Saturday, January 7, 2012

Caribbean Travel Recipes

Caribbean Travel Adventures

Recipes from the Caribbean

These are recipes that are based on Caribbean Recipes that we have come across and have changed
to suit our taste. We have gone thru a trial and error process to obtain the best taste.

Why not start with is Black Bean Soup then...Chicken Tagine

Key Lime Pie...


For the crust:
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (10 crackers)
1/4 cup sugar
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted
A Store bought crust is ok to use, the crust is "even"

For the filling:
6 extra-large egg yolks, at room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk ( We use Eagle Brand )
2 tablespoons grated lime zest
3/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (about one bag)(strain)
Note: Key Limes are MUCH better than regular limes, you can use regular limes
but the taste is different. A lime squeezer is a big help.
1 tablespoon rum
3/4 cup sour cream
(For a stronger lime taste, cut back on the sour cream or you can leave it out)

For the topping:
1 cup (1/2 pint) cold heavy cream
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoon rum
Thin lime wedges, or have some extra zest to sprinkle on top. There is a lot
of lime in the pie,the lime slices can be over powering. The slices do make a good visual
if set around the edge.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
For the crust, combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter in a bowl. Press into a 9-inch pie pan, making sure the sides and the bottom are an even thickness. Bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely.

For the filling, beat the egg yolks and sugar on high speed in the bowl with a electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment for 5 minutes, until thick. With the mixer on medium speed, add the condensed milk, lime zest, and lime juice and sour cream. Pour into the baked pie shell and freeze.

For the decoration, beat the heavy cream on high speed in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment until soft peaks form.
Add the sugar and vanilla and rum and beat until firm. Spoon or pipe decoratively onto the pie and decorate with lime. Freeze for several hours or overnight.

NOTE: bake for about 15 to 20 minutes at 350 degrees, we take the raw egg warning seriously,(read below) therefore we bake the pie (allow to cool), before adding the topping

Consuming raw and lightly cooked eggs  increases the risk of salmonella or other food-borne illness. To reduce this risk, if you use raw eggs(recipe calls for raw egg yolks) use only fresh, properly refrigerated, clean grade A or AA eggs with intact shells, and avoid contact between the yolks or whites and the shell. We separate using our hands.Most key lime recipes call for raw egg yolks!!

This recipe is the result of trial and error to get the taste and texture correct.


Note: this makes a lot of soup, you can always cut the recipe in half.

12 cups,3 bags of black beans
6 26 oz quarts of chicken stock
3 cups diced carrots
5 cups diced onion
3 cups diced celery
1 to 2 lbs of sausage
  depends on amount of meat you like in a soup.
  sausage can be Andouille,Kielbasa and some Carrizo.
  cook before adding to soup
2 28oz cans of diced tomatoes drained
2 6oz cans of tomato paste
4 tablespoons of garlic
1 tablespoon onion powder
2 tablespoons of cumin
1 tablespoon of cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon of chili powder
1 cup of butter
1 tablespoon of black pepper
1 tablespoon of salt, to taste, chicken stock contains salt
1 to 2 cups of red wine

Tablespoons are "full" not rounded

You need a LARGE soup pot, 24 to 30 quart pot

Black beans take a long time to cook,sort the beans before soaking. Soak
the beans overnight. Allow up to 8 hours to cook the beans, you may need
to add more stock. Beans need to start to soften, more cooking time later.

Saute the carrots, onions and celery in the butter, add some olive oil
if desired. Add to the stock mix. De glaze the pan with some stock
and add back to the mix.

Add the rest of the ingredients to the stock and continue to cook on a low
boil until the beans are tender. stir occasionally.

When serving the soup, top with a spoonful of sour cream, some shredded
cheddar cheese and finely chopped green onions

This freezes and reheats well in a microwave.


Also called North African Stew

This is not really a Caribbean dish, but the first time we ate this
was on Ambergris caye, Belize. We got a basic recipe from the cook
and have modified it quite a bit!!


