Caribbean Chicken Soup and Parsley Dumplings

Caribbean Chicken Soup and Parsley Dumplings

And my two weeks of no meat has finally come to an end and I survived to tell the tale.  Surprisingly I didn’t miss it at all!   Even though I didn’t eat meat, I cooked it a few times for the Mr. because he just couldn’t survive without it.  I was totally surprised at my willpower and lack of interest; I didn’t even sneak a bite.   At the end of the two weeks I celebrated by making a Cinco De Mayo feast, and oh...Read more …
Spinach and Rice Pilaf

Spinach and Rice Pilaf

  Let me tell you a little know fact about me-I am a country girl at heart.   I was born on the West Coast of Demerara and lived the first years of my life in Stewartville.   Most of my days were spent climbing fruit trees, fishing guerilla style aka noodling, eating copious amounts of cane from a nearby cane field or walking through knee deep mud just for the hell of it. Living less than a mile from the ocean,...Read more …
Tamarind Balls

Tamarind Balls

  I’m no purist but when it comes to food I feel as a society we have gone too far.   We’ve processed and manipulated the ingredient to the point where it becomes unrecognizable.    Why must a simple cheese burger contain ingredients we can’t even pronounce and be over 1000 calories per serving?  Don’t get me wrong, I eat fast food from time to time, but it is extremely rare.  It’s usually on a long road trip where the choices...Read more …
Saltfish Fritters

Saltfish Fritters

Blogging today proved to be a real challenge.   My son decided he needed his mommy every waking moment of the day.   Whenever I was approximately 10 feet away he would sound the alarm.   On a normal day he’s contented to know that I’m in the same room, and that he can hear or see me, but today was different.   And I obliged.   Whatever the reason was, I had to put cooking on the back burner and tend to my son.   ...Read more …
Spinach in Coconut Milk

Spinach in Coconut Milk

  Today is Day 4 of my two week vegetarian lifestyle.   So far it’s been a breeze, I hope this trend continues.   I started off with a bang on Saturday by making Falafel which was out of this world.   I served it in a pita with a cucumber dill sauce and vegetables.    This passed the man test because the Mr. gobbled it up.   For lunch on Sunday I made  tricolor pasta in a red pepper sauce with lots of...Read more …
A Pledge

A Pledge

I’ve made a decision to eliminate meat from my diet for the next two weeks.   While this may seem like a paltry amount of time, in my world it will feel like a million years.   This doesn’t mean having veggie lasagna in place of the meat version, I plan on cutting back on rich foods altogether.   I predict that it will be exceptionally tough; after all I’m a girl who’s led by her stomach.  I love food so restricting myself...Read more …
Jamaican Pepper Shrimp

Jamaican Pepper Shrimp

My first encounter with Jamaican Pepper Shrimp was a year ago when my in-laws stopped by with these in hand.  I fell in love that day.   As always, whenever I’m blown away by a dish that I’ve never had before, I pick the brain of the chef so that I could recreate it at home.    Ridiculously simple to make, it’s packed with flavor and a kick of heat. Typically served on the roadside, the shrimp with shell intact is...Read more …
Tamarind Cooler

Tamarind Cooler

    Don’t worry about a thing ‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right Singin’ “Don’t worry about a thing ‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right” Rise up this mornin’ Smiled with the risin’ sun Three little birds Pitch by my doorstep Singin’ sweet songs Of melodies pure and true Sayin’ “This is my message to you oo oo” Singin’ “Don’t worry about a thing ‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right” Singin’ “Don’t worry (don’t...Read more …
Weekend Recap and a Coconut Cake Recipe

Weekend Recap and a Coconut Cake Recipe

  How was your Easter spent?  Did you go to church?  Did you spend it at home or did you go out?   My Easter was quiet and relaxing and spent at home with my family.   I watched my son explore the contents of his first Easter basket and no, 6 months old is not too young for an Easter Basket.   I skipped the candy for obvious reasons; he can’t eat them and I would have been the one inhaling the...Read more …
Happy Easter

Happy Easter

  I was elbow deep in the kitchen baking a Coconut Cake for Easter when I received a request for Deviled Eggs.  I immediately started on these because they are very simple to make but is out of this world.  It is always the first to go when served at a party; who doesn’t love Deviled Eggs?   This is also wildly popular dish for Easter.   You can add just about anything to the filling, it’s very versatile.  I’ve seen Deviled...Read more …