Tasty Island Style Roasted Chicken Drumsticks.

Here's a quick and simple chicken dish I usually make during the cooler months when I can use the oven without overheating the entire house. During the summer months these marinated chicken pieces also make its way onto my outdoor grill. The key with this recipe is the spiced rub we marinate the chicken with for maximum Caribbean appeal. If you decide to rock these on your outdoor grill, I'd recommend cooking them on an indirect heat or you'll risk burning the spices and you won't like the outcome.

Tasty Island Style Roasted Chicken Drumsticks. Tasty Island Style Roasted Chicken Drumsticks.

How To Make Coconut Oil At Home.

As a kid growing up on the islands coconut oil was a norm. Not just for cooking, but it was our choice of skin lotion / moisturizer and it was also part of our daily hair treatment. If memory servers me correct I think my my sisters also used it in making their version of cocoa butter and different types of fragrant soaps. During my most recent trip to the islands dad shared his technique for making coconut oil as it was passed on to him from my great grand parents.

How To Make Coconut Oil At Home. How To Make Coconut Oil At Home.

Classic Caribbean Coconut Stewed Beef.

Here's a dish I usually reach for when I'm homesick for the Caribbean and I need something comforting. Served with rice, pasta, ground provisions, roasted breadfruit or even garlic mashed potatoes, this coconut stewed beef is simply heavenly. While we didn't eat a lot of beef when I was growing up on the islands (we didn't like the taste of fresh butchered beef), the occasional time mom would fix this for dinner. it was always a hit. Since we'll slowly braise this for some time, you can use a very cheap cut of beef if you wanted.

Classic Caribbean Coconut Stewed Beef. Classic Caribbean Coconut Stewed Beef.
Simple Tamarind Chutney Recipe.

Simple Tamarind Chutney Recipe.

18 January 2016

Here's another one of those spicy condiments I grew up enjoying with many of the street food sold outside the gates of my secondary school in San Fernando, Trinidad at recess and lunch time. Usually used a a dipping sauce for Pholourie and Saheena... and as a topping for doubles and aloo pies. But I think we most enjoyed it on it's own as a thick savory sauce when our taste buds craved something exciting (especially when we didn't have enough money for the pholourie). You'll find that I did stray a bit from the traditional type recipes, however you'll enjoy the subtle complex flavors.

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Tasty Shrimp Pholourie.

Tasty Shrimp Pholourie.

07 January 2016

I've had a weakness for these delightful fried dough balls served with spicy chutney, ever since my school days. I'd guess that at least 50% of my weekly allowance went directly to the vendors outside our school compound, selling pholourie and other popular street foods in San Fernando (Trinidad). There was one spot where they sold them straight from the fryer dripping in hot grease, but the lines were always longest there. Would explain why as soon as the recess or lunch bell would go off, it was like an Olympic 100 meter dash to get out the gates and at the front of the line. I dare Usain Bolt to get in our way or try to outrun us.

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Caribbean Style Homemade Baked Beans.

Caribbean Style Homemade Baked Beans.

04 January 2016

You never really associate baked beans with the Caribbean, but it was a norm in our home and the more I speak to others around the Caribbean I'm finding out that it's not that uncommon. Unfortunately, it was the stuff from a can... which mom did wonders with, by adding other local ingredients to add additional flavor and to help stretch 1 can (say 'tin' in the Caribbean) for a family of 6 (actually I don't think dad ate it, since he didn't fancy 'sweet' food'). This recipe is my rendition of baked beans Caribbean style - from scratch!

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Caribbean Saltfish Fried Rice Recipe.

Caribbean Saltfish Fried Rice Recipe.

30 December 2015

I grew up in a house where food was NEVER wasted, so 'butter' containers (empty ice cream, butter and margarine containers mom would wash and reuse) stacked in the fridge was a norm. Usually packed with whatever leftovers there was from the night before. So finding the same in our fridge is not that surprising. This fried rice recipe is something I usually do when I want something quick, filling and delicious to eat and I have some leftover rice in the fridge.

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Festive Champagne Sorrel Drink Recipe.

Festive Champagne Sorrel Drink Recipe.

28 December 2015

Sorrel and homemade ginger-beer are two drinks you're guaranteed to find being enjoyed in just about every Caribbean home you visit during the Christmas season. Even after we moved to Canada, it was our yearly tradition to source out a grocery store which stocked the dried petals of sorrel or have relatives who would be visiting stock their suitcases with a package or two on their way up. The odd time we could get the fresh flowers, it was a welcomed bonus (like finding buried treasure). It's funny how after so many years of using the dried stuff, you almost prefer it to the fresh ones now.

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The Ultimate Pepper Choka Recipe.

The Ultimate Pepper Choka Recipe.

08 December 2015

Not sure if it was the way I was dressed/looked or the washed-down accent I used in placing my order, but the doubles vendor inside West Bees supermarket in Diego Martin (Trinidad) took time from her busy lunchtime line of customers to warn me "son be careful eh, this rheel hot". Pepper choka is one of the many SPICY condiments you'll find at most street vendors throughout the twin island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Scotch Bonnet (known locally as congo pepper) peppers, roasted and made into a chunky sort of salsa.

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Caribbean Christmas Bread Pudding.

Caribbean Christmas Bread Pudding.

04 December 2015

There's all the food, the merriment with family and friends and of-course the variety of adult beverages, but nothing SCREAMS Christmas in the Caribbean louder than a thick slice of black fruit/rum cake. I remember mom having her dried fruits soaked in a lethal combination of rum, sherry and cask wine, for months (even a full year at times) and as a family we'd all have a hand in making this Christmas staple. We didn't have an electric mixer in those days, so everything was done manually.

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Curry Beef With Chickpeas And Potato.

Curry Beef With Chickpeas And Potato.

03 December 2015

We've done channa and aloo (chickpeas and potato) fully vegetarian, with added flavor by adding chicken to the mix and in this recipe we'll follow the same technique for cooking this tasty curry dish, but we'll add another unique flavor and texture by starting with a curry beef base. As we've discussed in previous posts using chickpeas / garbanzo beans are commonly known as channa in the Southern Caribbean, where there's a stronger East Indian influence.

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Quickest Pholourie Recipe Ever.

Quickest Pholourie Recipe Ever.

21 November 2015

Pholouire is one of those popular vegetarian street foods you'll find being sold throughout Trinidad and Tobago, alongside "Doubles" and Aloo Pies. Usually served hot out of the fryer, with a side of spicy chutney (mango | Mango chutney, tamarind sauce, coconut or cucumber) and relatively cheap. This recipe is a sort of hack version (save you time), showing how you can use a pre-packaged mix with great results. If you're looking for a 'from scratch' recipe for making pholouire, click on Recipe Index at the top of this page.

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A Quick Jamaican Callaloo Fried Rice Recipe.

A Quick Jamaican Callaloo Fried Rice Recipe.

12 November 2015

One of the things my parents instilled in us from an early age, was to NEVER waste food, so growing up you'd always find containers (usually old margarine containers) with leftover food in the fridge. I love rice (brown parboiled) in just about any way it can be cooked, so having leftover rice in the fridge is like seeing the pieces of puzzle waiting to be put together. Said puzzle does not have an after picture to follow, so it's rare that my final fried rice is ever the same. This time I'm using some fresh Jamaican callaloo (called chorai bhagi or spinach in the rest of the Caribbean) from my garden.

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