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Amazing Coconut Macaroni And Cheese.

Amazing Coconut Macaroni And Cheese.

While I grew up enjoying Macaroni Pie as my choice for a dish with pasta and cheese as a kid on the islands and though mom made a killer mac n cheese (with boiled eggs), I only started making the coconut version of this comforting dish a few years ago. Though your family may have a tasty recipe for making your macaroni and cheese... I assure you that with the addition of coconut milk and herbs, you'll find yourself gravitating to this version once you give it a test-drive.

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Simple Oven Roasted Turkey Breast.

Simple Oven Roasted Turkey Breast.

Since I'm not a huge fan of turkey, the past few years I've been focusing more on just the turkey breast when we do Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. My daughters are not huge fans of the bird either but it's part of their Canadian culture, so rather than doing an entire bird and having too much leftovers to know what to do with.. we usually make a single turkey breast. After posting pics of this on Instagram, I was flooded with requests from people who are in the same situation.

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Quick And Simple Salmon Fried Rice.

Quick And Simple Salmon Fried Rice.

Here's a quick and tasty recipe putting leftover rice (which you may already have in the fridge) and a can of salmon to work, for what I assure you is an incredible one-pot dish. While the use of the can (or 'tin' as we would normally say in the Caribbean) may seem a little strange if you've never tried it... I quickly learned that it truly is a great addition to what could potentially be a boring fried rice. This is one of the many go-to recipes I employ when lunch-time hits and I have some rice in the fridge.

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Traditional Caribbean Salted Pigtail Pelau.

Traditional Caribbean Salted Pigtail Pelau.

While salted pigtails may not sound appealing to many people, it's a key ingredient in many dishes we would consider 'comfort food' in the Caribbean. Only recently are we seeing prominent chefs and restaurants trying to find ways to use the entire animal after it's butchered. Normal thing in the Caribbean. If pork (especially pig tails) is not your thing, I've got versions of Pelau using chicken, beef and we've even played with a vegan option as well. Check the Recipe Index for those recipes.

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Insanely Good Guava Peppersauce (hot-sauce).

Insanely Good Guava Peppersauce (hot-sauce).

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.

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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How To Make Coconut Oil At Home.

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.

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How To Make Haitian Griot.

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.

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Quick Summertime Fruity Popsicle.

Quick Summertime Fruity Popsicle.

As a kid growing up on the islands, one of our favorite frozen treats were ice blocks. Any fruit juice mom would make, we'd fill ice trays with and when frozen, they would be perfect for the tropical heat of the Caribbean (known locally as ice-blocks). Besides the various fruit juices she'd make from local fruits, our fave was always cool aid... especially "red" and grape! This is one of those recipes that's not really a recipe, but rather a fun way to get the kids involved in the kitchen.

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Oven Roasted Curry Chicken Recipe.

Oven Roasted Curry Chicken Recipe.

Mom never swayed from the 'traditional' way of cooking curry chicken (as done in the Caribbean) when she would sort us out with a good curry and dhalpuri roti on the occasional Sunday morning. While nothing can compare to such a classic method of cooking curry chicken, I'm always looking for ways to change things up a bit. In this recipe we'll marinate the chicken in a rich yogurt curry marinade, before roasting it in the oven.

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