Sunday, 9 September 2007

Rice and peas, peas and rice


Have you ever tried ackee and saltfish? Macaroni pie? Ever sandwiched a pattie in a soft, sweet coco bread? Do you think Solomon Gundy must be a misspelling of a classic nursery rhyme*?

If you've never travelled to the Caribbean you've probably been missing out on the best of West Indian cuisine. According to Wade Lyn's post on word of mouth, The Observer's food blog, "recent research revealed that in Yorkshire 51% of people have tried a samosa and 46% a Thai curry, while across the whole country, only 13% have tried a Caribbean pattie..."

The question of some cuisines becoming more mainstream than others is a complex one that could be the subject of a PhD thesis. It's worth reading the lively debate in the comments section of the word of mouth post; it provides lots of hypotheses and recommendations from readers for place to find the best jerk and rice and peas.

*Solomon Gundy is a spicy smoked herring paste from Jamaica.

5 comments:

frances said...

I NEED a rum punch and a walk in that photograph.....

Thomas Lefebvre said...

Give peas a chance

steph said...

oooh, ackee and saltfish, yuummmmmmmm....
bami and callaloo!!!!
real mangoes...

patricia said...

never tasted patties,
blasphemy!

J said...

Yum yum. Maybe I should do another PhD...