Sunshine Flavours from the Caribbean Creole Kitchen by Vanessa Bolosier
“ …in my Creole Kitchen you’ll find laughter, ancestral stories, childhood memories, inherited recipes, tradition an d a blend of culinary brilliance from those I learned from throughout the years. In my Creole Kitchen you’ll chop fresh herbs, clean fresh whole fish with splashes of freshly squeezed lime. You will experience fresh chillies and will end up smelling aromas you’ve never smelled before, that trigger an instant sense of comfort.
The food from my Creole Kitchen is simple, easy to make yet comforting. It reflects the rustic Amerindians love for seafood, African customary usage of tubers and a tradition of slow-cooked stews. French, Spanish, Portuguese Dutch and English cooking techniques and a myriad of spices help to bring the flavours together.
My Creole Kitchen brings people together around the one thing that matters most when you celebrate life on the islands; food. It is the place that encloses secret recipes, memories and traditions I often revisit for a sense of home ”.
From Mutton Colombo to Creole Cassoulet, Coconut Slaw to Saltfish Fritters, from Flambé Bananas to Coconut Flan and rum-laced punch and cocktails, this original collection of 100 mouth-watering recipes is for anyone with a sense of adventure who longs for sunshine flavours. Perfect for summer recipe ideas with a Caribbean twist.
Born in Guadeloupe, Vanessa Bolosier is half-Guadeloupian and half-Martiniquan. She moved to France when she was 17 to work as a fashion model, and on moving to London, concentrated on her true love – food.
Vanessa founded her company, Carib Gourmet in 2011, specialising in luxury Caribbean food and confectionery including the award-winning Coco Gourmand coconut sweets. She also runs a cookery school and supper club.
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Creole Kitchen is published by Pavilion Books
images by Clare Winfield