Olive Oil, enough to coat bottom of pan
3 onions cut into small chunks(not diced)
2 to 3 tablespoons chopped garlic
2 to 3 lbs. boneless chicken breasts,skinless,
            cut into small chunks, bite size
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
8 or more cinnamon sticks, bruised, also put cinnamon
           sticks into any leftovers for reheating
1 to 2 teaspoons cumin, first time making try just one tsp
1 teaspoon ginger
3 tablespoons flour, white or wheat
3 small to medium eggplants,cut into bite size pieces
2 red bell peppers,diced, green will work
18 ounces mushrooms, thin sliced
5 cups chicken broth
2, 15 ounce cans of tomatoes, with herbs, drained
3, 15 ounce cans of chickpeas, drain and rinse
2 cups of dried apricots, chopped
1 tablespoon salt, salt to your taste
1 tablespoon pepper, fresh ground if possible
chopped cilantro as a garnish

note: you can also add 2 tablespoons of honey and 1/2 teaspoon turmeric,
        we personally don"t care for the turmeric

Over a medium heat, heat the oil, add the onions and garlic, cook slighty,
may also cook the peppers a little. Add the flour and the chicken and cook
until seared. Part way through the searing add the ground cinnamon,cumin,
ginger,honey and turmeric. May want to add some of the chicken broth
to the pan while cooking the chicken. Don't burn the spices.
You want some of the spices to attach to the chicken

Combine the above and the rest on the ingredients into a soup pot,
mushrooms,tomatoes,chicken stock,eggplant,apricots,chickpeas,
salt and pepper.

Simmer until the eggplant, chickpeas and chicken are tender

Add cilantro on top of a bowl or plate and serve

Of course, feel free to modify to your taste.

Caribbean Events and Festivals

Caribbean Events and Festivals

This list is provided by Caribbean Travel Adventures.

Planning a vacation?? Want to know what events are taking place at your destination??



Note: the dates are provided by 3rd parties, we do not guarantee the dates are accurate and have not been changed. Please check your destination web site for any changes or we can check for you. If a festival is important in making your travel plans, be sure that the dates are accurate.We try to post any new festivals asap and we cross reference several sites.

Carnival in the Caribbean

Country - Month

Anguilla -  August
Antigua -  July or August
Aruba -  February
Bahamas  - December or January
Belize -  February
Bermuda -  May
Brazil - Rio de Janeiro - Februart 17th/21st
Cancun -  February and March
Curacao -  January
Dominica -  February or March
Dominican Republic -  February
Grenada -  August 10th/14th
Guadeloupe -  February or March
Jamaica -  April
Martinique -  February or March
Puerto Rico -  February or March
Saba -  July
St. Kitts -  December
St. Lucia -  June
St. Martin -  February
St. Maarten -  April
St. Thomas - April (runs for the month) (link to dates .
Trinidad and Tobago -  February or March
Virgin Islands -  April, May, June, or July


•Barbados Jazz Festival
•Rhythm and Blues Festival in U.S.V.I.
•Grenada Sailing Competition
•Mayan Village Show in Cancun
•Junkanoo Jump Up in Turks and Caicos
•Who Cares Wahoo Tournament in Turks and Caicos
•Panorama Steel Pan Festival in Trinidad and Tobago
•Round the Island Race in Antigua
•Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts
•Classic Yacht Regatta in St. Martin/St. Maarten
•San Sebastian Street Festival and Ponce Carnival in Puerto Rico
•Rebel Salute Music Festival in Jamaica
*Jazz & Blues in Jamaica
* Calypso Show in Dominica

•Trinidad and Tabago Amateur Ladies Golf Open
•British Virgin Islands De Caribbean Regatta
•Jamaica Pineapple Cup
•Bermuda Couples Golf Tournament
•Puerto Rico Freefall Festival
•Bahamas Annual Track and Field Classic
•Barbados Holetown Festival
•Nautical Week in Martinique
•Valentines Day Cup in Turks and Caicos
•Holetown Festival in Barbados
•St. Croix International Regatta in U.S.V.I.
•Valentine Jump Up in U.S.V.I.
•Sweethearts of the Caribbean and Classic Yacht Regatta in B.V.I.
•Rum Cay Day Festival in the Bahamas
•Casals Festival in Puerto Rico
•Maricao Coffee Festival in Puerto Rico
*Carnival in Dominica
*Carnival in Trinidad & Tobago
*Reggae Film Festival in Jamaica
*Free Fall Festival in Puerto Rico
*Carnival Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, February 17th / 21st.
*Bob Marley festival, Ambergris Caye, Belize, February 6th/7th,

