A Festival Of Food For Caribbean Food Week

It is so great to celebrate Caribbean Food Week again this year after a great food week last year. This year’s bumper package from Grace Foods was filled to the brim with ingredients, spices, drinks and treats. There are so many options and Caribbean recipes available to try something new and I was so excited to get stuck in!  Caribbean Food Week takes place on August 21-28th 2017.

Here is a quick and easy recipe for oven baked jerk chicken thighs. Rub the Dunn’s River Jamaican Jerk seasoning into the chicken and marinate overnight or for at least 4 hours. Preheat oven to 180 degrees and pour a small amount of sunflower oil into suitable baking dish. Place the chicken pieces skin-side up into the baking dish and bake in the oven for 70-90 minutes depending on the size of the pieces Turn the oven on to broil, and cook until the skin crisps, 2 to 5 minutes. I had these with spicy rice which was simply basmati rice with curry powder, chilli powder, all purpose seasoning, a touch of salt and mixed vegetables (one of those home recipes that you never actually write down but always tastes delicious).

Caribbean Food Week Jerk ChickenJerk Chicken and Rice

I had to include some Encona hot sauce which has always been my favourite hot sauce and I pride my self on knowing a thing or two about hot sauces!!! The entire meal was delicious and the ingredients used really were a festival of the taste buds.

Sweet Plantain Chips

I love plantain – fried, boiled, grilled you name it! Plantain chips are the absolute best healthy alternative to crisps and these Grace sweet plantain chips were lovely. Perfectly sweet and crispy, just what you want and need for a snack. Each pack contains 2 servings and surprisingly I managed to stretch them out to 3 servings! Grab a bag if you can and get into the spirit of Caribbean Food Week.

Here’s my Caribbean Breakfast which I loved – ackee and saltfish is so moreish! I love the creamy texture of ackee combined with the fish and other ingredients. It is very easy to make and recipe is literally on the tin of ackee!

I managed to make curried goat with the hot curry powder from the pack and when I say it was delicious you will just have to  take my word for it. There wasn’t even a grain of rice left on my plate. The seasoning combined with the meat was just so moreish. I used a recipe from a Levi Roots cookbook which you can also find online, served with plain rice and a boiled plantain (I told you I love plantain). This is the perfect party dish!

curried goat

These dishes would all make an ideal street party spread. Alas I didn’t get a chance to organise a group of friends together in time to make it happen but I hope you can still catch a Caribbean food party vibe with each of the recipes.

I received no payment for this review, all items were gifted.

Food Podcasts

3 Podcasts That Every Foodie Should Check Out!

Podcasts are all the rage in the new media landscape at the moment. They offer a great alternative to traditional radio and are perfect to listen to on the move or as you work. Funnily enough there still aren’t as many foodie podcasts as one might expect, particularly in the UK so it was fun compiling this list.

Check out our great list of Podcasts that every foodie should check out and make sure you tune in!

The #WomenInFood Podcast brought to you by the Female Foodpreneur Collective. An empowering podcast for women in the food industry (and don’t worry men can tune in and learn something too).

Female Foodpreneur Collective

Table For Two is a brand new foodie podcast based in London for the simple love of food. We’re loving the branding already and can’t wait for the podcast to grow and flourish in the UK and internationally.

The Africa Show is hosted by the dynamic duo Lyande and Yolisa, as they explore African Travel, Food and music and interview guests from around the African diaspora. This is a great show which captures a diverse range of African Diaspora issues and is one of the few radio shows/podcasts that features African Food on a regular basis anywhere in the world!

World Steak Challenge

A Meat Lover’s Dream At The World Steak Challenge

I was recently invited to attend The World Steak Challenge Awards at the Magic Roundabout in Old Street, London.  With perfect weather and plenty of Pimm’s; guests, judges and entrants had the opportunity to sample some great steak and network with industry leaders. I absolutely love steak so it was a really great opportunity to learn more about the “steak sector” and the best cuts of meat available on the market.

 

Poland was announced as the world’s overall best steak producer 2017. The winning steak is a sirloin, grain fed and reared by F&M Frackowiak of Woj. Wielkopolskie, Poland and entered into the competition by ABP Poland. Two steaks entered by ABP Poland scooped four awards, including two Gold medals and the overall World Steak Challenge championship title.  I had the opportunity to taste the winning steak and I can safely say that it was a worthy winner! Not only was it succulent and tender but it was just so smooth juicy. I hope I will be able to find restaurants in London who source this steak so that I can eat it again and introduce fellow meat lovers to this delicious cut of meat.

The global steak challenge, which recognises Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal steak quality, is presented by Global Meat News.

 

  • World Steak Champion 2017 – ABP Poland for its Sirloin
  • Best Sirloin goes to ABP Poland
  • Best grain fed goes to ABP Poland for its Sirloin
  • Best grass fed goes to Martins Meats with a Rib Eye grass fed produced by Hill View Farm, Cheltenham, Glos England
  • Best Rib Eye goes to ABP Poland
  • Best Fillet goes to the 2015 and 2016 champions Jack’s Creek of New South Wales, entered by Albers gmbH of Germany.

The 10 gold medal winning countries are Australia 2, Brazil 1, England 2, Finland 1, Ireland 3. Northern Ireland 2, Poland 2, Scotland 1, Spain  2, USA 1.

An expert international judging panel shortlisted the 2017 champion and gold medal award winning steaks from a long list of more than 120 steaks. There are also 19 silver medal winners and 33 bronze medal winners.

Announcing the Champion, Chair of judges Marco Peerdeman said:  “It was a very tidy entry with great marbling with a lovely trim. The taste was great, it was rich but a bit different – it looks like a wagyu but once you taste it you realise it’s not.”

More information visit: https://www.worldsteakchallenge.com/