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December 2018 Box Reveal - The Caribbean Christmas Box

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The Caribbean Christmas Box


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Callaloo Box!  And we're very excited!Christmas has always been one of our favorites times of the year. Some of our best childhood memories are from Christmas in Trinidad.


From our mom cleaning and "putting away" the house from top to bottom and the smell of her home made bread in the oven on Christmas Eve night to our dad with the Christmas ham preparations to our aunty and mom making pastelles together while we helped (translation drying the fig leaves) to our granny excitedly hanging the curtains (complete with frills) that she'd make for our bedroom every year to our grampa strumming his bango and the sound of his voice singing parang, these are memories that we will cherish forever!


Today we launch our Christmas Box! We look forward to sharing and reliving all the memories and feelings of home, family and togetherness that Christmas is about.


Let us all embrace the universal principles of Christmas as we give thanks and continue to spread joy, hope, peace & love, not only during this time but all year round!

Malika & Jamila

XOXO


WHAT'S IN THE BOX


Christmas in Trinidad & Tobago and the Caribbean is one of the most festive times of the year, with food at the center of the festivities. From the traditional black cake to sorrel to pastelles, this box will give you a taste of a true Caribbean Christmas.

BLACK CAKE

It’s a moist, decadent cake whose key ingredients are dark dried fruits (prunes, currants and raisins), cherries, rum, brandy and sherry. The fruits are soaked in rum for up to 12 months prior. As the quintessential Caribbean Christmas dessert, it’s customary to offer a slice to guests who visit your home during the Christmas season. It’s best enjoyed with the must-have Trinbago Christmas drinks, sorrel or ponche de crème.

HOT CHOW

A spicy, mustard-based pickled relish containing small chunks of vegetables and tropical fruits most commonly eaten with pastelles and baked ham at Christmas time. But you can be creative and try it with anything! It’s slightly spicy but if you would like to up the spice level, mix with some pepper sauce!

DRIED SORREL

Boil and sweeten with sugar to make this popular Caribbean Christmas drink. Combine with alcoholic beverages to make your own cocktails! Be sure to add cinnamon sticks and cloves while boiling.

CORN MEAL

One of the main components of pastelles (a popular Trinidad & Tobago traditional Christmas food). Pastelles are perfectly balanced savory delicacies - cornmeal pies stuffed with meat, fish or vegetables seasoned with fresh herbs and flavored with raisins, olives and capers wrapped and steamed in a banana leaf.

MIXED ESSENCE

A combination of several tropical fruity extracts and essences. It makes a wonderful flavoring aid in cakes, ice cream, juice, and Indian sweets. A little goes a long way. Only a few drops are required.

PEPPER SAUCE

This mustard based pepper sauce is the perfect condiment for the Christmas season. It pairs excellently with pastelles, hot chow & ham.

SPLIT CHANNA

Salted fried chickpeas spiced with pepper. It was a popular movie theatre snack in Trinbago back in the 1950s and 60s. Today, it’s a staple especially at Christmas time.

SPICES

Add authentic Caribbean flavors to your Christmas baking, drinks & cooking with our spices bundle: Cinnamon, Clove & Nutmeg.

Recipe card by popular Caribbean Blogger HomeMade Zagat



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