Uniquely St John highlights the people, places and things that make St John such a unique destination.
Nothing carves itself into our memories quite like tastes and smells. Here on St John our very own Chef Jim is handcrafting gourmet tropical spice blends sold on his website and at several locations across the island.
Inspired by “New American cooking”, Chef Jim, traveled extensively throughout South America, the Yucatan Peninsula as well as Nepal and Thailand before settling down on St John in 2001.
Fresh from his travels he began combining and testing his unique blends of spices and regional flavors. Those small batches of handcrafted blends became the foundation of the Kitchen Creole spices he sells today. Combining the smells, flavors and spices of culinary traditions, history, locations into his own “story” of spices!
Use it as a rub or marinade – just as the Taino Indians have done for thousands of years!
What makes them so special?
We’ve been fans of Chef Jim’s spice blends for years! Quick. Easy. Tasty. We flavor everything from soup stock to a meat and fish rub to dressings and sauces! They are that versatile!
A personal favorite is Bourdeaux Mountain – a gourmet blend of dried porcine mushrooms, herbs, spices and seasons from around the world. It’s our go-to for grilling fish or meats. Simply dust the meat with seasoning, grill and serve.
Want a bit of warmth?
Try Jamaican Irie – a mild blend of pimiento, smoked alder wood salt, black peppercorns, granulated molasses and orange peel. Use it as a rub or marinade – just as the Taino Indians have done for thousands of years!
Perhaps the best part of using Chef Jim’s spices while on St John is that they free you to enjoy a stress-free evening “in” while serving your family a tasty and island-inspired meal!
Take some home and let the sweet smell of Condado Adobo or Quintana Roo gently remind you of your time on St John.
Chef Jim’s spices can be ordered online by visiting www.kitchencreole.com .
They are also available in Coral Bay at Shipwreck Landing, Keep Me Posted, Pickles in Paradise and Sloop Jones.
In Cruz Bay at Pink Paypaya (next to The Lime Inn), Papaya Cafe (The Marketplace).