Trinidad Style Coconut Tart

A delectable pastry pocket filled with stewed shredded coconut

Trinidad Style Coconut Tart - A common Trinidad and Tobago baked pastry stuffed with blended coconut "stewed" with additional spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. #Caribbean, #Trinidad

Baking is such an important part of Caribbean culture. Walking into a local bakery you're met with a colorful array of freshly baked bread, pastries, cakes, and cookies. And this is not just for commercial use, on Saturday, households are known to bake up their own batch of bread and cakes and pastries.

Coconut tarts use one of our very staple ingredients: the coconut. Unlike the coconut bake, the tart is on the sweeter side. It's a pastry with a bread type texture that we stuff with the meat of the coconut that has been stewed with sugar and some other spices. Oh so yummy!!

Cheese Paste Sandwich Spread

A highly seasoned cheese spread great for parties.

Cheese Paste Spread - A Caribbean cheese spread filled with flavors of mustard, mayonnaise and pepper sauce

Cheese paste is one of those things that kids looked forward to every time they were invited to a party. Well, at least I did. It was something that was expected at every party along with puffs. In fact, if you happened to go to a kid's party and there was no cheese paste then your party was deemed a failure. (I may be exaggerating just because I love cheese paste)

This isn't just some cheese on bread. This a spreadable cheese mix that has been fancied up and almost made to a gourmet spread.

Curry Channa and Aloo (Potato)

A savory, curry chickpea dish with paired with potatoes.

Curry Channa and Aloo - A savory dish of chickpeas and potato simmered in a herbal curry sauce. #HomeMadeZagat

I think I have mentioned over and over that I come from a curry country. And this dish is an ever-popular staple, that is very easy to make. Curry channa (chickpeas/garbanzo peas) and aloo (potato) is a savory, earthy dish that can be used in numerous ways. It is an adaption of an Indian dish that we use as a side, as the main dish (especially for vegetarians) to be eaten with rice or roti.

Escovitch Fish - Jamaican Style

A fried fish dish doused with a pickled sauce with vegetables.

Escovitch Fish - An easy recipe to make Jamaican escovitch fish where the fish is fried and then sauced with vegetables cooked in a spicy vinegar marinade. @HomeMadeZagat

I don't eat fish often enough, but when I do I dive into some escovitch fish. This Jamaican fish dish is extremely popular and everyone has their unique twist to the dish. The fish is fried and then covered in a sea of vegetables that have been simmered in a vinegar mix. And did I mention that it's spicy? The added pepper gives the fish a great flavor and leaves you with a runny nose as you eat but not wanting to stop.
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