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Avast, ye Landlubbers! Captain Parsley Sage here, welcoming you to Pirates Week in the beloved Isle Cayman.

Every year, the Cayman Islands host a week long festival highlighting Caymanian culture and heritage as well as celebrating all things piracy with costumes, street fetes, food and fun.

It starts with the official Landing as pirates invade Cayman on the Valhalla followed by the street parade that floods George Town’s streets with thousands of naughty sailors.

The celebration wraps up a week later after the ever-exciting and always good for a laugh cardboard boat race when the Red Coats round up the pirates for a public trial in the center of town.

During the week, each of Cayman’s districts – from North Side to West Bay – hosts a Heritage Day featuring local crafts, food, songs, dances and storytelling. ย There’s also events in the Sister Islands, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.

But, that’s not all!

The Cayman Turtle Farm also organizes a release of young sea turtles in the hopes of rebuilding Cayman’s depleted turtle population.

It’s a great celebration and we look forward to it every year. ย If you’re thinking about visiting Cayman with your itty bitties, this is an excellent time to do so!

Now! ย On to the food!

This is a super yummy go-to sauce that you can use to Caribbeanize just about any dish. ย And remember: wear your gloves when you work with scotch bonnet ๐Ÿ™‚

I assure you, it is tastier than it looks…

Mango Sauce from Market at the Grounds
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You will need:
2 fresh ripe mangoes, fruit scooped out
1 scotch bonnet pepper de-seeded and diced
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
Juice from 1/2 lime
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 thumb-size piece of ginger, peeled and sliced
3 cloves of garlic

  • Place all ingredients in a blender
  • Process until smooth
  • Taste-test the sauce. ย The goal is to reach a balance of sweet, sour, spicy and salty. Add more of either lime for sweet or salty, more sugar for sour and more scotch bonnet for spice.
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  1. What a beautiful sauce – never even realized (foolishly :P) that sauce with mangoes could be savoury ๐Ÿ˜€

    Choc Chip Uru

  2. This is a wonderful sauce. I love mangoes and plan to use this sauce tomorrow with your chicken. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Mango soup is sooo delicious! Well done

  4. How much fun is it to have your lives!OF course, we love our life, but one of us – guess who – is jonesing on the pirates. Love the mango sauce, it's always good to have a versatile and easy to fix recipe on hand to spice things up.

  5. My son is into pirates lately and I already know he'll be SUPER excited to go to this event. You are right – if we have a chance to visit Cayman and we definitely go this time!!! Do you have mangoes all year around? If so, we envy you… I'll be eating mango this and mango that endlessly.

  6. You live in such a fun place! Spicy mango sauce sounds fantastic! I love that there's fresh ginger in it, must brighten the sauce beautifully!

  7. Such a fun event at Cayman Island' Love all your fun and great photos, and love the spicy mango sauce that I would certainly make when we have our mango season here, in S. Florida…otherwise, 1 mango can cost abt. $3.99 which is not even from Florida!

  8. Pirate week looks amazing. I tried to convince my husband to move to the Cayman Islands (based on your blog) but no go ๐Ÿ™

    So do you use the Mango sauce as a marinade or a finishing or poaching or…? So many possibilities!

  9. caymanian culture is really so interesting! I bet, you had great fun!! The cardboeard boat was fun, too!! The sauce looks so yummy!

  10. This is too funny. I love that there is a pirate festival! Your sauce sounds delicious too. I love having fresh mangos so much! They are so delicious and fresh and definitely “carribeanize” a dish! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Wow, what a great festival! Sure looks like a lot of fun! And the Mango Sauce sounds delish! Love all the ingredients combination! Spicy and sweet, nice!

  12. Now, why did you say Cayman is boring?? Things are just so lively and happening there!!!:)
    I kept seeing you posting event after event!
    Sighs, oooh, the mango sauce reminds me of my own apple juice which we just made last night:p

  13. That pepper is that hot to make me wear gloves? I will just add another mango instead of that pepper then ๐Ÿ™‚
    That festival looks fun! Keeps everyone occupied for a week probably.

  14. It sounds like you are living the dream down there! One awesome festival after one awesome restaurant followed by delicious food! Sure blows suburbia out of the water.

  15. What a theme!! It looks like you all had a lot of fun!

  16. I surrender! What an incredible looking mango sauce. Its exactly the sort of thing I go for and pirate week looks like something that every country needs to incorporate into its calendar!

  17. hmm mango sauce eh. it looks odd BUT im sure it tastes WONDERFUL! happy pirate week— my favorite letter is ” rrrrrrrrrrrrr”

  18. Oh it sounds like a really fun festival! My family really needs to find some event like this to spend our vacation ๐Ÿ™‚
    Your mango sauce looks really fresh and delicious ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. This post had me rolling at first with all of the pirates (loved the carboard ships photos), and then I was thinking of home because the sauce just screams Caribbean. Looks so yummy.

    Maria @ A Platter of Figs

  20. I should add to my last comment, Surrender Yer Booty is about right! Haha…

  21. Is that you with the gold tooth? Arr…it sure looked like a lot of fun with all the festivities over there! Your spicy-sweet mango sauce is my kind of thing, I could have a bath in it, truly. I made a hot, hot sauce and posted about it once, it contained 18 Scotch Bonnets and 6 Thai chillies and although lovely, gave me the runs for weeks! LOL.

