The Caribbean is one of the most beautiful areas of the world. But it’s not just about Jamaica and Barbados. There are over 7000 islands in total, most of them near South and Central America (Cuba is not that far from Florida, just over 100 miles). Bordering the Atlantic Ocean, this is a real fusion of food, with everything from French to African influences.
Vegan Plantain Lasagne (Full of Plants) uses sweet fried plaintain, rather than pasta noodles. Sweet and salty and cheesy, this recipe uses red lentils, mushrooms and walnuts for the homemade bolognese sauce.
The islands you likely know about give homage to ‘Caribbean food’ which includes yams, breadfruit, jerk spice, and of course rum! Rice is widely eaten, as is ackee (never eat it fresh, it’s poisonous!) Another food that is popular is plaintain, which is kind of like a large savoury banana.
Coconut milk is used extensively in Caribbean cuisine, so ensure the one you choose is not harvested by monkeys (Biona is a good brand, in zero waste tins).
Grilled Jamaican Jerk Grilled Eggplant (Minimalist Baker) is a recipe that uses this Mediterranean vegetable (aubergine if you’re English) to Caribbean effect. Jerk spice is used extensively in Caribbean cuisine, and this one does the trick.
Vegan Caribbean Desserts & Drinks
Pineapple Coconut Panna Cotta Tart (Addicted to Dates) is a tropical treat, if ever there was one. This features a coconut shortbread covered with homemade coconut cream and a pineapple jelly on top, with rum!
Wash it down with this Mango Mojito (Crowded Kitchen). Not just India, mangoes are widely eaten in the Caribbean, along with many other tropical fruits. You can add sparkling water or fizz, for a bubbly version.
Vegan Piña Colada Smoothie is a creamier treat, though this one has no alcohol or added sugar. Naturally sweetened with dates, use frozen pineapple for a thicker drink.