixed frozen peppers
- Tomato Puree
- 1 mozzarella ball
- Sprinkling of mixed herbs
- Combine your bread mix with oil and then gradually add the water (you may not need all of it) making sure that it doesn’t become too sticky. Knead for 10 minutes, leave to rest for 5 minutes and then knead for a further 5 minutes.
- Preheat your oven to 200 degrees C. Meanwhile, hand stretch your pizza to fit a baking tray, and cover in tomato puree and sliced mozzarella.
- Coat the chicken in egg and sprinkle over the Grace Foods Jerk Chicken Fry Mix. Add a handful of frozen mixed peppers, and cook in the centre of the oven for around 25-30 mins or until the chicken is cooked through.
- Take the chicken out of the oven, cut into strips or chunks, and add enough of the Jerk BBQ sauce to coat both the peppers and the chicken.
- Add the peppers and chicken mix to the top of the pizza along with the mixed herbs, and cook in the oven for around 15 minutes at 200 degrees c (or until the edges have browned). Serve immediately.
Sweet: Fried Pineapples with ice cream
- 1 Tin of sliced pineapples
- 4 tbsp brown sugar
- Rum flavouring
- Ice cream (or make your own- I love this BBC Food recipe)
- Coat the pineapple slices in sugar and rum flavouring, and add to a hot non stick frying pan
- Cook each side for around 2 minutes or until brown. You may need to add a little more sugar during cooking.
- Remove from the heat and pour over any of the caramelly sauce.
- Serve with ice cream.