Quick and Easy Sauteed String Beans

Sauteed string beans; a perfect meal that’s quick and easy to prepare……. A holiday on a Saturday does not feel like a holiday at all. At least, that is my opinion. Saturday feels normal and the routine is always the same; get up, have breakfast, do chores, cook lunch etc. So, to make my Saturday…

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Curry Tannia and Saltfish

Tannia (Xanthosoma sagittifolium) is one of the rarer provisons or staples available here on the islands. At least to me, it seems rare because the only time I see it, most times, is around the lenten season or once in a while at the market. Maybe I’m wrong, but it could be one of the…

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Couscous Pie

Couscous (originally called seksu or kesksu) is now becoming a favourite at home because it is a light and wonderful substitute for rice when I don’t feel like cooking rice at all. It is popular in North Africa, Egypt and the Middle East and is made from millet, barley, or cornmeal. This is also a…

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How to Peel a Cassava

This month’s Compère magazine issue focused on the 6th important food, a staple food eaten by many, 800 million people, mostly in the developing countries. This starchy tuber is also a favourite for my family and for this reason we showcase, along with the recipes, six of our favourite cassava meals.   However, before you rush…

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Baked Kalounji

Kalounji has come from humble beginnings; from being fried over many wood fired chulhas to gracing many tables with its spicy bitter presence. Today I’m taking it to new heights – let’s serve it as an appetizer instead of a side dish. Generally, caraili is eaten with a meal, hardly as an appetizer.  But if…

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Plantain Pie

A wonderfully satisfying meal does not come in a can of processed food; it comes from fresh living food.  Many of us would agree that many of our Caribbean  staples, such as plantain, sweet potato, dasheen, etc. can be quite satisfying.  I love plantain, but it was my friend’s idea to make a plantain pie….

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Cassava Bread

Cassava, manioc, (manihot escuelenta or jatropha manihot) has been a staple crop for many years in the Caribbean, especially among the Amerindians. It is still considered a staple crop, much like potato. Therefore, many cassava dishes are similar to potato dishes,  provided that the cassava is cooked or prepared properly to remove the toxic compound,…

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Eggplant Parmesan Trinistyle

Great ideas for meals can come from simple people. My friend and neighbour Sharina made an amazing meal with eggplant. Always around to partake when we’re cooking and developing recipes, she felt that she had to cook something for us. And being a vegetarian she brought something from her kitchen that her husband and children…

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10 Nutritiously Delicious Quick Meals

Let’s face it. Not every one likes to cook or stay hours in the kitchen cooking; and many with good reasons as well. But some recipes do take a lot of time to do. Also, people with demanding jobs struggle to get the time to prepare their own meals.  Therefore, simple meals are more suited…

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Soursop Ice Block

When it is about 30° C outside, I can think of no better way to stay cool than by sucking on some tasty soursop ice block. Perfect to suck while I watch “3rd Rock from the Sun” on Netflix. It is really hot these days, and we all must find some way to stay cool….

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