Tasty Island Style Roasted Chicken Drumsticks.

Here's a quick and simple chicken dish I usually make during the cooler months when I can use the oven without overheating the entire house. During the summer months these marinated chicken pieces also make its way onto my outdoor grill. The key with this recipe is the spiced rub we marinate the chicken with for maximum Caribbean appeal. If you decide to rock these on your outdoor grill, I'd recommend cooking them on an indirect heat or you'll risk burning the spices and you won't like the outcome.

Tasty Island Style Roasted Chicken Drumsticks. Tasty Island Style Roasted Chicken Drumsticks.

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.

How To Make Coconut Oil At Home. How To Make Coconut Oil At Home.

Classic Caribbean Coconut Stewed Beef.

Here's a dish I usually reach for when I'm homesick for the Caribbean and I need something comforting. Served with rice, pasta, ground provisions, roasted breadfruit or even garlic mashed potatoes, this coconut stewed beef is simply heavenly. While we didn't eat a lot of beef when I was growing up on the islands (we didn't like the taste of fresh butchered beef), the occasional time mom would fix this for dinner. it was always a hit. Since we'll slowly braise this for some time, you can use a very cheap cut of beef if you wanted.

Classic Caribbean Coconut Stewed Beef. Classic Caribbean Coconut Stewed Beef.
The Ultimate Pepper Roti Recipe.

The Ultimate Pepper Roti Recipe.

22 December 2013

Pepper roti is one of those delightful dishes which became popular after I left the islands for North American shores. I was only introduced to this a few years back when my cousin hosted us for dinner during one of our Carnival visits and I immediately fell in love with it. What a treat! Stuffed […]

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Spreading The Culinary Culture Of The Caribbean – COCO Magazine.

Spreading The Culinary Culture Of The Caribbean – COCO Magazine.

21 December 2013

It’s been an amazing journey with COCO magazine this past year and as they celebrate their one year anniversary I thought there’s no better time to place the spotlight on the amazing things being done over at COCO. Over the years I’ve tried my best to feature websites, publications and authors who are helping to […]

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Traditional Coconut Chutney.

Traditional Coconut Chutney.

07 December 2013

With mom and dad visiting this past summer I had the help I needed to put together one of the most requested recipes, coconut chutney. A spicy condiment which is an excellent topping for many of the street foods you’d find being sold in Trinidad and Tobago, especially ‘doubles’. Traditionally a mortar and pestle or […]

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A Non Traditional Caribbean Ginger Beer.

A Non Traditional Caribbean Ginger Beer.

05 December 2013

Give the kids some orange juice and let’s make some big-people ginger beer. Spiked with rum and balanced with the juice of freshly squeezed limes, this is NOT your grandmas ginger beer recipe. I took ah-borrow of my dad’s ginger beer recipe (which is very traditional), but you know I had to add my own […]

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How To Cook Curry Lobster The Caribbean Way.

How To Cook Curry Lobster The Caribbean Way.

28 November 2013

If I were to count using my fingers the amount of times this dish was cooked in our home growing up, I’d have room left to count 10 other dishes. Curry lobster (or lobster curry as our Guyanese cousins say) never made it to our dinner table as far as I could remember. However curry […]

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A Delightful Caribbean Breadfruit Salad.

A Delightful Caribbean Breadfruit Salad.

21 November 2013

Over the years I’ve shared many delightful recipes using breadfruit, so it gives me great pleasure to be able to share this wonderful breadfruit salad (like a potato salad) with you. I have a number of breadfruit recipes in my arsenal I’d like to share with you, but being in Canada means paying very heavy […]

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Bodi Stewed In Coconut Milk And Salted Cod.

Bodi Stewed In Coconut Milk And Salted Cod.

16 November 2013

As a young fella on the islands I fondly remember helping our mom pick (harvest) the mature bodi (bora, long-podded cowpea, asparagus bean, pea bean, snake bean, or Chinese long bean) which grew on the bamboo branches our dad would place next to the plants for the vine to spread. Something about the long beans […]

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Roasted Tomato And Rice Soup, Memories of Tomato Choka.

Roasted Tomato And Rice Soup, Memories of Tomato Choka.

13 November 2013

About 10 years ago I had my first culinary encounter with tomato and rice soup while visiting Caron’s grandparents and though I wasn’t (so I thought..silly me) a fan of tomato soup, the plump grains of rice in it got my attention. I could not believe I was asking for seconds even though my bowl […]

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Spinach Rice Simmered In Coconut Milk And Salted Pigtail.

Spinach Rice Simmered In Coconut Milk And Salted Pigtail.

26 October 2013

To avoid the “check yourself emails” let me make my Trinbagonian people happy and say “bhagi rice” instead for spinach. Now on to a recipe which I try to make on those cold winter days when I crave the bright Caribbean sun and long for the days when I can be back down in my […]

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Big People Lemonade?

Big People Lemonade?

24 October 2013

Give the kids some chocolate milk and let’s proceed to make a drink for the grown! Our family home like so many in the Caribbean was surrounded by citrus trees… oranges, grapefruit, shaddock, limes and lemons. Basically we were never out of freshly made juice with our meals and on those scorching Caribbean days when […]

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