•Spanish Town Fishermam's Jamboree/Annual Wahoo Fishing Tournament in B.V.I.
•Grenada Classic Yacht Regatta
•Cayman Swordfish Challenge
•Ladies Pro-Am Golf Classic on Bermuda
•Transcaraibe des Passionnés in Martinique
•La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge in Belize
•Jazz Artists on the Green in Trinidad and Tobago
•Tobago International Game Fishing Tournament in Trinidad and Tobago
•Bermuda International Film Festival
•Heineken Regatta in St. Martin/St. Maarten
•Mardi Croix Parade in U.S.V.I.
•St. John Blues Festival in U.S.V.I.
•BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival
•Caribbean Arts Festival in B.V.I.
•PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open
•Taste of Rum in Puerto Rico
*International Kite Festival in Antigua
*Carnival in Jamaica

•Sailing Week in Antigua
•Classic Yacht Regatta of Antigua
•A Taste of St. Croix in U.S.V.I.
•Aruba Piano Festival
•Island Roots Festival in the Bahamas
•Aqua Festival in Martinique
•Salt Cay Splashdown Days in Turks and Caicos
•St. Martin Open
•Rincon International Film Festival in Puerto Rico
•Soborea Puerto Rico
*Taste of St. Croix
*St. Thomas Carnival (month of April,dates above)

•The St. Croix triathlon in U.S.V.I.
•International Ecofest in Dominica
•St. Lucia Jazz Festival - May 5th/13th
•El Festival de la Palabra in Puerto Rico
•Jamaica Golf Classic
•Jamaica Fiber Festival
•Barbados Gospelfest
•Aruba Soul Beach Music Festival
•Urban Fiesta in Puerto Rico
•Antigua and Barbuda Sports Fishing Tournament
•Cancun Jazz Festival
•South Caicos Regatta in Turks and Caicos
•Windvibes Kite Boarding Tournament in Turks and Caicos
•Big South Regatta in Turks and Caicos
•Cashew Day in Belize
•Angostura Tobago Sail Week in Trinidad and Tobago
•Taste T&T Festival in Trinidad and Tobago
•St. Martin Billfish Tournament
•Festival of Laughter in St. Martin/St. Maarten
•Barbados Celtic Festival
*Creole & All that Jazz in Dominica
*Carriacou Maroon & String Band Festival in Grenada

•Goombay Festival in the Bahamas
•Rock D Spice Festival in Grenada
•Caribbean Fashion Week in Jamaica
•Tobago Underwater Carnival
•Jadot Cup in Turks and Caicos
•North Caicos Exravaganza in Turks and Caicos
•Fools Regatta in Turks and Caicos
•Dia de San Pedro in Belize
•San Pedro Lobster Festival in Belize
 LOBSTER FEST IS JUNE 15TH THRU JUNE 23RD(announced dates)
•Tobago International Gospel Festival in Trinidad and Tobago
•Jazz and Latin Music Festival in Aruba
•Aruba International Film Festival in Aruba
•St. Martin Music Festival
•St. Martin/St. Maarten Fashion Week
•Dennery Fish Festival in St. Lucia
•Fishermen's Fest in St. Lucia
•Pineapple Festival in the Bahamas
•Espíritu Santo in the Dominican Republic
•Cultural Festival in the Dominican Republic
•Latin Music Festival in the Dominican Republic
•Wind Cup Wind Surfing in the Dominican Republic
•Puerto Rican Heineken Jazz Festival
•Ocho Rio Jazz Festival in Jamaica
*St. Kitts Music Festival

•Merengue Festival in the Dominican Republic
•Crop Over Festival of Barbados
•Bermuda Big Game Classic
•Reggae Sumfest in Jamaica
•Carriacaou Regatta Festival in Grenada
•Highland Spring HIHO in B.V.I.
•Festival del Merengue in the Dominican Republic
•Caronlina International Jazz Festival
•Makka Pro Surf Contest in Jamaica
•Portland Jerk Festival in Jamaica
•Little Ochie Seafood Festival in Jamaica
*Carnival in St. Lucia
*Carnival (start of) in Antigua July 28/August 7th.

