Friday, 17 April 2015

Sweet Beet Chips


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There are many ways to enjoy root vegetables. It would seem that slicing and frying them is the common favorite.  Just about everything can be a chip, so why not beets? Beetroot is a stable in most Jamaican households. However while some persons may cook and eat it is primarily used for juicing. This is my first time exploring the versatility of the beet and the results are delicious.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Fried Broccoli & Cauliflower bites


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Fresh out of the fryer and slightly cooled, crispy, flavorful, aromatic and delicious. That is how these fried broccoli and cauliflower bites can be described. The idea to dip broccoli in a batter and fry it just never occurred to me. Yes I know what a tempura is and I’ve had shrimp and asparagus tempura several times, I’ve even deep fried okra. However the thought to batter fry broccoli had never etched a place in my brain until now.  This all occurred a few weeks ago while I was being thoroughly entertained by watching Auntie Fee. When she did her fried broccoli recipe, a light bulb definitely went off.

Friday, 10 April 2015

Quick veggie stir-fry




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For the next episode of meat less month we have the stir fry of veggies. Who doesn’t love a good vegetable stir fry? This one is extremely quick, easy and delicious. This stir fry is probably the most simple you will ever attempt, perfect on its own or with a side of…meat

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Cauliflower Gratin



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In our family Cauliflower is like the prodigal son. When we were kids there was never a plate of broccoli that didn’t have cauliflower at its side. As the years went on, it seemed the cauliflower in our plates ran away never to return. Well, today it’s returned and it’s not sharing the stage with broccoli (this time). This is a very delicious and unconventional way to enjoy this delicious vegetable.

Friday, 3 April 2015

Fried Green Plantains

  
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One of the easiest Jamaican snacks around, and It’s also pretty delicious. Served in many restaurants and prepared by hungry people who have no patients to wait until their plantains have ripened. It’s a great use of green plantains, second only to plantain porridge…but that’s for another post!

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Jamaican Style Mussels


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 It’s the last recipe of seafood month, and I decided to try some mussels. I was first introduced to mussels back in high school by my best friend Petra who loveeeesssss them! She and her mom always made a lovely looking pasta with tomato sauce and mussels.  This pot of mussels is no different. It’s steeped in a divinely garlicky coconut sauce with a hint of white wine and sweet pearl onions.

Friday, 27 March 2015

Jerk Lobster Pasta


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Do you have any jerk sauce left over from your salmon? Well here is the best use for it. A delicious Jerk lobster pasta, which is sure to please any lobster lover in your life. I don’t eat lobster, not allergic, just not a fan of the flavor, however I have received nothing but rave reviews on this dish which happened purely by accident.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Cedar planked salmon with bacon onion jam


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I find it so funny how I am constantly cooking salmon, the fish that I hated not so long ago. I am constantly on a quest to cook it in different ways, each being better than the last. Not to sound like a broken record yet again, but this is the best salmon I’ve ever made; even better than the honey mustard herb salmon. And if you have ever had the honey mustard herb broiled salmon then you know this is the salmon of every salmon lover’s dream!

Friday, 20 March 2015

Fried Calamari


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This is one of those recipes that I always eat at restaurants and never ever make at home. I always enjoy restaurant calamari. It’s the one thing that a restaurant almost never spoils, at least I personally can’t remember having bad calamari from any restaurant (thankfully).  This recipe is flavorful and well-seasoned.  The squid rings are tender and the dipping sauce, toasted sesame seeds and scallion all come together for one delicious bite.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Fried shrimp & Tartar sauce


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This is my boyfriend’s absolute favorite way to eat shrimp. I can’t tell you how many times I have had to make this for him. I decided it was high time I post this recipe to the blog. It’s super crunchy and flavorful. The tartar sauce is so very easy to prepare and uses ingredients you probably already have in your refrigerator.