Cooking with Chef Sian

Originally started as a way to share my Miami Times column ‘Cooking With Chef Sian’  with my blog followers, the posts in this section is a chronicle of my various ongoing foodventures.

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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Green Bananas, A Favorite Caribbean Staple

Bananas have the distinction of being both a fruit and a vegetable. Green bananas are considered a vegetable. They are a staple ingredient in African, Polynesian, Asian, Spanish, and Caribbean cuisine.  Ripe bananas are a fruit that’s familiar to just about everyone on planet earth. In Caribbean cuisine green bananas are used to make a variety …

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Chef Noel's Jerk Marinade

Cooking with Chef Sian: Chef Noel’s Smoky Jamaican Jerk

When a Jamaican Chef decides to distribute his own jerk marinade, there is bound to be a little pressure. When he is one of Jamaica’s most popular chefs you know ‘the jerk’ better be good. smoky jerky? From the first moment I read the name of Chef Cunny’s Smoky Jamaican Jerk marinade I was intrigued.  According …

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Cooking with Chef Sian: Road Tripping and Southern Cooking

I recently had reason to take a round trip drive along the south and northeastern United States border. When it was all over my joints and my head were completely out of sorts and I couldn’t have been happier. Besides enjoying some good ole Southern cooking and Red Velvet cake while road tripping up and down …

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