This is a photo of the Caribbean. And if it isn’t that obvious, there are lots of islands. Not just the well-known ones such as Jamaica, Barbados, Dominican Republic, Cuba or Bahamas. I can bet there are some you have never heard of before. The only reason why I am putting this out there is because I have met people who don’t know they exist or think they are all one and the same.
So I am originally from St.Lucia, which is one of the smaller islands in the southern part of the Caribbean. I lived there till I moved to Canada in 2016. Normally, I go back on my summer and winter breaks, but we are in a pandemic and just because you can travel, doesn’t mean you should. So the last time I was there was back in January and I am really missing home right now.
Living with my mom means that I have that little piece of back home because she tries to cook some of the things I like, such as pork, fish cake, fig salad and fried plantain. And I will not sit here judging her because I cannot cook myself. But honestly, the things I love, doesn’t know how to do, or can’t do as well as my grandmother, and thats okay because it means that I can save it for the next time I am back there. Like
- dal puri and suhari, which is more of an indian caribbean dish. My moms side of the family is caribbean indians so I grew up having a lot of their foods.
- dumpling and cocoa tea
- barbeque meat [it does not taste the same in Canada]
- local juices, piton shandy, piton malk, lucozade, supligen,
- cassava bread
- creole bread
- fried bakes
- a nice ham cooked in beer
- fresh lobster
And since my landlord is Jamaican/my second family, it means I have gotten used to their food as well. Like:
- jerk pork
- rice and peas
- stew peas
- fried dumpling
- corn porridge
- hardo bread
I know that there are restaurants which sell Caribbean food, especially when you live somewhere as multicultural as Toronto, but it doesn’t feel the same you know. I remember seeing this place sell a roti, which honestly was a burrito. Rotis don’t have rice and salad.
- I probably messed up those names with my spelling, which is why I am going to add a few photos.
- Since the island have a cultural relationship, we share a lot of the same foods, just different names. For example. St.Lucians say fish cake, Jamaicans say fritas. St.Lucians say fried bakes, Jamaicans say fried dumpling.
- In St.Lucia, most times, I know where my meat comes from because its locally sourced. Either we know the person or we grew it ourselves or bought it and slaughtered it. Sorry vegans
- These are not my photos. I got them on websites
- These are not the only foods out there. These are just the ones that I love.
Saint Lucian Food
Anyway that’s all. I know its a bit different but I enjoyed writing this.