All posts tagged: local

A Little Cayman Spice

  A Little Cayman Spice Laurel Hydes has got a hot commodity on her hands, homemade Pepper Jellies. Pepper Jelly is a garnish that can be used with almost anything, it is always jam packed with powerful flavors and a little fire. Laurel’s selection of Pepper Jellies are unique in flavor and are quickly becoming a staple product in kitchens across Cayman. A Garden Of Pepper Jellies Laurel takes great care to ensure that the finest ingredients are used to make her locally made organic Pepper Jellies. She has her very own scotch bonnet pepper garden. Her scotch bonnet peppers are the key ingredient to making her flavorful Pepper Jelly. Laurel has an array of unique Pepper Jelly flavors and the only ingredients she buys that is not grown locally or from the farmers market are: strawberries, blueberries and cranberries. Current Pepper Jelly Flavors include: Regular Pepper Jelly, Blueberry, Strawberry, and Starfruit. Scenes Behind The Kitchen How did Laurel come to master the art of making one of the finest Pepper Jellies available on the …

Sweet Giveaway: Thankful For Local Farmers

  For the first time ever, Eco Chic Cayman is having a giveaway! Yay! In honor of this months theme “give thanks & give with love” I thought it would be great to honor local farmers.  I am excited to announce that Saucha Conscious Living and Got Eggs will be taking part in this giveaway.  I am very thankful for their participation and donation of goodies for the gift basket giveaway. What’s in the goodie basket? Donated by Saucha Conscious Living: a 330 ml kombucha, OMG energy bites. So yummy! Donated by Got Eggs: 1 dozen Cayman Farmed Eggs.  Great for baking yummy treats. How do you enter?  Leave a comment on this blog post saying why you are thankful for local farmers.  The contest begins now and ends Nov 29th at midnight.  I will read over the submissions and announce the winner Nov 30th on the Eco Chic Cayman website and Eco Chic Cayman Facebook Page.  Best of luck! xo Disclaimer: This giveaway is only open to residents of the Cayman Islands.  This contest is in no …

An Eco Friendly Thanksgiving…

On the eve of Thanksgiving Day, I have come up with a few ideas on how to make one of my favorite holidays of the year eco friendly! Give Thanks One way family and friends can come together and share what they are thankful for is by creating a “Mural of Gratitude” if you happen to have a chalkboard consider gathering everyone around to write one thing that they are thankful for this year.  Growing up, it was a family tradition, just before we ate dinner, we went around the table and said one thing we were thankful for.  Alternatively, if you are able to purchase some chalkboard paper consider framing your mural of gratitude by repurposing an old picture frame.  Bonus, it will make a great homemade thanksgiving decoration for next year. Thanksgiving Feast For many families dinner is all about the turkey.  Growing up we have always had a turkey as part of our Thanksgiving Dinner.  Personally, I am not a vegetarian or vegan.  However, I am working towards having more vegetarian or …

Farmer Friday’s: Farm Fresh Eggs

A while back you may have read “Got Eggs? Local.  Organic.  Sustainable.”  a feature on the Cayman Egg Farm run by brothers Shanan and Pasmore Harrison.  Today I will be updating you on their lovely, not-for-profit, Cayman farm. The Harrison brothers  have been pleasantly overwhelmed with growing support from the community and are doing their absolute best to meet the demand for their locally organic farmed eggs.  The strong support from the community has allowed them to continue maintaining their farm, providing excellent care for their hens, with an additional 25 hens, all of which are layers and don’t require a rooster. The proceeds continue to go towards Shanan’s ministry which has started a series of cooking classes for the youth and adults.  The cooking classes have been well received, and have been a blessing to both Shanan and the individuals who come to his cooking classes.  The youth are very enthusiastic and keen to learn.  There is a lot of educational value for them as they not only acquire lifelong practical cooking skills, but …

Totally Fresh Cayman’s Moringa Lemongrass Is My Cup Of Tea….

For all you tea lovers you are in luck! Totally Fresh Cayman produces and brews the finest Moringa Loose Leaf Tea on the island! My personal favorite is the Moringa Lemongrass Iced Tea.  James Pedley, the owner, grows Moringa on his farm.  He has two signature teas Moringa and Moringa Lemongrass.  Due to limited supply herbs such as mint and basil can be requested by special order.  James is dedicated to growing the finest ingredients for his high quality island tea.  Coming soon are new tea flavors, herbs and produce.  Just this year James introduced his line of Moringa Loose Leaf Tea and Iced Tea at Camana Bay’s Farmer’s Market.  It is quickly becoming an island favorite.  Additionally, the Greenhouse Cafe was one of the first restaurants to begin serving his Moringa Lemongrass Iced Tea as a staple part of their drink menu.  It was there that I was first introduced to this delicious tea! Moringa Tea is becoming widely popular, due to its rich antioxidants properties.  Moringa Trees have been coined as a “miracle …

Silver Thatch: Cayman’s National Tree

Our beautiful island that is set in the deep blue Caribbean Sea, is graced with a handful of majestic trees, such as the Cayman Logwood, Mahogany and Silver Thatch Palm.  The Silver Thatch Palm is Cayman’s sacred national tree.  A unique tree which is indigenous to Cayman.  I find that there is a greater abundance of Silver Thatch on the eastern side of the island.  It is a spectacular view to see the Silver Thatch palms swaying in the refreshing sea breeze, untouched, scattered along the remote and undeveloped areas in East End and North Side. When I hear the words Silver Thatch the first thing that comes to mind is Caymanian Heritage.  I think of the wonderful items handcrafted by Caymanians such as Silver Thatch, baskets, hats, fans and rope.   Back in the olden days Silver Thatch had two primary uses, such as: making thatch rooftops and rope.   A thatch roof would last up to 5-6 years.  There is an old folklore claiming that the thatch palms would be harvested during the night of …