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February 2020 - The Trinidad & Tobago Creole Box

Posted by JAMILA AUGUSTIN on

It’s carnival in Trinidad & Tobago and this month we’re celebrating our African heritage and its lasting impact on our food and culture!


From dishes like callaloo, pelau, coo coo, breadfruit oil down, stewed peas, soups, salt fish buljol and ground provision to hearty snacks and finger foods like accra, souse, corn soup, boiled & roasted corn, fried & roasted bakes to sweet treats like sweet bread, tamarind balls, sugar cake, toolum, paw paw (papaya) balls and chip chip, our African heritage is vibrant in our food landscape!


Read the inspiration behind the theme for this month's box in this blog post as we pay homage and say THANK you to our African ancestors.

Malika & Jamila

XOXO

Trinidad Yellow Pepper Sauce


A staple in any Trinbagonian home, used as a condiment for any dish. A blend of hot peppers pimento and shadon beni (culantro), vinegar, garlic and mustard.

Pimento Sauce





Pimento is a seasoning pepper. It is flavorful without the heat and is a common ingredient in green seasoning. This pimento sauce is a blend of pimento peppers, shadon beni (culantro), garlic, mustard and vinegar and is a great substitute when fresh pimento peppers aren’t available.

Creole Seasoning


Marinade made of a blend of various herbs, onion, papaya and molasses, that can be used for poultry, meat or seafood. For enhanced flavor, marinate 24 hours prior to cooking.

Browning


Introduced by our African ancestors, it is burnt sugar that has been caramelized. This is the foundation for stewing (or “browning”) any type of meat. The meat is added to the caramelized sugar which gives it its brown color and rich gravy.  Bottled browning may be used instead if you haven’t yet mastered your timing.

Coconut Milk Powder


Coconut milk is a vital ingredient in many quintessential Trinbagonian dishes from our African heritage like callaloo, bread fruit oil down and cook-ups like pelau and okra (ochro) and rice. This coconut milk powder is a great alternative when fresh coconuts are not available to make coconut milk yourself.

Corn Meal


Made from dried, ground corn it is the main ingredient in popular Caribbean dishes like cornmeal dumplings, pastelles, fungie and the very popular coo coo in Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados and Antigua & Barbuda. Coo coo is most often eaten with callaloo and stewed fish.

Cook Up Seasoning


Our Africans ancestors introduced “one-pot” dishes now referred to as a “cook-up”, the most popular of which is pelau. This cook-up seasoning is a dry blend of herbs, spices, black pepper, onion powder and garlic powder.

Thyme Leaves


Perfect for peas, stews or soups, these natural granulated thyme leaves are sourced in Jamaica and one pack is equivalent to 4 oz. of fresh thyme.

Sweet Treats

Some classic sweet snacks from our African heritage that we enjoyed during our childhood and still enjoy today.

Toolum


A traditional hard, chewy snack. Made of grated coconut and molasses, which gives it its dark brown color. All natural and contains no preservatives. It possesses many vitamins and minerals including iron, calcium and magnesium. It’s believed that its creation lays in the first sugar plantations in Trinbago.

Tamarind Balls


The pulp from the tamarind fruit combined with sugar and rolled into balls.

SPECIAL EDITION RECIPE COLLECTORS CARDS

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WHAT IS CALLALOO BOX

We are two sisters from Trinidad & Tobago, Malika and Jamila and we founded Callaloo Box in 2017. Callaloo Box is a Trinidad and Tobago & Caribbean subscription box service & online grocery delivering seasonings, condiments, spices, pepper sauces, drinks, snacks and more directly to your door.

WHAT'S INSIDE

Our February Box is sold out. New box launches March 1st.
You can shop for some individual items from the box in the Callaloo Grocery here.

No commitment necessary - pause or cancel at any time.

$34.99 / DELIVERY WHEN YOU SIGN UP FOR OUR SUBSCRIPTION.
Click "Subscribe & Save" & then choose either monthly or every 2 months delivery.

To purchase as a gift or One Time Box select One-time purchase above. 

Theme: The Trinidad & Tobago Creole Box

In this box we celebrate our African heritage and its lasting impact on our food and culture. From dishes like callaloo, pelau, coo coo, breadfruit oil down, stewed peas, soups, buljol, salt fish and provision to hearty snacks like accra, souse, corn soup, boiled & roasted corn, fried & roasted bakes to sweet treats like sweet bread, tamarind balls, sugar cake, toolum, paw paw (papaya) balls and chip chip, our African heritage is vibrant in our food landscape.


Trinidad & Tobago is the home of the steel pan, calypso and limbo and this month we celebrate our African ancestral roots that created the Greatest Show on Earth – Trinidad & Tobago Carnival!

SHIPS THROUGHOUT FEBRUARY:

  • Habanero Trinidad - Trinidad Yellow Pepper Sauce
  • Bertie's Pimento Sauce
  • CHIEF Browning
  • CHIEF Corn Meal
  • CHIEF Creole Seasoning
  • CHIEF Cook Up Seasoning
  • Spicy Hills Farms Thyme Leaves
  • Karibbean Flavours Coconut Milk Powder
  • Paula's Toolum
  • Jenesis Delights Tamarind Balls

THREE SPECIAL EDITION RECIPE COLLECTORS CARDS BY POPULAR CARIBBEAN BLOGGER & FOODIE HOMEMADE ZAGAT

  • Trinidad Chicken Pelau
  • Tobago Crab & Callaloo
  • Corn Meal Coo Coo

Callaloo Box is a monthly subscription service with no commitment - you can skip a month or cancel at any time. Journey to the Caribbean through the unique condiments, pepper sauces, seasonings, spices & snacks of the region!

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Subscriptions
  • The final day for new subscribers to sign up for the current month's box is the last day of each month.
  • Subscriptions auto-renew on the 15th of each month and every 2nd month for 2 month deliveries.
  • No waiting to receive your first box: We ship One-Time boxes / your 1st box 1-2 days after purchase & subsequent boxes between the 16-18th of the month.

One-time purchases
You will receive the current month's box offerings.  You will be charged only once when you purchase.

"More than just spices, Callaloo Box is a journey to the Caribbean packing in 6-8 culinary items in every box, including seasonings and spices, red pepper sauces and other popular condiments, and even a few traditional snack items. A perfect way to enjoy that spicy island vibe throughout the year, add a little bit of that West Indies heat and flavor to all your at-home meal creations."

- Cratejoy Review


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