How To Make Haitian Griot.

While this is my take on the iconic Haitian Griot, it's heavily influenced by the way my friend's mom would make it when I'd find excuses to stay to play Super Mario at their apartment. Pieces of pork (usually a cheap cut with marbling of fat) seasoned with herbs, braised until tender and finally fried until golden and crisp. Back in those days playing Nintendo and patiently waiting for his mom to ask if I'd stay for dinner, my mind was never far from the Pikliz (Picklese) which automatically made it's way on the table.

How To Make Haitian Griot. How To Make Haitian Griot.

Classic Island Pepper Shrimp.

Another Pepper Shrimp recipe Chris? Yea, it's definitely one of my weaknesses when it comes to snacking. We've gone though about 4 different styles of pepper shrimp to date, but I must admit that this one is my absolute favorite. And to be quite honest, it's not only super easy to make, it's also super-quick to put together. On it's own as a snack, as a side to fried rice or stir fried noodles or on sandwiches, you'll love this shrimp recipe. You can be the BOSS when it comes to how HOT you make it.

Classic Island Pepper Shrimp. Classic Island Pepper Shrimp.

Traditional Cocoa Tea (Caribbean hot chocolate).

Did you know that any hot drink you have along with breakfast in the Caribbean is mainly refereed to as being 'tea'? That said, here's the most classic of Caribbean 'tea".. Cocoa Tea! My dad would tell me stories about when he lived with my great grandparents as the kid, on their cocoa and coffee estate in Trinidad and Tobago, and how rich and creamy his grandmother would make his tea in the morning. From the cocoa he would have helped to harvest and process the season before.

Traditional Cocoa Tea (Caribbean hot chocolate). Traditional Cocoa Tea (Caribbean hot chocolate).
Simple Haitian Epis (Zepis) Recipe.

Simple Haitian Epis (Zepis) Recipe.

25 February 2017

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.

16 February 2017

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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Roasted Breadfruit In Stewed Saltfish (salted cod).

Roasted Breadfruit In Stewed Saltfish (salted cod).

08 February 2017

This recipe combines two of my favorite dishes into one glorious pot of comfort. After sharing the technique for roasting a breadfruit in an everyday oven, you knew I'd follow up with a recipe for putting that roasted breadfruit to use. Stewed saltfish (salted cod) is as classic as it gets when it comes to Caribbean culinary culture and in the event you cannot source breadfruit, you can use cassava, yam, sweet potato, green cooking bananas or even something as everyday as regular potatoes.

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How To Roast A Breadfruit In Your Oven.

How To Roast A Breadfruit In Your Oven.

05 February 2017

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.

04 February 2017

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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Tamarind Glazed Chicken Wings.

Tamarind Glazed Chicken Wings.

25 January 2017

While I did plan to share this recipe a while back, it was only after I received a request via Instagram did I actually get in the kitchen with chicken wings and camera in hand. The person who made the request was looking for a chicken wing idea to prepare for her Super Bowl party.. but she wasn't a fan of the typical "Buffalo Wings". With that in mind, I decided to give her and her guests a true taste of the Caribbean by using a tamarind glaze with a slight kick, to finish off the wings.

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Fruity Passion Fruit Pepper Sauce.

Fruity Passion Fruit Pepper Sauce.

14 January 2017

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.

10 January 2017

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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Caribbean Sorrel Glazed Ham.

Caribbean Sorrel Glazed Ham.

05 January 2017

After posting this recipe on FaceBook someone commented "Sorrel only make for drinking" and while when I was a kid on the islands I would have agreed, seeing what creative cooks/chefs are now doing with sorrel, I know better. I've had sorrel cake, cheese cake, relish, ice cream, pudding.. even a sangria or two, just to name a few of the exciting ways sorrel is being put to use. Since sorrel plays such a huge role in the culinary Christmas landscape in the Caribbean, I though I'd rock a sorrel glazed ham this year.

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Stewed Black Eye Peas With Leftover Ham Bone.

Stewed Black Eye Peas With Leftover Ham Bone.

29 December 2016

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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