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I love New York, but my heart has a Caribbean beat. It pulsates to the traditions of my people. Attuned to the rhythms of this City, I stay West Indian to the bone. I reflect. I analyze. I speak my mind. ~ I Keep it Irie ~

Delicious Home-cooked Caribbean Meals

Most of what I eat is home-cooked by me. And pretty much most of those dishes are native to my beautiful homeland Barbados and the wider Caribbean region. Be it breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert, I almost always have a taste of my beloved Caribbean spicing up whatever I cook. Over the past few years, I’ve produced vlogs and photo stories sharing recipes of many of these dishes with my growing circle of American and international friends. I’m happy to share some of those creations now in this photo gallery.

From Bajan salt bread, jam puffs and our national dish “Coucou and Flying Fish,” to Trinidad-style dhalpuri roti and chicken pelau, Jamaican jerk cuisine and dumplings, to and Vincy-style coconut drops, hot cross buns and peanut brittle, I present an array of my delectable homemade Caribbean dishes. My diet is predominantly fish/seafood and I occasionally eat chicken, so the photos will reflect this. All photos were taken with my trusty iPhone camera.

Should you require a recipe for anything you see, please don’t hesitate to ask, I’ll be happy to share.  So, please tell me, what is your favorite Caribbean dish? Comment below!

~ I Keep it Irie ~

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14 thoughts on “Delicious Home-cooked Caribbean Meals

  1. Shawn King on said:

    Coconut bread followed closely by cassava pone. This brings so many memories to mind that I will bake some tonight !

    • Thanks Shawnie! You imagine coconut bread is one of my absolute faves and I didn’t post a photo of one? Lol! The only photo I have of one I made is too out of focused.:-( You and I share two of the same faves, please save me a slice when yuh mek it! Please and thanks lol!

      • Thanks for visiting and sharing Robin!:-) You just took me back to those delicious Bajan Sunday lunches when I was growing up! Those were the highlight of the week! I could imagine how your mom used to throw down. You made me smiled with the “peas and rice” comment, so true lol! And ooh, fish cakes are definitely one of my weakness, whoever created those needs a statue in his or her hono(u)r! I definitely feel you as well on the plantains, I need intervention when it comes to those lol! Thanks again!:-)

  2. Robin on said:

    My absolute favorite dish in the world is Barbadian style rice and peas. Growing up we ate rice and peas (or peas and rice!) just about every Sunday with my mother’s delicious roast chicken or turkey, or scrumptious roast pork (my favorite meat) or roast beef or lamb shanks. Coucou and codfish is probably my second favorite dish. Fishcakes are a delectable delight any time. Bajan dishes always make me think of my growing-up years. It’s healthy, and it’s real comfort food. Oh! And fried plantain is one of my favorite snacks.

  3. Jennifer on said:

    Just showed these pics to my co workers. Think I could get you a gig as a personal chef kid! Colorful , such a delight to the eye. My household eats a lot of fish and seafood so those dishes resonate with me…..yes with plantains ! my favorite Caribbean meal though will always be the home made soup! Nothing like it.

    • Hahaha! Thanks Jen! I’m most flattered.:-)

      Yes, that homemade soup is the truth! Man, when my mother makes it (my fave is okra slush soup tho), I tell you, I would eat/drink a belly full and then let the “ethnic fatigue” hit me lol! When I was a lil girl and the neighbo(u)rhood was different, I pulled many a post soup naps outside on our breezy lil hill under the coconut tree. Man, that was the sweetest sleep!:-)

  4. Moni on said:

    I am impressed and totally enjoyed seeing those photos. Everything is so beautifully presented and the macaroni and cheese, roti and Trini pelau looked especially tantilizing! Great job!!

    • Awwww, thank you, Moni. Nuch appreciated! I’m working on getting my pelau at least half as sexy as yours!:-) Lol! Thanks for visiting and your kind words. Bless.

  5. Anthony A on said:

    OMG! What a day, what a day. Was just talking bout the lack of Caribbean cuisine on this side. And here I see your plethora of options. Mouth here salivating profusely. Gratitude. Gratitude.

    Your food is a such a treat. I look forward to when next I can partake of the goodness that flows from your gifted hands.

    If you can, send me some recipes. Random ones, any number. I’ll try them out. Seafood even. Ayanna and Alani can be my taste testers for that though.

    • Lol! Thanks for the props Ant! I don’t cook up big pots like I used to, but hopefully that will change this summer. I plan to make time to do a lil cook up here and there for friends. Just let me know what you wish to try and I’ll put together a recipe for you, I tend to just make up some dishes as I go or add my own jazz to traditional Caribbean cuisine! Thanks again and talk to you/see you soon! Bless up.:-)

  6. Diana on said:

    Gotta say there isn’t much on the Barbados food list that I don’t like….macaroni pie and sweet bread are staples in our house though. Flying fish is amazing as well. We would love to have a recipe for salt bread to make some buns and the jam puffs are also wanted… Would you be so kind to share your recipes with our Bajan/Canadian household?

    • Hi Diana, Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog. I appreciate the “love.” Things are a bit hectic with me at present, but kindly give me a few days to get back to you. Please send me an email at to remind me and I’ll give you further information there. Thanks again and One Love.:-)

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