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Delicious YUCCA!

Yuca or Yucca is something I remember eating as a child in Northern Nigeria  We simply called it Cassava and it was often served boiled with a stew.   In other parts of Nigeria and West Africa as a whole Yucca is very common and often sold pre-cooked in the form of a flour or flakes  called “gari” or “garri” which can be further cooked to make various dishes.  In secondary school I remember the Yoruba children eating it as a…

Moi moi nigerian black bean cake

Moi Moi: Delicious steamed Nigerian bean cakes

Sometimes you crave something hot, delicious & healthy - Well this is it! Moi Moi is a Nigerian dish, a sort of savory bean pudding served alone or as a side dish.   It has been over 20 years since I lived in Nigeria but I still remember how happy it made me to eat it! Little did I know back then how nutritious it was. It is made with Black eyed peas which are a great source of iron, which…

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Pad Thai: Delicious Home Made recipe with Linguine

If you have ever been into a Thai restaurant then you have have certainly seen Pad Thai on the menu: a delicious blend of stir fried noodles, crunchy vegetables & peanuts. My family and I love this warm spicy dish.  It is wonderful by itself but I often top it off with peanut dressing and a salad….It is so good!  What I love about Thai food and many Asian dishes are the layered or complex flavors created using  a balance…

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JAMAICAN CHICKEN SOUP the Best Cure for Everything!

Some days you just need a warm hug, a loving embrace or a meal that puts a smile on everyone’s face.  There is nothing like the aroma of all the herbs and vegetables, chicken & scotch bonnet bubbling in a large pot on a Saturday afternoon! The anticipation of a nutritious, delicious and filling meal that transports you to the beaches of the Caribbean or your grandmother’s kitchen. You & your family will love this recipe loaded with protein, vitamins…

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The Sexiest Fruit, Rum & Wine Bread Pudding you will ever taste!!

  Ingredients: 2 cups of heavy whipping cream 2 cups of regular milk 2 loaves of day old or stale bread ( I used half a french bread plus one loaf of wheat bread) 1-2 cups of fruit (cherries, prunes, raisins,currants) soaked in rum & red wine (port) Tip: soak fruit in jar for weeks to months  in advance (click here to see fruit preparation) or for quicker preparation place dry fruit in rum & wine mixture on pot, bring to…

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The Best Jamaican Rum Cake

Christmas and New Year’s wouldn’t be complete without our favorite celebration cake.  As far back as I can remember it wasn’t a party without Rum Cake; aka Caribbean Fruit Cake; aka Black Cake. Every year my Jamaican grandfather, well into his eighties, would personally make and then drive the distance from Florida to North Carolina and then to New York to deliver his cakes.  When he couldn’t drive he would mail the cake in a pretty cake tin carefully packed…