Caribbean Food Week 24th - 31st August

Friday, 28 August 2015
caribbean food week
My first attempt with Caribbean food was the Jerk sweet potato curry, I wanted to make a Caribbean inspired dessert with the ingredients I was provided with, mainly the coconut milk. I read online some where that rice pudding is popular in the Caribbean, I have no idea if this is true but this is what I decided to make.

Since I had leftover rice from the curry I used that rice for the pudding.
caribbean food week

You will need:
One bag cooked rice
3 cups milk
1 cup coconut milk
3 tablespoons of sugar
Coconut flakes
1 tablespoon cinnamon 

Place the rice, milk, coconut milk in a saucepan on a low heat.
Stir in the sugar, a few coconut flakes and cinnamon.
Leave on a low heat to simmer until the mixture is a thick consistency.
Serve warm with sprinkles of coconut flakes on top.

I've never been the biggest fan of rice pudding but this was yummy, it is quite sweet and my portion was on the larger side but I really enjoyed this. I can see myself making this in Winter months to warm myself up.

Have you made your own rice pudding before? 

Caribbean Food Week 24th August to 31st August*

Wednesday, 26 August 2015
caribbean food week
caribbean food week
It's Caribbean food week from the 24th August to 31st August. I work with someone from the Caribbean and the way she describes Jamaican food is truly divine! The only Caribbean food I've tasted have been from visits from Turtle bay, if that counts at all? I was kindly sent this hamper to have a go at creating my own Caribbean food/traditional dishes. 

There was lots of yummy food inside from spicy jerk fry mix, coconut milk, spices, ginger beer, aloe vera drink and more which can be purchased from here.

From the ingredients provided I've made two Caribbean inspired dishes, a main, a dessert and a drink. I am really impressed with the quality of the products I was provided with, the spices smell incredible, my brother drank the ginger beer before I got a look in but commented on how good it was! I'm still experimenting with the leftover ingredients in the box which includes ackee which is traditionally eaten with salt fish but since I'm a vegetarian I'm looking for an alternative.

Today I'll be sharing with you the main, a jerk sweet potato curry (serves 4)
caribbean food week jerk sweet potato curry
From the ingredients I was provided with I used:
1 tablespoon spicy jerk fry
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 tablespoon tropical seasoning
1 can of peas and beans

Other ingredients -
2 garlic gloves
1 red onion, finely chopped
A small piece of ginger, finely chopped.
5 medium sized sweet potato, chopped into chunks.
1 tablespoon brown sugar.
1 red pepper
1 vegetable stock with water
340g tinned tomatoes with juice

Method - 
Heat some oil in a frying pan, add the garlic, red onion, ginger and peppers and cook for two minutes.
Add/stir in the spicy jerk fry and spices.
Add the tomatoes, peas/beans, vegetable stock and sweet potato. 
Stir in the brown sugar until dissolved, cover and let simmer for ten minutes.
Put the rice on.
Continue stirring the curry/letting it simmer until the sweet potato is cooked through.
When ready stir in some coriander. 
Serve and enjoy!

Overall, I am really happy with how this turned out and it did smell/taste similar to the one I have at Turtle bay.. Everyone who ate it said they would eat it again so I definitely did something right.

Let me know what you think?  I'd love to hear about your favourite Caribbean foods are!

Review - The Crackin' Egg company*

Monday, 24 August 2015
the crackin egg company review
A little bit about Crackin' Eggs, perfect for lunches, picnics, they are high in protein and perfect for low calorie diets. The eggs are free range, hard boiled eggs and have a shelf life of 4-6 weeks compared to normal hard boiled eggs that last a week. This is due to a wax coating on the shells that keep the good stuff in and the bad stuff out. Each pack comes with a natural seasoning sachet, salt and pepper (blue coloured eggs) sweet chili (red coloured eggs) and sour cream and chive (green coloured eggs.) The two pack of eggs cost £3.

A few facts about eggs:
- They are rich in vitamins and minerals.
- They contain HDL cholesterol which is good for you and removes excess cholesterol from the rest of the body transporting it back to the liver.
- They have a low energy density to make you feel fuller for longer.
- They are a rich source of the essential amino acid leucine.

the crackin egg company review
If i'm honest I'm not that keen on eggs, they aren't something I would choose to eat because the idea of it freaks me out a little.. But my mum loves eggs and I thought this product would be perfect for her, for those days when she hasn't got a lot of time she can make egg mayo or use them in a salad etc. 

I was intrigued by how the eggs would be packaged, even hard boiled they would be fragile and they would also need to stay fresh/chilled. The eggs came in a cooler bag and was packed in a plastic case with paper inside. The design on the packaging is something I really like, it's a nice bold design.  The packaging however didn't have a sell by date on, something that concerned me a little. 

the crackin egg company review
The wax colour is really bold and bright something I love. The shell is really easy to peel off. The egg was fresh and the seasoning is perfect to give the egg a little kick/taste, my favourite was the sour cream and chive. 

I do like this idea and I think it's great when you don't have much time to prepare something, let me know what you think?

*This product was sent to me for reviewing purposes, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 
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