Cumin-Spiced Sweet Potatoes

Cumin/geera and potatoes seem to have a natural affinity. Potatoes, being bland and porous, easily absorb the flavour of whatever they are cooked with (it is one of the reasons potatoes are added to foods while cooking to remove excess salt).

Asian-inspired Roasted Eggplant

While the studding of the eggplant and roasting it over an open flame will be very familiar, the flavours imbued through the seasoning are most definitely Asian.

Dal-Squash Fry Up

There is hardly a legume that I do not like. I always have a variety stocked up and whenever I go to the supermarket or travel overseas, I look for heirloom legumes and others that might be new to me.

Hot & Sour Cabbage

Whether raw, steamed, stir-fried, or dropped in piping hot stew, curry or soup just before serving, I love me some cabbage.

Fruity drinks, spiked or not

This holiday season, I am not stressing like previous years to buy triple sec, flavoured liqueurs and flavoured vodkas – things that I don’t use often.

Outside the box

In Good Taste recipes this week – one side and one dessert – are not your usual Christmas fare and that’s a good thing.

Christmas meats

5-Spice-rubbed, Hoisin-glazed Roast Chicken   While many people will be clamouring for the more prized meats at this time of the year, there are also many who will be looking to an all-time, ‘ordinary’ favourite – the bird, chicken.

Easy appetisers for entertaining

Stress is the one thing one wants to avoid when entertaining. When deciding on what to serve as appetisers, always try to choose things that can either be made ahead or things that can be served at room temperature, this way, you have the time to greet your guests and can serve them immediately which you put the finishing touches to the rest of the meal.

Okra Fried Rice

I made this last week and it was so good that I am definitely making it as a side dish for one of the holiday meals.

Bold Black Beans

Legumes of all variety are good for us; they are an excellent source of protein, dietary fibre, carbohydrates and micronutrients.

Cassava & Salt Fish Patties

In good taste

Ever since I have realized that I can remove the salt from salt fish without boiling it, I always have a little container of the stuff in the fridge – to cook with vegetables, ground provisions, rice, potatoes or just on its own.

Ham & Eggs

In good taste

Ham and eggs are an age-old combination as are bacon and eggs. We more regularly enjoy them cooked separately and then put together on a plate, or as an omelette or quiche.

Breakfast sweet potatoes

In good taste

Breakfast potatoes along with sunny-side eggs, drizzled with hot pepper sauce is a plate of food that I can easily enjoy at any mealtime.

Lemongrass Iced Tea

In good taste

Many of us are more familiar with the hot version of lemongrass tea but have you ever considered making the tea and having it cold?

Mango Salsa

In good taste

Mangoes are in season. Laden branches bend with the weight of plentiful fruit, ripe for the picking.

Banana-Dulce de leche Shake

In good taste

There are times when dessert is preferred in liquid form. Lighter than ice cream and regular milkshake, this Banana-Dulce de leche Shake comes together quickly and you can adjust the sweetness to suit your taste.

Raisin Scones

In good taste

One of the main reasons I like to make scones/biscuits is because they require minimal pre-prep.

Sweet Potato Fries

I have a special place in my heart for French Fries but give me a plate full of freshly harvested sweet potatoes that have been converted to oven-fries and I would easily find myself torn.

Potato Salad with Salt Fish

In Good Taste

One day as I sat enjoying a small bowl of Lucian-style (St Lucia) fig (green banana) salad, I began to wonder how salt fish (a key ingredient in Lucian fig salad) would taste in a regular potato salad.

Sautéed Pumpkin & Spinach

  Sometimes many of the combinations and things I cook, and the dishes I come up with are borne out of happenstance, experimentation, making do or laziness.