rice and black bean salad w stew chicken

Rice & Black Bean Salad Recipe

It always surprises me how much children, even young ones enjoy this Rice and Black Bean Salad. I suspect that the bright colors has something to do with it. My own variation on the very popular Spanish dish, frijoles negro y arroz. The recipe came about when I had leftovers from a catered event and needed to use it lest it perish. This super easy to make dish is a festive addition to any party. Or a flavorful side dish for dinner at home. Combine cooked rice with canned black beans and fresh-cut veggies and herbs and you’re done. The different textures and flavors of uncooked bell peppers, cilantro and… Read More

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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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