Orange Brown Sugar Glazed Plantain Recipe.

I've been fortunate to travel up and down the Caribbean island chain over the years and one of the things I find astonishing, are the many uses we have for plantains. Growing up in Trinidad and Tobago, Sunday lunch (most important family meal) always consisted of boiled ripe plantains to go along with the stewed meats, Callaloo, Macaroni Pie, Stewed Beans, Sweet Potato and other tasty treats mom would prepare. Very simple, but what a joy to eat. The English, Spanish, French and Dutch Caribbean all have their unique take on preparing Plantains (green and ripe) and I'm sure this orange brown sugar glazed plantain recipe will surely join in among other classics.

Orange Brown Sugar Glazed Plantain Recipe. Orange Brown Sugar Glazed Plantain Recipe.

Simple Guyanese Pepperpot Recipe.

When you hear a Guyanese person speak about Christmas the conversation always heads in the direction of Pepperpot. You have to love the passionate manner in which my fellow Caribbean people speak about this lovely meat stew most Guyanese serve on Christmas morning with a thick slice of their traditional plait bread. The tender pieces of meat falling of the bones and the rich gravy.... oh that rich gravy! You'd rip a piece of the bread and dunk in into that lovely gravy, spiced with cinnamon, herbs and cassareep (a thick molasses like reduction made from cassava). Other that what goes into making the pepperpot, patience is key... low and slow and you'll be rewarded.

Simple Guyanese Pepperpot Recipe. Simple Guyanese Pepperpot Recipe.

Sorrel Cranberry Rum Punch Recipe.

Bring drinks! The holiday season in the Caribbean is all about music, food, family and drinks. Not in that order but you get the picture - fun and merriment! As a kid I looked forward to a chilled glass of sorrel, made from the fresh harvested petals of the Hibiscus sabdariffa plant which we usually had planted in our kitchen garden. Living in North America means that sourcing fresh sorrel is almost impossible and when you can, it's insanely expensive. However we're very lucky in Southern Ontario to have well stocked stores with the dried sorrel petals. Personally I much prefer using the dried stuff now.

Sorrel Cranberry Rum Punch Recipe. Sorrel Cranberry Rum Punch Recipe.
CaribbeanPot.com Wins Gourmand World Cookbook Award With First Cookbook.

CaribbeanPot.com Wins Gourmand World Cookbook Award With First Cookbook.

26 January 2015

(Hamilton, Ontario Canada) CaribbeanPot.com, headed by Chris De La Rosa, is pleased to announce that their first off-line cookbook, The Vibrant Caribbean Pot: 100 Traditional and Fusion Recipes Vol.2, has won a Gourmand World Cookbook award for 2014 in the category of Best Foreign – International Cuisine Book in English Canada. De La Rosa shares this award with editor Izabela Szydlo. The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, founded by, Edouard Cointreau, celebrates global cookbook and wine book publishing from over 144 countries. This award is sometimes referred to as the “Oscars of food awards”.

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Homemade Fish Nuggets (fried fish) Recipe.

Homemade Fish Nuggets (fried fish) Recipe.

24 January 2015

Immediately after posting the Island Style Chicken Strips Recipe, I started receiving requests for a fish version. A fish nugget recipe which will help encourage kids and picky eaters to give fish a try. When I hear people talk about hating fish and their only experience are those frozen fish sticks heated in an oven or microwave, I'm discouraged as I know that is not a good measuring-stick for fried fish. To achieve what I believe are the ultimate fish sticks or nuggets, we'll start off with a wonderful Caribbean herb marinade, then dip the seasoned pieces of fish in a modified tempura batter, before frying them until they are golden brown.

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Orange Brown Sugar Glazed Plantain Recipe.

Orange Brown Sugar Glazed Plantain Recipe.

19 January 2015

I've been fortunate to travel up and down the Caribbean island chain over the years and one of the things I find astonishing, are the many uses we have for plantains. Growing up in Trinidad and Tobago, Sunday lunch (most important family meal) always consisted of boiled ripe plantains to go along with the stewed meats, Callaloo, Macaroni Pie, Stewed Beans, Sweet Potato and other tasty treats mom would prepare. Very simple, but what a joy to eat. The English, Spanish, French and Dutch Caribbean all have their unique take on preparing Plantains (green and ripe) and I'm sure this orange brown sugar glazed plantain recipe will surely join in among other classics.

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Jerk Chicken Noodle Stir Fry.

Jerk Chicken Noodle Stir Fry.

