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Cooking With Chef Sian: Recipes +

Fried Dumplings Recipe

frying dumplings

If  Ackee & Saltfish is Jamaica’s national dish then fried dumplings ought to be our national side dish. Fried dumplings and festivals (a sweet fried cornmeal dumpling) are commonly served alongside so many entrees it might be easier to list the ones that it doesn’t accompany. These little fried biscuits are quick, super easy to make […]

Cooking with Chef Sian: Comforts of Home Cooking

Comforts of Home What is it about a stack of pancakes that always evokes yearnings for the comforts of home? Surely I’m not the only one who feels this way? Do you have a favorite comfort food? A few mornings ago I set out to indulge a pancake craving. As I gathered my 7 ingredients […]

Caribbean ‘Jamaican’ Black Cake Recipe

If you know anything at all about West-Indian Caribbean culture  and cuisine you already know that Black Cake is our official Christmas Cake.  If you didn’t know before know now that a Caribbean Christmas dinner invite will almost certainly net you a slice of the most alcoholic cake you will ever eat.  Even though this rich […]

Steamed Callaloo Recipe, Jamaican style

steamed callaloo

Jamaican callaloo (there’s a Trinidadian/ Grenadian one too) aka Amaranth  is a nutrition packed powerhouse that is heavily featured in Jamaican cuisine. Loaded with calcium, protein and other essential nutrients callaloo is especially prominent in the Rastafarian’s Ital diet Callaloo can be prepared any number of ways. It is one of the main ingredients in […]

Cooking with Chef Sian: Pot Water, Is it a Jamaican Ting?

Is pot water a Jamaican ting? That is the question I found myself pondering last week, as a sipped on a cup of hot pot water. I can think of nothing comparable to a cup of steaming hot pot water generously flavored with bits of ground provisions, banana, and dumplings. For as long as I […]


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