Roasted Breadfruit With Smoked Herrings.

This is one of those dishes which immediately takes me back to the Caribbean and my childhood days. Mom would usually make this for us (myself, brother and dad) the odd Saturday dad didn't have to go to work. The breadfruit came directly off my grandmother's tree and it was roasted on an open fire in a coal pot for that true island goodness. While I don't have a coal-pot, nor can I achieve the same unique flavor it gives the breadfruit, this dish is still incredible. Definitely my idea of comfort food.

Roasted Breadfruit With Smoked Herrings. Roasted Breadfruit With Smoked Herrings.

Coconut Curry Chicken Recipe.

As you make your way across the Caribbean you'll encounter different methods of cooking curry dishes, influenced by one's own preference and family traditions. A prime example is my way of cooking coconut curry chicken.. as I'm about to share. My technique and ingredients will differently differ from other recipes you'll see... even the way I'd see my mom and grandma make their version. Coincidentally I don't recall mom using coconut in curry chicken, unless it was a tough chicken (we say yard fowl), where the use of the coconut acted as a tenderizer.

Coconut Curry Chicken Recipe. Coconut Curry Chicken Recipe.

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.

The Ultimate Plantain Frittata. The Ultimate Plantain Frittata.
Insanely Good Guava Peppersauce (hot-sauce).

Insanely Good Guava Peppersauce (hot-sauce).

08 September 2017

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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Classic Caribbean Beef Pelau.

Classic Caribbean Beef Pelau.

05 September 2017

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.

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The Ultimate Grilled Salmon Recipe.

The Ultimate Grilled Salmon Recipe.

19 August 2017

As we wrap up the annual July Month of Grilling for 2017, I thought I'd share one of my favorite salmon recipes with you. While we had a lot of fresh-from-the-ocean fish and seafood on the islands when I was growing up, for some reason our salmon always came from a can (say 'tin') for some reason. Especially around Easter-time when mom would prepare a host of ground provisions, topped with stewed canned salmon. While I still use the canned stuff, I do enjoy the fresh (as can be expected since I don't live near the ocean) salmon we get here Ontario.. when I can afford such!

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How To Make Passion Fruit Juice.

How To Make Passion Fruit Juice.

01 August 2017

As a kid growing up on the islands my dad had a passion fruit vine growing on a tall Poui tree at the back of our house and most of the fruit were normally out of reach. Since we all went to school far from home, I remember it was always "who could get up first to go check to see if any passion fruit fell to the ground" with me and my brother, on the weekends when we were home. As kids in North America would go on their Easter Egg hunt, for us the hunt were usually Mangoes, Passion Fruit, Sapodilla, Avocado or any of the other fruits which would normally fall off the trees when ripe.

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Peri Peri Chicken (better than Nandos)

Peri Peri Chicken (better than Nandos)

29 July 2017

After my birthday dinner at Nandos compliments of Indy, I came back with an urgency to give Peri Peri chicken a try. While not a "Caribbean" dish I feel it's a dish we would definitely relate to, due to our connection to Africa and Portugal. The Peri Peri chicken at Nandos was good, however I found a true 'depth' of flavor was missing and the 'promise' of heat fell short. Yes, as a son of the Caribbean I do appreciate a bit of heat. So here's my take on Peri Peri chicken.

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Ultimate Caribbean Grilled (roast) Corn Recipe.

Ultimate Caribbean Grilled (roast) Corn Recipe.

18 July 2017

This is NOT my dad's roast (grilled) corn! If you grew up on the islands, you'll know that fire roasted corn is a big deal every corn season. However I was never a fan of the 'roast' corn our dad was obsessed with, as I found the younger (not as mature as the ones used for fire roasting) corn, boiled in salted water was my fave. Since moving to North America where we have access to 'sweet' corn early in the summer, that all changed. As I was now able to get the same sort of tender and sweet kernels I enjoyed as a kid (though the corn is fully mature) even after I roast them off.

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Natural Caribbean Orange Pineapple Juice.

Natural Caribbean Orange Pineapple Juice.

16 July 2017

As we continue with the refreshing summer drinks series, I thought I'd share a drink my mom would make for us on those hot weekend days when we were home from school. She would boil the skin of the pineapple (after it was washed) in water, then strain and use that liquid as the base of the drink. In those days the oranges and pineapple came from our backyard and the honey was from wild honey my dad would harvest in old Immortelle tress scattered though the cocoa and coffee estates in my village.

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Island Style Grilled Shrimp.

Island Style Grilled Shrimp.

11 July 2017

If you're hosting friends this summer for a backyard BBQ, you'll definitely want to ensure these grilled shrimp takes priority on your menu. A quick bath in a wicked fruity marinade, then we'll grill them quickly over a propane flame (wood or charcoal works great too) so they fully cooked but still plump and juicy. The natural sugars from the orange and mango juice combined with the slight kick from the hot smoked paprika, will have your family and guests begging for more.

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Refreshing Summertime Shandy Drink.

Refreshing Summertime Shandy Drink.

08 July 2017

One of my favorite drinks as a young fella growing up on the islands, which I also passed on to my daughters (they prefer the sorrel version) is Shandy. Cold, refreshing and simply delicious... on those hot summer days when the mercury starts climbing up the 30's (Celsius). While this version is alcoholic and best kept away from the kids, there's no reason why you can't make the kids version with non-alcoholic beer as the version I grew up enjoying.

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The Ultimate Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings.

The Ultimate Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings.

03 July 2017

As we kick off another edition of our annual "July Month of Grilling", I thought I'd hit you with a recipe we first did in the oven during the early days of this website. However this time we'll try to replicate that authentic pimento wood flavor as you'd normally get at jerk joints in Jamaica. Yes, it's time for the Ultimate Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings. The marinade and technique can also be used on larger pieces of chicken with great success. But for now let's rock some of the best chicken wings you'll ever make/serve.

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