Category Archive | “Bits and Bites”

Quick And Tasty Corn Bread Recipe.

Quick And Tasty Corn Bread Recipe.

While I make a "killa" Corn Bread (as I'm about to share), my fondest memory of corn bread takes me back to when my girls were much younger and we took a trip to Disney World Orlando. We had been going all morning and as it came time to have lunch we decided on fried chicken, which came with a mini corn bread. While there wasn't anything really 'special' about the corn bread itself.. sometimes it's about the scenery, people you're with and overall memory of the event, which makes a meal/dish stand out.

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Amazing Coconut Macaroni And Cheese.

Amazing Coconut Macaroni And Cheese.

While I grew up enjoying Macaroni Pie as my choice for a dish with pasta and cheese as a kid on the islands and though mom made a killer mac n cheese (with boiled eggs), I only started making the coconut version of this comforting dish a few years ago. Though your family may have a tasty recipe for making your macaroni and cheese... I assure you that with the addition of coconut milk and herbs, you'll find yourself gravitating to this version once you give it a test-drive.

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Simple Oven Roasted Turkey Breast.

Simple Oven Roasted Turkey Breast.

Since I'm not a huge fan of turkey, the past few years I've been focusing more on just the turkey breast when we do Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. My daughters are not huge fans of the bird either but it's part of their Canadian culture, so rather than doing an entire bird and having too much leftovers to know what to do with.. we usually make a single turkey breast. After posting pics of this on Instagram, I was flooded with requests from people who are in the same situation.

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Quick And Simple Salmon Fried Rice.

Quick And Simple Salmon Fried Rice.

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.

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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Simple Heirloom Tomato Salad.

Simple Heirloom Tomato Salad.

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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Insanely Spicy Canadian Mother In Law.

Insanely Spicy Canadian Mother In Law.

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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Insanely Good Guava Peppersauce (hot-sauce).

Insanely Good Guava Peppersauce (hot-sauce).

While I don't have immediate access to many of the fruits I grew up eating as a young fella on the islands, with many local groceries servicing the vibrant immigrant population in Ontario, there are times when I luck out. This time I came across ripe guavas (mind you they were not the best quality) at my favorite Asian market. Usually I'd make guava jam or guava cheese, but the amount of fruit required for those two recipes.. let's just say my budget didn't allow for it. So a fruity peppersauce came to mind.

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5 Tips To Cooking Perfect Curry Shrimp.

5 Tips To Cooking Perfect Curry Shrimp.

I had a recent request via Instagram asking for tips on cooking curry shrimp. According to the person who contacted me, they encounter over-cooked and bland shrimp every time they give it a go in the kitchen. It got to the point where they've now given up on ever cooking curry shrimp again. I can assure you that if you also encounter this problem, you're not alone. Experience also tells me that even many of the West Indian restaurants also get it wrong the majority of time.

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How To Make Coconut Oil At Home.

How To Make Coconut Oil At Home.

As a kid growing up on the islands coconut oil was a norm. Not just for cooking, but it was our choice of skin lotion / moisturizer and it was also part of our daily hair treatment. If memory servers me correct I think my my sisters also used it in making their version of cocoa butter and different types of fragrant soaps. During my most recent trip to the islands dad shared his technique for making coconut oil as it was passed on to him from my great grand parents.

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