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Recipes: Levi Roots breathing some Caribbean soul into dinner time

Breathe some Caribbean soul into dinner time with these hot recipes from Levi Roots

Levi Roots

Published 30/07/2011 | 05:00

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Levi Roots shot to fame on the UK version of 'Dragons' Den', where he negotiated £50,000 in funding for his Reggae Reggae Sauce -- a jerk barbecue sauce.

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The brand has become a commercial success and the dad of five from Brixton now has a television cooking show too, 'Caribbean Food Made Easy'. This week, we feature recipes from Levi's new book, 'Spice It Up!'

Back in the day, spices used to be as expensive as gold, kept under lock and key, and you can see why. Food can be so bland and normal without them.

The big ingredients -- the yams and potatoes -- make up the bulk of what goes into the pot, but it's the small ones -- the nutmeg, the pepper, the cinnamon -- that create the flavours. They're the ones that do the tricks.

Look how small cardamom and mustard seeds are, and yet how vivid. And from small things come big wonders -- spices can often conjure up the places they come from.

Caribbean-style recipes and ingredients are bound to get you thinking of being there, living the outdoor life, the party life, and enjoying that laid-back attitude towards cooking.

When you put your mind to Caribbean cooking, it puts your vibe in a different place. You say, 'I'm going to cook Caribbean tonight', and you're talking about maybe a barbecue -- perhaps Levi's lime jerk chicken drumsticks -- and probably some sweet stuff.

You're going to be excited, because it's certainly not going to be boring. You might put on some music to get in the mood, perhaps dress up.

In your mind, you are bringing that sunshine island into your front room. And it's going to be fun!

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