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Monday, March 26, 2007


Salt Fish (Salted Codfish) Salad

This was always a favorite dish served on Saturday or Sunday mornings when I was a child growing up in the Caribbean. Usually served with hard-boiled eggs and bakes or floats (a Caribbean type bread), but toast is a great substitute. Buljol derived from the French words “Brule” which means burnt and refers to the pepper in this recipe since the dish is served at room temperature or cold, and “geule” which is the slang for mouth.

½ lb. salt fish or salted Codfish
1 or 2 large tomatoes, finely chopped
1 large cucumber finely chopped or grated
½ tsp. Fresh hot pepper, chopped
1 onion, finely chopped or sliced (red onion is great in this dish)
1 sweet pepper (green pepper), finely chopped
1 or 2 limes
2 – 4 tbsp. Olive oil

Break fish in pieces and place in saucepan with cold water. Gradually heat to boiling and throw away water. Repeat until fish tastes fresh and with just enough salt to taste. While salt fish is boiling, chop/grate the cucumber into a large dish. Add the green pepper, onion, tomato, hot pepper, and juice from the lime(s). Mix well. Remove skin and bones (you can also buy already boned salted cod fish) and break pieces of fish into even smaller pieces. Pour the olive oil over the salt fish and mix well. Add the fish to the cucunber mixture an stir it all together. Serve with hard-boiled eggs, sliced avocado, and bakes (optional).

Check back for more Salt Fish Recipes and for the Bakes recipe.

Bon Appetite!

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Caribbean Macaroni Pie

Macaroni Pie is a standard dish at most Caribbean get-togethers. It was also almost a staple for Sunday dinner as a child growing up in the Caribbean.

1 14 oz package macaroni (the one that is a bit longer than elbows)
4 cups grated cheddar cheese
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 large egg
3 oz butter
2 tablespoons mayonnaise or Ranch dressing
White pepper
1 small onion, chopped

Boil the macaroni in salted water (directions on package) until it is well done – al dente. Drain well. Add the butter and milk and mix well. Then add the mustard, white pepper, chopped onion, mayonnaise, and most of the cheese (save some cheese for the topping). Add more salt if needed. Mix until the macaroni is well coated and then add the egg and mix again.

Grease an over proof dish with a little butter and pour macaroni mixture into dish. Top with bread crumbs and left over grated cheese. For a crisper topping add small dollops of butter.

Bake at 350 F for about 30 min or until the top is golden brown and crusty and all liquid has been absorbed. Let the pie sit for about 15 min before cutting.

Rice and Peas (Clouden Style))

This is a favorite dish for Sunday lunch/dinner in the Caribbean and is also a very popular dish at most Caribbean restaurants. Rice and peas is made in some of the islands with coconut milk and/or meat but this version does not contain either of these ingredients. This recipe is actually from my mother who makes very delicious rice and peas (with or without coconut milk) and is definitely one of the things that I miss living here in Massachusetts.

2 cups pigeon peas (check international section of the supermarket, e.g. Goya products)
1 medium to large Onion
Couple cloves of garlic
Sprig of thyme
2-3 seeds of clove (Not powder)
1-2 tsp. Sugar
1-cup rice
Salt to taste

Optional Ingredients
Olive oil
Evaporated Milk

Cook peas in water until soft and busted. (Note: if peas are frozen, thaw out first and start in cold water; keep adding hot to boiling water, never cold water once the peas has started boiling). Add seasoning – onion, garlic, chives, thyme, and clove seeds – to busted peas. Add a little sugar. Let simmer for a few minutes. Make sure that there is enough water for cooking the rice. Add rice and after brining to a boil add salt to taste. Cover and let cook until rice is to your required texture. Taste for salt. Enjoy!!!

OPTIONAL: Before you add the rice add a little olive oil, evaporated milk, and margarine. Simmer for a little while (more if milk is added, less if just oil and/margarine).

My mum’s foot note to this recipe is that she does not have to taste since she has YEARS of practice! Someday we will all be like you mum!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Peas and Dumplings – Caribbean Style

This is my mother’s recipe and one of my favorite dishes. My mother usually makes this at Christmas time. However, I usually request this every time I go home to visit.

½ package green or brown (dried) pigeon peas
2 or 3 clove sticks
Fresh garlic
1 medium onion – sliced or chopped
Green herbs – thyme, green onion etc.
1-2 teaspoons sugar
Salt to taste

For dumplings
1-cup flour
½ tsp. Salt
Water to make firm dough

Boil peas in water until soft. You can use a pressure cooker for this. If you don’t have a pressure cooker soak peas overnight in hot water and then boil in regular pot until soft.

