Food lovers and holidays are a match made in heaven. From eggnogs and fruitcakes, to jello salads, sweets, cakes, turkeys, hams, and green bean casseroles, calories and indulgence with comfort foods are a traditional choice for the holiday dinner menus.
A nice change of pace from the typical holiday parties, a Belizean themed dinner menu can infuse lighter, tropical choices into traditionally heavier holiday fare.
From chefs that have been formally trained to those who took the leap from family kitchen straight to restaurant, the new cookbook, Flavors of Belize, has been inspired by the people and foods from all regions of the country.
Flavors of Belize is packed with recipes, including a selection of soups and starters, to main dishes and delectable desserts. Each section opens with a brief explanation of the different cultures whose history acts as the foundation of Belizean heritage. This colorful gastronomic guide delivers over 120 recipes spanning cultures including the Maya, British, Mestizo, Creole, Chinese, Lebanese, Garifuna and more.
Throughout Flavors of Belize, readers will find descriptive recipes – simple enough for the home kitchen (and cook) – accompanied by vibrant and decadent photography from renowned food photographer Matt Armendariz. Some lesser known but favorite Belizean recipes found in the cookbook include:
- Panades – Fried corn pockets filled with beans or fish
- Escabeche – A hearty Hispanic onion soup
- Belizean Boil-Up
- Coconut Curry Shrimp
- Hibiscus-Marinated Pork Tenderloin
- Breadfruit Casserole – A unique side dish made with local breadfruit
- And many more!
Each of these recipes can be found in the first hardcover cookbook from Belize entitled Flavors of Belize: The Cookbook. A gastronomic guide of blended cultures, Belizean cuisine can be a welcome change to entertain palates and eyes alike.
You can find Flavor of Belize at their website: flavorsofbelize.com.