We make it easy to create tasty Caribbean inspired recipes with our gourmet condiments, herbs, and spices blends
Tamara Douge better known as Gemma believes you can bring the taste of the Caribbean right in the comfort of your home. Gemma is the founder and creative mind and willpower behind Gemma’s Living LLC, the company, and its affiliates Gemma’s Gourmet Foods and Caribbean Green Living. Her recipes and food products reflect and embrace the appreciation of her Haitian Caribbean heritage, her passion for delicious foods, wholesome ingredients, and innovative ideas.
In 2012, Gemma joined the world of blogging for fun as a hobby. Since then, she has been captivating her followers with her Caribbean inspired recipes. In 2017, Gemma made her debut into the world of gourmet foods by launching her own line of spicy and tasty blends that can be used as marinades, dips, spreads, and seasonings.
Gemma’s upbringing in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, had an inculcate influence on her cooking. Her beloved mother was from the north side (Cap-Haitien) of the island and her beloved father was from the south side (Jacmel). Both parents met in Port-au-Prince, Haiti (the Capital) and settled to raise their family. Introduced at an early age to the north and south ways of cooking, Gemma was intrigued by the marriage of a myriad of bold and unique Caribbean flavors. Such exposure enticed her interest in cooking which will later drive her onto the road of Food Blogging and create her own condiments.
The month of April has a great significance for Gemma and her siblings. It is the beginning of a new chapter where she believes love truly never dies. Both parents sealed their union in the Sacrament of marriage mid-April; her father passed away the end of April, and her mother died at the beginning of April.
For Gemma, spices and herbs are nothing if they are looked upon only as ingredients or add-ons, they must be appreciated in their natural freshness, savored in prepared food with minimal intervention until they are presented at our table to be enjoyed by family and friends. Her parents have taught her how to properly blend herbs and spices to extract most of their fragrance to cook simple and delicious dishes.
As the food industry feeds a multitude of opportunities, Gemma’s website Caribbeangreenliving.com refreshed into NouBess, the new and innovative world of Caribbean flavors. NouBess reanimated her parents’ love of cooking.
Gemma’s mom’s nickname was Nounouche and her dad’s nickname was Bess. In their honor and memory, she rebranded her hard work into the name that seemingly touches her heart and signifies endless memories for her and her siblings. NouBess, the love story of her parents and their legacy that will continue to imprint in their mind.
NouBess, by Caribbean Green Living, the website and her array of gourmet products. Gemma has been able to maintain the highest quality products by producing her line of spicy blends with the help of a co-packer. Together with her team, Gemma is eager to introduce more delicious and innovative products that remind her of her Caribbean heritage.
“COME SHARE WITH ME THE SUNSHINE OF CARIBBEAN”
Tamara (Gemma) Douge
Founder & President
Social Media Coordinator
The mission of Gemma's Living is to provide our customers and website followers with high quality, delicious tasting, healthy ingredients, healthy recipes and custom blends within a sustainable environment. We are constantly working to create healthy and tasty Caribbean inspired recipes with great values for our customers within an active and enjoyable ambiance.