A New Beginning….

A New Beginning….

I spent the last month obsessing over the details of a baby shower for my favorite cousin Kanema.  I knew whatever we did had to be perfect.  It had to reflect  her taste and be cute.  Also I had a Martha Stewart like reputation to upkeep since she boasts to all her friends at work about my abilities.  Well I set out to prove her right.   She’s having a boy so the all decorations were blue and brown.  The...Read more …
A favor for a good friend…Sauteed Saltfish

A favor for a good friend…Sauteed Saltfish

I have a friend visiting from out of town and she had one simple request  and that was to make her Saltfish.   This is a very West Indian dish and it is usually served either with rice and dhal or bake.  Bake is a fry bread that is a popular breakfast item in the Caribbean.  Today I will not be making rice or bake…she will provide that part of the meal.  This is a very simple and quick meal to...Read more …
Death By Chocolate

Death By Chocolate

This is my first ever Daring Bakers challenge*.  I was very pleased to learn it was a Flourless Chocolate cake.  I had planned on making a molten lava cake when I learned that this months challenge was this cake.  Needless to say I was very pleased!  Now people, I love chocolate…so I was really excited to try this recipe.  My sister and I used to go to Trader Joes and gawk at the flourless chocolate cake but for some reason...Read more …
Valentine’s Day without Chocolate?

Valentine’s Day without Chocolate?

I don’t think it’s possible to have valentine’s day without chocolate.  Eventhough I should be doing last minute packing for my two week vacation to the caribbean, I somehow managed to make time to do some baking.  Honestly…I baked so I could have an onboard snack on my 4 hour flight.  I looked around my kitchen and saw a box of  E. Guittard 64% chocolate  and I thought about homemade brownies.  With Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching, I realized that I...Read more …
Chick Pea or Channa?

Chick Pea or Channa?

In my home country of  Guyana we have a  heavy influence of Indian food.   This is a very popular dish which we call Boil and Fry Channa.  In America its called chick pea or garbanzo but in Guyana it’s channa.  Channa is hindi for chick pea.  This is an easy, quick dish to make.  I usually make this on an afternoon when I’m too hungry to make a full meal.  Its sauteed chick peas.  Since I’m using precooked chick peas...Read more …
Peanut Butter and Milk?!?!

Peanut Butter and Milk?!?!

This recipe my friends is something I’m very familiar with.  This is a childhood favorite and a favorite of the Caribbean.  I’m from Guyana and even though we are located in South America our culture and cuisine is Caribbean.   And this is a classic  beverage.  Its simple and easy to make and delicious!   I blended up a small batch for my mom but  this is a recipe you can double and triple to suit your needs.   I urge you to...Read more …
Cashews and Cranberries and Raisins..Oh my

Cashews and Cranberries and Raisins..Oh my

I love granola.  My mom loves granola.  I always have granola bars on hand,  but since I like to think that I can do anything that anybody else can do…I had to make my own granola.  I decide that I wanted something healthy and all the recipes I found had a lot of sugar and oil.   I try to cook with as little oil possible and cut calories where I can, after all bathing suit season is coming up!  I’m...Read more …
One Fish, Two Fish..

One Fish, Two Fish..

I grew up in NYC so I was exposed to alot of different cuisines.  One of my favorites is asian,…yes asian, be it thai, cantonese, chinese or japanese food.  Sometimes you go to these restaurant you have a great meal and you want to recreate the dish but just don’t know how to.  I found this recipe in one of my many cookbooks, but I modified it a bit to make it my own.  Its very flavorful and easy to...Read more …

Happy Birthday to me…

Well…not really.  My birthday was a month ago and I had a game night/cocktail party.  I had great food, friends and of course cake.  I’m the person everyone calls when they need a cake, so for my birthday I knew  had to do something big…go all out.   I also wanted an expensive bag as a gift….well I came up with a simple solution, A louis vuitton purse cake!!  It was chocolate and white cake with chocolate buttercream. The cake is...Read more …
An apple a day

An apple a day

I’ve always drooled over these apple tarts photos and have always wanted to try it. Well today is 28 degrees and snowing in NY and I decided I needed comfort food. I made Turkey and Rice soup for lunch but was aching for dessert. I wanted something that was quick and easy…then I remembered the last sheet of puff pastry I had leftover from a cocktail party I kept for my birthday. Its January 2009 and we’ve been health nuts...Read more …