Welcome to My Scandiribbean Kitchen!
This started out as a blog where I slowly was putting our collection of recipies together. And I’m far from finished! A blog needs a name, and we decided to call it Evalena’s Scandiribbean Kitchen.
Scandiribbean, in case you haven’t guessed, is a play on the words Scandinavian and Caribbean – fusing our cultural and culinary backgrounds together. The strap line as you have probably noticed is “Flamboyant Fusion Food and Creative Compromise Cuisine”. That means that our kitchen offers something for a spice wuss who likes spice but cannot handle anything too hot. That would be me then. But it must also satisfy those who like to have their teeth kicked in and their tongues bitten off by their food. That would be John and the rest of the family.
Apart from the recipes, I also try to blog about typical Caribbean ingredients, what they are and how they are used. The blog gets about a hundred visitors each day, and other bloggers are linking to our Kitchen, showing a great interest in this type of cooking.
Shortly after the blog was launched we began to receive e-mails from people who couldn’t seem to find some of the ingredients used in the recipes. Living in East London, it is easy to forget that not every corner of Britain, or indeed the rest of the world, is as well stocked, but we like to offer solutions to all problems. We introduced Caribbean food products in our eBay shop and were pleasantly surprised to see how popular they were. We are now in the process of setting up our own web shop Scandiribbean.com where we will be able to offer the same selection of products at a better price since there will be no listing fees or percentage of total sales to pay to a third party. As a special treat, we will also add a range of our own products, from spices and seasoning to sauce and frozen food. We are getting more and more requests for catering and take aways, so keep your eyes peeled to this blog and you’ll be the first to know if and when we have worked up the courage to take that plunge… =)
For all the facebookers out there, we have launched the Scandiribbean Kitchen as a facebook page where, apart from reading recipes, people can add their own and discuss food on the discussion board.
By now you might have guessed that we just love food? That’s it! We love eating it, cooking it, talking about it, watching other people cooking it etc etc etc. I hope this will be a place where you can find inspiration and learn new ways to cook. Please don’t look at any of the recipes as being carved in stone. Cooking is not really about recipes at all – it’s about flavours and about tickling the senses. For me the recipes are about inspiration, not about what finally goes in the pot. So get creative out there and let me know of any improvements you’ve made.
Much love and bon appetit!