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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Dec. 19, 2023: It’s that time of year when Caribbean people everywhere focus on the joys of the food and drink of the season that has been passed down from their ancestors. Here are a few recipes that are distinctly Caribbean that you can try this season.

Trinidad Pastelles


1 cup pitted olives (chopped)

2 spring onions (scallions, green onions) chopped

3 garlic cloves (chopped)

1 green chilli

1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves or dried

1 tbsp capers chopped

1 tsp fresh rosemary chopped

2 shallots (chopped)

600g lean minced lamb

1 cup raisins

2 tbsp tomato paste

1 tbsp freshly ground black pepper

1 tsp salt

1 tsp paprika

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 tbsp vegetable oil

For Cornmeal Case:

3 tbsp vegetable oil

1 tsp salt

3 cups hot water

2 cups fine cornmeal


Haitian Kremas


2 cans of sweetened condensed milk (14oz.)

1 can of evaporated milk (12 oz.)

1 tsp of lemon zest

1 tsp of nutmeg

1 tsp of cinnamon

1 tsp of almond extract

2 tsp of vanilla extract

1/2 cup of white rum then add to taste

1/2 can cream of coconut (15 oz)


Jamaican Sorrell

2 ½ cups dried sorrel
3 oz fresh ginger, grated
5 pimento berries
6 cups water
2 cups brown sugar
2 tbsp lemon juice
¾ cup white rum
Peel of 1 orange
2 cinnamon sticks


Black Cake

2 lbs. brown sugar

1 lb. butter

12 eggs, beaten

1 lb. flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 teaspoon mixed spices

¼ pound mixed peel

1 tsp vanilla

Red Wine


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