•Crop Over Festival of Barbados
•Caribbean Chess Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago
•Yole Boat Race in Martinique
•Middle Caicos Day in Turks and Caicos
•Deer Dance Day in Belize
•Emancipation Celebration in Trinidad and Tobago
•Tobago Heritage Festival in Trinidad and Tobago
•Carib Great Race in Trinidad and Tobago
•Mango and Pineapple Festival
•Non Mariners Race in Bermuda
•Rose Festival in August
•St. Thomas Open in U.S.V.I.
•Emancipation Festival in B.V.I.
*Carnival Grenada - August 10th/14th

•Jolly Harbour Regatta in Antigua
•Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival
•Jamaica Rock and Blues Jam
•St. George's Cay Day in Belize
•Bermuda Jazz Festival
•San Juan International Billfish Tournament in Puerto Rico

•Creole Week in the Dominican Republic
•Harvest Moon Race of St. Croix in U.S.V.I.
•National Warri Festival of Antigua
•Annual Pro-Am Regatta in B.V.I.
•Isla Mujeres International Music Festival in Cancun
•San Fernando Jazz Festival in Trinidad and Tobago
•PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda
•King Edward VII Golf Cup in Bermuda
•Bermuda Music Festival
•Bermuda Culinary Arts Festival
•Feast of La Marguerite in St. Lucia
•International Creole Day in St. Lucia
•Billfish Tournament in St. Lucia
•Conch Festival in the Bahamas
•International Culture Festival in the Bahamas
•Bahamas National Trust Wine and Art Festival
•Puerto Plata Festival in the Dominican Republic
•Dominican Republic Jazz Festival

•Caribbean Culture Festival in Cancun
•Turk and Caicos Conch Festival
•Battle of the Drums in Belize
•World Rugby Classic in Bermuda
•Barbados Food & Wine & Rum Festival
•Festival of Puerto Rican Music
*Pirate Week in Cayman Islands

•Hatillo Festival of the Innocents in Puerto Rico
•Reggae Marathon in Jamaica
•Cayman Islands Marathon
•Jazz à la Martinique
•Carrefour Mondial de Guitare in Martinique
•Lord Nelson's New Year's Eve Pursuit Race in Antigua
•National Day in St. Lucia
•Bahamas International Film Festival
•Abaco Christimas Festival in the Bahamas
•Dominican Republic International Film Festival
*Festival of Lights in St. Lucia
*Carnival in St. Kitts

AGAIN -- Check your destinations web site, dates can change and events cancelled.


January 11 Public Lecture 7:00p.m. Bliss Centre Lecture on the Maya calendar and 2012 by Dr. Mark Van Stone.
January 12 Public Lecture San Ignacio Hotel Traditional Healers Workshop, George Price Center (Cahal Pech)

February 18 Maya Festival Altun Ha Kinich Ahau Art Exhibit
March 9 Nat. Heroes & Benefactors (Maya leaders) Belize Annual NICH event
Mar 20-21 Vernal Equinox Caracol Overnight at Caracol to witness equinox. Will include ceremony by Maya priests, and traditional Maya food.

April 1 – 15 May TravelingExhibition Country wide Exhibition highlighting Maya artistic achievements and significant historical moments in Belizean history.
May 18-21 Cacao Festival Toledo Festival celebrating the Maya domestication and use of
cacao. Maya deer dance and other activities
June 17 Lamanai Canoe Challenge Orange Walk Canoe Race From Lamanai to Orange Walk Town.
June 20-21 Solstice (1 of 2) Caracol Overnight at Caracol for Solstice. Will include ceremony by Maya priests and traditional Maya food
June 26-29 Archaeology Symposium San Ignacio Annual IOA-ISCR Anthropology Symposium. Special Topic: Time and the Maya
July 4-6 Bze. Film Fest Belize City Annual Event that will feature some films that celebrate
Maya culture
August 2-5 Costa Maya San Pedro Annual fair in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
August San Joaquin Fiesta San Joaquin Annual community fair in the Maya village of San Joaquin in Corozal District.
Sept. 21-22 AutumnalEquinox Caracol Overnight at Caracol to witness equinox. Will include ceremony by Maya priests and traditional Maya food
Oct.12-14 World Indigenous Music Fest.Belize City Musical festival at Bliss Centre for Performing Arts. Will feature indigenous music from the Americas.
Nov. 22-24 Dance X Belize 2012 Belize City Special Dance festival at the Bliss Centre for Performing Arts.
Dec. 12 Mass Wedding Cahal Pech This 12-12-12 event will be available for a limited number of participants who will have an opportunity to celebrate their wedding at the Cahal Pech Maya site.
Dec. 21 Festival Cahal Pech Lubaantun
Dec 20-21 Solstice Caracol Cahal Pech
Closing event with performance, music, fire ceremony, and
torch run. Will also include a musical concert

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