Recipe: Peasants Cachupa (Cachupa Pobre) Vegan


Makes about 1.5 gallons Cachupa is the quintessential Cape Verdean dish. While there are countless variations, almost all Cachupas have hominy, beans, and potatoes. Some add yucca. Any assortment of vegetables and legumes can be added, depending on availability. For those who can afford it, dried and smoked Portuguese sausages are also added for tremendous "stick to your bones" flavor. Fish, such as tuna and wahoo, is a little more attainable for the average citizen. Our version is vegan and … [Read more...]

Menu: Cape Verde


Thanks to Cape Verde, I'm in a summery mood. I even flipped the calendar to September a few dates late in honor of their beach-kissed islands. This menu has something for everyone - a healthy traditional stew, a quirky, indulgent dip, a slurp-able children's drink, and a purely irresistible, decadent milkshake (although I have a feeling Mr. Picky will love it best). Enjoy! Peasant's Cachupa (vegan) [Recipe] Hearty stew made with hominy, great northern beans, potato, acorn squash, cabbage, … [Read more...]

About Cape Verdean Food

Photo Courtesy of Dave Trainer

The magic of Cape Verdean food lies in its history. This cluster of ten tiny islands and 5 islets dotted off the west coast of Africa has only been inhabited since the 15th century, when Portuguese sailors stumbled upon them. Since that time, the inhabitants have developed a cuisine steeped in both African and Portuguese traditions. On any given day, fishermen can be found amidst the sea spray, casting their nets and lines in the shadow of volcanoes. They bring home prawn, shrimp, albacore, … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Canada


I poured the thick, grade A dark amber maple syrup into the pot and reluctantly added a cup of water to thin it out. Even still, the liquid was viscous, sluggish, sweet. Perfect for simmering dough until tender. I clicked on the range and watched as the syrup shimmered, swirled, and eventually bubbled up. Time to make the doughnuts. I mean... grandpères. One by one, I dropped small, sticky balls of dough into the simmering syrup and watched them dunk, then bob back up to the … [Read more...]

Recipe: Grandpa’s Maple Dumplings (Grandpères)


Serves 4 Hot, sweet, syrupy Grandpères served with two scoops of cold vanilla ice cream. Genius. And we have generations of Canadians to thank for keeping this age-old recipe alive. You can eat this for breakfast or dessert. Or a midnight snack. Ingredients: For the dumplings: 2 - 2 1/4 cups flour 1 Tbsp baking powder 1/2 tsp cinnamon pinch of salt 3 Tbsp butter 3/4 cup whole milk For the cooking liquid: 2 cups maple syrup 1 1/2 cups water Method: In a large bowl, … [Read more...]

Recipe: Canadian Dijon & Maple Grilled Chicken


Serves 6 If you're looking for a quick and easy marinade, forget the supermarket bottles, loaded up with high fructose corn syrup and chemicals. Our sweet, natural glaze is made with dijon mustard, crushed garlic and rich maple syrup. Special thanks to Kevin from Toronto whose recipe Maple Dijon Grilled Chicken inspired our version. If you haven't already checked out his blog "Closet Cooking," you are in for a treat. This guy is an inspiring cook and photographer. … [Read more...]

Recipe: Butter Roasted Tomatoes


Serves 2-3 Cherry tomatoes are sweet bursts of summertime. Their flavor deepens when roasted with creamy butter and fresh thyme - a juicy side dish that forgives even the driest chicken and wild rice, while bravely complimenting perfectly cooked meals as well. If that isn't enough reason to try this vegetarian recipe, these tomatoes actually made my picky husband exclaim "pretty good!" That's quite the milestone considering the tomato is one of his major food nemeses. Like Batman's Joker … [Read more...]

Video Saturday: Canada

How to Harvest Canadian Wild Rice: httpv:// Slow Food in Ontario, in the center: httpv:// The food of Montreal, to the east: httpv:// The food of Vancouver, to the west: httpv:// … [Read more...]