Oatmeal Banana Muffins Recipe

The first time I made these Oatmeal banana muffins, I was simply looking to bake a healthy sweet treat for a diabetic friend. 1 bite of  sweet, moist, flavor filled goodies and I knew I had a winner. When they tasted even better the next day I knew I needed to write a recipe.   […]

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Pineapple Upside- Down Cake Recipe

This Pineapple Upside Down Cake recipe has been my default dessert for over 20 years now. If I was invited to a house party or any such gathering, I baked a Pineapple Upside-down Cake. I first happened upon the recipe in a magazine when I was a teenager.  I was charmed by the used of […]

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spice bun with avocado and cheese

Jamaican Spice Bun Recipe

Any self-respecting Jamaican will tell you that Easter is not complete without a Jamaican Spice Bun in the house. I’ve known more than a couple ital loving Rasta who made an exception for a bite of bun.  Not to be confused with the other bun (a Jamaican synonym for cheating on your mate) this tasty addictive bun is a sweet dense spice cake flavored with baking spices, candied fruits and brown sugar. The Spice Bun recipe below calls for using Dragon Stout. If you cannot locate Dragon Stout where you live an original Guinness stout makes a good substitute.
Jamaican spiced bun with cheese
At Eastertime Jamaican spice bun with slices of cheese is a must have for most if not all Jamaicans. The combination of candied fruits flavored with dessert spices baked into a dense slightly chewy cakelike  confection is irresistible by itself. Throw in the saltiness of cheese and you have perfect palate pleasing harmony.

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Pumpkin Rice Recipe

Pumpkin rice is such a popular Jamaican, it has carved out its own identity  among the ‘seasoned rice’ set. To churn out a good batch of pumpkin rice is to end up with something akin to a nice risotto.  A good version of this rich creamy flavor filled rice dish requires only a ‘dry’ pumpkin and a few other staple ingredients. Pumpkin (aka calabaza squash) does not refer to the North American version. This pumpkin comes in many shapes and sizes. It is hard to give directions on picking the perfect pumpkin but you can substitute butternut squash for a good pumpkin.

pumpkin (Kabocha squash)
there are no definite rules for picking the perfect pumpkin. Though I have seen plenty of Jamaican housewives knock, shake and otherwise harass many a pumpkin trying to discern its quality.

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Cooking With Chef Sian: The Heat Is On

The heat is on To say the heat is on for ‘brand name Chefs’ all over the USA is like saying we have an unpopular President. Awash with the recent wave of sexual harassment/ sexual abuse claims it’s only logical that a couple chef’s would fall victim to the storm. Still, I have been taken […]

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