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'No carrot is allowed in local peas soup!'- Skelton-Cline

- calls out the inclusion of imported vegetables into local culinary competitions
The local peas soup in the Virgin Isands is made up of peas along with fungi and other local vegatables. Photo: Inernet Source
Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline has called out locals for the inclusion of imported carrots into a 'Best BVI peas soup' contest as part of the Virgin Islands culture and heritage weekend. Photo: Facebook
Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline has called out locals for the inclusion of imported carrots into a 'Best BVI peas soup' contest as part of the Virgin Islands culture and heritage weekend. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - ZBVI 'Honestly Speaking' radio show moderator, Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline has called out locals for the inclusion of imported carrots into a 'Best BVI Peas Soup' contest as part of the recent Virgin Islands culture and heritage weekend.

"I can't understand for the life of me... because I ain't never see no peas soup in Tortola with no carrot," Skelton-Cline lashed out on the Tuesday, November 5, 2019, edition of his radio show. 

He continued, "You might think its simple and it's silly, but if you're celebrating Virgin Islands culture and you have a contest for peas soup, which is a basic dish with our fish and fungi... the peas soup should not have carrots!" he said.

"Am I the only joker around here who understands that?" the ZBVI radio host questioned rhetorically.

According to Mr Skelton-Cline, while local peas soup is some of the 'best soup on the planet', he completely rejects the idea of carrot inclusion into the delicacy.

"I'm sure the peas soup was good, but that was not no BVI peas soup, that's all I'm saying," the man of the cloth remarked. 

Food must reflect culture

While congratulating those who took part in the contest for the great initiative and doing a great job, he said: "Next time when we are celebrating the culinary delights of a particular jurisdiction, it needs to reflect in earnest that jurisdiction." 

Over the weeks, Skelton-Cline- through his radio programme- has been calling out various instances of the changing culture in the territory, which he says must be monitored.

One such is the growing number of men on street corners across the territory, "As I continue to drive around our country, especially in Road Town and even where I live in Cane Garden Bay, through some of the villages, one of the things that concern me, is the amount of men that I see populating all throughout the place on every corner on every nook, under some trees," he said on the Tuesday, October 8, 2019, edition of his Honestly Speaking show.

50 Responses to “'No carrot is allowed in local peas soup!'- Skelton-Cline”

  • Bandit (06/11/2019, 10:21) Like (87) Dislike (0) Reply
    Carrot in red peas soup. Thats a no no in VI culture. Maybe elsewhere but not here. Smt
  • Coconut Milk (06/11/2019, 10:23) Like (57) Dislike (2) Reply
    Please add, traditionally the "milk" in local peas soup has always been coconut milk. The addition of cow's milk to our soup is so wrong. You grate your coconut for your dumplings and then use the milk in the soup! Not can milk! Not can milk!!!!!
    • Really? (06/11/2019, 13:21) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
      First I am hearing this!
      • Yes really! (06/11/2019, 16:29) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
        As the old people would say, you mussa born yesterday.
      • Deh Watcha (06/11/2019, 18:26) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
        I've also never ever seen or heard of coconut dumplings in peas soup.

