Enchanting Passion Fruit Curd

I distinctly remember the first time I tasted passion fruit. I was about 6 years old and we were visiting family in Trinidad. Even at this age, I was absolutely wowed by the flavor of this exotic and exciting fruit. I exclaimed, "What kind of juice is this?" I had already fallen in love with…

Simply Good Hummus

In my blog about pantry staples, I mentioned garbanzo beans as a great item to always have on hand. There are several things which can be “whipped up” quickly and that are nutritious, tasty and satisfying. Hummus for me is one of those things I make often. It’s easy, delicious and can be refrigerated for…

For the Love of Chai

A day without tea for me is not a good day. I begin and end my day with a cup of steaming hot golden goodness. Cups of tea have started my daily rituals in the kitchen and have always served me as the perfect pick me up, anytime of the day. A great cup of…

Summertime cooler: Watermelon Cucumber Mojitoo

I have to find ways to keep cool in the height of Summer here in Haiti. I honestly feel that every year the summer is hotter than the previous one. Yes, I was born in a country which is 10 degrees north of the Equator, but sometimes I feel like I can barely tolerate the…

Caramel Banana Pecan Upside Down Cake

Last Thursday, we were given an entire hand of sweet fig bananas from a good friend, who is a farmer. We got these while they were still green and as such, we hung them in a hook in our kitchen. You may be wondering why there are paint marks on the skin of the bananas….

The Hearty Comfort of Noodles and Pasta 

What is it about pasta and noodles that makes us feel content and happy when we eat them? It is supposedly the heightened level of serotonin produced in the brain, which gives us the feeling of wellbeing and comfort. When I eat Chinese style noodles in a restaurant or at home, I usually have them…

Small Pleasures 

 Pretzel rolls fresh out of the oven I love cooking with my daughter Gabby. She’s thirteen and has been shadowing me in the kitchen since she was a baby. Her keen interest has grown and developed since she could stand on a chair to reach the counter. We enjoy cooking and experimenting in the kitchen…

Must have pantry staples

 Have you ever been in a situation where you had some friends stop by unexpectedly and you wanted to offer something with drinks but you didn’t have much in your pantry or fridge? Are you tired of buying dinner out or eating fast food instead of making something more nutritious for yourself and family? In…

Handy Baking Tips

My love of cooking and baking was something which began when I was about 7 years old. My grandmother catered and I often went along with my mother to help her when she had large orders and needed extra hands in the kitchen. I would help make bouchée cases with pastry, which would be later…

Avocados, the ambrosia of the Americas

Originally posted on Guyanese Girl Haitian Soul:
How I love Avocados!! Let me count the ways… Rich, creamy, and nutritious. This superfood is calorific but filled with “good fats”. Versatile, tropical, luxurious yet simple; avocados can be used in salads and smoothies or dessert. With so many wonderful options and varieties from which to choose,…

Summertime salads

Once June rolls around in the tropics, the sun shifts its axis in the sky, the days get longer and the heat index soars. I love the sun, but I hate the heat. In fact, summer in the Caribbean is my least favorite time of the year. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the year…

For the love of  Cilantro 

         Cilantro leaves Cilantro may bear a resemblance to flat leaf parsley, but it is unlikely that one can be confused with the other in terms of taste. This wonderful herb is also known as Coriander, Chinese parsley, or Mexican parsley. Cilantro packs a punch in the flavor department, and adds an…