Appetizers

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


Veggie Pakora

Veggie Pakora

I love Veggie Pakora!  Whenever Adam and I went to the Mughal Gardens Restaurant in Baltimore (which was often), Veggie Pakora was the first thing that I ordered.  I’m not too sure which chutney I prefer with them… the tamarind or the cilantro so I provided both for you here.  I love both chutneys as well Read More


Grilled Pineapple

Grilled Pineapple with a Brown Sugar Rum Glaze

Notes: Pineapple is Antigua’s National Fruit. There is no better way to honor this wonderful fruit than to use it to finish your meal with the natural sweetness Grilled Pineapple complimented by a rich rum glaze. Grilled pineapple has an enriched sweetness that, to me, is much better than when I eat it fresh. Add Read More


Jerked Wings with a Honey Rum Glaze

Jerked Wings with a Honey Rum Glaze

Notes: I am using my jerk seasoning to lend a flavor to the Jerked Wings so you should make the seasoning before you work on the wings. If you want the wings hotter increase the jerk seasoning to 1 cup. The longer the wings marinade, the hotter they will become so season to taste and Read More