Here’s just 6 things you need to cook Caribbean food
This blog is for anyone who has ever wanted to try something new in the kitchen.
Here are 6 essentials that you can use to add a little more dimension to your meals.
Besides it’s many health benefits, Curry powder can be used in a variety of ways to add more flavour profiles to your meals. It goes particularly well when preparing meats. Adding a small amount of curry powder to your meats will help bring out the other flavours in your food without needing to add products such as salt.
Curry powder also permeates through meat, making your meat much more tender compared to salt and pepper. When used correctly, its mild flavour also means it will not overwhelm the rest of your meal.
White (Spanish) Onions
This is a staple in any kitchen. White onions are the foundation of making great food and even better sauces. We use chopped white onions to season meats and sliced white onions to marinate fish to enhance flavours. We find using white onions make the biggest impact when they are used to marinate foodstuffs for at least 24hours. The additional benefits of white onions are that when cooked slowly they help to produce rich sauces.
Fresh or dried Thyme
A few sprigs of Thyme can be used to enhance the flavours of any meal including fish and meat. Alongside most meats, thyme works very well with robust fishes such as Hake and Snapper. Thyme also works with spices such as paprika, curry and madras powder.
Scotch bonnet is the pallet warming flavour in any Caribbean meal, the biggest mistake people make when using Scotch Bonnets in their food is cutting or slicing the pepper into food. The best way to use scotch bonnets in food to add its flavour, but not its heat is to add the pepper whole at the start of cooking your meal. Once your dish is cooked, remove the scotch bonnet and enjoy your meal with the flavour, but without the heat.
If you do want the heat, chop that pepper up add the seeds! (as these contain the heat) – just be ready for that spice.
With spice comes sweetness. Pimento seeds are also known as all spice, which adds a sweet and mellow flavour to any dish you cook. Combine with all of the above, Pimentos helps develop the flavours in a variety of different foods when used sparingly and correctly.
As the saying goes… “Good things come to those who wait”. If you are planning on cooking Caribbean food, give yourself plenty of time to allow the food to marinate, cook and then simmer on a low heat.