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 …
Citrus and Ricotta…a new adventure

Citrus and Ricotta…a new adventure

I called this one Citrus Ricotta Pie.  I made a vegetable lasagne a week ago and as always I have half a container of ricotta cheese to throw out.  This time I decided I was going to put that cheese that I paid for to good use.  Inspired by the lovely weather outside, and the orange in my fridge I decided to make a light, citrus pie.   This is my first time having ricotta as a dessert and I am...Read more …
A Bowl of Sunshine

A Bowl of Sunshine

This will be a short and to the point post.  I have been making a citrus couscous for a while and everytime I make it I adjust the recipe.  I believe this recipe is the very best so I decided to share it with you.  Its nutty, fruity, citrusy, delicous and just plain addictive.  Its a great alternative to rice and its quite healthy. Orange Couscous 1 cup orange juice 2 tbsp butter 1/4 tsp paparika 1/4 tsp cumin 1/4...Read more …
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 …