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Spam For Breakfast – Caribbean Style Spam Recipe.

Spam For Breakfast – Caribbean Style Spam Recipe.

NO! I never had Spam while living in the Caribbean as mom wasn't big on feeding us canned stuff (corned beef, salmon and sardines were the exceptions) and to be completely honest, this was the first time I would be including Spam in a recipe. Further, I didn't even know what to expect as I opened the can of Spam. Totally unknown territory for me, but the plan was to include this interesting canned meat in our morning breakfast alongside eggs, slices of avocado and toasted coconut bread.

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Amazing Okra Rice Recipe (vegan).

Amazing Okra Rice Recipe (vegan).

Here's another example of a dish mom would prepare during the time I was a kid on the islands we'd (my brother and sisters) never want to touch, yet as an adult I can never get enough. The culprit for our childhood hate? OKRA! The texture and flavors were simply not our thing and we won that battle with mom time and time again. I must confess (as far as I can remember) mom's version wasn't as good as the recipe I'm about to share with you (don't let her know I said so though).

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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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The Ultimate Grilled Salmon Recipe.

The Ultimate Grilled Salmon Recipe.

As we wrap up the annual July Month of Grilling for 2017, I thought I'd share one of my favorite salmon recipes with you. While we had a lot of fresh-from-the-ocean fish and seafood on the islands when I was growing up, for some reason our salmon always came from a can (say 'tin') for some reason. Especially around Easter-time when mom would prepare a host of ground provisions, topped with stewed canned salmon. While I still use the canned stuff, I do enjoy the fresh (as can be expected since I don't live near the ocean) salmon we get here Ontario.. when I can afford such!

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How To Make Passion Fruit Juice.

How To Make Passion Fruit Juice.

As a kid growing up on the islands my dad had a passion fruit vine growing on a tall Poui tree at the back of our house and most of the fruit were normally out of reach. Since we all went to school far from home, I remember it was always "who could get up first to go check to see if any passion fruit fell to the ground" with me and my brother, on the weekends when we were home. As kids in North America would go on their Easter Egg hunt, for us the hunt were usually Mangoes, Passion Fruit, Sapodilla, Avocado or any of the other fruits which would normally fall off the trees when ripe.

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Ultimate Caribbean Grilled (roast) Corn Recipe.

Ultimate Caribbean Grilled (roast) Corn Recipe.

This is NOT my dad's roast (grilled) corn! If you grew up on the islands, you'll know that fire roasted corn is a big deal every corn season. However I was never a fan of the 'roast' corn our dad was obsessed with, as I found the younger (not as mature as the ones used for fire roasting) corn, boiled in salted water was my fave. Since moving to North America where we have access to 'sweet' corn early in the summer, that all changed. As I was now able to get the same sort of tender and sweet kernels I enjoyed as a kid (though the corn is fully mature) even after I roast them off.

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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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