This week is arguably the most mouth-watering week of the summer: Caribbean Food Week, which takes place 24-31 August. Tastebuds are tingling in anticipation as food-lovers prepare for the week that leads up to the world-famous Notting Hill Carnival.Organised by Grace Foods UK, the UK’s number one supplier of Caribbean food and drink*1, the Week presents the perfect opportunity to enjoy a taste of the Caribbean, whether it’s jerk chicken, curried goat or a delicious Caribbean cocktail!
The Week will be celebrated with a national sampling campaign at locations across the UK, in-store promotional offers and a social media campaign, giving Caribbean food fans the chance to win carnival themed prizes and products to try their hand at Caribbean cuisine.
Asda, Morrisons, Sainsburys and Tesco stores across the UK will run promotional offers on leading Caribbean products; including chilli sauces, coconut milks, spices and seasonings, coconut water, aloe vera drinks and tropical juices.
Since launching in 2012, Caribbean Food Week has continued to grow as people become more adventurous with their cooking and demand for new taste experiences is growing.
“Demand for Caribbean flavours is at an all-time-high as people are discovering how easy it can be to create Caribbean dishes with incredible flavours,” says Ryan Mack, Managing Director of Grace Foods UK. “Caribbean Food Week is the perfect time to get into the Caribbean spirit – what better way to bring a taste of holiday to home – not even the British weather can impact that!”
Whether or not the weather is tropical, bring a taste of sunshine into your home this summer with Caribbean Food Week!
… and this week I was lucky enough to be given some of these Caribbean flavours in order to try and test out some classic Caribbean recipes!
I received a whole hamper of goodies from Grace Foods and had to get my thinking cap on to devise ways of using the items as we’ve never cooked in this style before – hence there’s going to be a few posts this week with a Caribbean theme!
First up – we found a classic jerk chicken and rice recipe which we amended, as included in the hamper was a large container of Dunns River Hot and Spicy Jerk Chicken fry mix which I put into a large food bag and shook some egg-coated chicken. I left to marinade this for about 5 hours in the fridge. I had an option to deep-fry but instead I chose the healthier option of baking in the oven.
For the accompanying rice, we followed the recipe to the letter, using the cans of Dunns River bean mix and coconut milk. I had never tried cooking rice in coconut milk before, but it was so delicious, especially with the flavours from the garlic, thyme and mixed beans. The spring onions also made the rice much more fragrant than if cooked straight in water.
We both loved the chicken. I have less of a palate suited to hot and spicy food but I loved the flavour, particularly with the different flavours of the rice. The spice mix clings to the chicken giving it a thin coating that packs a punch of flavour!
To accompany our lunch, we washed it all down with a bottle of Grace Aloe Vera refresh drink (Mango flavour) and a can of Grace Jamaican style ginger beer! I enjoyed the refreshing coolness of the Aloe Vera juice, and Mr B said that the ginger beer was not too sweet, and had a good kick that only ginger beer can give!
Come back later in the week, as I will be able to share our experiences of another main course recipe, our thoughts on a traditional side dish, and of course as I can’t go too long without baking, a traditional style Jamaican ginger cake!
Grace Foods provided me with images (the first two in this post) information and a hamper of ingredients to try in exchange for a review blog post. Check out their Facebook page for Caribbean Food Week and follow them on Twitter!