Sunday, 21 August 2016

Caribbean Food Week Street Party Spread

Caribbean Food Week #CFW2016 is entering it's fifth year with the celebrations starting on August 22nd - 29th. Grace Foods, the UK'S number 1 Caribbean food and drink company will be hosting series of foodie events in Windrush Square in Brixton. They've asked food bloggers to come up with their best street party spread and Caribbean recipes using the beautiful hamper that was given. Now, living in Costa del West Midlands, the weather is not always the best. But what I love about Caribbean food is that it's perfect for the warm weather but also gives a tropical element in colder rainier climates. Anyway, I invited some of my friends round and had a light afternoon feast of some Caribbean inspired foods using some of these products. 

Jerk pork chops
Rice and Peas
Fried Plantains
Callaloo Balls
Tomato, Celery, Spring Onion and Coriander salad.

Other items that I would of have included if time permitted were saltfish fritters and festivals.

Now as my hamper contained Jerk BBQ sauce it was only right that I marinaded the pork chops with this. This was simply, a couple of drizzles on each pork chop and baked in the oven. Of course, if the weather permits use the barbecue. There are many rice and peas recipes out there on the net and via cookbooks and you need not to worry about the quality of the beans as having used Dunns River Peas and Beans they make a wonderful rice and peas. The callaloo (a wild form of spinach) was turned into a lovely side of callaloo balls, simply by adding breadcrumbs, egg yolk, Dunns River Tropical seasoning and then rolled into balls. 

I already use many of the products included in the hamper and know how wonderful and authentic they taste. If you get chance, visit your local supermarket as there is likely to be special offers on some of these wonderful products during #CFW2016. For more Caribbean Food Week inspiration check out other entries and recipe ideas via their Facebook and Twitter.

Disclaimer: I received the hamper for review purposes.

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