Recipe: Trini Stew Chicken

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Many a good thing requires we throw our all into it. Swimming, for example. If we don't swim with our all, well... we sink. Fast. When it comes to food from Trinidad and Tobago, adding a ton of flavor goes a long way to making unctuous and irresistible stew chicken. And when I say a "ton of flavor", I mean, we're going to throw our all into it.  Just about everything your market (and your herb planter) has to offer goes into stew chicken. The basis of Stew Chicken is … [Read more...]

Menu: Trinidad and Tobago

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Keith and I just celebrated five years of marriage. There's an old saying from Trinidad and Tobago that sums up the depths to which I love this man: There's more in the mortar than the pestle. In other words, there's more to this man than meets the eye. He's not just a pair of jaw dropping hazel eyes. He's not just the funny one. He's sure. Stable. All things committed. And I'm so lucky to have him. What better way to celebrate my husband than two of his favorite things? Spicy food and … [Read more...]

About the food of Trinidad & Tobago

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If you'd like to dig into a melting pot, try visiting Trinidad and Tobago via stovetop travel. These Caribbean islands, right off the coast of Venezuela, are known for having absorbed a bit of Spain, Portugal, France, Dutch, China, Africa, Creole, and Indian cooking... and spat it back out in their own, lovely cooking style. From what I can tell, the food is spicy, bold, and - like a brilliant tapestry - layered with infinite threads from the many influences... which weave an intricate flavor … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Saint Vincent & the Grenadines

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This week we brought our Global Table to Keith's parents' house in southwest Oklahoma, where we ate with his mom, his aunt, and his uncle. His childhood home sits under the glinting autumn sun, surrounded by dusty golden grasses and emerald green wheat. There's a half mile (or more) in all directions between the house and any other structure, at least that's the way it seems to me. At night the stars act as streetlights. It's quite the retreat. Keith's mom was able to use some of her family … [Read more...]

Recipe: Caribbean Pumpkin & Coconut Cream Bisque

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I know three things for sure: this Caribbean soup cannot wipe out old college debt, or go gift shopping for us... or even stop that dog from barking a few houses over (unless that particular dog likes soup?). That being said, I have personal proof that this soup can help you bring love into the kitchen and give your family just a little escape from the ordinary.As you whip it up, the house will fill with the scent of pumpkin, ginger and coconut cream - that's when it'll start. Your family will … [Read more...]

Recipe: Caribbean Black Cake

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Sometimes I think the holidays would go a lot smoother if everyone was handed a shot of rum and a slice of cake. How could conversation not go smoothly after that? Turns out, that's what they do in the Caribbean... with great success. Black cake is a cousin to the British Plum Pudding and is made with an expensive array of dried fruits, like cherries, raisins, and prunes and topped off with a bit of nutty crunch (almonds for me). Before baking  - sometimes for months - the fruit soaks … [Read more...]

Menu: Saint Vincent & the Grenadines ($400+ Giveaway)

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We've hit Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on our Adventure to eat the world. Consider this my way to sneak the holidays to you, Caribbean-style. This menu is for those days when you wish you still felt like pumpkin pie, but you've eaten three pies too many....and coconut pumpkin soup seems like the only logical answer. It's for when you are ready to dive into a traditional boozy cake, but without the scary pieces of giant neon fruit that you find in the preboxed variety. In sum, this is … [Read more...]

About the food of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

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Let's meet up in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Really. Wouldn't it be great to carve out a sweet little spot for ourselves. A place where time can stop for a while? I love that, now that we've hit a cold snap here in Tulsa, our minds have been cruising through the "Saint" countries - all of which nestle cozy and warm in the balmy Caribbean seas. We've done two already and this week we continue to the 11-mile long, 6.8 miles wide "main island" called Saint Vincent and about a … [Read more...]