How To Cook Curry Pigeon Peas (from frozen).

As a kid growing up on the islands you never really understand/appreciate what you have, especially when it comes to our local produce. I remember giving mom a difficult time during 'peas season' (usually from Dec to mid-June), as it would make it's way on the dinner table too often for my liking. We had a kitchen garden so many of the meals prepared came directly from that small plot of land behind our home. Today I'm stuck using the stuff from the can and the occasional time I can find it in the frozen section of the supermarket. Being based in Canada, the options are slim.. rare is the time you'd get fresh pigeon peas.

How To Cook Curry Pigeon Peas (from frozen). How To Cook Curry Pigeon Peas (from frozen).

Salted Pigtail Callaloo Recipe.

While I've shared several versions of Callaloo, the classic soup-like dish prepared in the Southern Caribbean, this is one of those versions mom would make when she didn't have access to fresh ocean crab. I still remember mom would have to hide the fact that there were piece of salted pig tails in the Callaloo or my sisters wouldn't ever touch it.. but my brother, dad and I were quite excited to get those tender pieces of pork on our plate on a Sunday.

Salted Pigtail Callaloo Recipe. Salted Pigtail Callaloo Recipe.

Classic Caribbean Beef Pelau.

During those cold and nasty winter days in January and February I always try to add a little Caribbean sunshine in our home/kitchen in Canada, with a big pot of bubbling Pelau. A delicious one pot dish packed with ingredients and flavors of the Caribbean which immediately takes me back to my childhood on the islands. However back then it was the dish of choice (usually the Chicken version) for those days at the beach.

Classic Caribbean Beef Pelau. Classic Caribbean Beef Pelau.
Apple Mango Chicken Salad.

Apple Mango Chicken Salad.

25 February 2013

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m no fan of chicken breast or “white meat”, so this recipe came about out of the necessity to use that part of the chicken after having roasted chicken for dinner. Now we purposely buy chicken breast, as this apple mango chicken salad is simply outstanding and it’s […]

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Tasty Vegetarian Mashed Yams.

Tasty Vegetarian Mashed Yams.

15 February 2013

Did you know that the tuber most people outside the Caribbean call yams are really a milder sweet potato? On the islands we have several varieties of yams and in this recipe I’ll be using Kush Kush, which is probably one of the more harder varieties to source. I recall as a young fella on […]

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The Ultimate Oven Roasted Pork.

The Ultimate Oven Roasted Pork.

11 February 2013

There’s nothing quite like the aroma of roasting meat in the oven, especially when you have that eager anticipation of  a lovely dinner. Though over the years I’ve modified this recipe from it’s original beginnings (our mom’s recipe) , it really one which I’m very proud and excited to share. As with the other recipes […]

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Guinness Punch.

Guinness Punch.

07 February 2013

This is one of those “big people” drinks we enjoy in the Caribbean and it’s rumored to give you extra energy and vitality  in the bedroom. I’m sure as you make your way up and down the Caribbean islands you’ll find variations to this Guinness punch recipe, so use this one as a base and […]

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Caribbean Style Guacamole.

Caribbean Style Guacamole.

05 February 2013

I remember a few years back my cousin (jokingly) saying to us “my wife made me guacamole and roti for breakfast”. After the laughter subsided we soon realized that he may have a point. What we lovingly call zabouca choka in Trinidad and Tobago, is pretty much the same thing known as guacamole in other […]

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How To Make Tostones And Cookbook Giveaway.

How To Make Tostones And Cookbook Giveaway.

29 January 2013

Plantains are an integral part of our diet in the Caribbean as well as in Latin America. Boiled, steamed, fried and mashed, we’ve got various ways to prepare this cousin of the banana. Growing up on the islands boiled ripe plantains was a key component to the spread our mom would put out for our […]

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Curry Shrimp With Butternut Squash.

Curry Shrimp With Butternut Squash.

26 January 2013

How I love me some shrimp cooked in butternut squash or pumpkin.. let me count the ways. This is one of my favorite recipes and it’s a take on another one I shared a while back which our mom is a boss at making – shrimp cooked in pumpkin. But this time we’ll be adding […]

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Spicy Beef Noodle Stir Fry.

Spicy Beef Noodle Stir Fry.

20 January 2013

One of the first things I look forward to when I visit my homeland (besides doubles and bake and shark sandwiches) is the island influenced Chinese food, which is a huge part of our everyday culinary landscape. As I’ve talked about in the past, the Chinese (workers who came to the Caribbean after slavery was […]

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Shrimp, Avocado and Mango Salad.

Shrimp, Avocado and Mango Salad.

10 January 2013

In the Caribbean we’re notorious for having heavy meals, not as if I’m complaining but there are times when a salad is the order of the day. Using ingredients which are important in the culinary landscape of the islands, you’ll find this salad very simple to put together and amazed by it’s unique flavors. As […]

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Caribbean Breakfast Hash.

Caribbean Breakfast Hash.

07 January 2013

I’ll admit that I have a weakness for all types of ground provisions, but I have a special attachment to yams.  In soups, steamed, boiled, mashed, scalloped, roasted.. I’m country to heart and love ground provisions (or “food” as my Jamaican brothers and sisters would say) in all forms. Moving to Canada all those moons […]

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