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We've done several versions of Callaloo (soup) to date and it's only natural that I share another version I prepare at home, using lobster tails. Callaloo is one of those classic dishes you'll find throughout the Caribbean (except Jamaica where it's plant and not a soup dish), where fresh caught ocean Crabs are used to flavor the overall dish, so in using Lobster we're not straying too far. However you'll see me use some non-traditional ingredients as I have to use what's available to me. Plus the technique itself may seem strange, but the goal is to get the ultimate flavors out of the ingredients.
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Like Spinach (all greens), beans of all types are my some of my favorite food to eat/cook. This recipe is based on a bean dish found at many Chinese restaurants in Trinidad and Tobago (and Markham). While not the exact thing, it can hold it’s own on any dinner table. Feel free to use ground beef, turkey or […]
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As part of our ongoing #MeatFreeMonday series, I' decided to share a rice recipe my girls and I get excited about. Not something I grew up eating on the islands, but nevertheless made in an 'island' influenced kitchen in Canada (smile). Plump grains of rice with a deep and rice tomato and herb flavor and the gentle heat achieved by adding a Bird's Eye Pepper. This recipe is somewhat similar to the Roasted Tomato Choka And Rice Soup recipe I shared a while back.
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Is there anything more comforting that fork tender oxtails served with a heaping pile of garlic mashed cassava (yams or potato will work also) on a chilly night, when you're tired from a long day? Yes, there is. Oxtails fork tender stewed in a rich herb and wine sauce! The flavors of this dish will surely impress you, your family and the lucky friends you invite over for dinner. While oxtail is a classic cut of meat to cook in the Caribbean, we rarely ever use wine in our cooking so this may seem a bit strange for my Caribbean people. Nevertheless... a stunning dish.
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There's something very WRONG about a Curry Chicken which is not spicy (IMHO). However what we're about to make here is simply insane when it comes to raw heat.. so be warned. With an abundance of hot peppers in my garden and with my luv for spicy foods, I thought I'd share what I call my 5 Alarm Curry Chicken recipe with you. Packed with deep flavors of a good curry and the added heat from organically grown peppers, this curry chicken is absolutely delicious.
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I remember being in Jamaica with my one of best friends for a quick break. His wife had gone to the local grocery in Ocho Rios to get us stuff to prepare for dinner at our condo that night. She came back and with a joyous shout, she screamed... "I got you your fave.. bun and cheese". My guy could not control himself.. suffice to say he didn't share any either. As a kid growing up in the area, he mentioned that his grandma would make this for him and it's been his fave since then.
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There's something so comforting when you enter a home/kitchen and there's a chicken roasting in the oven. A scent that immediately captivates yours taste-buds and then the eager anticipation of dinner kicks in. This here Garlic Rosemary Roasted Chicken will truly impress your family and friends, but be warned as the neighbors may just show up at your door if there's a widow open or you have the fan/vent on in the kitchen, as you prepare this one.
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With such a busy lifestyle we tend to live today, it's always nice to have a comforting home-cooked meal waiting for us when we get home. With that in mind I decided to start exploring ways to tailor some of our classic Caribbean dishes for being prepared in a slow cooker (or crock pot). With this slow cooker Curry Goat, you'll get that lovely Caribbean 'curry' with fall-of-the-bones tenderness mommy raised us on. I highly encourage you to give this method of cooking curry goat a try.
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We've discussed how as a child on the islands, I (and my siblings) gave mom 'hell' when she tried to get us to eat fish. Now I'm thousands of kms away from the ocean (I only like ocean fish) and it's now that I crave fish and seafood on my plate. Poor woman tried her best back then, but we were just stubborn kids I guess. I'll give mommy a big hug and apologize when I visit her next week... hopefully she won't mind making her famous Curry King Fish for me.
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If you grew up in the Caribbean, especially the Southern Caribbean, "Chow" would have been a key part of your childhood experience. A spicy pickle loaded with Garlic and Citrus juice, along with Scotch Bonnet Peppers. Usually half-ripe mango is the key ingredient, but we use just about any fruit we can find and when all fails, we even use cucumber. With a good batch of fresh strawberries from my garden (watch the video) and since they were a bit tart, I thought I'd rock a quick chow.
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