Caribbean Food Week 24th August to 31st August*

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!

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