4 items for the Perfect Caribbean Christmas

23.12.15 | Recipe by Renz
A roundup of four Caribbean dishes that can be easily incorporated to your Christmas dinner for a Caribbean influence

A roundup of 4 very popular Caribbean meals that can be used for Christmas dinner. #HomeMadeZagat

There are a few staple dishes/drinks that make Christmas in the Caribbean a Caribbean Christmas. These standout dishes cannot be missing when the season comes around as they are expected to be there when someone comes to visit. I cannot imagine what would happen if you got to a house and there is no sorrel, fruit cake, ginger beer or ponche de creme.

Last year at this time, we were already in Tobago getting ready to spend Christmas with a LOT of my family since my sister's wedding was just around the corner. With all the excitement, we knew that there was going to be a lot of work. Even without a wedding, Christmas time always meant cleaning and cooking like there was no tomorrow.

This year we won't be traveling back home, but we still needed to get our traditional items into the season.

So here are 4 things that you can easily incorporate into your Christmas dinner, and you can feel as though you were with me with my family celebrating the holidays.

Home Made Ginger Beer

A West Indian drink that is popular especially around Christmas time that uses ginger, sugar, rice and is fermented overnight for the best flavor. Get recipe here

Fruit Cake aka Black Cake

A roundup of 4 very popular Caribbean meals that can be used for Christmas dinner. #HomeMadeZagat

A decadent heavy duty rum fruit cake made using rum-soaked fruits of raisins, prunes, currants. Get recipe here.

Sorrel Drink

A roundup of 4 very popular Caribbean meals that can be used for Christmas dinner. #HomeMadeZagat

A favourite Caribbean drink made from the Sorrel flower. Some like it spiked; some like it plain. Grab this recipe from another Caribbean foodie Charla from "That Girl Cooks Healthy". You can find this amazing drink's recipe here.

Ponche De Creme

The Caribbean's version of eggnog. A creamy alcoholic concoction infused with citrus and nutmeg. Grab this recipe here.

And as a bonus, here is an alternative to our very popular pastelles which is also a Christmas staple. Pastelles just require so much work, so I have an alternative to this dish:

Baked Pastelle Pie

An alternative to the traditional pastelle from Trinidad and Tobago. A one pot baked pastelle pie with cornmeal, minced meat, raisins, capers. Grab this recipe here.

So there you have it. Things I am surely going to have on the table to miss home a little less this year.

As we head into the day, I wish all my subscribers a Merry Christmas. And a "Season's Greetings" to everyone else. 

As the year comes closer to an end, I take this time to thank you all for taking the time to stop by and pinning and tweeting and commenting. It is greatly appreciated.

Thank you very much and looking forward to some fun things for 2016.