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Tennessee Banana-Black Walnut Cake with Caramel Frosting (recipe)

Tennessee Banana-Black Walnut Cake with Caramel Frosting (recipe)
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Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge (recipe)

Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge (recipe)
This post was originally published on April 1, 2007. It has been updated once since then In 2007 I was asked to share Five (Foodie) Things Most People Don’t Know About Me. One of them was that cornmeal porridge is one of my ultimate comfort foods. My Jamaican mother made it regularly for me as a child, particularly if I was unwell or feeling particularly downtrodden. Cornmeal porridge holds... 

Goolab Jamoon Pudding (recipe)

Goolab Jamoon Pudding (recipe)
This post was originally published on January 23, 2007. It has been updated once since then. When I first heard about Leftover Tuesdays I immediately thought what a great idea! If there’s one thing that I’ve learnt over the past few months (thanks to Rachael Ray) is that leftovers don’t have to be reheated facsimiles of their former selves. This may have been common sense to... 

West Indian Bread Recipes

West Indian Bread Recipes
Through the years I have assembled more than a few West Indian bread recipes and have decided it is high time to compile them into their own post! Please note that I am more than aware that the current listing is far from exhaustive. As a result I am dividing it into two parts which will be continually updated. If you don’t see a recipe here that you would like me to add to the site please leave... 

Passover Menu 2010

Passover Menu 2010
Passover 2010 falls this year on the evening of March 29th. Even though it is some time aways I have already receiving requests for recipes, as well as for local seders. At the moment I am not sure if my health currently allows me to pull off a repeat of last year’s successful Reggae-Jazz seder, but we’ll see I traditionally have a vegetarian dinner at Pesach, and this year will be no... 

15 Minute Magic Chocolate Amaretti Torte

15 Minute Magic Chocolate Amaretti Torte
Once a baking test Now a Pesach tradition Try the steps below Fifteen-Minute Magic: Chocolate Amaretti Torte Page 276-277, Baking: From My Home to Yours Makes 8 Servings 6 large double Amaretti di Saronno or 18 mini amarettini cookies (2.75 oz) (other brands can be used as well) 3/4 cup almonds (blanched or not; whole, sliced or slivered) 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature 1/2... 

Cassava Pone (recipe)

Cassava Pone (recipe)
This post was originally published on November 5, 2008. It has been updated once since then. Mmm pone. A sinfully sweet childhood memory. Not a pudding, not a cake, but something somewhere in between. Pones are usually made from root vegetables. You can also make them with carrots, sweet potatoes and pumpkin. This time around I decided to try my hand at a popular local version made from cassava.... 

Chef’s Table Recipe: Ciabatta-Wrapped Striped Bass

Chef's Table Recipe: Ciabatta-Wrapped Striped Bass
Chef's Table: Ciabatta-Wrapped Sea Bass (ABC News)This recipe for Ciabatta-Wrapped Striped Bass just caught my eye and is definitely a novel and creative way to use ciabatta bread! Combining the flavours of a saffron sauce with a tomato-fennel stew, and easily adaptable to kosher restrictions, this will definitely be gracing my dinner table in the near future (I’ll probably be leaving out the... 

TWD: Banana-Apple Crisp

TWD: Banana-Apple Crisp
Yes! I’m back! A day late for the proper Tuesdays with Dorie post but back nevertheless. Thanks so much for the inquiries and well wishes, I have been dealing with some chronic health issues that flare up from time to time. But now everything seems to be under control again And just in time too! I’ve been working hard lately over the last few months to begin losing some extra pounds... 

TWD: Espresso Cheesecake Brownies

TWD: Espresso Cheesecake Brownies
It’s been far too long since my last Tuesdays with Dorie post. Truth be told, I think I was extremely disheartened after the disaster that was my attempt at the Coconut-Pineapple Dacquoise. Not that it tasted bad, but I put so much time, energy and money into it, that any disappointment was really too much for me with my stress levels at the level they were at. Now, I’ve cooled off, had... 

Ricotta Gnocchi (recipe)

Ricotta Gnocchi (recipe)
Hey, I’m back! For now at least I think this is the longest I’ve been ‘away’ since getting back into my blogging groove. My profuse apologies but sometimes, offline demands make themselves unavoidable and require all my attention! So this and my next few posts (until the end of June) will be haiku-like in their brevity. This ricotta gnocchi was my first entry towards the... 

