Monday Meal Review: Dominica

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I scanned the sky, holding my breath, waiting. A clammy draft met my face an inch from window. "I can't tell." I said, "Is it?" "No, I think that's ice rain." Keith said. I looked at the gray sky and saw nothing. I turned my head to the yellow streetlight hoping it would illuminate a few fluffy snowflakes. Instead, all I saw was spittle falling on a wet road. "Let's go anyway. We could use the fresh air. And perhaps it'll start while we're out." We bundled Ava in 4 layers, a hat, … [Read more...]

Recipe: Grapefruit & Avocado Smoothie

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Makes a quart Want a smoothie, but tired of all the "normal" options? Try this Domincan treat - a tantalizing blend of grapefruit juice and creamy avocado. The "ice" green color will have you cooled off in no time. (Thanks to the Facebook Fans who voted in this recipe) Ingredients: 3 avocados 2 1/2 cups grapefruit juice 1/2 cup sugar water (or extra grapefruit juice) for thinning to desired consistency Method: Take yourself to that special place, where the sun is shiny … [Read more...]

Recipe: Fried Frog Legs

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Makes 8 legs - Serves 2 What you are about to see is really, really strange. Some of you might be bothered by it. But, I promise, if you stay by my side, we'll get past all the strangeness and enter the amazing world of deep fried food. And, let's be honest, it's hard to go wrong with deep fried food. Ingredients: 8 frog legs (4 pair) For the coating: milk 1/2 cup flour 1 tsp ground thyme 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper Method: First, fill a pot half way with vegetable oil … [Read more...]

Recipe: Caribbean Bakes (Fried Biscuits)

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Makes 8 These biscuits don't need butter and jelly. They don't need gravy. Just eat them straight up, with a smile. Crispy and golden, they get their color from a boiling oil bath. Great for plunking into soups and stews, or alongside rice and beans. Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups flour 1 1/2 tsp sugar 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1 Tbsp butter 1/3 cup milk (a few drops more, if needed) 1/4 inch oil Method: Are you wearing a black shirt? You might want to switch it for a white … [Read more...]

Dominican Hard-Boiled Eggs (w/ Poll)

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What are you doing right this minute? Nothing? Ok, let's go to Dominica for hard boiled eggs. What? That doesn't sound very exciting? Just wait. Listen up. This is no ordinary hard-boiled egg. This is an experience. Here's the "recipe": 1. Fly to Dominica. Buy a carton of eggs. Carefully pack the eggs in bubble wrap or an old t-shirt. 2. Lace up your hiking shoes. Place eggs, water and other snacks in backpack. 3. Hike muddy, mountainous terrain to "Boiling Lake." This will … [Read more...]

Recipe: Callaloo

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Serves 4-6 Callaloo, a luscious green stew made all over the Caribbean, is one of *those* recipes. It's like chili in the US; everyone lays claim to having the "best" version. And every version was made by someone's mama, so you best not mess with it. This version is made by Ava's mamma - me. But.. unlike those other recipes, feel free to mess with mine. After all, I'm a novice Callaloo maker and still have a lot to learn. Given the limitations of supplies around these parts, I went ahead … [Read more...]

Menu: Dominica

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Dominica, you reveal my dark side. The scheming, cruel woman within. You see, I had ulterior motives for putting "Mountain Chicken" our menu this week. Although I was a little nervous to try this strange creature, I really wanted to see Mr. Picky's reaction. I imagined him gleefully exclaiming "Mmm, fried chicken." Then I played out the moment when,  just as he took a big bite, I would mutter "ribbit" under my breath. When he questioned me I would burst out "Mountain chicken is frog!" and … [Read more...]

About the food of Dominica

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A-hoy mate... raaawr... huh? What? No, really. Combine Pirates of the Caribbean and Jurassic Park and you've got a fair charicature of Dominca. This Caribbean island (with zero relation to the Dominican Republic) is odd as far as the Caribbean goes. The island looks like a "land-before-time," filled with colossal green mountains, sky-scraper trees, and waterfalls that dangle like crystal chandeliers. There's not much in the way of soft sandy beaches but there's no shortage of mind-blowing … [Read more...]