Carambola Jam

In my yard in Guyana stands a beautiful,mature and very prolific carambola tree. In my memory it was the perfect tree. It was not too tall that the fruit were inaccessible, nor too flimsy that it could not bear the burden of the fruit it bore; it was just right. Its mature trunk was thick…

Carnival in Haïti

In Haïti, once the Christmas and New Year festivities are over, it immediately signals that the pre-Carnival season is imminent. You have to understand that for Haitians, Carnival is probably the biggest celebration of the year. For many here, Carnival is greatly anticipated and it is truly a time where people of all walks of…

Cheese Nibbles

Who can resist a little nibble of cheesy goodness? These comforting snacks are the absolute perfect bite for just about anytime of the day or night. The ingredients are simple and not too many; yet the result is rich and delicious. It is an oldie but goodie and one which I grew up eating as…

The Joy of Crêpes

My daughter loves crêpes, and as such, I make them quite frequently. When I make a batch, she knows that she will not just be happy eating them once, but rather that there will be a fresh stock of frozen ones put away for another breakfast or snack. Although I love cooking and baking, I…

Brazilian Gluten-Free Cheese Puff

If you’ve ever been to a Brazilian Steak House restaurant, chances are you have tasted these delicious little cheese “breads”. This recipe came to me via a good friend Lauretta who has lived in Brazil. They are made with tapioca flour and are gluten-free. These little balls of deliciousness puff up beautifully while in the…

Accra: Haiti’s Favorite Appetizer

In Haiti when you’re waiting for dinner and the hunger pangs are being aroused, the most delightful and welcome “amuse-bouche” which can be served is a plate of piping hot crisp Accra. This hors d’oeuvre transcends all others and is the perfect bite to accompany drinks, both alcoholic or non-alcoholic. These little golden fritters are…

Breadfruit Croquettes Island style

Bread fruit is delicious and versatile. Whenever it is in season, I buy them often as they are a family favorite. As they ripen quickly in the warm weather here in Haiti, I find it most practical to prepare them for storage in my freezer for quick and easy use whenever I feel like having…