Absolutely Ready for Speciality & Fine Food Fair

With just seven days until the doors open at the Speciality and Fine Food Fair 2022, ten absolutely Caribbean companies are ready to present their range of produce over two days at Olympia, London from 5-6 September 2022.

The authentic Caribbean companies include Naledo (Belize), Superb Blend (Barbados) Old Duppy (Barbados), Flauriel (St Kitts and Nevis), Pringa’s (St Vincent and the Grenadines), Shavuot (Jamaica), St Lucia Distillers (St Lucia), Kalembu (The Dominican Republic) and the Antillia Brewing Company (St Lucia), CariBelle Foods (Trinidad and Tobago).

Showcasing under an ‘Absolutely Caribbean’ branded pavilion the companies are being supported by the Caribbean Export Development Agency in collaboration with the European Union and aim to attract leading European buyers and distributors.

On the 5th of September at 11:30am Caribbean Export will host a guided tour for media of the stand providing an opportunity for press to get a first-hand look at the products that have been gaining interest.

In fact, whole root turmeric paste producer ‘Naledo’ has had their Truly Turmeric product selected by top Chef Consultant Steve Walpole to be used in the ‘Taste the Trends Kitchen’ on the 6th of September at 10am.

Visitors to the stand can also enter a competition to win a trip to Saint Lucia courtesy of St Lucia Distillers, and the Saint Lucia Tourism Board.

Join us at the Speciality and Fine Food Fair and take a journey through the islands of the Caribbean to discover the range of products from fiery hot pepper sauces, flavoursome natural and organic condiments to alcoholic beverages including Caribbean craft beer, rum and mamajuana!  Also discover wild craft turmeric products, natural teas and free from products.

We’ll see you there!

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Best-selling UK chefs share tips and tricks for tasty Caribbean cuisine

Celebrity chefs Craig and Shaun McAnuff are known for their flavourful, modern and vibrant Caribbean recipes.

The brothers, who are British but with Jamaican roots, launched their ‘Original Flava’ brand in 2016 with a series of YouTube cooking videos and within a month attracted 70,000 followers. In 2019, their book ‘Original Flava: Caribbean Recipes from Home’ was a best-seller.

Craig and Shaun are on a mission to shine the spotlight on Caribbean cuisine by showcasing some of the most authentic, accessible, and tasty ingredients the region has to offer.

They believe food brings people together and want to share the happiness they experienced as children from their mother and grandmother’s Caribbean cooking.

At Caribbean Export’s Absolutely Caribbean Virtual Expo, the brothers took part in a live panel discussion on the versatility of Caribbean food.

Craig shared details about their incredible culinary journey and also spoke about the increasing popularity of Caribbean food in Europe and the UK.

“I think the love for Caribbean food really knows no bounds”, Craig said.

“It has such a range of different and exciting flavours as well as the culture of the food. It has the feel good factor and many nutritional benefits…adding Caribbean fruit and vegetables to your dishes makes food a lot more colourful.”

In a pre-recorded video, Craig and Shaun used food products from several Caribbean manufacturers in their own recipes. They also shared five tasty tips on how these items can enhance every dish and bring the scintillating taste of the Caribbean into every home.

Watch the video for Craig and Shaun’s tips and tricks and read more below:

Tip 1 – If you’re looking for an alternative to ordinary flour, why not try gluten-free products using Caribbean staples like breadfruit, coconut, sweet potato or cassava. These products are light, tasty, healthy, and high in fibre. They are also ideal for making flavourful pancakes and dumplings.

The McAnuff brothers used O’s breadfruit flour to make dumplings to go with ackee and saltfish. Shaun said: “It takes a bit longer to work with, more kneading than usual, but the dumplings came out nice and fluffy. The flavour was also much stronger and better than normal flour.”

Tip 2 – Turmeric is widely recognised as a superfood but why use the powder when you can get 100% of the health benefits and taste from the root! Belizean-based company Naledo produces the world’s first whole-root turmeric paste called ‘Truly Turmeric’. This paste enhances the richness and flavour of curries and stews and can even be used in smoothies.

Craig added: “Naledo’s turmeric paste was a real joy to work with. Using the root of the turmeric meant you could feel the zing, texture and deep rooted flavour. It’s also versatile. We loved it.”

Tip 3 – Caribbean cuisine is known for its heat and one of the best ways to introduce some spice is with a quality hot pepper sauce like Eaton’s Jamaican Scotch Bonnet. Maximise the flavour of soups, jerk chicken and even gravy by adding the sauce 10 minutes before serving.

Shaun also suggests using pepper sauce to control the heat in your dishes: “You can tip a bit in and taste it as you go along to work out how much you need or don’t need. We also use the sauce in jerk seasoning as an alternative to fresh scotch bonnet.”

Tip 4 – Viking Mango Chutney is the perfect combination of sweetness and spice. It introduces freshness and flavour and can be used to accompany any dish or to jazz up a salad. Add some lemon, lime and a little bit of water to the chutney in a pan and bring it to a boil to make a warm, tangy Caribbean style vinaigrette.

Craig said the family history behind Viking Mango Chutney particularly resonated with the brothers as well as the company’s close work with local farmers in St Lucia.

He described the smell of the chutney as “incredible” and added: “Salad can be dry and boring sometimes…we like to use something sweet with ours. But you can’t always get the right fresh mango, especially in the UK, so this chutney was just perfect, and it tastes unbelievable.”

Shaun said: “Mango chutney is also really versatile. You can use it as a plantain chip dip, as a dressing, or for Doubles as well. It’s amazing and natural.”

Tip 5 – The root of the sarsaparilla plant, supplied by Jamrow in Jamaica, is known to have various health benefits especially in relation to relieving joint pain and inflammation. Sarsaparilla roots can be blended, grated or boiled in a pot of water to make a soothing medicinal drink. Try something new and experiment with this Caribbean herb.

Shaun said: “We’re familiar with the sarsaparilla drink from when we were growing up, so we were intrigued to use the roots. We made an iced tea and a hot tea by blending it and putting it into tea bags. It was a dense and strong drink.”

Craig added: “We grew up on cerasee and lemongrass tea, so it was intriguing to work with sarsaparilla, and you could feel the nutritional benefits. Herbal teas are also a huge thing right now in the UK.”

Speaking at the Absolutely Caribbean Virtual Expo, the brothers’ enthusiasm for Caribbean food was tangible and they reiterated their commitment to promoting it around the world.

Shaun revealed: “The most important thing for us is to keep flying the flag for Caribbean food. We just want to make people aware of the array of natural flavours, spices, and remedies the Caribbean can show the world. “We’ll keep making Caribbean recipes, putting the Caribbean flag on the map, and letting people know that this is the best food to go too.”