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Eggplant With Potato (baigan and aloo) And Shrimp Recipe.

Eggplant With Potato (baigan and aloo) And Shrimp Recipe.

Baigan and Aloo (eggplant cooked with potato) was one of my favorite things to eat as a kid growing up on the islands.. except when mom would put saltfish (salted cod) in it. According to her (my adult self agrees 100%) makes it more 'sweet' (tasty) and though mom never made this dish with shrimp, it's now one of my go-to recipes when I'm homesick. Granted it's not a 'pretty' dish, but I assure it you'll fall in love with it.

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Classic Geera Pork (Spicy Cumin Pork).

Classic Geera Pork (Spicy Cumin Pork).

The original version of this recipe, along with a Chicken rendition were shared a few years back, but with increased requests from fans on Instagram I thought I'd share a slightly different method of cooking this spicy dish we adore in Trinidad and Tobago. Geera as we've discussed in previous recipes is simply the word we use when referring to Cumin.. and to be quite honest, I'm NOT a huge fan of this spice. While this version (like the traditional way) is very spicy, you can certainly cut back on the amount of pepper you use so don't be scared off.

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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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The Ultimate Plantain Frittata.

The Ultimate Plantain Frittata.

With all the requests I've been getting for more breakfast / brunch type recipes, I thought I'd share a classic Plantain Frittata with you. While not something you'd traditionally see in the Caribbean, I came up with this recipe a few years ago when I had friends visiting for the weekend. The idea behind this frittata was to include 3 things we're passionate about (ingredients) in the Caribbean... Salted Cod, Fresh Herbs and Ripe Plantains. You can be as creative as you want in your version.

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The Ultimate Curry Corn Recipe.

The Ultimate Curry Corn Recipe.

As a kid growing up on the islands, I can't remember mom ever making curry corn. And while it's quite popular in Trinidad and Tobago and some of the other islands of the Caribbean today, I only started hearing about it about this dish a few years now. While in Trinidad a few days ago my neighbor gave me a sample of her version to try and while it was very tasty, it wasn't 'my' version. Which I'm about to share with you today. Yes, those of you requesting more vegetarian / vegan recipes will luv this one.

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Simple Heirloom Tomato Salad.

Simple Heirloom Tomato Salad.

Even as a child on the islands (I was told) I had an affection for tomatoes. While most of the stuff we get in the grocery stores today lack any sweetness or flavor, and even something as basic as the scent we associate with tomatoes, when I come across Heirloom tomatoes.. they come home with me. You won't find any two looking the same, their shape will be somewhat weird (at times) and they may not be that uniform red color you've been programmed to associate with ripe tomatoes. My favorite way to enjoy such beauties.. raw a salad!

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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 Spicy Canadian Mother In Law.

Insanely Spicy Canadian Mother In Law.

After getting a request for a new "Mother-In-Law" recipe via a YouTube comment , the spicy condiment we use on the side of many curry dishes in Trinidad and Tobago, I decided to do things a little different and do my interpretation of a Canadian version. I believe the name comes from the 'spicy' nature of one's mother in law, mixed with different textures and flavors (complexity). Do keep in mind that you can control the amount of heat of this condiment by the number and type of hot peppers you use.

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