The rising vegan YouTube star treads carefully around the tangled politics of race and veganism. For her, making accessible plant-based recipes is a form of activism.
Over the past two years, videos and blog posts have surfaced online that call on Britain's Caribbean community to avoid buying Tropical Sun products.
Also known as “hardo,” the bread is a thick and ever-so-slightly sweet loaf consumed widely in Jamaica, but whose origins span the globe—and the country's history.
"I had to step out my house to find my Caribbean culture."
Bob Marley’s 1979 tour of Japan sparked underground interest in Jamaican culture—and food. I met some of Japan’s reggae super fans who started their own Caribbean food spots.
Jerk chicken is a Carnival staple, but thanks to vegan YouTuber Rachel Ama and veteran chef Mangrove Fats, a meat-free option is now on the menu.
"Joke ting of a meal.”
Faced with expensive building materials and prohibitive business loan costs, food entrepreneurs in Jamaica set up makeshift restaurants on the side of roads and home driveways.
“Our mum and grandma taught us the process of how to make the food, prepare it, marinate it overnight, and how to blend different spices and flavours together to compliment each dish.”
Early Caribbean migrants helped rebuild Post-War Britain’s healthcare and transport systems, but they also revolutionised its food scene. Now, this pioneering generation faces deportation due to newly tightened immigration policy.