The Ultimate Plantain Frittata.

With all the requests I've been getting for more breakfast / brunch type recipes, I thought I'd share a classic Plantain Frittata with you. While not something you'd traditionally see in the Caribbean, I came up with this recipe a few years ago when I had friends visiting for the weekend. The idea behind this frittata was to include 3 things we're passionate about (ingredients) in the Caribbean... Salted Cod, Fresh Herbs and Ripe Plantains. You can be as creative as you want in your version.

The Ultimate Plantain Frittata. The Ultimate Plantain Frittata.

The Ultimate Curry Corn Recipe.

As a kid growing up on the islands, I can't remember mom ever making curry corn. And while it's quite popular in Trinidad and Tobago and some of the other islands of the Caribbean today, I only started hearing about it about this dish a few years now. While in Trinidad a few days ago my neighbor gave me a sample of her version to try and while it was very tasty, it wasn't 'my' version. Which I'm about to share with you today. Yes, those of you requesting more vegetarian / vegan recipes will luv this one.

The Ultimate Curry Corn Recipe. The Ultimate Curry Corn Recipe.

Classic Caribbean Beef Pelau.

During those cold and nasty winter days in January and February I always try to add a little Caribbean sunshine in our home/kitchen in Canada, with a big pot of bubbling Pelau. A delicious one pot dish packed with ingredients and flavors of the Caribbean which immediately takes me back to my childhood on the islands. However back then it was the dish of choice (usually the Chicken version) for those days at the beach.

Classic Caribbean Beef Pelau. Classic Caribbean Beef Pelau.
Quick And Simple Salmon Fried Rice.

Quick And Simple Salmon Fried Rice.

12 December 2017

Here's a quick and tasty recipe putting leftover rice (which you may already have in the fridge) and a can of salmon to work, for what I assure you is an incredible one-pot dish. While the use of the can (or 'tin' as we would normally say in the Caribbean) may seem a little strange if you've never tried it... I quickly learned that it truly is a great addition to what could potentially be a boring fried rice. This is one of the many go-to recipes I employ when lunch-time hits and I have some rice in the fridge.

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The Ultimate Plantain Frittata.

The Ultimate Plantain Frittata.

03 December 2017

With all the requests I've been getting for more breakfast / brunch type recipes, I thought I'd share a classic Plantain Frittata with you. While not something you'd traditionally see in the Caribbean, I came up with this recipe a few years ago when I had friends visiting for the weekend. The idea behind this frittata was to include 3 things we're passionate about (ingredients) in the Caribbean... Salted Cod, Fresh Herbs and Ripe Plantains. You can be as creative as you want in your version.

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The Ultimate Curry Corn Recipe.

The Ultimate Curry Corn Recipe.

02 December 2017

As a kid growing up on the islands, I can't remember mom ever making curry corn. And while it's quite popular in Trinidad and Tobago and some of the other islands of the Caribbean today, I only started hearing about it about this dish a few years now. While in Trinidad a few days ago my neighbor gave me a sample of her version to try and while it was very tasty, it wasn't 'my' version. Which I'm about to share with you today. Yes, those of you requesting more vegetarian / vegan recipes will luv this one.

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Simple Heirloom Tomato Salad.

Simple Heirloom Tomato Salad.

11 November 2017

Even as a child on the islands (I was told) I had an affection for tomatoes. While most of the stuff we get in the grocery stores today lack any sweetness or flavor, and even something as basic as the scent we associate with tomatoes, when I come across Heirloom tomatoes.. they come home with me. You won't find any two looking the same, their shape will be somewhat weird (at times) and they may not be that uniform red color you've been programmed to associate with ripe tomatoes. My favorite way to enjoy such beauties.. raw a salad!

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Traditional Caribbean Salted Pigtail Pelau.

Traditional Caribbean Salted Pigtail Pelau.

08 November 2017

While salted pigtails may not sound appealing to many people, it's a key ingredient in many dishes we would consider 'comfort food' in the Caribbean. Only recently are we seeing prominent chefs and restaurants trying to find ways to use the entire animal after it's butchered. Normal thing in the Caribbean. If pork (especially pig tails) is not your thing, I've got versions of Pelau using chicken, beef and we've even played with a vegan option as well. Check the Recipe Index for those recipes.

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Insanely Spicy Canadian Mother In Law.

Insanely Spicy Canadian Mother In Law.

05 November 2017

After getting a request for a new "Mother-In-Law" recipe via a YouTube comment , the spicy condiment we use on the side of many curry dishes in Trinidad and Tobago, I decided to do things a little different and do my interpretation of a Canadian version. I believe the name comes from the 'spicy' nature of one's mother in law, mixed with different textures and flavors (complexity). Do keep in mind that you can control the amount of heat of this condiment by the number and type of hot peppers you use.

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Simple Caribbean Coconut Spinach.

Simple Caribbean Coconut Spinach.

21 October 2017

While we didn't have 'spinach' readily available on the islands when I was growing up, mom did her thing with dasheen bush (leaves), chorai (Jamaican callaloo) , pak choi and other 'greens'. After moving to Canada and not being able to find that stuff I grew up eating on the islands, spinach quickly became my friend. I've confessed before that I have a definite weakness for any and all greens, so this is something I cook on the regular.

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How To Cook Curry Pigeon Peas (from frozen).

How To Cook Curry Pigeon Peas (from frozen).

14 October 2017

As a kid growing up on the islands you never really understand/appreciate what you have, especially when it comes to our local produce. I remember giving mom a difficult time during 'peas season' (usually from Dec to mid-June), as it would make it's way on the dinner table too often for my liking. We had a kitchen garden so many of the meals prepared came directly from that small plot of land behind our home. Today I'm stuck using the stuff from the can and the occasional time I can find it in the frozen section of the supermarket. Being based in Canada, the options are slim.. rare is the time you'd get fresh pigeon peas.

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Salted Pigtail Callaloo Recipe.

Salted Pigtail Callaloo Recipe.

08 October 2017

While I've shared several versions of Callaloo, the classic soup-like dish prepared in the Southern Caribbean, this is one of those versions mom would make when she didn't have access to fresh ocean crab. I still remember mom would have to hide the fact that there were piece of salted pig tails in the Callaloo or my sisters wouldn't ever touch it.. but my brother, dad and I were quite excited to get those tender pieces of pork on our plate on a Sunday.

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The Ultimate Mango Mojito (virgin).

The Ultimate Mango Mojito (virgin).

02 October 2017

While I did share the video demo for this refreshing virgin Mango Mojito a few months back (during the hot summer), there's been a lot of requests for the printable version of the recipe. Though this version is 'virgin' (safe for kids and those who don't mess with the rum), you can always add a cup (or more) or your favorite rum and enjoy this as a big-people beverage. If you cannot source a ripe mango, try the frozen section of your grocery store for frozen mango pieces.

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