Hi there, I’m Camille and I’m the blogger and photographer behind Irie Thyme. Helping me out behind the scenes are my dynamo team, my family who help me out with recipes and creative advice on what to share. Irie Thyme is a passion of mine that I’ve been crafting for several years now. It’s a concept I developed that encompasses an authentic Caribbean lifestyle, how we eat, how we live, the clothes we wear and how we flavor our food. Irie is a Jamaican word that describes a state of feeling good, feeling relaxed and content. My dad inspired me in coming up with this name because he’s the most chill and relaxed person I know. Whenever anyone asks him, hey, how are you? His answer is always I’m Irie! With a big old smile to match. Irie Thyme, put simply is just a way of being, it embodies the whole flavor of being Caribbean, a way to live and let live while being at peace.
What Inspired You to Create Irie Thyme Hot Sauce?
The story of Irie Thyme started with just one product – the Ms. Fire Hot Sauce. Ms. Fire Sauce line was inspired by my sister. In late 2015 she was diagnosed with chronic inflammatory urticaria. A debilitating condition that often saw her admitted to intensive care units to treat the symptoms and restore normal life. Inflammatory Urticaria is an autoimmune disease that first presents itself as hives with severe itching but if not quickly contained can spread to internal swelling and blockage of the respiratory channels. After several scares and with the care of a very good clinician we were able to narrow the field of some of the illness’ triggers. Chief among them was food; particularly food that contained chemical additives as coloring or stabilizers. I believe that you are what you eat – and what you eat is the sum of every ingredient. This is why there are no unpronounceable chemicals or synthetics in anything you buy from this site. The Irie Thyme pantry of goods is growing every day as we try to build a sustainable community of independent, high quality food producers.
Caribbean Food Story
Here at iriethyme.com we’ll regularly share Caribbean food recipes, in particular Jamaican food recipes made easy. After moving to Toronto a few years ago we realized that homestyle cooking, something we regularly take for granted back home was something a lot of our friends wanted to know more about. Questions, such as “how do you make this" and “do you have a recipe for that," were so frequent that we realized, hey there might be a few other people other than our current circle who might be similarly interested. We love to cook, bake and drink rum and that’s what you’ll get a lot of here.
Stay in touch
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Love & Irie