Appetizers

Plantains Wrapped in Bacon

Plantains Wrapped in Bacon

I have used this Plantains Wrapped in Bacon recipe in my classes for many years because plantains are a big part of our island diet.  In the islands we eat plantains in a bunch of different ways… fried for breakfast… as a base for an appetizer like this recipe… and even as a dessert.  As Read More


Black Bean Hummus

Black Bean Hummus

This Black Bean Hummus dip is a nice change from the classic hummus recipe.  You can use it as a dip or the base for a meat free quesadilla.  I usually use it for the later because my girls love my quesadillas.  Give it a try and see how you like it! Ingredients… 1 14 Ounce Read More


Chocolate Chip Scones

Nicole’s Chocolate Chip Scones (with Cranberries!)

I love Chocolate Chip Scones with Cranberries because I love the contrast between the semi-sweet chocolate and the tart cranberries!  Moreover, given that I grew up eating scones as a child in Montserrat, it is only natural that scones hold a special place in my heart.  This love for scones has been passed onto my girls Read More


Jerk Shrimp

Jerk Shrimp

This Jerk Shrimp was created on the fly one day when I had a large group of guests stop by for my From the Sea cooking class.  I was offering my Calypso Shrimp recipe as an appetizer, but one guest asked how the shrimp would taste jerked.  Since we had 2 pounds of shrimp, it was an Read More


Calypso Shrimp

Calypso Shrimp

The simplicity of this Calypso Shrimp recipe speaks for itself.  It relies on a limited number of flavours, that when combined, result in a very flavourful finish.  I have developed this recipe  over many years modifying it according to the whims and fancies of the moment.  Please give it a try and provide feedback or Read More


Old Fashioned Rum Punch

Old Fashioned Rum Punch

This Old Fashioned Rum Punch recipe is perfect in its simplicity.  My grandmother uses this recipe.  Each island having its own variations.  Some ways to spruce up the punch can be found by adding freshly ground nutmeg and/or bitters.  Garnish with slice of lime and serve. When people ask us about the recipe, we use Read More


Tostones

Nicole’s Tostones

All across the islands plantains are prepared in a range of ways with Puerto Rican Tostones being one such option. In this version, which I not surprisingly call “Nicole’s Tostones”, we use ripe plantains and dip them in water between the first and third frying.  We like using ripe plantains because of their sweet flavour Read More


Cassava Chips

Cassava Chips

Cassava Chips Cassava Chips, like our Coconut Crisps are natural and extremely easy to make.  We serve these around the house, during many of our Caribbean cooking classes, and whenever we have small parties.  I love them because they are so simple and take very little time to prepare.  One key thing to remember… make sure your Read More


Coconut-Rum Grilled Shrimp

Coconut-Rum Grilled Shrimp

I found this Coconut-Rum Grilled Shrimp recipe on Home Cooking Memories.  I liked it because it is very simple, uses few ingredients, is great for outside grilling, and uses rum (I think Adam likes the last part the most).  In my view, there are not enough recipes that celebrate rum.  Rum is an extremely versatile Read More


Crab Cakes

Old Bay Crab Cakes

I posted photos of these crab cakes on Facebook and a bunch of people requested the recipe.  While not necessarily a “West Indian” recipe, it does have roots from my many years in Baltimore, Maryland.  Otherwise known as “Maryland Crab Cakes”, these are the BEST when you use Maryland’s own Old Bay Seasoning!!  The crab Read More