16 January 2015

Here's another dish I enjoy making when we have leftover jerk chicken (something not too common in this house). From the flavors of the residual jerk marinade on the chicken to texture of the slightly cooked vegetables, this is an ideal one-pot dish. As I've mentioned in the past, after slavery was abolished on the islands, many indentured laborers from China and India were brought in to facilitate the shortage of labor. So you'll find that our culinary culture reflect this infusion of Asian flavors and techniques in cooking. This dish is the perfect example of how the Caribbean and Asia comes together for something absolutely mouthwatering.

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Lemongrass Tea (fever grass tea in the Caribbean).

Lemongrass Tea (fever grass tea in the Caribbean).

11 January 2015

I still recall mom always asking me to go get a piece of fever grass (lemon grass) from the old wash-tub she converted into a gardening pot, where we had a huge patch of lemon grass growing for as long as I could remember. In the dry season they would dry-down with a mound of dirt where the roots were , but with the first drizzle of the rainy season they would be back with vigorous life. It was my job whenever someone had the onset of a fever (high temperature) to go harvest the 'fever grass' so mom could make a pot of tea. Yes, lemongrass tea is used as a remedy for fevers in most of the Caribbean... and it works.

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Caribbean Beef, Sweet Potato And Pumpkin Soup.

Caribbean Beef, Sweet Potato And Pumpkin Soup.

07 January 2015

That bone chilling cold is back and with a vengeance. Over the Christmas holidays it was relatively mild by Canadian standards, but this morning the mercury dropped to -28 C (-18.4 F). Like a true son of the Caribbean soil, I'm battling back with a hearty beef with sweet potato and pumpkin soup to warm up the mind, soul and body! We'll start off by roasting the pieces of beef (with bones) in the oven, something which is not traditional in Caribbean soup making, but that roasted flavor will elevate this soup to a HIGHER level! Then we go in with pieces of pumpkin and sweet potato, followed by fresh herbs and other flavor ingredients.

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Rice Cooker Jamaican Rice And Peas Recipe.

Rice Cooker Jamaican Rice And Peas Recipe.

02 January 2015

Most people who are new to Caribbean cuisine at one point or the other, always end up trying to make Jamaican style rice and peas (peas and rice?). Sadly if you're not seasoned at making rice and peas, it can be a bit challenging. You always risk ending up with rice which is overcooked and soggy. With this in mind, I decided to share a fool-proof way of cooking Jamaican rice and peas, with the same flavors and texture you'd get from the conventional method of cooking this dish. However we'll employ the use of a rice cooker!

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Simple Recipe For Tasty Salmon In The Oven.

Simple Recipe For Tasty Salmon In The Oven.

27 December 2014

Island life is closely connected to the ocean as well as the land on so many levels. Like the fresh herbs,vegetables and fruits we're blessed with, the Caribbean Sea is packed with some the most delicious fish and seafood known to man. However when it comes to Salmon, it was more of a Good Friday dish and usually the salmon came in the form of a can (or "tin salmon" as it's known). But if you've ever had stewed or curry salmon (yes the same stuff from the can) done the Caribbean way.. lets just say you'll be amazed! Living in North America means fresh salmon is readily available in most supermarkets, so this is one of my go-to recipes when Tehya (shes the only one who really deals with the fish and seafood) and I get a hankering for baked salmon.

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Simple Guyanese Pepperpot Recipe.

Simple Guyanese Pepperpot Recipe.

17 December 2014

When you hear a Guyanese person speak about Christmas the conversation always heads in the direction of Pepperpot. You have to love the passionate manner in which my fellow Caribbean people speak about this lovely meat stew most Guyanese serve on Christmas morning with a thick slice of their traditional plait bread. The tender pieces of meat falling of the bones and the rich gravy.... oh that rich gravy! You'd rip a piece of the bread and dunk in into that lovely gravy, spiced with cinnamon, herbs and cassareep (a thick molasses like reduction made from cassava). Other that what goes into making the pepperpot, patience is key... low and slow and you'll be rewarded.

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Sorrel Cranberry Rum Punch Recipe.

Sorrel Cranberry Rum Punch Recipe.

11 December 2014

Bring drinks! The holiday season in the Caribbean is all about music, food, family and drinks. Not in that order but you get the picture - fun and merriment! As a kid I looked forward to a chilled glass of sorrel, made from the fresh harvested petals of the Hibiscus sabdariffa plant which we usually had planted in our kitchen garden. Living in North America means that sourcing fresh sorrel is almost impossible and when you can, it's insanely expensive. However we're very lucky in Southern Ontario to have well stocked stores with the dried sorrel petals. Personally I much prefer using the dried stuff now.

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