It does seem these days that every time I log into my Facebook or my Instagram account I am bombarded with pictures of what people are having for their lunch or dinner in various parts of the world,some from the best places to stay in Turks and Caicos. So, I think it is about time I threw in my two-pennys worth from a recent trip to the Caribbean and describe some of the different delicacies I tried while hopping around some of the islands.
The first thing that struck me was the different foreign influences the food had, partly because of the rich cultural colonial history many of the islands had. Christopher Columbus’ first port of call on his epic trip was the Turks and Caicos islands in 1492 which later became a British overseas protectorate. Because it is the Caribbean you can bet that much of the cuisine is focused around seafood and you wouldn’t be wrong. On Barbados I tried the flying fish dish known as Cou Cou a mixture of various herbs and spices in a gravy and served rolled. Very tasty. You can even find it on the currency.
Jamaica provides endless opportunity for foodies but favorites have to be Jerk Chicken and also Curried Goat. A blend of African cooking methods and traditional Jamaican spices it is initially a way of preserving meat, the jerk was added later probably from the Spanish for dried meat or charqui. Who knows, but it is very tasty. Curried goat is usually cooked for a long period of time and served with traditional rice and peas.
Available around most of the Caribbean are the Pepperpots. These are usually cooked at roadside places in large cooking pots with beef, pork or chicken, it really depends on the cook. They are left slowly cooking for hours so the meat is really tender. Again it depends on the cook as no two Pepperpots seem to taste the same.
Back to seafood here but mainly on South Caicos in the Turk and Caicos islands. It’s pretty much a staple wherever you go. It is basically a big snail but is very versatile in its cooking and pops up everywhere from salads to stews. I think there is a limit on what can be caught now so some locals have taken to farming it which is more sustainable. Well, there you go, a brief expose of some of the delights to be found around the many islands of the Caribbean. Enjoy.
What’s the best food you have eaten whilst on holiday? I could write for hours about food but I would love to hear about what you have tasted around the world. It would be even better if you have visited Turk and Caicos, do you agree with the food I recommended or would you add anything to the list? All you have to do is add your thoughts in the comment section below this article, I can’t wait to read what you have to say guys!