Test Kitchen Tuesday…Asian Black Rice

Test Kitchen Tuesday…Asian Black Rice

For today’s Test Kitchen I’m experimenting with Asian black rice.   I stumbled upon this at the Asian market  and decided to challenge myself by using a ingredient I’ve never tastes or even seen before.  I googled this mysterious rice and came upon just a few recipes..most were desserts.  I can maybe get my family to eat this as a savory dish, but a sweetened black rice pudding??? Never!!  Not satisfied with my search I decided to just be inspired by...Read more …
A Taste of Summer….Barbeque Cheddar Sliders

A Taste of Summer….Barbeque Cheddar Sliders

Who doesn’t love sliders?  I know I do!  There is  something about a 3 bite mini burger that’s just delicious and so handy.  I was spending the day with my very pregnant cousin Kanema and she requested burgers.  According to the book of rules you can’t say no to a pregnant woman, especially one that’s due in a week.  I decided to make us very dainty, ladylike sliders.   I rummaged through the refrigerator and came up with this simple but...Read more …
Day me seh Day Oh…Tropical Rum Punch

Day me seh Day Oh…Tropical Rum Punch

This is a very simple and popular punch.  I have no clue who came up with the recipe but I got the original recipe from my sister in law Terri.  She served this at our crazy and out of control New Year’s Eve party.  I just took the recipe and modified it to suit my tastes. Tropical Punch 1 gallon Hawaiian Punch Lemon Berry Squeeze 1  12 oz can Dole Frozen Pineapple Juice concentrate 1 half bottle of Bacardi O*...Read more …
A great salad for Memorial Day

A great salad for Memorial Day

I have to warn you….you will LOVE this salad!  This is the perfect spring time dish.  Its light, seasonal, delicious and great to serve at a BBQ.  I’m not an ordinary cook…I can never just make a simple salad, or a simple burger.  My Memorial Day menu consist of Moroccan grilled fish, sorrel lemonade, pineapple rum cake and this salad.  I could have easily thrown  some franks and burgers on the grill and serve with coleslaw and potato salad, but like...Read more …
Wine and Cheese…a perfect match.

Wine and Cheese…a perfect match.

I know…it is spring and I should be doing a dessert with seasonal fruits, such as berries and mangoes but I had these pears  sitting on the counter and this seemed like a good time to try this dessert.  I’ve always wanted to try these wine poached pears.  Something about wine and pears that seem intriguing and very elegant.  My mom is also a huge fan of red wine and I thought she would appreciate this.  The pears were poached until...Read more …
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 …