Jerk Salmon Recipe

Quick and easy to prepare, this jerk salmon recipe has become one of my favorite go to meals. It’s also a great option when entertaining guests. 5 ingredients and about 30 minutes is all you need to prepare this delicious entree. Serve Jerk Salmon with rice & peas  and steamed veggies or add your favorite sides for a complete meal. Easily found in grocery stores across the US, salmon also happens to be a personal favorite. So it shows up quite a bit in my fish & seafood recipes. A firm meaty fish like tuna or Wahoo or bluefish makes a great substitute. Besides the well touted health benefits (unless you’re… Read More

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Jamaican chocolate tea

Jamaican Hot Chocolate Tea) Recipe

My favorite part of drinking a cup of authentic Jamaican Chocolate Tea is  the crunchy little bits of cocoa nut that settles in the bottom of the cup. I am not a chocolate lover by any stretch of the imagination. Still, there is something irresistibly decadent about sipping on a cup of steaming hot rich, creamy, chocolate tea fresh from the stove. Sweeten this chocolate delight  with condensed milk and a dash of cinnamon, ginger or Sian’s Cooking sweet spice  for a burst of added flavor. Made from ground ripe cocoa beans. Jamaican chocolate is 100% natural. The beans are ground and then shaped into sticks or balls. Outside the Caribbean you… Read More

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Cooking with Chef Sian: Taste of the Caribbean 2016

Last week I dolled up myself, just a little and strutted over to the Hyatt Regency in downtown Miami. It was time for the Taste of the Caribbean 2016.  Hosted by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourist Association. Taste of the Caribbean (TOC)  is a 4- day long showcase of Caribbean food and drink put on by the best talent across the region. For a food-obsessed Caribbean Chef like yours truly this was the ultimate high. As I entered the venue, teeming with the activities of 14 teams at work,  I was immediately drawn to team Barbados. Their movements were so in sync it was obvious that they had spent time working… Read More

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Saltfish Fritters Recipe (Stamp n’ Go)

Saltfish fritters appear in several Caribbean cultures. There are subtle differences across each culture but the main ingredients are the same. All you really need for a tasty batch of  authentic Caribbean fritters are saltfish, onion or scallion, thyme and a little bit of hot pepper.  I like fresh colorful ingredients in my dishes so I’ve added multi-colored peppers and herbs. They are completely optional. Following is an easy to follow recipe for my version of Saltfish Fritters or Stamp n’ Go as we Jamaicans call it.  Saltfish (baccala) is a staple of the Caribbean and Latino diet. Popular Caribbean dishes that feature saltfish include Saltfish Buljol from Trinidad, Cook-up Saltfish from Jamaica… Read More

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Fried (Escovitch) Fish Recipe

Similar to the Spanish-Mediterranean ‘escabeche’ Escovitch Fish is a very popular Jamaican dish that can be found in abundance all over the island. This dish gets its name from the concoction of spicy vinegar laced veggies that is used to marinate fried fish before it is served. Escovitch Fish, like many other Jamaican dishes has is enjoyed around the world. In recent years escovitch has evolved to become a topping for  other fried meats including chicken.  Regardless of where you live if you can find a firm whole fish or filet you can make authentic Escovitch fish. Standard escovitch mix includes onions, carrots, allspice and hot pepper. Bell peppers chayote… Read More

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