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.
Chicken Fried Rice.

Chicken Fried Rice.

01 January 2013

If you’re new to my website or Caribbean cuisine you’re probably wondering how does fried rice relate to the Caribbean. Our cuisine is heavily influenced by the many faces who make up our unique culture. With over 150 years of Chinese history in the Caribbean, our Chinese style food may be a bit different to […]

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Caribbean Christmas Ham.

Caribbean Christmas Ham.

27 December 2012

Christmas ham is a must in just about every pork eating home in the Caribbean. There are many who choose not to dine in the swine, but I refuse to be prejudice against this wonderful meat, so you know I had to share this wicked recipe. I fondly recall the ham sandwiches our mom would […]

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The Ultimate Caribbean Rum Punch.

The Ultimate Caribbean Rum Punch.

23 December 2012

When most people think about the Caribbean (if you’ve never lived on the islands) one of the things which comes to mind is sipping on a cold glass of rum punch, decorated with slices of fresh fruit while sitting taking in the rays on white sandy beach (or a swim-up bar at an all-inclusive resort). […]

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Trini Chow Chow Recipe.

Trini Chow Chow Recipe.

21 December 2012

I have to confess that as a kid growing up on the islands, we never had chow chow with our Christmas ham. However, the variety of ‘pepper sauce” (hot sauce) mom would always have in the kitchen, was all we ever needed. Well that, some soy sauce and ketchup (wicked combo..trust me). In some parts […]

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The Ultimate Breadfruit Pie.

The Ultimate Breadfruit Pie.

14 December 2012

I grew up eating breadfruit in a number of ways, but only as an adult when we visited Tobago some years ago, did I have my first delicious encounter with breadfruit pie. It was a long day of driving around the island, when we stopped at Jemma’s Seaview Kitchen for a late lunch. The stewed […]

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Everyday Cornmeal Dumplings.

Everyday Cornmeal Dumplings.

08 December 2012

This is one of those meals I like to refer to as being ‘country food’ from it’s rustic feel and simplicity. One of my favorite “bush cook” meals as a kid on the islands was corn meals dumplings with dasheen bush bhaji cooked in coconut milk, on the side. A meal which was guaranteed to […]

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Savory Stuffed Corn Muffins.

Savory Stuffed Corn Muffins.

03 December 2012

One of the key ingredients used in many of the dishes we enjoy in the Caribbean  is salted fish or saltfish as it’s lovingly known. Traditionally salted cod was the choice of the day, but in recent years there’s been more variety (other whitefish, such as pollock, haddock, blue whiting, ling and tusk).  Though the […]

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Jerk Chicken Wraps.

Jerk Chicken Wraps.

28 November 2012

With just 3 recipes left in the “party food” theme we have going for November, I thought it was time to do something with bold Caribbean flavors. These jerk chicken wraps are excellent as everyday sandwiches for your family or watch your guests make a dash for the platter when you present these at your […]

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Baiganee A Vegetarian Classic.

Baiganee A Vegetarian Classic.

18 November 2012

Though a very popular side dish/snack sold by many road-side vendors in Trinidad and Tobago, our only encounter with these tasty treats came yearly. Our mom’s cousin would always invite us to her home for Divali, where she would have a buffet of Indian influenced dishes and treats waiting for us. I can still remember […]

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Caribbean Spiced Nuts

Caribbean Spiced Nuts

11 November 2012

In keeping with the “party food” theme for the month of November, I knew I’d have to share this classic spiced nuts recipe with you all. Roasted with a wonderful glaze to give you that sweet crunchy taste and texture and spiced up with some lovely elements of the Caribbean. I must warn you though […]

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