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.
Lentils And Split Peas Dhal.

Lentils And Split Peas Dhal.

10 May 2011

This recipe is pretty much a clone of the traditional dhal recipe I shared with you a while back, except this one we’ll be using lentils along with the yellow split peas. I still recall our grandmother making this when we were kids and eating it as we would soup. Last week I was going […]

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Spreading The Culinary Culture Of The Caribbean – St Croix Food and Wine Experience.

Spreading The Culinary Culture Of The Caribbean – St Croix Food and Wine Experience.

06 May 2011

It was a cold winter’s night back in December when while doing a “viewing” of a Thai restaurant that was up for sale, my friend turned to me and asked “will you be keeping the Thai menu?” To which I answered NO! The plan is to have a  Caribbean menu. It’s been my dream to […]

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Steamed Fish With Cabbage And Ochro.

Steamed Fish With Cabbage And Ochro.

26 April 2011

Here’s another dish we tore-up while on our Jamaican trek a few weeks ago. As a youth on the islands I enjoyed fish three ways.. curried, stew and in fish broth. Non of which was an easy sell for our to get us to eat. So this steamed fish was new to me… especially when […]

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Bodum Fyrkat Portable Charcoal Grill – Gadget Of The Week.

Bodum Fyrkat Portable Charcoal Grill – Gadget Of The Week.

21 April 2011

If you live in northern climates as I do, you’ll know excited one gets when winter is at an end and spring showers promises the warmth of summer. Don’t get me wrong, snow and bitter cold will not prevent me from venturing outside to crank up the propane BBQ and get my grilling on. But […]

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A Delectable Trinidad Corn Soup Recipe.

A Delectable Trinidad Corn Soup Recipe.

18 April 2011

I think it was about 6 years ago when for my birthday, we (my  sister and I) surprised our parents with a visit down the islands. That visit marked the first time in about 15 years that my mom had all of her children in the country at the same time. My sister who lives […]

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The Ultimate Ackee And Saltfish Recipe.

The Ultimate Ackee And Saltfish Recipe.

14 April 2011

As many of you know, there’s been several “Ultimate” dishes I’ve shared in the past and I’d like to add this Ackee and Saltfish dish to that list of amazing meals.  We were fortunate to have visited Jamaica a few weeks ago and even more lucky to have our friend’s mom cook us a traditional […]

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A Quick Shrimp Stir Fry.

A Quick Shrimp Stir Fry.

04 April 2011

One of my weaknesses when it comes to food when I’m on the islands is definitely Chinese. I just love the unique way through the years our “chinee” food evolved to what it is today. Be it the use of local ingredients or the influence of the many other culture/races that make up Trinidad and […]

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Pumpkin Simmered In Bits Of Salted Cod.

Pumpkin Simmered In Bits Of Salted Cod.

25 March 2011

I’m not a fan of pumpkin, unless it’s added to callaloo or in those hearty soups we’re so famous for in the Caribbean, but this dish turned out amazing. I recall as a young fella on the islands, our mom would say “eat the pumpkin, it good for you”.. good for me? That expression was […]

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Making Curly Fries Simple – Gadget Of The Week.

Making Curly Fries Simple – Gadget Of The Week.

14 March 2011

The closest I’ve ever come to making curly fries are the ones you get in the frozen section of the grocery store, where you have to stick them in the oven and wait the 25 minutes or so and hope they turn out ok. Like most things that are prepackaged and frozen, they are usually […]

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A Classic Vegetarian Curry Cabbage Recipe.

A Classic Vegetarian Curry Cabbage Recipe.

14 March 2011

Yet again, this is one of those dishes that our mom couldn’t even beg us to eat as kids. There were two ways we would ever be convinced to eat cabbage (except for in chow mein) and they both included adding meat of some sort. First there’s the corned beef with cabbage and left over […]

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