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Natural Caribbean Orange Pineapple Juice.

Natural Caribbean Orange Pineapple Juice.

As we continue with the refreshing summer drinks series, I thought I'd share a drink my mom would make for us on those hot weekend days when we were home from school. She would boil the skin of the pineapple (after it was washed) in water, then strain and use that liquid as the base of the drink. In those days the oranges and pineapple came from our backyard and the honey was from wild honey my dad would harvest in old Immortelle tress scattered though the cocoa and coffee estates in my village.

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Island Style Grilled Shrimp.

Island Style Grilled Shrimp.

If you're hosting friends this summer for a backyard BBQ, you'll definitely want to ensure these grilled shrimp takes priority on your menu. A quick bath in a wicked fruity marinade, then we'll grill them quickly over a propane flame (wood or charcoal works great too) so they fully cooked but still plump and juicy. The natural sugars from the orange and mango juice combined with the slight kick from the hot smoked paprika, will have your family and guests begging for more.

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Refreshing Summertime Shandy Drink.

Refreshing Summertime Shandy Drink.

One of my favorite drinks as a young fella growing up on the islands, which I also passed on to my daughters (they prefer the sorrel version) is Shandy. Cold, refreshing and simply delicious... on those hot summer days when the mercury starts climbing up the 30's (Celsius). While this version is alcoholic and best kept away from the kids, there's no reason why you can't make the kids version with non-alcoholic beer as the version I grew up enjoying.

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The Ultimate Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings.

The Ultimate Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings.

As we kick off another edition of our annual "July Month of Grilling", I thought I'd hit you with a recipe we first did in the oven during the early days of this website. However this time we'll try to replicate that authentic pimento wood flavor as you'd normally get at jerk joints in Jamaica. Yes, it's time for the Ultimate Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings. The marinade and technique can also be used on larger pieces of chicken with great success. But for now let's rock some of the best chicken wings you'll ever make/serve.

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Classic Tropical Fruit Punch – With No Added Sugar.

Classic Tropical Fruit Punch – With No Added Sugar.

We have an abundance of outstanding fruits in the Caribbean so it's only natural that we make some of the best punch/drinks in the world. Debatable? Absolutely not! That brilliant Caribbean sunshine allows us to enjoy juicy, sweet and refreshing fruits, fresh off the tree. Unfortunately.. for some reason we're still addicted to 'sugar' as a people and it's truly a shame as there are ways we can avoid the use of additional sugars in our drinks.

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Tasty Island Style Roasted Chicken Drumsticks.

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.

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Haitian Influenced Epis Chicken.

Haitian Influenced Epis Chicken.

After making a fresh batch of Epis (zepis) I decided to put it to use on some boneless chicken breast I had thawing in the sink for dinner. If you've ever struggled with dry and bland chicken breast (say chicken chest in the Caribbean) you'll definitely want to give this recipe a try. Moist, tender and packed with flavors of that Haitian Epis. I'm not sure if there's an actual Epis Chicken recipe in Haiti, but I was thoroughly impressed with this one.

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5 Tips To Cooking Perfect Curry Shrimp.

5 Tips To Cooking Perfect Curry Shrimp.

I had a recent request via Instagram asking for tips on cooking curry shrimp. According to the person who contacted me, they encounter over-cooked and bland shrimp every time they give it a go in the kitchen. It got to the point where they've now given up on ever cooking curry shrimp again. I can assure you that if you also encounter this problem, you're not alone. Experience also tells me that even many of the West Indian restaurants also get it wrong the majority of time.

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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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Classic Caribbean Coconut Stewed Beef.

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.

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