        I've heard of "tulomah" (not sure of the spelling) dumplings.
    • Hmm (08/11/2019, 08:33) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      wrong again because we never use to put coconut in our dumplings we picked that along the way from over islanders
  • Agree (06/11/2019, 10:36) Like (75) Dislike (0) Reply
    I wid you Claude. This might seem trivial but the t is our culture we talking about. Carrot in peas soup... that it outrageous!
  • Political Observer (PO) (06/11/2019, 10:44) Like (75) Dislike (0) Reply
    Agree. I’m a 6th Generation Virgin Islander and have never seen any carrot in peas soup. The typical ingredients that I’m familiar with at home and out are: Black eye/pigeon/red bean peas, pigtail/pig snout/ham bone (from the olde time bag ham), sweet potatoes, dumpling, tannia, pumpkin; onion, thyme, garlic and other seasonings; milk, brown sugar (ease up on the sugar and salt)....etc. We must embrace our heritage and culture by keeping it authentic and real. We must be proud of and not ashamed of our culture. We cannot contaminate our culture. Peas soup with carrots is akin to pepper pot.
  • one eye (06/11/2019, 10:50) Like (46) Dislike (37) Reply
    I agree with Claude these island people killing we culture
    • Just saying (06/11/2019, 11:39) Like (32) Dislike (11) Reply
      Next time compete and don"t let THEM ISLANDER do it.
    • Assuming (06/11/2019, 14:52) Like (13) Dislike (4) Reply
      And how you know is a “Island Person who put carrots in the soup?
      • @ assuming. (06/11/2019, 15:54) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
        Got to be I AM 6O+ YEARS AND MY MOTHER, GRANDMOTHER, GREAT GRAND MOTHER FROM TORTOLA, NO!!! CARROT IN PEAS SOUP!!! NEVER!!! may be nowadays people putting it. BUT REAL Tolian AUTHENTIC PEAS SOUP DO NOT HAVE IN NO CARROT. CHECK OUT OLDER LADIES East End FROM northside. For your personal cooking you can put in what you want but not for a culture dish.
        Another thing them 'maching up' is our tarts!!!
      • Yes it is! (09/11/2019, 10:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Because people here have never done that. These other people only come here to live a better life. They joined the competition hoping to win some money. They don't give a hoot about VI culture. In their living room is a big flag from their country.
  • Jay (06/11/2019, 11:05) Like (35) Dislike (68) Reply
    Why do we keep giving this guy a platform? *facepalm*
    • WHY? (06/11/2019, 11:46) Like (63) Dislike (6) Reply
      Because he is one of we! He might be controversial
      but he is on point this time. It seems that whenever VirginIslanders defends anything relevant they the preservation of our national identity, it makes some persons uncomfortable but sorry get use to it.
      • Billfargo (08/11/2019, 17:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        My Nephew have a few Pit-Bull in the yard, and I am sure if you put that mess in front of them they will probably bite the mess out of you!
  • John (06/11/2019, 11:31) Like (14) Dislike (7) Reply
    So true make y'all own soup but don't call it BVI peas soup... I prefer mine without the milk thought.
    • opps (07/11/2019, 05:58) Like (2) Dislike (21) Reply
      is all the things in the soup local? Is this a dish that all locals cook the same way? Is there an all local recipe book in all local household? Do all locals cook and eat the same food? Does the man of the cloth as he is called has an agenda? He is not controversial he's bigoted. Why the carrots don't leave his church is beyond me but as the Great Robert Marley song says, "dem a go tired fu see we face". smiles
      • please (07/11/2019, 14:37) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
        The local dishes varied slightly from one village to the next. There was no need of a cookbook. I still cook and bake the way my mother and past generations did - no measurements. I did things by looks or feelings. And funny enough, they come out in excellent shape. No need to be disparaging of VI culture. Either accept it or leave it. We don’t need to for e anything on anyone.
  • Observer (06/11/2019, 11:33) Like (58) Dislike (3) Reply
    These little things are very important so I respect Mr Skelton-Cline for bringing these issues in the table. If we're having a local competition, let the dish reflect our culture and heritage as it should.
  • Sigh (06/11/2019, 11:40) Like (18) Dislike (3) Reply

    On another note, what does the below mean? Fungi and local vegetables??? What nonsense is this?
    The local peas soup in the Virgin Islands is made up of peas along with fungi and other local vegetables.
    • CGB (06/11/2019, 12:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

      What are you trying to say? I have a little kitchen garden I usually add some herbs ext.

  • Hmm (06/11/2019, 12:26) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
    I with you on this Claude. Alot of these so call Culaniry teachers needs firing. It's not hard to find an elderly person to each our local foods.
  • right (06/11/2019, 12:29) Like (26) Dislike (2) Reply
    People are afraid to tackle these issues. The man is on point who vex vex but we must preserve our culture. If I go in your country I must find out what the culture is and seek to know how to preserve it. Learn how to do things your way and follow.
  • Who Cares? (06/11/2019, 13:11) Like (16) Dislike (40) Reply
    It's only soup.

    Let's not eat Pizza outside of Italy, let's only eat sushi in Japan, paella in Spain, baguettes in France etc etc.

