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Give a Caribbean Hamper This Valentines Xx

Obligatory Teddy, no way I hear you scream! Whether looking for a gift or something special for your loved one this valentine’s day, look no further than our Caribbean gifts range!

Readymade and create your own hampers, sauce tray gifts and Dutch pot gifts we’ve got it all at prices you will love.

Click HERE to view the range…..happy VALENTINES Xx

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Posted by on February 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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BEAUTUFULL!!! Grenada a True Paradise in the Sun

There’s an under-travelled gem in the Caribbean, a place where few tread. Pristine beaches and untouched jungle await you, all you have to do is go. This place, this slice of heaven, is Grenada. Grenada hasn’t been in the mind of most since the 1980s, when times were much different. Since, Grenada has turned into a budding tourist hotspot, host to some of the most beautiful vistas in the Western hemisphere. Being in Grenada is like turning the volume down on your life, slowing things down.

Here, then, is a place completely separate from the world you leave behind. When you come to Grenada, you leave behind who you are, and create who you want to be from the tropical sands and heat and saltwater. Looking out over the waves, you’ll slowly dissolve and become a creature of instinct: you do what you want, purely because you want to.

A hike through the local jungles bring you closer to nature, the heat and life of it all. You feel the world swarm about your head, spinning and turning, you’re lost in it all. Air rushes around you as you jump from a waterfall into a lagoon below, and swim into an underground cave where you’re alone with your thoughts. The streets of cities greet you, bustling hives of activity: smells, sights, sounds assault your senses.

You make your way down to a party on the beach at night, and you’re treated to some of the most amazing food in the world, treats like oil down, karhee, aloo pie and doubles are all on offer. While you eat, locals play music, everything is lit by torches; you dance the night away, dip in the ocean and feel sleep take you on the beach. With your stomach full of delicious Caribbean food, sleep takes you easy, and you wake to a breath taking sunrise.

I may have painted an unbelievable picture here, but this is truly how it is. When you live in the Caribbean, in paradise, your life has more meaning: things taste better, air is cleaner, you feel more alive day by day. The fatigue leaves your bones and on the return flight home you feel refreshed, born anew.

This could be your life, if only for a few weeks, in Grenada. Island life is something everyone must experience once to say they’ve truly lived, and there’s no better time or place than the present and Grenada. Pack your bags and get moving, all of this won’t exist forever; you need to get your piece of it, enjoy it and sample it and pack it up for later while you can.

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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R.I.P JIMMY: Ridley Road Market Say’s Goodbye To Meat Connoisseur

 

The new year started on a massive high, and then I learned some really sad news. Hackney’s finest butcher “Jimmy” who had a shop in East London’s famous “Ridley road market” for over 25 years died on the 3rd January.


Known for his incredibly funny humor and extensive knowledge on meat and Caribbean foods, Jimmy had the entire Caribbean community leaving all corners of the UK, just to purchase he’s fine meats.

Now Jimmy’s meat was not nooooo ordinary meat, he always made sure to give you some good bone with your goat, he always kept he’s meat in a large chiller, he never sold overnight meat and even if you had £4.00 in money, he would still serve you up a good bag of pork, goat or lamb.

Jimmy you will be sadly missed, my thoughts go out to your family at this time.
Update: Although Jimmy has sadly passed, the meat shop continues to supply delicious Caribbean meats and products and can be found at Ridley Road, Hackney, London E8 2LH

Do you have fond memories shopping at Jimmy’s? If so get posting on the comments let us know your thoughts.

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Why Barbados is Top of The Holiday List!

Want to experience the comfort of your vacation in a truly fine and beautiful place? Barbados could one of the best options for you. There are a lot of attractions you can enjoy in Barbados, from scrumptious food to amazing scenery; Barbados remains to be one of the tourist’s favorite destinations when it comes to beaches, plains and food.

