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...]

Recipe: Coconut Rice

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Serves 2-4 Found both in the Caribbean and parts of Africa, coconut rice is rich and fragrant. The strong flavor goes particularly well with grilled meats and spicy sauces. We even used some leftovers in an asian-style salad with spicy peanut dressing. NOTE: Wondering how to make plain rice? The technique is the same, just substitute water for coconut milk. Ingredients: 1 cup coconut milk 1 cup water 1 cup white rice salt & pepper Method: 1. Heat coconut milk and water … [Read more...]

Recipe: Fried Plantains

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One plantain serves 1-2 Fried plantains can be on the table in less than 5 minutes. This easy, delicious side dish goes well with any Caribbean or African food. In particular, the slightly sweet flavor helps contrast with both region's spicy dishes. Ingredients: 1 plantain vegetable oil salt or brown sugar Method: 1. Heat a thin layer of vegetable oil in a frying pan. Meanwhile, cut plantains into long, oblong slices. NOTE: Choose plantains that are yellow to black in color, … [Read more...]

Recipe: Johnny Cakes

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Makes about 8 Johnny Cakes are like dense biscuits with a mild coconut flavor. In Belize they are often enjoyed in the morning with a slice of melted cheese, eggs, and sausage. They are also wonderful served under Stew Chicken where they wick up the delicious broth. Ingredients: 5 Tbsp melted butter 2 cups flour 2 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 cup coconut milk Method: 1. Mix flour salt and baking powder together. 2. Add butter and milk. Mix to combine. Knead … [Read more...]

Menu: Belize

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Special thanks to those of you on our Facebook fan page who voted for this week's Global Table dessert. Although my husband is sad because he voted for Lemon Meringue pie, I'm thrilled because I am super curious how pone tastes.  Since I love sweet potatoes, I'm guessing this dessert will be right up my alley. On another note, this week is also interesting because we'll learn how to make red recado seasoning (see Stew Chicken). I am always looking for new seasoning ideas; I hope that this … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Barbados

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5 a.m. The tornado sirens sound. I bolt up in bed and stare, bug-eyed out the window. The trees are sideways. Sideways. Side. Ways. Practically laying over, playing dead. "This is it. I'm going to die," I mutter. My husband wakes up and groggily wanders out of the bedroom. I'm still frozen in bed. "Where are you going?" I whisper-yell, barely audible over the wailing wind and sirens. "I'm checking the weather on the computer," he says. I can barely hear him. I run into … [Read more...]

Recipe: Bajan Peas n’ Rice

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Serves 4 Peas n' Rice really is "beans" and rice. This savory side will go with almost anything - chicken, pork, fish, vegetables - especially grilled or roasted. In Barbados Peas n' Rice is often served with fried fish. Ingredients: 2 Tbsp vegetable oil 1 onion, diced 1 Anaheim pepper, minced 1 habanero pepper, minced (optional) 3 cups water + extra as needed 1/2 cup dried black eyed peas, soaked overnight 1 1/2 cups rice 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper 2 Tbsp fresh parsley Method: 1. In a … [Read more...]

Recipe: Spiked Coconut Water

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Makes 1 drink Although I came up with this name, the drink idea came to me from Jimmy Buffett. He recommends this refreshing blend for the slightly tropical, headache free, sipping pleasure it provides. He probably doesn't use coconut rum, but I like my drinks sweeter than stout, so I went for the Parrot's Bay. Go with your instincts when making yours. Ingredients: 1 shot chilled coconut rum or plain, Caribbean rum 2 shots chilled coconut water (available at whole foods) 1/2 a lime, … [Read more...]