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…

Lemon Cream Cheese Bars

As a child, I remember not liking lemon or lime desserts very much. However, as I got older, I began to appreciate the wonderful flavors of citrus. A bit of lemon or lime is such an amazing flavor enhancer to some dishes. In the summertime when the heat is almost unbearable, what’s more refreshing than…

Summer Sangria

This summer feels like it will be a scorcher as it is only mid-June. I like to entertain at my home and I prefer to hosts things in the late afternoon or early evening as the sun shifts to another phase; lifting the oppressive heat so common at this time of year here in Haïti….

Garden Fresh Mint, Fennel and Green Tea Medley

As a tea drinker, I am automatically drawn to all types of teas. I must admit that I prefer a hearty pot of black tea for starting my day, but I also love herbal teas during the day and especially a warm cup in the evening. The weather is beginning to warm up here in…

Magnificent Mango Smoothie

It’s mango season in Haïti and the bounty of fruit is just amazing. So many varieties to choose from, it’s mind boggling sometimes. I received a case of Baptiste mangoes for my birthday from a friend who knows how much I enjoy this particular variety. They are very fragrant as they ripen and the flesh…

The Amazing Power of Lemons and Limes

There are so many awesome flavors which are fresh and exciting but the ones which truly stands out to me are the flavors of lemons and limes. I always keep a good quantity of both of these citrus varieties on hand and store them in my refrigerator cooling drawer as they remain fresher for a…

Fragrant Israeli Couscous and Red Quinoa Salad

I was thinking of what to make for lunch and I had a yearning for something light and fresh. I had gone to the market earlier and had lots of fresh vegetables on hand. I didn’t feel like having an ordinary green salad, and I wanted something a bit more filling with a complex texture….

Hurricane Prep

So we are all in the throes of panic here in the Caribbean at the moment. It’s the eve of the passage of Hurricane Irma in my corner of the world. As I write this post,a hurricane has started its warring path through the lesser Antilles and is projected to pass through the greater Antilles…

Pickled fruit and Pepper sauce in the West Indies

Most of the English speaking Caribbean will share a similar type of culture and history. Even though Guyana is situated on the continent of South America, we are culturally a part of the Caribbean. The food and the spices used in Guyana, Trinidad and Jamaica are very similar. These are countries which once had large…

Potato Balls Guyanese Style

If you are Guyanese you will certainly have grown up eating this favorite food. It’s vegetarian and is made with a tasty mashed potato seasoned with fragrant spices and coated in a batter made of ground chick peas and then fried until golden brown. As I do not have yellow split peas readily available here…