While peas are boiling make dumplings. Mix flour salt and water together to make firm dough. Set aside in bowl.

Add the cloves, fresh garlic, onion, green herbs, sugar and salt to the peas. Bring to a boil and then let simmer for a few minutes. Form dumplings by taking small pieces of the dough and rolling them between your palms. Add to peas. Continue to simmer until dumplings are cooked. Turn off and serve.
This is delicious by itself or as a side dish with a meal

Ginger Beer

This is a drink that is very popular in the Caribbean during the Christmas season. It is very easy to make and also very refreshing.

1 lb fresh ginger (that is the ginger root)
~ 2 pints hot water
White Sugar to taste
Clean bottles to store.

Peel and grate the ginger. Put into a large bowl and pour the hot water over it. Cover and leave overnight. Next day strain into another bowl. I usually use a clean towel to do this as it works best to keep all the ginger pieces from getting into the strained liquid. Sweeten to taste. Pour into clean bottles and store in the fridge. To serve pour over ice. If the ginger beer is too strong you can add more water or some club soda

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Punch -a- Cream

This is one of the traditional Caribbean Christmas drinks. It is absolutely our favorite drink at Christmas. It's similar to eggnog but soooooooooo much better. We drink it cold (over crushed ice), not hot.

1 can evaporated milk
2 cans sweetened condensed milk
1 egg
2-3 laurel (bay) leaves
Nutmeg to taste (grated)
White rum to taste

Simmer the evaporated milk with the bay leaves for 30 min. Remove bay leaves and mix evaporated milk, condensed milk and egg in blender. Add grated nutmeg and rum (a little or a lot). Bottle, allow to cool and refrigerate. Serve over crushed ice. (Note – shake bottle before serving as the grated nutmeg tends to settle to the bottom)
This quantity should make about 2 liters (~half gallon

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Curried Squash Soup

1 medium size squash
1 small onion chopped
1 vegetable bullion cube
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon red curry paste (for spicy soup) or ½ teaspoon (for less spicy soup)
Salt to taste
Parsley to garnish

Cut squash and clean out the seeds. Peel the skin off and cut into smaller pieces. Put into a pot with enough water to just cover and bring to a boil. When squash is soft mash with a potato masher or fork. Add the onion, bullion cube, sugar, red curry paste and salt to taste. Add water if too thick. Simmer over a medium to low heat until onion is soft. Pour mixture into a blender and puree. Pour back into pot and simmer on low heat for about 5 min.

To serve, pour into soup bowls and garnish with a sprig of parsley.


Sunday, October 15, 2006

Caribbean Bread Pudding

Nice dessert for those hot summer days!

12 slices bread
2-3 tbsp butter or margarine
½ cup raisins
2 tbsp rum, sherry or wine
2 eggs
½ - ¾ cup brown sugar
½ tsp grated nutmeg
½ tsp grated cinnamon
1 ½ cups milk

Cut crust from bread (optional), butter and cut into cubes or strips. Layer bread and raisins in a greased baking dish. Repeat layers until all the ingredients are used up.

Beat eggs, milk and sugar together. Add a pinch of salt, the nutmeg, cinnamon and rum or wine. Pour milk mixture over bread, and raisins layers. Leave for ½ hr to set (optional).

Bake in a moderate oven 350 F for 35 – 45 minutes until firm.

Serve with ice cream or yogurt or pour Tia Maria or Amaretto Liquor over slice and serve with whipped cream.

Refrigerate unused pudding but warm before serving.


Monday, October 02, 2006

Pumpkin Fritters

These fritters were always a favorite of mine growing up. I remember my mum making them especially on Sundays to go with our wonderful Sunday dinner. Seeing that fall is quicklly approaching and its soon time for pumpkin pies and jack-o-lanterns I thought this would be a good first recipe to post. I hope you enjoy them too.

1 ¼ lb pumpkin

½ cup sugar

¾ cup flour

½ tsp. grated nutmeg

¼ tsp. salt

1 egg

½ tsp. baking powder

oil for frying

Wash the pumpkin and peel. Steam the pumpkin until very soft. Mash with a fork or blend in blender until smooth. Add the sugar, flour, grated nutmeg, salt, baking powder, and egg. Mix well. Heat a shallow amount of oil in a pan. Drop by tablespoonful into hot oil and fry over a medium-low fire until golden brown on each side (turn once). Remove from pan and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle/dust with white sugar or icing sugar.