One of the secrets to the flavorful Caribbean food that so many people love is browning. What is browning you may ask. It is sugar that is boiled and burnt until it is black and gives wonderful flavor to many Caribbean dishes, including our Fruitcake (aka Black cake).
It is used a lot in the French Caribbean islands, like Dominica and Martinique in dishes like Pelau (Rice cooked with pigoen peas and chicken or sometimes crab) and even in simple stew chicken. It gives the food color and flavor, so improves the food, both aesthetically and gastronomically.
You can find browning in any market that carries Caribbean products – any Asian fruit and veg. stand in Flatbush, Richmond Hill, Harlem and many other neighborhoods carry browning. You can also find it at Kalustyan’s, the market I always advocate to find anything!
Experiment with some browning and create your own unique dishes with the Caribbean touch – Let me know what you come up with! – I am always looking for suggestions and great recipes!!
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