Baking soda vs Baking Powder and how to use them effectively

Baking soda vs Baking powder Have you wondered what the difference was between baking soda and baking powder?Were you ever in the process of making something which required one of these leavenings only to realize that you didn’t have the one which the recipe listed? And if so, did you simply substitute one for the…

Hibiscus Orange Ice Tea

In the heavy oppressive summer heat, a cool beverage is always welcome. In the Caribbean, the months of June through September are ones of long sunny days and extremely high temperatures. Although we have sunshine all year around, these months are particularly hot ones which means that everyone is looking for ways to keep their…

Cinnamon Maple Cookies

This little cookie is quite a surprise. It’s a mix between a sweet pastry and a shortbread. There’s a lot of flavor in a little bite and a fine complexity that is derived in the rolled version. As the cookies bake, the butter, sugar, cinnamon and maple syrup meld together magically creating a golden crisp…

Fragrant Rice Pilaf

Rice is a staple which is commonly consumed by a large portion of the world’s inhabitants daily. There are long, medium and short grained rice varieties and each type has its own appearance, flavor and characteristic. Long grain rice tends to stay separate once cooked, while medium grain rice yields a stickier outcome; the best…

Ginger Tea with Aromatic Spices

Ginger is a such a glorious root which offers so many favorable properties. Ginger rhizome is related to curcuma or turmeric and originated in South East Asia. Ginger can be found in fresh or dried form, with each form being slightly different both in flavor and potency level. Rich in Vitamin C & Magnesium, ginger…

Citrus Magic: Lemons, Limes and Sour Oranges

It never ceases to amaze me how flavors come together in food preparation. In my opinion, cooking can be compared to alchemy. Like magic, ingredients and spices marry together to produce wondrous outcomes. A good cook seeks to balance flavors ranging from sweet, savory, spicy and acidic and transforms them into tasty delights. Too much…

The Best Pie Crust Recipe You’ll Ever Need

So many people say that pastry making is difficult and the outcome is never favorable. I hear this time and time again from so many. I have been making pastry at home for about 30 years and it’s become second nature to me. I can whip it up in no time. I have tried so…