  22. Pirates week and mango sauce?!?!? HECK YEA! ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Looks like fun! That spicy mango sauce would be good on all kinds of grilled meats. Have a lovely weekend!

  24. Oh, my daughter would love to visit during pirate week! Such fun. Love your sauce, but I have a feeling I'd have to tone down the spice a ton ๐Ÿ™‚

    PS…I was just looking at flights to the Caymans for spring break…yikes $850 each. Maybe a better deal will appear…or maybe I should just leave some of the family at home ๐Ÿ˜‰

  25. The pirates party looks like a lot of fun and one guy looks 'almost' like the real Captain Jack Sparrow ;).

    I can see that you love your mangoes, but it's the same with me, even though I usually eat them as they are.

  26. Arrrr! Me hearties! That sauce looks hot enough to set any pirate ship on fire. Sounds like a really fun week. I will definitely be 'Caribbeanize'ing some dishes with this.

  27. What a great and fun event! Itโ€™s kinda like haloween, but with then with a pirate theme. Love your picturesโ€ฆthe hat works well for you =)
    Are you working out? It looks like youโ€™re sitting on a home trainer or something. It would sure explain the towel hihihi.

    Your mango sauce sure sounds great. I bet it would go well with some chicken.

    Have a great weekend!

  28. Pirate week looks so fun! That mango sauce looks wonderful. I love anything with mango in it! I will have to wait till next mango season to make it!

  29. what a funfull trip n that spicy mango sauce sounds awesome !

  30. Pirate week looks like so much fun! I want to go! And this mango sauce looks amazing. Definitely brings me back to the Caribbean, plus I love mango anything!

  31. What a fun filled week…
    And what a luscious Mango sauce….
    pure pleasure in every sense…

  32. PLEEEEZE adopt me!!! How fun it must be to live where you do! I love that cardboard boat race…LOL! The mango sauce looks great and I can already imagine a number of uses for it! What a great post!

  33. Ooo arr you crazy pirate, or should it be (saucy) pirate??
    Take care

  34. Ooh! Spicy mango sauce! Mmmm… And lovely theme! I would have love to go if I lived there!

  35. See you didn't need the duct tape for that pirate outfit ๐Ÿ™‚ Argh!

  36. Arrr, love it!! How fun!! great sauce!!

  37. Cayman seems always full of activities and events!

  38. This is my kind of week, how much fun is that? Way to work the hat, and I”m sure you brought the “Captain” to the party, lol.

  39. Pirate week?! I'm terribly jealous.

    That sauce looks great! I made something similar once, but added avocado and called it chilled soup. Any excuse to eat mangoes but the spoonful. ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. what nice pictures!! Look fun and lovely! gloria

  41. OH YUM! There you go with those delicious mangoes again! And, again, what a fun place to live. Pirate Week?! How fun!

    I hope you had a nice trip to the cold and boring US. ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. Looks like fun! We have a pirate celebration too, Gasparilla Pirate Festival – Tampa, Florida, in January. I see you have the beads too. We have turtle nest season May through Oct where we have to keep the lights off near the water so the turtles will find there way to the sea. They have volunteers monitor the marked nests. So cool the kids get to release some turtles themselves!

    Great recipe, funny…I'm sure it tastes better than it looks. Love the flavor scotch bonnets bring to sauces.

  43. Nice! A friend of mine arrived in the Caymans yesterday. I wonder if she knew this would be going on. Surpriiiiise! hahaha

  44. Haha, awesome pictures! I'd love to be a pirate for a day ๐Ÿ™‚
    Mmm, that mango sauce looks amazing!

  45. OMG pirate week! That sounds so fun. The sauce has really wonderful flavors. I can't wait to try it.

  46. Oh, my….PIRATES! What a fun festival! I bet it's an amazing week! Thanks for sharing the mango sauce recipe – it sounds amazing!

  47. A week long festival. Sounds like a fun time to be in Caymans. You have so many festivals there, I guess Caymanians looks for any excuse to celebrate

  48. Nothing like partying with a pirate! I'd love to try that Mango Sauce.

  49. Ooh Arrr, looks like so much fun with all the naughty pirates (loved that!)
    That sauce also looks rather naughty with the kick in there, too. It's enough to knock any parrot off its perch, eh?

  50. Thats so much of fun and I see it from the pics, great people all the way.

    Anything with mangoes I will certainly drool and sure for me will be for some toast and in it goes the sauce.

  51. Cool theme, I know this festival would be on my can't miss list if I lived there, however, I think think that “not so stud muffin” in the third picture without a shirt I could stand to miss.
    Your mango pepper sauce, no doubt, is the perfect blend of sweet and heat-yum. I can think of lots of yummy ways to use it. Have a great weekend!

  52. Sounds like a fun time; I remember going to the Turtle Farm many years ago.
    With those ingredients that mango sauce must really be good; I could drink this, I'm sure.

  53. Spicy mango sauce, yum! I haven't worked with scotch bonnets, although I love jerk seasoning. I know you need gloves to handle them!

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