How To Make Haitian Griot.

While this is my take on the iconic Haitian Griot, it's heavily influenced by the way my friend's mom would make it when I'd find excuses to stay to play Super Mario at their apartment. Pieces of pork (usually a cheap cut with marbling of fat) seasoned with herbs, braised until tender and finally fried until golden and crisp. Back in those days playing Nintendo and patiently waiting for his mom to ask if I'd stay for dinner, my mind was never far from the Pikliz (Picklese) which automatically made it's way on the table.

How To Make Haitian Griot. How To Make Haitian Griot.

Classic Island Pepper Shrimp.

Another Pepper Shrimp recipe Chris? Yea, it's definitely one of my weaknesses when it comes to snacking. We've gone though about 4 different styles of pepper shrimp to date, but I must admit that this one is my absolute favorite. And to be quite honest, it's not only super easy to make, it's also super-quick to put together. On it's own as a snack, as a side to fried rice or stir fried noodles or on sandwiches, you'll love this shrimp recipe. You can be the BOSS when it comes to how HOT you make it.

Classic Island Pepper Shrimp. Classic Island Pepper Shrimp.

Traditional Cocoa Tea (Caribbean hot chocolate).

Did you know that any hot drink you have along with breakfast in the Caribbean is mainly refereed to as being 'tea'? That said, here's the most classic of Caribbean 'tea".. Cocoa Tea! My dad would tell me stories about when he lived with my great grandparents as the kid, on their cocoa and coffee estate in Trinidad and Tobago, and how rich and creamy his grandmother would make his tea in the morning. From the cocoa he would have helped to harvest and process the season before.

Traditional Cocoa Tea (Caribbean hot chocolate). Traditional Cocoa Tea (Caribbean hot chocolate).
Jerk Chicken Stirfry.

Jerk Chicken Stirfry.

29 August 2016

After sharing a pic of this Jerk Chicken Stirfry on Instagram, I had someone comment "what is leftover jerk chicken?" I do agree, there are many Caribbean dishes which always seems to be gone by the end of the meal. Keeping in mind that I make additional dishes with leftover jerk chicken (chicken salad, fried rice and stirfry) I purposely make extra every-time I make jerk chicken (same can be said about Stew Chicken as well). This an absolute WINNER in my home and I'm sure it will make a delicious impression on you and your family.

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Apple Carrot Orange Smoothie.

Apple Carrot Orange Smoothie.

24 August 2016

In this the final smoothie in our "Week of Smoothies", I thought I'd round off things with one that's not only very simple to make, but it mimics a popular drink we enjoy in the Caribbean, Carrot Punch! With orange juice and diced apples, it's packed with health benefits and so refreshing. While smoothies are not something we traditionally make in the Caribbean (as I've mentioned before), you'll find that it's becoming very popular the past few years. And while we normally reach for tropical fruits, apples are widely available - to be honest I've had better apples in the Caribbean (imported) than in Canada.

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Cantaloupe Cucumber Kale Smoothie.

Cantaloupe Cucumber Kale Smoothie.

21 August 2016

If you've been keeping score you'll realize that we're up to day 4 or simply the 4th smoothie recipe is this the first annual Week Of Smoothies at CaribbeanPot.com. While you won't automatically associate Kale and Cantaloupe with the Caribbean, the last few times I was down on the islands I saw them both readily available. I assume the same way we can get any tropical fruits and vegetables in North America, you're seeing the reverse on the islands. Luv it!

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Refreshing Watermelon Berry Smoothie.

Refreshing Watermelon Berry Smoothie.

18 August 2016

We always looked forward to watermelon season when I was a kid growing up on the islands, but having the patience to not prematurely pick the massive melons dad grew in his garden wasn't the easiest thing for a kid. Pops has his own technique for telling when the watermelons are perfectly red inside and while he never passed that tip on to me, I do get a chuckle when I see people tapping, scrutinizing, holding them up to the light and do other weird things to them at the grocery store. My tip.. go to where they have the cut slices for sale and if they are red and look perfect, chances are the whole ones on sale will be good. After-all, that's where that cut piece came from.

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Jackfruit Smoothie.

Jackfruit Smoothie.

17 August 2016

As we continue with this week of smoothies, it's time to use a very common but ignored Caribbean (tropical) fruit, Jackfruit. A sweet (like refined sugar) tasting fruit, with a sort of custard-like texture, but the scent can be a bit overpowering when it's fully ripe. We had just driven through Fern Gully, Jamaica and had stopped for 'refreshments' at a road-side bar, when I gazed on a Jackfruit tree on the side of the building laden with some of the largest fruits I've ever seen. It's funny how whenever I think about Jackfuit, it takes me back to that Jamaican trip and the roadside bar where I enjoyed some of the most refreshing Guinness I've ever had.

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Simple Energizing Green Smoothie.

Simple Energizing Green Smoothie.

15 August 2016

When I was a kid on the islands smoothies wasn't a 'thing", however we did have 'punches'! With milk (in most cases) as it's base, they included many of the exotic tropical fruits we are blessed with in the Caribbean. Today you can still see many punch vendors (known as the "punch-man") in all the major cities and towns, but smoothies are just as common and many people include them as part of their daily breakfast or workout regime.

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Curry Shrimp With Pumpkin.

Curry Shrimp With Pumpkin.

11 August 2016

Pumpkin and shrimp are two things mom struggled to get us to eat as kids, but as an adult I can't get enough. Looking back I wish I had started eating pumpkin from a younger age as the pumpkins mom would use came directly from the small garden we had at the back of our home in rural Trinidad. Grown organically and under the brilliant Caribbean sun... I still recall mom commenting "gosh this pumpkin cook real gud" every time she made a pumpkin dish.

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Simple Soursop Ice Cream.

Simple Soursop Ice Cream.

04 August 2016

My dad is a BOSS at making homemade ice cream from the many local tropical fruits we had growing in our yard and to this day he still relies on his old hand-crank ice cream maker (aka ice cream pail). According to him, the electric machines just can't get the consistency correct. Besides coconut, making soursop was his next favorite flavor to make for us. Ice cream making was a sort of weekend tradition, especially when relatives were visiting.

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Grilled Geera Pork Recipe.

Grilled Geera Pork Recipe.

27 July 2016

As we close off another successful year of July's Month Of Grilling, I'd like to take a traditional recipe for making Geera Pork and tailor it for the grill. Geera (cumin) Pork is one of those food/snacks you normally associate with enjoying big-people beverages and can be classed as a 'cutters'. As you'd find Tapas in Spain, we have 'cutters' in the Southern Caribbean. To help the pork tenderize without having to cook for an hour plus and to add a bit of a fruity balance to the fiery scotch bonnet kick in the kebabs, we'll employ the use of a ripe pineapple.

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The Ultimate Jerk Burger.

The Ultimate Jerk Burger.

21 July 2016

Last weekend I was asked "what's your specialty?" in reference to what I cook and without hesitation I said it's not so much a dish or category of food, but technique. As we continue July's Month Of Grilling, I'm sure you can tell that I quite enjoy working with the raw heat of the grill. The essence of the fire changes the overall dish in such a manner that's almost impossible to duplicate on a stove or oven. While we're not using pimento wood to give the burgers that unique "Jamaican Jerk" depth, I assure you that you'll be amazed by what a simple jerk marinade can do to basic ground beef.

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