As Easter Sunday approaches, Caribbean chefs and cooks are actively planning their Easter Dinner menus. They, as usual, will buy the freshest ingredients for their dishes. Their families and guests must be treated to the best foods as it’s a time to share with both family and friends so a feast will be set so that everyone will be fed so a good time can be had by all.
The World’s Best Rums for 2016 were recently announced and shockingly no Caribbean rum made the winners’ list. The best rum for 2016, just announced last week by The 2016 World Rum Awards, went to an Australian company you may not have heard of. Bundaberg Rum Master Distillers’ Collection – Blenders Edition 2015 was named “World’s Best Rum 2016.” It is produced by the Bundaberg Distilling Company and has a “polished oak notes, rich fruit cake and treacle aromas.”
Who does not love cornmeal, the secret super food? Cornmeal, like rice, is the ubiquitous staple that is found in pantries and kitchen cupboards not only in the Caribbean, but all over the Americas and Europe. It is made from ground-dried corn and available in fine, medium and coarse consistencies. Finely ground cornmeal is also referred to as corn flour. In the United Kingdom, the word corn flour denotes cornstarch. In Europe, cornmeal is known as polenta, and finely ground corn flour for making bread or tortillas is known as maize flour.
In praise of super foods cultivated in the hills and valleys and backyards of Caribbean nationals, we will share what they are and their versatility in meal preparation and menus. The eight super foods are: yam, banana, yuca/cassava, coco, taro/dasheen, plantains, sweet potatoes and breadfruit. They are called super foods because they are largely carbohydrates that contain tons of essential minerals and vitamins, including iron, potassium, fiberglutathione, niacin and Vitamin C.
Caribbean bun and cheese is an Easter favorite.  For Christians in the Caribbean region and the Diaspora, Easter is a holy time. It brings to the end the Lenten season and starts the celebration of the resurrection of Christ after his crucifixion. It is also a time for friends and family to go to church to worship together and have large meals together! Kite flying is also a great pastime during the Easter season. The foods that are eaten during Easter vary from island to island but there are some items that are common among them. For example, buns are often eaten throughout the Caribbean region and the Diaspora.