Green Seasoning

Green Seasoning

Green seasoning is a major part of West Indian cooking! We use it to season just about all our meats. It’s fantastic on chicken and fish.

We make a jar and keep it in the fridge until it’s done and then we make another one. I’m giving you this recipe so you can do the same!


Ingredients… 1 Bunch green onion 1 Stalk celery 1 Small onion ½ Inch ginger 6 Cloves garlic 1 Teaspoon salt 2 Sprigs thyme ½ A bell pepper or a hand full of season pepper Juice of 1 lime Instructions… Roughly chop all the herbs and place in the blender.  Add the spices and lime juice 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 can of black beans A handful of cilantro leaves (about ½ cup) 1 Clove garlic, minced 2 Tablespoons lime juice 1 Tablespoon tahini 1 Teaspoon ground coriander seed 1 Teaspoon salt ¼ Cup extra virgin olive oil 1 Jalapeno (optional) Instructions… 01Rinse the black beans and place in the bowl of Read More

Bread Pudding

Nicole’s Bread Pudding with Rum Soaked Raisins

I call this “Nicole's” bread pudding because this is my version of my Mother's "proper" bread and butter pudding that she made when I was growing up in Montserrat. Every time I make it, a fun discussion opens up at the table about which is better.

Adam says that this recipe is better than his mother's, which he loved. Try it out and let me know what you think!

Ingredients… 1 Loaf bread, cut into 1/2 inch cubes ½ Cup butter, melted 2 Cups milk 3 Eggs ½ Cup sugar A pinch of salt 1 Teaspoon vanilla ½ Cup rum soaked raisins (Soak for a week in a dark rum before you make the pudding) Instructions… 01Preheat the oven to 350 F, and butter Read More

Butter Rum Cake

Nicole’s Butter Rum Cake

When I worked at the Mount Vernon Stable in Baltimore, one of the owners used to make THE BEST Butter Rum Cake, but I never knew the recipe. After I moved back to the islands, I experimented and this is my version of that Butter Rum Cake recipe.  I often use the recipe in my Cooking with Rum cooking class and my guests have raved about how much they love it.  So, when I was approached to do a segment on Ainsley Harriott's Caribbean Kitchen TV show I didn't hesitate to choose my Butter Rum Cake recipe.  I hope you love it too!

The Cake… ½ Cup chopped walnuts 1 ½ Cups granulated sugar ½ Cup butter 3 Tablespoons plus ½ Cup vegetable oil 1 ¾ Cups all purpose flour ¼ Cups cornstarch 4 Teaspoons baking powder 1 Teaspoon kosher salt 1 3.4 oz box instant vanilla pudding (yes, really!) ¾ Cups whole milk 4 Eggs ¾ Cups 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 and we make this recipe together when we get overcome by the urge for our morning scone. In this version, I use semi-sweet chocolate chips and cranberries, but you can just as easily substitute other little goodies such as raisins on their own. Above all, give this Chocolate Chip Sconse recipe a try and offer a twist to your breakfast!

Ingredients… 2 cups of flour ¼ cup of white sugar 1 ¼ tsp baking powder ¼ tsp baking soda ¼ tsp salt ½ cup butter, cold, cut into pieces ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips ½ cup of dried cranberries 1 tsp vanilla ⅔ – ¾ cup of milk Instructions… 01Preheat the oven to 400 F. 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 suggestions on how you might vary it to your own tastes! Finally, if you want to try a different recipe, check out this Spicy Shrimp recipe I created with Cauliflower Mash and Garlic Kale or my Jerk Shrimp recipe too.

Ingredients… 1/4 cup olive oil 2 cloves Garlic, minced 1 inch piece of Ginger, grated A lime, zested and juiced 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, chopped 2 tablespoons dark rum salt and pepper to taste 1 pound large shrimp (16/20) Instructions… 01In a large bowl combine the olive oil, minced garlic, 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 the phrase that is common in the islands. We say: 1 of Sour 2 of Sweet 3 of Strong 4 of Weak Measures to Make Approximately 2 Liters… 1 cup of freshly squeezed lime juice (Sour) 2 cups of white or natural sugar (Sweet) 3 cups Read More

West Indian Pumpkin Soup Recipe - Nicole's Table - Antigua

Soup Time!

I love fresh fruit and vegetables and I don't see food prices going anywhere but up so over the last few years I have worked hard to build my garden where I grow a range of herbs, fruit, and vegetables (from Thai basil and thyme to pawpaw, sugar apple, passion fruit, cassava and tomatoes... just to name a few). Since I live on a hill and have very limestone rich soil, I compost everything I can to give the soil and my vegetables healthy nutrients. You should try composting too when you get a chance...

The result of this labour of love is that I get to make some wonderfully fresh and healthy meals either by what I grow in the yard or what I trade with others (pawpaw can get some great returns when trading!). I get to harvest wonderful flavors that are also good for you – What Read More