Popular Kriol food includes dishes such as ‘boil up’ which is a dish of boiled ground foods, such as cassava, cocoa, sweet potatoes, ripe plantains, boil cake, and boiled fish or pigtail. It is all served with a tomato, onion, or fresh coconut oil sauce. Coconut milk plays a major role in the cooking of Kriol food, e.g. rice and beans, fish and crab stew, Creole bread, bun and johnny cakes. Numerous dishes have been adopted from the Mestizos, e.g. chimole, escabeche, garnaches, gachos, panades, reyeno, salbotes, and tamales. Some foods can be traced back to West Africa, e.g. bambam, bami, dukunu, and wangla.
crispy tortillas served with beans and rice on top, etym. Mexican Spanish garnaches?
sesame seed, a candy made with sesame seeds, etym. Kikongo waangila meaning 'sesame seed'
The following account was given by Gladys Stuart in the National Studies Journal, Vol. 1, No. 1 January, 1973:
Black cakes laden with fruit were baked weeks in advance and saturated with rum to keep them moist. The market came alive with poultry: chicken, ducks, and turkeys. The housewife’s wit was strained not to buy too soon nor too late. If she waited until too late, the commodity might be sold out or the prices might have increased. On the other hand, if she were to buy too early, she had to spend many wakeful nights protecting her birds from fowl thieves, possums, and charley prices. Some families bought a small pig. And there was a variety of game meat: deer, armadillo, and gibnut.
Then two days before Christmas the baking and cooking began. White cakes, tarts with sorrel jam, creole bread and buns were all baked in a large pot on a fire hearth. The ham was boiled, the turkey and duck were roasted, and the chicken and game meat were stewed in luscious brown gravy. And of course, the rice and beans had to be flavoured with generous bits of ham skin. Everything had to be finished by Christmas Eve night.
Vendors increased during the Christmas season to cater to out-of-town buyers. Creole bread and buns and fried fish were the most popular, followed by powder buns, trifle, and conch fritters. For those with a sweet tooth there was sweet potato pudding, stewed fruits such as papaya, pumpkin, and guava, and of course tableta, cut-up-brute, ginger lee, dumps, and strech-me-guts. Restaurants did a brisk business with cow foot soup and conch soup.
jani kayk (journey cake)
a baked flour mix,usually eaten at breakfast,possibly from English journey cake as it holds over well on long journeys; this was so especially in the days of river travel/no roads.
cashew wine, berry wine, rice wine, sorrel wine, bukut wine...any kind a wine!
Stewed Beans, Stewed Chicken and White Rice
Belize's main dish, Rice and Beans with stewed chicken and cole slaw
Fried Jack, a favourite breakfast dish
Journey Cake "jani kayk"