Parisian Apple Tartlets

Parisian Apple Tartlets
MMMMMMMMM. These were so good! And SO SIMPLE! Some peeled core apple, some puff pastry. A little butter and sugar and that’s it! Oh c’mon! Even the most kitchen phobic amongst you can make this one. With my heart shaped cookie cutters I really went to town. Ever the experimenter I decided to play around with the toppings. In addition to the sugar and butter topping that Dorie uses in... 

Chipster-Topped Brownies

Chipster-Topped Brownies
Did ya think I’d forgotten ya? Hardly! However from now until the end of June I’m focused on some work-related activities that are extremely time and energy consuming, so my apologies from now that updates will be rather sparse. However if all goes as planned I will be able to resume a much more prolific schedule again This time around I’m back with today’s Tuesdays With... 

Mexican Turtle Cheesecake with Banana Rum Sauce (recipe)

Mexican Turtle Cheesecake with Banana Rum Sauce (recipe)
Here it is, down to the wire. Still ├╝ber busy but I wasn’t gonna let the posting date for this month’s Daring Baker’s Challenge pass me by! The April 2009 challenge is hosted by Jenny from Jenny Bakes. She has chosen Abbey’s Infamous Cheesecake as the challenge. I have made cheesecakes in the past but it’s been a long while and I was very excited to try this challenge... 

“Set the House on Fire” Banana Cream Pie (recipe)

I can scarcely believe that this post is so so late! It’s been ‘one of those weeks’ for quite some time now. And though I should be grateful for all the activity, I’m definitely becoming a bit worn and longing for a little tranquility. As a result of all the to and fro going on right now I only made this pie the day before it was due, and now I’m finally writing it up... 

Lasagne of Emilia-Romagna (Lasagne Verdi al Forno) (recipe)

Lasagne of Emilia-Romagna (Lasagne Verdi al Forno) (recipe)
I did it! I finally bit the bullet, pushed through my fear and made pasta! That’s right, thanks to Daring Bakers, I have finally achieved something that I’ve wanted to do since starting this blog in 2006 With the late showing of this post you would never believe that I actually made this lasagna over a week ago. What can I say? It’s been one of those weeks (for the past few weeks)!... 

Causa a la Chiclayana – Potatoes with Fish & Vegetables (recipe)

Causa a la Chiclayana - Potatoes with Fish & Vegetables (recipe)
This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Summit Of The AmericasFrom April 17-19 2009 Trinidad will host the Fifth Summit of the Americas. In recognition of this event, I am cooking my way through the dishes of the member countries. Enjoy! My first stop on my culinary tour of the member states that will be coming down to Trinidad next month for the Summit of the Americas is Peru, a country that I know... 

Blueberry Crumb Cake

Blueberry Crumb Cake
It’s 3a.m. and I need to be up at 6 so I’ll keep this shorter than usual Coffee cake is not a fave of mine, so this wasn’t a great hit for me. Everyone else loved it though and that mattered more to me To be fair, it -is- extremely light and delicate, and the blueberries are not overwhelming in either flavour or textural contrast. If anything, that is probably where my disappointment... 

Sarina’s Rum and Raisin Hamantaschen (recipe & video)

Sarina's Rum and Raisin Hamantaschen (recipe & video)
Mmm hamantaschen. In this part of the hemisphere, hamantaschen is probably the most recognizable symbol of Purim. These three-cornered pastries are usually stuffed with jams and sweet pastes of various flavours. My favourite base recipe comes from Joan Nathan’s Jewish Cooking in America,however my own twist is to use a filling of traditional ‘set fruit‘, combined with some chopped... 

Butternut Squash Bisque (recipe)

Butternut Squash Bisque (recipe)
I’m a huge fan of soups, especially thick creamy soups, so this butternut squash bisque was right up my alley. It’s sweet and savoury, all in one, and so so smooth. As with most soups I find that slow cooking the vegetable components until they deeply caramelized ensures the most flavourful result, and don’t be afraid to salt the vegetable base in between additions as well. It... 

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