With breakfast being the most important meal of the day, porridges have long been an integral part of Caribbean cuisine. Porridge is meant to fortify and strengthen for long periods of time. A porridge is a hearty mixture of grains cooked with water and sometimes milk, flavored with spices and sweetened with cane sugar (for which the region is well known) and milk.
These days, porridge is not made as regularly in Caribbean households as they should be; today our breakfast consists of more traditional items such as toasts, coffee, tea, bacon, eggs, cheese etc.
Here are 5 popular porridges made in the Caribbean.
Cornmeal Porridge is also known in the Caribbean as Cornmeal Pap in places such as Barbados and Jamaica. It is called pap simply because it is so thick that it's like baby's food. While cinnamon is the preferred spice of choice for this porridge, some people also use Bay Leaf. However, I personally do not like the flavor of Bay Leaf with this porridge.