Cassava Pone Recipe

The first time I made cassava pone I was on a desperate quest to find recipes from other Caribbean nations beside Jamaica. You see, I was on the verge of finishing up up first cookbook Nyammings: 88 Authentic Caribbean Recipes. My research led me to this gluten free pudding like Trinidadian/ Guyanese confection. There are a couple other Cassava pone recipes out there but this version with its short simple list of ingredients and minimal instructions caught my eye. After reviewing a few recipes online I fashioned the recipe below. The first bite of this chewy sweet coconut flavored treat was all it took to get me hooked. And I… Read More

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Cooking With Chef Sian: Pass The Dutchie

“Pass The Dutchie” For a country gal like myself those words are more than just the title to a catchy reggae tune. They are words to live by.  Countless times I have heard and said  ‘pass the dutchie’ while on a quest to whip up something or another. As of this writing I own 5 dutchies not counting the cast iron ones, in varying sizes. In my defense I’m  old-fashioned way so for tough to cook dishes like curry goat and braised oxtails a varied selection of Dutch pots are a must in my line of work.   Cast iron ‘pots’ come in various shapes and sizes so they get their… Read More

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Mango- Cucumber Salsa

This Mango Cucumber Salsa recipe is the result of a foray into my collection of recipes and food pictures. This is most definitely one of the easiest recipe you will ever prepare. The sweetness of a ripe mango + bits of refreshing cucumber accented by sharp bites of onion and cilantro makes for  a tasty delicious summer salsa that you might be tempted to eat solo. Not a mango lover? Swap the mango for your favorite summer fruit. Peaches, pineapple and apples all make great substitutes.  Serve this light refreshingly delicious salsa with chips or as a topper for spicy grilled chicken or fish. If you intend to serve this salsa… Read More

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Cooking With Chef Sian: Cutting It Up

A Dicey Matter If you have ever seen a recipe and wondered, what the difference was between chopped and diced you should read this. The way you cut your foods before final preparation not only affects the final appearance of the dish. It can also have a great deal of impact on quantities used and the finished flavor of your dish. The smaller your cut the more  your vessel holds.  Tastefull Speaking As an inexperienced cook, one of the thing I used to wonder is, does it matter how I chop it as long as I use the right amount?  Well, imagine biting into  something like the conch salad pictured below… Read More

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Fried Chicken Recipe, Jamaican Style

I can’t begin to imagine the amount of fried chicken I have prepared over the course of my career. So much so that even as I racked my brain for recipes to include in my first cookbook Nyammings: 88 Authentic Caribbean Recipes, fried chicken never even crossed my mind. Frying chicken had became automatic. Besides, fried chicken is such a common food it never occurred to me that some folks might identify a particular preparation with one culture or another.  Then. About a month after I published the book, I asked for feedback on social media and was called out my a loyal customer for not putting a fried chicken… Read More

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