Creole sauce, or ketchup-based condiment with herbs (Saint Barthélemy)

Tweet Saint Barthélemy or St. Bart(h)s for short is a small island nation on the Caribbean. “Discovered” by Columbus, for a short time St. Barts was a colony of Sweden, but this only shows in a few places, like the country’s coat of arms and the name of the capital city (Gustavia) and its airport […]

Black bean, red pepper and squash casserole (Martinique)

Tweet Martinique is an island in the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean and an overseas region of France, so a part of the Eurozone and officially French-speaking, though the local Creole is also used. The French have also influenced the local culture. Martinique was “found” by Columbus, though it had been been inhabited by indigenous […]

“Shrimp” with mushrooms and dill (Cayman Islands)

Tweet Cayman Islands are a “British Overseas Territory” consisting of three small islands located in the Caribbean. Columbus originally called them Las Tortugas (tortoises), but soon later they were named after the caiman, a close relative of the alligator. There is no evidence of indigenous inhabitation before the settlers arrived. Nowadays the place is best […]

Sòpi di binja, or dessert soup with red wine and prunes (Bonaire)

Tweet Bonaire is a special municipality of the Netherlands, which consists of the tiny island Bonaire and an even smaller uninhabited islet in the Caribbean. It used to be a part of the Netherlands Antilles until 2010 when the country was dissolved. The population is only about 16,000 and speaks Dutch and Papiamentu, a Creole […]

Mashed sweet potatoes with roasted garlic (Virgin Islands)

Tweet Virgin Islands are a part of the Lesser Antilles, which form the border between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. They were originally named by Columbus, after a Catholic legend. The eastern islands form the British Virgin Islands and the western ones form the United States Virgin Islands (which used to belong to […]

Ginger “chicken” with sherry (Grenada)

Tweet Grenada is a tiny island country in the Caribbean sea and a part of the Commonwealth, consisting of the main island Grenada and six smaller islands in the Grenadines, all of them of volcanic origin. Together they only have 110,000 inhabitants. Despite being one of the smallest countries in the world, it has earned […]

Curried peanut “chicken” (Curaçao)

Tweet Curaçao is an island country in the Caribbean. It was a part of the Netherlands Antilles until October 2010, when they were dissolved. However, it remains a constituent country of the Netherlands. Originally inhabited by Arawak Indians, the culture of the country has been influenced by both Dutch and Spanish ones. There is also […]

Colombo de poulet, or curried vegetable and “chicken” soup (Guadeloupe)

Tweet Guadeloupe is an archipelago located in the Caribbean, in the Lesser Antilles. It is an overseas region of France and thus a part of the EU, using the euro as its official currency. It was named by Cristopher Columbus after the Spanish town of Guadalupe. The islands were devastated by numerous hurricanes in the […]

Black-eyed bean soup (Trinidad)

Tweet Trinidad is the larger of the two main islands that form the Trinidad and Tobago, located just a few kilometers off the coast of Venezuela. The name, given by Columbus, means “trinity” in Spanish. It used to be a British colony until gaining independence in 1962. Only about 60,000 of its about one million […]

Sauce pois, or pureed spiced beans (Haiti)

Tweet Most people only know Haiti as the location of the tragic earthquake in early 2010, and that it is a very poor country, the poorest country in the Americas. It is located in the same island of Hispaniola as Dominican republic. It was the first independent country in Latin America and the first black-led […]