With Toronto’s Caribana just around the corner — currently the largest cultural event in Canada and the largest outdoor festival in North America — it’s a perfect opportunity to get into the Caribbean Carnival spirit. Inspired by Jamaica’s motto, “Out of many, one people”, award-winning Chef Winslow Taylor has crafted an elegant menu representing some of the many cultures found in Jamaica and across the Caribbean. These dishes are infused with flavours inspired by Afro-Caribbean, Indo-Caribbean, Latin American and Creole cuisines — tropical ingredients, island spices, a touch of heat and plenty of skill, care and love.
Jamaican Rum Punch
A classic Jamaican cocktail of citrus fruits, pineapple juice, strawberry syrup and lime — we’ll provide the base, feel free to add your own rum!
Crab and Callalloo Soup
A slow-cooked soup made with coconut milk and callalloo — a staple leafy green in the islands, similar to spinach — spiced with scotch bonnet pepper, pimento seeds and thyme, and jeweled with nuggets of tender, sweet crab meat.
Prawn, Plantain and Avocado Salad
Creole-spiced prawns sit atop lightly dressed ripe plantains, soft avocado, black beans and juicy tomato.
Braised Oxtail Stew
Oxtail dishes are found in many countries of the West African diaspora. One could do an oxtail tour of the West Indies and the Americas and never grow tired of the many iterations of oxtails, an essential dish in Jamaican cuisine. This slow-cooked, rum-infused version is punctuated by the universal Jamaican provisions: garlic, onions, allspice and Scotch bonnet peppers for a luscious and deeply-flavoured gravy. Served with nutmeg-roasted carrots and cassava mash.
Coconut Rum Rice Pudding Parfait
Creamy rice pudding with of nutmeg, cinnamon and coconut rum, layered into a parfait with sweet ripe mango and topped with toasted coconut.
Winslow Taylor is a native of rural Jamaica and the creator of Brawta Caribbean. The word “Brawta” is a Jamaican Patois word that means ‘A bit more than the ordinary’. Brawta Caribbean’s all natural sauces and spices take average, everyday food and elevate them to the next level, helping home cooks who want to eat healthy without sacrificing flavour. In 2013, Winslow competed on CBC’s Recipe to Riches in which he won the entree round with his Jammin’ Jamaican Lobster Bisque. His mission is to bring those wonderful Caribbean flavours to your home in the healthiest and most natural way possible.
Every weekend The Depanneur invites an amateur or professional guest chef to host a fun, informal dinner party.