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Simple Haitian Epis (Zepis) Recipe.

Simple Haitian Epis (Zepis) Recipe.

In the Southern Caribbean we have "Green Seasoning", the Spanish speaking Caribbean gave us Sofrito and our Haitian cousins use Epis as the base for many of their delicious offerings. Traditionally made with a mortar and pestle (Munsh Pilon), it's a blend of herbs, garlic and various peppers. In this recipe I'll be using a food processor and will be personalizing it a bit to my own taste. So you'll see that I won't add any salt, bullion cubes nor onion (explained in the video).

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Cider Maple Habanero Peppersauce (hot sauce) Recipe.

Cider Maple Habanero Peppersauce (hot sauce) Recipe.

This past Fall I decided to do a peppersauce tribute to my home for the last 20 something years.. Canada. With a bumper crop of Habanero peppers (works great with scotch bonnets as well) in my small kitchen garden at the back of my house, the creative juices were flowing. Habaneros are some of my favorite spicy peppers, with the natural fruity undertones along with the fiery heat they possess. With a dose of fresh made apple cider (not vinegar) and some organic maple syrup, this pepper sauce was truly heavenly.

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How To Roast A Breadfruit In Your Oven.

How To Roast A Breadfruit In Your Oven.

Living in Canada means that it's almost a 'treat' when breadfruit hits our dinner table. Unlike when I lived in the Caribbean as a boy where we had a massive breadfruit tree in our back yard, laden with prime breadfruits. Not only are they expensive in the grocery (when we can actually get them) here, but I find that they are harvested too soon for export, so you never get that true essence of the breadfruit when you prepare a dish. Here's my take on roasting a breadfruit in your typical kitchen oven, unlike the outdoor fire/coals method we all grew up using in the Caribbean.

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Energizing Apple Beet Coconut Smoothie.

Energizing Apple Beet Coconut Smoothie.

Here's one of those drinks which is guaranteed to give you a boost of energy, especially during those draining winter months we experience in Canada. I was visiting mom and dad in Toronto a while back and I saw she had brought back a ton of Turmeric from our garden in Trinidad and Tobago. She went on to mention that she makes this drink for dad and my sister (who lives close to them), so I got her to share the concoction with me. I've been making this smoothie ever since then.

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Fruity Passion Fruit Pepper Sauce.

Fruity Passion Fruit Pepper Sauce.

With my love for peppersauce (hot sauce) I'm always challenging myself to find different flavors to compliment the scorching heat of our beloved Scotch Bonnet Peppers, to add balance, depth and a unique finish. While this peppersauce is fiery, the fruity undertones of the passion fruit makes it very tasty and bearable for those of you who are not into pure heat! My mom like many from her generation, will argue that when making a 'good' peppersauce, there's no room for fruit. However with the success I've had with the 10 + fruity pepper sauces I've shared on here, that mindset can be challenged.

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Festive Christmas Fried Rice.

Festive Christmas Fried Rice.

NO! Mommy didn't make this for us as kids on the islands and to be quite honest, this was the first time my taste-buds were treated to such a colorful delight. Yes, the colors will play tricks on your mind, since the finished rice will look more like a holiday candy than fried rice. However I can assure you that this was very delicious and quite attractive served-up on a platter. For this recipe we're joined by my friend Marc, who's been rocking this recipe for a while now.

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Stewed Black Eye Peas With Leftover Ham Bone.

Stewed Black Eye Peas With Leftover Ham Bone.

If you're looking for a bit of luck in the new year while enjoying a delightful dish, I got you. It's said that by cooking/enjoying black eye peas on the first day of the new year, brings a wealth of good luck the entire year. So I thought I'd put my leftover ham bone to use and share the recipe with you. Typically I'd do a traditional Caribbean soup with my ham bone, but I thought it would be an excellent way to add additional flavor to the somewhat bland black eye peas. Did you know that black eye peas is really a bean?

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Ultimate Jerk Turkey + Simple Gluten Free Gravy.

Ultimate Jerk Turkey + Simple Gluten Free Gravy.

"Chris we want ah Jerk Turkey recipe.. tired of boring oven roasted turkey" That was the DM I received on Twitter a couple weeks back.. even before I was thinking about doing this Christmas Special. I'm not a huge fan of turkey as I find the meat boring, especially when you think about the cost of it and the time it takes to get good results. My goal with this recipe is to show you how simple it is to make a tasty jerk oven roasted turkey, using a 'cheap' turkey and in much less time than the traditional method used for roasting turkey.

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Amazing Curry Duck Done In The Oven (or slow cooker).

Amazing Curry Duck Done In The Oven (or slow cooker).

Here's one of those classic Caribbean curry dishes done a little different, to free up your time in the kitchen. Curry Duck is a hit on the islands, especially in Trinidad and Tobago where a large part of the population is of East Indian heritage (same can be said for Guyana as well) The duck of choice when making this type of curry is the Muscovy (Cairina moschata is a large duck native to Mexico, Central, and South America), which is traditionally raised by many village folks and farms for resale.

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Jamaican Curry Goat Recipe.

Jamaican Curry Goat Recipe.

While we use the same ingredients and for the most part cook similar dishes, you'll find that as you travel across the West Indies the technique we employ on each island differs. That is exactly the case with one of the most famous dishes coming out of the Caribbean, Curry Goat. A curry goat from Trinidad and Tobago will most certainly be different than one from Grenada and just as unique as one done in a Guyanese or Haitian home. I've shared several methods of cooking curry goat so far, but it seems we've not had a go at a Jamaican version, until now.

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