    The world influences each other all the time. With time things will get mixed. It's called progress. I am sure originally there were no cars on Tortola, should we get rid of them too?
    • x (06/11/2019, 17:00) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
      It's a cultural competition. Please respect our culture.
    • who cares (06/11/2019, 17:35) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      You are missing the point he is trying to make.
    • @Who cares (06/11/2019, 19:37) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Apparently you don’t. However it is very important for cultures to preserve their uniqueness for the very same reason you listed the various dishes from other countries. You galvanized his point. There is absolutely nothing wrong with maintaining cultural tradition. I am sure some are maintained in your homeland
    • please (08/11/2019, 14:19) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      You have no idea what you are saying. You don’t understand VI culture.
  • Strpzz (06/11/2019, 13:27) Like (18) Dislike (50) Reply
    For God in heaven sake Claude, go siddung. The BVI is a melting pot of many ethnicities, cultures etc. I can really careless if it contains carrots or not. I am a bvislander and its not a crime to not like milk and sugar in my peas soup. I love pigtail, but dislike smoke turkey neck. Then the next rant I guess will be pigtail and not turkey neck belong in pigtail. Times are evolving and individuals have different preferences and i personally like carrots in my peas soup or any soup. Since you are a man of the cloth do you think if jesus fed the multitide with 5 loaves of bread 2 fish today he too will be criticized as many will object and say I only eat gluten free, rye, wheat and not unleavened bread as they used to. Stop judging and sticking in your ways as times are evolving.
  • Query (06/11/2019, 13:42) Like (29) Dislike (8) Reply
    While I understand Mr. Skelton-Cline's concerns about preserving BVI culture, I had to smile when he talked about imported carrots. Aren't red beans and black eyed peas imported too? And the sugar? And the pig tail? And the milk? SMH.
    • @ Query (06/11/2019, 14:07) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
      ...and hopefully the water!
    • Hmmmm (07/11/2019, 07:45) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
      Good one query. Why imported carrots when everything else is imported. The problem is that they want an identity but not sure which one. Look at the left hand drive vehicles. British territory with US currency.
  • Sigh (06/11/2019, 13:42) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
  • hah (06/11/2019, 14:29) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Lol I never see carrot in peas soup.
  • rewrsdffds (06/11/2019, 14:39) Like (23) Dislike (5) Reply
    And its peas and rice not rice and peas...
    • trrefdrfds (06/11/2019, 14:48) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      Go To a Jamaican restaurant and say can I have some Peas and Rice With my oxtail and see how upset they get hahaha. Some things are known by a different name in other cultures. In Jamaica they say Rice and Peas
  • Jordana (06/11/2019, 15:33) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr Skelton-Cline I am with you and all of you that Is saying carrots in pea soup isn’t BVI culture.. I thank you for always being bold to speak in these issues as simple as they may be..the first time I saw this I was like what is our food culture coming to.. yes dishes change but there are some foods and the way is is cooked that is specific to one’s culture and pea soup with pigtail milk and sugar is ours but not carrots or smoked turkey.. and yes we are a melting pot of different cultures but this doesn’t mean that we have to accept another’s culture and make it our norm.. our culture is whom we are..
  • Whaaaat? (06/11/2019, 15:40) Like (3) Dislike (7) Reply
    But the bvi don’t grow red peas or black eyed peas either tho
    • x (06/11/2019, 17:03) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      My grandfather and father grew red peas for years. What you talking bout?
      • Hmm (06/11/2019, 20:21) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
        How come i do not see it selling in the supermarkets?? If what you are saying is happening till now them great job but they are not growing enough to sell to the local ppl who want to make peas soup, so ppl still have to end up buying imported peas just like the carrots.
    • homework (06/11/2019, 18:27) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      Peas soup can be made with all local ingredients... ALL LOCAL INGREDIENTS
  • Myrna Ferdinand (06/11/2019, 16:26) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    Skelton-Cline is absolutely right, and I am not hiding behind any NICKNAME to say so. KEEP OUR CULTURE ALIVE!! Dont adopt anyone's culture. Know and love your own. No Carrots. Peas and Rice. Lots more to restore. #experienceotherculturesbutkeepyourown.
  • Be real (06/11/2019, 18:03) Like (5) Dislike (14) Reply
    Culture will always change and be influence by new inventions and mans ingenuity.
    That is why we have a so call modern society today.
    If Henry Ford had stuck to the old buggy he made back then, this goodly gentleman would not be driving a Cadillac today. There are other relevant issue he should be discussing such as teaching our young men to be productive members of society instead of druggists. Someone just want's the soup to be more nutritious by adding some vitamins and less sugar.
  • Tis Me (06/11/2019, 19:54) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Storm in a tea cup or should I say soup bowl. Anyway I don't want any milk and sugar in my fish tea.
  • vex (06/11/2019, 20:30) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Csc is right this time we with you
  • Potato Salad (07/11/2019, 00:39) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Also, VI style potato salad is with mashed boiled egg and mayonnaise with black pepper if you want. Where in the hell did canned peas and carrots come into this recipe?
  • spicy (07/11/2019, 07:15) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    just write out the recipe for the people to follow..... for all of these concerns... just tell the expats how to do these things!!! if you are going to speak about the culture and traditions then set up some cultural classes...
  • shout (07/11/2019, 10:35) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Say it loud I am V Islander and I am proud. Like every one else we must be proud of our culture. Some of us leave our country because of one reason or other but regardless we are proud of our culture. Virgin Islanders embrace other cultures all we are saying do not try to change ours.
  • Outsider (08/11/2019, 10:15) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    What is the definition of culture? Is culture static or does it evolves? What causes culture to change? If culture changes, does it remain "culture?" Who decides what is culture? Is change inevitable? From the onset, the slaves' dietary pattern was influence by their European masters, by their own cultural practices, and with time. CULTURE CHANGES!!!!

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