The Basics On Barbados
Barbados
is an Atlantic island found north of Venezuela. It is an island country located in the Lesser Antilles. Its capital city is Bridgetown and it is known to be located between the boundary of Caribbean and South American Plates. When it comes to the climate, Barbados usually has two seasons including the wet and the dry season but the wet season is considered to be the longer one as compared to the other.

Church/ Attractions
When it comes to church attractions, Barbados can offer you a lot because it is actually divided into eleven parishes most with their own little chapel or church. There are also a lot of parks and wildlife attractions in Barbados that you can truly enjoy, especially for those who are nature lovers.

Education And Healthcare Facilities
Barbados has
a lot of great schools and colleges, and when it comes to healthcare, you have no problems because health care is made accessible to everyone through 20 polyclinics which can cater to most of the people’s health care needs.

The Fine Beaches
Barbados
is truly popular, especially its western and southern coast, for the beaches with fine white sand and genuinely blue waters. It is one of the perfect Caribbean locations when it comes to surfing.

One Of A Kind Barbados’ Delicacies
When it comes to food, Barbados is popular for its fine Caribbean recipes that will truly satisfy your cravings. From flying fish to cou cou, you’re sure to find a dish on the island to please your palate. There are also many fine food brands all hailing from the sunny shores of Barbados “Star” and “Aunt May’s” seasonings and  sauces are just a few of the delicious food products being exported from the island, to far destinations such as USA, UK and Canada. So you no longer have to miss the islands delicacies after your visit, you can now look for delicious
Caribbean food online
and get a taste of Barbados right in the comfort of your home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Editor Rohan – West Indian food online

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Do You Really Know All About Jamaican FOOD???

Coco bread with a Jamaican beef patty

Tasty Jamaican Patty

Jamaican food is all about fusion, spice and fun. It’s about eating well and having a good time with people you care about. That’s the island tradition, and it’s just as alive today as it was throughout history when Jamaica’s unique food story was developing.

While Jamaican fare and Caribbean food in general has a reputation for being hot and spicy, it can be many things. Thoroughly seasoned, well cooked and displayed in a beautiful manor.

The cooking techniques, spices and influences of Jamaica’s people form the basis of Jamaican food, but British, Spanish, Indian, African and even Chinese inhabitants of the country have all left their mark on Jamaica’s tasty fare.

In fact, if you try to look up Jamaican food online, you’ll find many different kinds of offerings, depending on whose writing the recipe or offering the products. It’s no wonder that Caribbean food stores both online and off stock such a wide variety of Jamaican food products.

Even the new crops introduced onto the island from tropical lands in Southeast Asia play a role in defining today’s Jamaican food. The county’s own unique tropical fruits and plentiful seafood further identify Jamaican food and today’s Jamaican food products.

Getting to know Jamaican food gets you in touch with an amazingly diverse and interesting culture.

Expand your horizons by enjoying saltfish, fried dumplings or even fried plantains — which taste and look like their close cousins, the banana. Even steamed cabbage is a Caribbean food.

Simple and highly seasoned rice and peas is another Jamaican favorite. So are fruit juice drinks and yes, even Jamaican rum has a fan or two.

Have you tried curried goat?

You may not have, but it’s more likely you’ve had jerk chicken, another specialty from Jamaica.

If you look around at Jamaican food online sites, you’ll see lots of talk about Jamaican patties — hardy, full-meal meat turnovers that are somewhat like a differently seasoned Mexican empanada. Its fun to make your own, but you can also order them over the Internet and have them shipped overnight from Caribbean food shops.

When it’s time for dessert, try some potato pudding, a spiced-coconut gizzada tart, some grater cake, a banana fritter or a couple of coconut drops. They’re all traditional Jamaican sweets that are just as enjoyable as they sound.

Jamaican food has gained understanding and high regard around the globe, this is due to many Jamaican’s relocating to different parts of the world.

Considering how tasty Jamaican food, with its highly seasoned fare and worldwide influences is, it’s not surprising that this food has found its way around the world. It’s good food from good people.

