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...]

Monday Meal Review: Saint Lucia

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"I don't like nutmeg," a willowy, blond girl of about ten whined. Her mother looked reproachfully at her. "Have you ever tried it?" I asked with what I hoped was an encouraging smile. "No," she quietly replied, eyes downcast. She stood with one hip turned away from me, as if my slightest move would send her scampering away. "Well, here, smell it," I said as I picked up the whole nutmeg and passed it to her. "Isn't it amazing?"  The nut was about one inch in diameter and was round … [Read more...]

Recipe: Cocoa Tea

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When I told Ava that the fine people of Saint Lucia like to wake up in the morning and drink Cocoa Tea, she squinted her eyes, titled her head, and said "what mama?" "It's like hot cocoa," I smiled, "but richer, and seasoned with cinnamon and freshly grated nutmeg." Her eyes instantly popped open in recognition and the corners of her lips curled impishly. I showed her my mound of chocolate chips and added that in Saint Lucia they use cocoa sticks and balls to make their Cocoa Tea, but we'd … [Read more...]

Recipe: Caribbean Fry Bakes

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This week I've completely given up: - shooing the cat off our bed - working so hard, I can't see straight. - being in a hurry - doing the laundry - eating boxed cereal Instead, I'm now: - snuggling my cat - not-so-accidentally forgetting my phone at home - dancing with my daughter with the curtains wide open - playing board games with family - gobbling up bakes Thanksgiving week is a time for a little closer look at what matters. It's about family, not work. It's about … [Read more...]

Menu: Saint Lucia (w/ Giveaway)

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When Thanksgiving meal preparations take over the household, I like to do little things to make the rest of the week's meals feel fun. With that in mind, I put together two festive, but relatively quick treats to make the ordinary extraordinary.  After all, why can't every day be Thanksgiving? The theme for both is breakfast, Saint Lucia-style. Caribbean Bakes [Recipe] If your family likes doughnuts and biscuits, these fried discs of soft, doughy goodness will certainly be a big hit. Serve … [Read more...]

About the food of Saint Lucia

The village of Soufriere lit up as night falls. the Pitons in the background are volcanic plugs rising straight out ogf the sea. Photo by Tri-X Pan.

Saint Lucia pops out of the Caribbean Sea like a coy mountain range. She's partially submerged in the deep blue, yet her curves peek out randomly in greeting. Her deep green foliage (oftentimes thick and tropical) and her dusty, tan soil gives the island a "land before time" feel. The occasional free-wandering chicken and the featured "drive-in volcano," where one can drive right up to a bubbling crater, only add to the illusion. (Don't let the threat of lava scare you; Saint Lucia hasn't … [Read more...]