Friday, 18 April 2014

Veggie fruit pops




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This is my Spring time three for one special, because you are getting three recipes in this one post. I wanted to make something easy and healthy. So what better way to get your daily dose of vitamins and minerals by sucking on some yummy pops. Now you guys know, I show you what works and what does not, I don’t hide things. Two of these pops were truly a WIN however one was an epic FAIL. Well not a total fail, but I’ll tell you more as you read further.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Pumpkin Cabbage Dumplings



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Believe it or not, my lazy self was going to make a salad for this post. Yes a SALAD. Lettuce, tomatoes, cabbage, carrots some raisins and a home-made dressing. After careful consideration, I felt that I would be cheating you guys out of a recipe if I had indeed done this. So with no preparation at all I went into the kitchen with no idea what I would be making for this post. What I saw on the counter was a very large pumpkin my Grand Uncle had given to us. Hence this dumpling was born.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Spinach Mushroom Pizza



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Who doesn’t love a great pizza, especially a great healthy pizza. Homemade pizzas are always the best, I love being able to control the ingredients; the perfect amount of sauce cheese and toppings all to my liking. I was told by a friend that he cant eat it because its too healthy for him. I took that as a good sign. This recipe is semi-homemade, as I enlisted the help of Pillsbury and Belcour to make the process even easier.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Crispy fried okra



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I never really considered making Crispy fried okra before.  Last week my Grand Uncle gave us some okra from his garden. They were very large beautiful okra’s, however they sat in our refrigerator for a few days because no one likes okra. We tolerate it in steamed fish, but even then we hardly ever include it because of the slime. My mother began dropping little hints about fried okra. I was hesitant to try this recipe but in truth, I needed an extra recipe for this month. When she began to really pressure into making it and then even threatening to make it herself, I easily caved.  It’s quite yummy, still a little slimy but not bad at all and this is coming from a person who hates okra. 

Friday, 4 April 2014

Meatless Stew peas



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Have you ever been to your favorite Jamaican lunch spot to order a stew peas lunch and heard “di meat finish” But you order it anyway because the stew peas is so good? A meatless Jamaican stew pea’s, with no pig tails is such a travesty. However as much as we love our meat recipes, they have to be revamped to accommodate the palates of the “non-meater’s” in our lives. There is really not much to say about this one. I won’t sit here and pretend that this version is better than one filled with pig tails, oxtails and beef. However it does pack a huge amount of flavor considering its lacking in the salted meat department.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Jamaican easter bundt bun




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We are in the Easter season, where sacrifices are made; we push the pork and beef aside in favor of fish and vegetables, much to the delight of Rastafarians, vegetarians and bakeries across Jamaica. Not only is fish the new meat of choice but bun and cheese the two top selling items in every grocery store. I decided to make this month all about vegetarian dishes since last month was all about seafood. Technically spiced bun is not meat, so to start things off here is a lovely homemade bun.

Friday, 28 March 2014

Krabby Patties



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To venture into seafood month and not do a crab cake, a dish that is so high on the seafood hall of fame list would be a sacrilege.  This is my second encounter with homemade crab cakes, back in the day, meaning over 5 years ago when I first made, it I followed a food network recipe. I used American lump crab and the recipe included capers. Needless to say I hated it. So this time around I used my own simple ingredients, with the star ingredient being Jamaican crab.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Crispy sweet potato crusted Snapper



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Big thanks to Rojo at Spanish court hotel and Calle Ocho in NYC as they both served me a delicious fish that became the inspiration for this post. They both prepare fish crusted with some form of starch. Calle ocho serves "Crispy Snapper", which is snapper filet wrapped in a leaf and fried. It tastes just like it’s wrapped in potatoes. Rojo serves "Sweet Potato Crusted Snapper", which I thought was an even better idea. So here is my home made version, better than any fish n chips Ive ever had.

Friday, 21 March 2014

Curry coconut seafood n dumplings


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This recipe has been in our family since 2007. There was a time where we were making this every Sunday. My cousin in NY looks forward to this dish every thanksgiving, it’s his favorite and for good reason. Who would not love a bowl of your favorite seafood simmered in a creamy curry coconut sauce? And it’s all thanks to a lunch my mother had at the Four Season’s hotel.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Salmon Wellington


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“Bwoy me nah tell nuh lie “This is the ultimate way to have salmon, I kid you not if you know a salmon whore, they may need to add this to their repertoire. In Jamaica we eat a lot of seafood on a weekly if not daily basis. My father in particular will have salt fish or mackerel and boiled dumplings with a side of brown stew fish every day. However we always stick to the usual, stew fish, steam fish, roast, escovitch ect. (I was actually going to make brown stew fish for this post :/ ) It was really nice to try something new and for everyone to actually love it.