Guest Editor: Janice howdidyoucookthat.com

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Why Caribbean food should be part of a heart-healthy diet

Jerk spices packaged in jars

Image via Wikipedia

Enjoying the flavors of the Caribbean doesn’t require a trip to the islands, but it may be one of the smartest health choices you can make.  Caribbean recipes feature many items that are known to have nutritional and health benefits, and there is no shortage of flavors in this food!

Thanks to internet retailers, buying Caribbean groceries online makes it easy to recreate the delicious cultural mix that makes island food so delicious.

Some people may have heard of the DASH diet (dietary approaches to stop hypertension), which is full of beans, fish, vegetables, and fruit.  Fish is well known for it’s ability to protect against heart disease by providing a natural source of omega-3 fatty acids.  Many Caribbean recipes such as escovitch, fritters and soup feature fish, which is abundant in island nations.  Beans are another food with important health benefits- varieties such as gungo, kidney and blackeye have been shown to reduce blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels, and even lower blood sugar in diabetics.  Caribbean recipes are also well known for the rich, spicy flavors that people love, but did you know that spicy food can actually improve your metabolism and suppress your appetite?  Do a quick search for Caribbean food online and you will see that many dishes are spicy and feature fish, vegetables, and fruit that all offer numerous health benefits.

When shopping for Caribbean  groceries, you will see that there are many places that offer fruits and vegetables in various forms that are made for use in Caribbean recipes.  West Indian groceries are full of health benefits- for example, a single guava fruit is lower in calories than an apple but is packed with vitamin C, potassium, and fiber.  Another fruit that you will run across when shopping for Caribbean groceries online is the mango.

Popular in a number of Caribbean recipes, mangoes provide vitamin A, iron, and calcium.

The history of Caribbean recipes is as diverse as the culture of these islands.  The original tribes that inhabited the islands, the Arawaks and Carib, ate diets rich in locally caught fish, native fruits, and vegetables.  When European travelers and slaves from West Africa reached the islands, they brought with them wheat, onions, garlic, beef, okra, callaloo, and mangoes, among other foods.  When you read about Caribbean food online, you will see that it is made with strong influences from all of these cultures.  The good thing for those hoping to try a Caribbean diet is that many West Indian groceries can now be purchased online from stores such as Tee’s Caribbean recipe kits.

When you buy Caribbean groceries online, spices and sauces are the most important things to look for.  You will want to look for curry powder, pimento, ginger, cinnamon, annatto, jerk sauce and flavorsome marinades.  You will also want to read about Caribbean cooking techniques, which are a mixture of cultural influences just like the food.

So now you know how healthy Caribbean food is, what tasty dishes will you be cooking in your kitchen???

Editor Rohan – West Indian groceries online

 
 

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A New Look for Tee’s Caribbean Recipe Kits?

For those of you who logged on to Tee’s Caribbean recipe kits and thought, “woooah” yes guys…we have given the store a bit of a new look.
You spoke and we listened you said you wanted more variety, information etc and we got to work on it (and them some).

Over the last few weeks we have been adding, adjusting, preening and the result… a new look store that we hope all our loyal and soon to be customers will love.

We have added more information to the site, so you can really indulge and find out about all things Caribbean. We have also added more social networking options, so if you see something in the store you or a friend might like, you can like it via facebook icons (located throughout the site).

We’ve also put our new arrival items on the home page of the store, so once you visit us you can see in an instant what products have just arrived!

And the piste de resistance….wait for it…..yes guys we have now added an entertainment area to the site!!!!!

So for those of you who want to feed your Classic reggae addictions (think Bob Marley, toots and the Maytals) or those of you who want more up to date stuff like Movado, Vybz Kartel, Beenie man we have a wide variety in store.

So be sure to browse the store regularly,as we will be constantly adding to this exciting new range.

“Phew” Now how’s that for a new look store… “Smiles”
 

 

 

 

 

Editor Sherene – Jamaican & Caribbean groceries online in the UK


 
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Posted by on July 15, 2011 in Store Updates

 

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