In the high season, the Cayman Islands National Museum hosts a monthly craft-food-arts festival called Lookya.
You might recognize the museum from my post on Salt Beef Rundown
. The cooking class was taught just in the front garden, right across from the harbor. Lookya is a great event because it gives locals and tourists a chance to step back in time and experience a little bit of ‘The Island That Time Forgot’ (that’s kind of our slogan.) Each month a different district is featured, giving them an opportunity to showcase some of the cool stuff they have to offer.
This particular Lookya was hosted by the district of East End. As you can see, the menu included delicious treats like conch, stewed beef, BBQ chicken and cassava cake. I’m sure you peeped the ‘turtle’ on the menu as well. In case you are curious, Cayman actually has a turtle farm. It’s a big tourist attraction in West Bay. In theory, this means the turtles on local menus aren’t poached illegally from the ocean.
One of the most popular desserts in Cayman is the heavy cake. I mixed it up and went with biscuit cake instead. It’s very similar to a cassava heavy cake but its less sweet for folks out there who prefer subtle desserts. In addition to traditional Caymanian dishes, artisans from the districts can set up booths and sell some of their pieces.
Braiding Silver Thatch Palms is a traditional art form, evolved from Cayman’s maritime heritage when women had to make thatch ropes. Today, thatching is definitely more about beauty than necessity as you can see here 🙂
I try to make it out to Lookya each month because the food is always so good. And its neat to taste the variety of flavors! Most of the districts have the same menu but the dishes taste dramatically different because each district has its own style. It also gets me out of the office and onto the water, even if only for my lunch break.
And I would be a naughty daughter if I didn’t take a moment to wish all the mums out there a very Happy Mother’s Day! Mine is enjoying the beaches of Mexico right now, that dawg! Doesn’t mean I didn’t think about what I would feed her if given the chance. Chaya over at Comfy Cook’s Kosher Kitchen tagged me with a Mother’s Day Menu so without further ado:
We’d start with a glass (or 2) of Jake’s Honeycomb and some yummy salsa wraps followed by Italian lemon butter chicken and a slice of papaya pie.