Shrimp with Bora aka Chinese Long Beans

Shrimp with Bora aka Chinese Long Beans

I love Bora!  This is what we call chinese long beans in Guyana.  You can find it at the asian market, west indian grocery store or farmers market.  It is delicious stew, steamed or stir fried.  As a child I used to eat this raw with just salt as a snack.  Great when sauteed with meat or finely chopped and added to chow mein.  Its similar to the string beans but with more of a crunch.  They are a great...Read more …
Test Kitchen Tuesday…..Shortbreads and Strawberry

Test Kitchen Tuesday…..Shortbreads and Strawberry

Today for Test Kitchen Tuesday I decided to try a shortbread cookie.  This recipe comes  from www.Joyofbaking.com  Originally I wanted to try the Linzer cookies but since I had no almonds I settled on these.  I used 2 heart shaped cookie cutters to achieve the shape.   I filled the cookies with strawberry jam and dusted it with confectioners sugar.  The result was a buttery, flaky, delicious and not too sweet cookie.  This recipe was a success, I will be making this again.  This...Read more …
Speedy Post for a Speedy Dish…Speedy Weeknight Spaghetti

Speedy Post for a Speedy Dish…Speedy Weeknight Spaghetti

I make this dish whenever I’m starving and want something delicious, hearty and doesn’t require much cooking skills.  I always get rave reviews on my meat sauce and to be honest….I only like my own!   Spaghetti with Meat Sauce   1 lb chopped beef 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2 tsp italian seasoning 1/2 cup red wine 3 tbsp sugar 2 tbsp olive oil 1 jar spaghetti sauce 1 box cooked spaghetti   Mix meat with italian seasoning and chopped garlic. ...Read more …
Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies

Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies

I had the pleasure of spending the past Christmas holidays with my brother and his family in South Dakota.  My sister-in-law was on a baking spree and baked several types of cookies, but this was my favorite.  All my life I’ve been searching for the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe, one that is delicious, chocolatey and stays soft.  I ate these everyday for about a week and they never got hard!  This was it!!  I asked her…no I commanded her to give me this...Read more …
Test Kitchen Tuesday…Coconut Salara

Test Kitchen Tuesday…Coconut Salara

I have always been a lover of anything coconut, but this takes the cake!!  Its a guyanese baked good named salara.  The best description would be a deliciously, fragrant,  sweetened coconut mixture rolled in a soft  sweet bread.   I’ve never made this before and for some reason have always been afraid.  I think it’s because it involves making bread.  For some reason whenever a recipe has bread anywhere in it I automatically think it’s time consuming and an aerobic workout.  Today was...Read more …
Got Fresh, Sweet Berries???

Got Fresh, Sweet Berries???

  On my way back from the gym I always pass a grocery selling the freshest fruits and vegetables.  I always pass  by and long for the gorgeous berries but never stop.  Today was different.  I had $5 in my pocket specially for those berries.  I bought a pint each of blackberries and raspberries, my favs!  I hurried home and did a taste test, and folks they were delicious…perfectly ripe, juicy and sweet.   I decided to make a quick healthy...Read more …
Test Kitchen Tuesdays…Coconut Shortbread

Test Kitchen Tuesdays…Coconut Shortbread

I love shortbread cookies.  What’s not to love about the way that butter, flour, sugar and vanilla comes together to make a delicious and addictive treat?  Add coconut to the mix and I’m head over heels,  to the point where I may need to be committed.  I love coconuts!! And butter!!  This is a very quick cookie to make. I made this in between commercials of celebrity apprentice!  Unfortunately with the weather being so warm I am on restrictions and my...Read more …
Egg Ball and Cassava Puffs

Egg Ball and Cassava Puffs

    This is a pretty popular snack in my home country.  I remember after school buying an egg ball at a roadside vendor.  Its was a cheap snack that was quite filling.  Its made with cassava..better known as yuca and hard boiled eggs.  Its  a wonderful surpise in the middle of a creamy fried creation.   This is usually eaten with a spicy mango chutney.  If you love potatoes you will love cassava…its starch and delicioso!  If you’re not a...Read more …
Test Kitchen Tuesday

Test Kitchen Tuesday

  Tuesdays will be the day I test recipes.   Originally I was going to call it cookbook Tuesday until I realize my first recipe comes from the internet and not a cookbook….so Test Kitchen Tuedays it is!  I have always wanted to try to make focaccia.  Something about a bread that I can top with basically anything fascinated me.  The first recipe I was going to try was from Martha’s Baking handbook.  I was a little turned off by the...Read more …
A Great Appetizer

A Great Appetizer

Most of my recipes are inspired by whatever happens to be in the refrigerator that day.  This one is no different.  It started out as a quick snack and turned into a great appetizer for any party.  I recently  served this at a baby shower and it got rave reviews.  This is very easy and can be done up to 24 hrs ahead of time.  I made mine in the morning and served it in the afternoon and it was...Read more …