Silver Travel Cook Club

December 2023 – Caribbean Cooking Made Easy

Please note: this prize draw is now closed.

On this month’s Silver Travel Cook Club we’re giving you a taste of Tobago, showing you how to make the island’s signature cocoa tea (good for the heart and full of antioxidants!) inspired by sponsor Tobago Beyond.

And you could win a copy of Recipes from the Boathouse Restaurant, Castara, Tobago: Caribbean cooking made easy by Sharon Taylor.

This cookbook is full of recipes from the Boathouse Restaurant in the beautiful fishing village of Castara. Tobagonian cuisine is tasty and colourful. Traditionally, the main element of the meal (fish, seafood, meat, or poultry) is served with a set vegetable plate made up of several individual side dishes. This is the format followed at the Boathouse.

This book will teach you how to cook these Tobagonian-inspired sides, such as pumpkin curry, three onion rice, melongene (aubergine) pie, sweet potato mash, and many more. You will also learn the secrets of lionfish in beer batter, prawns in coconut chilli sauce, curry goat and other tasty mains. Most of the dishes were devised or adapted by Sharon Taylor who, together with her husband, Brenton, owns the Boathouse. There are also recipes here from head chef, Daveon, and sous-chef, Ojani. Sunday at the Boathouse is ‘pizza day’, so the recipe for the crispy pizza base is included along with some suggestions for toppings. There is also a section on cocktails and the recipe for the famous Boathouse rum punch.

Whether or not you have visited the Boathouse, there are plenty of recipes to inspire you or whet your appetite for a visit to Tobago, an unspoilt, untouched and relatively undiscovered Caribbean paradise.

Discover Why Tobago Should Be Your Next Foodie Adventure

This unspoiled Caribbean Island is a beautiful blend of breathtaking landscapes, a rich culture, and exquisitely varied food.  Unspoilt. Untouched. Undiscovered.

Everything that you’ve ever dreamed about the Caribbean can be found in idyllic Tobago – a warm welcome from friendly locals who delight in showcasing the best of the place, secluded and unspoilt sand beaches lazily lapped by sky-blue oceans, the distant sound of music drifting on the warm tropical breeze, breathtaking natural beauty and striking wildlife.

Then there’s the fresh, vibrant natural ingredients concocted with true passion and love into utterly irresistible dishes that’ll have your tastebuds pining for years to come. If your ideal holiday is the ultimate foodie adventure, take a look at just some of the reasons why you need a taste of Tobago.

You can book a holiday in Tobago with our Silver Travel Advisors, they have many suggestions and ideas. Call them on 0800 412 5678.

Recipe: Cocoa Tea


  • 1½ cups water
  • 1 cocoa ball
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp full cream milk
  • Spices for flavour (clove, cinnamon, bay leaf)


  1. Finely grate the cocoa (2-3 tbsp).
  2. Boil the water in a deep pot, then add the grated cocoa to the water (spices can be added for your liking and rich flavour).
  3. Allow to simmer for about 5-10 minutes, then turn off the stove.
  4. Add the milk and sugar and blend the ingredients well.
  5. Strain and serve hot.

How to win a copy of Recipes from the Boathouse Restaurant, Castara, Tobago: Caribbean cooking made easy by Sharon Taylor

Have you been lucky enough to visit Tobago or any other Caribbean Island? Or maybe you have a favourite Caribbean dish you enjoy here in the UK? Comment below to tell us about a Caribbean meal or experience you have enjoyed.

A winner will be chosen at random in early January 2024.
The competition closes on 30 December 2023.

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  1. I followed in the footsteps of my granny’s sister Norah. In 1910, and aged only 19, she left a small Yorkshire farming village to travel alone by boat to Jamaica where she married Dr David Tate, a Scottish doctor, whose family had emigrated in the 1700s. In Montego Bay, we walked through Old Hospital Park, where David had worked and found Tate Street named after him. Although their house, Clanside, had been demolished, we visited the Immaculate Conception Church where they’d married. The highlight of our trip was meeting Norah’s great grandson, Anthony, who still lives in the great house in Bluefields where David and Norah retired to, and where they are both buried in the family cemetery.

  2. Jerk Chicken, Calypso rice & salad served with a bottle of Banks beer at Harbour Lights, Barbados.

  3. Sadly I’ve never been to any Caribbean island but I have enjoyed what I assume were Caribbean dishes at the Sea Cafe on Walmer Green (near Deal, Kent). Although they serve fish and chips, burgers and fried breakfasts I’ve had jerk chicken there on one occasion and goat curry on another, they also did rice and peas. On both occasions my friend and I were sitting outside in the sun at the cafe’s picnic style tables. It was during a time when the cafe was only serving food outside (due to Covid!) and we ordered at a window, the food was delicious, the day was warm and the cafe is close enough to the beach to hear the sound of the sea; the closest I’ll ever get to a Caribbean experience!

  4. A trip to Grenada is wonderful. The street food and markets are amazing and the locals so friendly. Can’t complain about the weather either. If you have time take a trip to the underwater statues and experience the Fish Friday deal. Such a green, varied and lush island, full of character.

  5. Many years ago my husband and I had an idyllic week’s holiday in Saint Lucia, at an all inclusive, adults only, beach resort. We visited Castries, the Twin Pitons and sulphur springs, and cruised on the boat built for the filming of the TV series Roots, and had a wonderful time.

  6. Have never visited a Caribbean island, but dream of doing so. Everything I’ve read and seen, (except the hurricanes!), seems absolutely idyllic!

  7. I first visited Trinidad and then Tobago nearly fifty years ago with my future husband. I can still remember all the amazing fruit and vegetables, totally new to me then. Looking at the recipe above, I would love to win an up to date Tobagan cook book.

  8. My best holday was a trip to Roses in Spain.We had a lovely hotel & wonderful train trips throughout the week.

  9. My first taste of Curry Goat – fabulous night with a can of red stripe and a great group of happy revellers : sadly in Birmingham not Tobago

  10. My husband and I have been lucky enough to visit many of the islands on Caribbean cruises. Quite a few years ago we visited Dominica (not to be confused with the Dominican Republic.). It was a beautiful island and we walked past a shack which was a bar, with one elderly lady serving. My husband ordered a beer, I had a soft drink and she asked where we were from. When we said the north west of England, near Manchester, she said her daughter was a nurse in Manchester, told us her name and asked if we had met her! We explained that Manchester and its surroundings much bigger than Dominica, so, sadly, we did not know her daughter.

  11. I have never made it to Tobago but would love to go. My parents went years ago and have nothing but good things to say about the location, people and culture

  12. Best Caribbean experience I have ever had is their Pina Colada cocktail. absolutely perfect and it doesn’t taste the same when made in this country!

  13. I have never been to the Caribbean but friends of mine have a place in St. Lucia and gifted me a log of raw cocoa which I grate and use in my cooking and on drinks. The food all sounds delicious and would love to try my hand at it.

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