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.
Classic Island Peas And Rice.

Classic Island Peas And Rice.

29 July 2012

This is a repeat of the original peas and rice recipe I posted a while back, however this time we’re using fresh kidney beans and not the stuff from the can. In that rice and peas recipe there was a lot of discussion about the real name.. is it rice and peas or peas and […]

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Curry Potato With Shrimp Recipe.

Curry Potato With Shrimp Recipe.

24 July 2012

I’ve always had a weakness for curry potato, especially if there was hot sada roti on the side to sap-up the lovely gravy. And I’ve never been known to back away for a good dose of curry shrimp... must be a bit spicy though and not overcooked. So when our mom first introduced us to […]

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Sour Cherry Jam.

Sour Cherry Jam.

21 July 2012

Depending on which island you’re from you may have a different name for these sour cherries as I found out when I posted a pic to the facebook fan page. However, one thing is common throughout the Caribbean.. the way we prepare this sour cherry jam. Sour is usually the word we use as North […]

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Jamaican Style Escovitch Fish.

Jamaican Style Escovitch Fish.

14 July 2012

This Jamaican style escovitch fish takes be back 21 years, when my friends and I would head down to Toronto to shop for records (remember 45’s and 33’s?) for our aspiring DJ business. That trip usually had us end up in the Jamaican community on Eglinton Ave where there were not only many record stores […]

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Spinach Cooked With Salted Cod Bits.

Spinach Cooked With Salted Cod Bits.

09 July 2012

    Call me crazy, but even as a kid I loved spinach (bhaji) in all forms and to this day I still can’t figure out why ALL kids don’t love the stuff. Over the years (out of convenience and availability) spinach took the place of my beloved dasheen bush leaves and what some people […]

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Fry Okra With Shrimp.

Fry Okra With Shrimp.

05 July 2012

Fry okra with shrimp is fairly new to me, but according to my Guyanese friends it’s a popular dish in the traditional Guyanese home.  This fry okra with shrimp is a recipe which was passed on to me to try by someone with Guyanese roots and I do hope I do it justice. Over the […]

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5 Spice Chicken On The Grill.

5 Spice Chicken On The Grill.

01 July 2012

Have guys enjoyed the month of grilling? This 5 spice chicken may end up being  the last in the series (for now), so I can get back to more traditional Caribbean dishes. It’s been such fun taking the cooking outdoor, I’m now thinking up other ways to add some excitement to the recipes and cooking […]

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Potato Salad.

Potato Salad.

30 June 2012

Absolutely nothing says summer, picnic and BBQ like a creamy potato salad. There are so many variations of making potato salad that it can be a bit confusing if you’re looking for a good recipe to follow. I’ll be honest and say from the start that I’m NOT a fan of potato salad and I […]

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Curry Chicken Lollipops On The Grill.

Curry Chicken Lollipops On The Grill.

29 June 2012

As our adventure on the grill continues, I thought I’d share a very creative way to do chicken lollipops. If you’re not familiar with chicken lollipops, it’s basically the way the drumette of the wing is shaped to give the appearance of our favorite kid candy, lollipops. With that in mind I decided to make a […]

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Grilled Caribbean Vegetarian Kebabs.

Grilled Caribbean Vegetarian Kebabs.

21 June 2012

  As we make our way through our month of grilling, I thought it was time to do some vegetarian kebabs, to satisfy the vegetarian cravings in us. These grilled Caribbean style vegetarian kebabs are sure to excite your taste buds and make a grand impression on your guests. Not only are they eye-pleasing, they […]

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