The vibrant culture in the Caribbean is based on several things, including food. The food is delicious but sometimes the names can be tricky, and may leave you wondering what exactly it is you’re eating:
- Cutters: A cutter is a Bajan sandwich but ten times better than just another Ploughman! Comprised of a fluffy saltbread bun (not actually salty!), a thick wedge of cheddar cheese or your choice of fish or ham, the possibilities are endless but it must be daubed with a liberal serving of fiery pepper sauce to complete the package.
- Jerk: This word in the Caribbean is not an insult; rather its the traditional spice combo that is signature Jamaican. It can be applied to pork and fish, but Jerk chicken is the most common presentation. It’s like a festival in your mouth that will keep you coming back for more every time.
- Mountain Chicken: Otherwise known as the Giant Ditch Frog, Mountain Chicken is a specialty in the Nature Isle of the Caribbean, Dominica. Although somewhat endangered due to a fungus, it is still served, usually fried and with plantain. One for the bucket list of the not-so-squeamish.
- Gizzada: The word “gizzard”, followed by “yuck” may come to mind here. But gizzada has nothing to do with gizzards and is anything but yucky. Made with coconut and cream, this Caribbean tart is sure to please.
- Ginger Beer: Not a beer at all, Ginger Beer is the Caribbean cousin to ginger ale, but with character. Packed with more ginger than you know what to do with, it’s definitely not for the faint of heart. Known to help put an end to a “bad belly”, you can rest assured the people of the Caribbean don’t have upset stomachs for long.
- Sugar Cakes: Not actually a cake at all, these Bajan sweet desserts are made of flaked coconut, sugar and spices like bay leaf and ginger. These days they come in a rainbow of colours but the sugar cake die-hards insist on granny’s original ole-time recipe made with fresh coconut “out-de-nut”, bay leaf off the tree outside and proper chunks of ginger inside. Never before has your tongue experienced such a block of candy deliciousness.