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Chilli Infused Oil

A simple and intense infusion of dried chillies and oil; perfect to top pizza, fish or to be used as a condiment in any other dish. Hot chilli oil – an essential in any pantry for a spice lover. I’m sure that from the few recipes that I have posted to this blog it is clear that I quite like to add a little umph to my food. And by that I mean a little something to wake up those taste buds and potentially your sinuses and tear ducts every now and again. I appreciate that not everyone enjoys spice but for some of us a dish just isn’t complete until without a little heat, someone out there surely knows what I’m talking about. This post is for you guys that need that something extra. Chilli oil is a great way to add heat to your dish without the risk of biting into a whole chilli; unless of course that is the part you most look forward to in your meals, you can still add…

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Thai Inspired Salmon

Delicious oven roasted salmon beautifully paired with a ginger and lemongrass Thai inspired sauce. I’ll just start of by saying that this recipe is all about the sauce! The gingery, lemongrassiness (it’s not a word I know – but let’s go with it) of the sauce lends itself to being the perfect complement for a fish dish. But before I get onto telling you guys about this glorious sauce, let’s talk about the salmon that is also a star in its own right in this dish. Salmon, as I’m sure we all know is one of the world’s superfoods. They are notoriously known for being high in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins B12 and D. These benefits along with so many other nutritional factors like being high in protein and amino acids, makes salmon a powerhouse ingredient in the food industry. The high omega-3 content of salmon is greatly associated with a reduced risk of a variety of cardiovascular problems such as strokes, high blood pressure and heart attacks. There has also been research into…

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Apple and Fennel Salad with a Lemon Vinaigrette

A light and fresh summer time salad that will compliment any barbecue or regular weekday menu. Alright so I will be the first to admit that salads were never my food of choice. I personally never found them unsatisfying, not until I learnt the right way to make them. The traditional garden salad can be built upon through the addition of a variety of ingredients; and it is a great compliment to virtually every meal. And a healthy alternative to a serving of rice or pasta, which you may have for dinner on a regular basis. But we all know that sometimes it’s great to mix things up. This simple salad is quick to prepare and is a beautiful summer time alternative to the garden salad. This salad is based around two core ingredients which are granny smith apples and fennel. The granny smith apples in this recipe are fresh, juicy and crunchy. They do have a slight tartness to them which is a great flavour addition to have in any salad. And what goes…

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Tangy Roasted Pepper Pasta Sauce

A simple homemade pasta sauce made with roasted peppers and is elevated with the tanginess of freshly squeezed oranges. This fresh and tangy sauce is complimented with a yellow pepper salsa style topping which is quick to prepare making it ideal for weeknight dinners. This recipe is all about freshness for the summer season; from the Ramiro peppers and orange juice in the sauce to the crunchy yellow peppers in the topping making the dish a great addition to your summer menu. If you are a pasta lover like me, you will love this roasted pepper sauce. Your taste buds will sing songs of delight as you experience the smooth creaminess of this sauce. And when you get to the fresh crunch of the yellow pepper topping you can only say mmm … mostly because your cheeks will probably be full of yummy pasta! In general pasta is a great dinner time option. It is typically very simple and easy to prepare which makes it ideal for busy weeknights, and when you dress it up…

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Apple Crumble

An easy and simple dessert recipe which uses subtly sweet Braeburn apples, and is complimented by the crunch of pecans and a buttery crumble topping. This recipe is one for the books, its ideal if you want to mix up your weeknight dessert with the family (or in my case this recipe lasts me a week – but hey I’m not complaining!). Because we will be using ramekins, these individual apple crumbles are a great dessert item for a dinner party as well. So there will be worrying about cutting up a cake or pie into even portions and having enough dinnerware for all your guests. For those of us who have a little bit of portion control mishaps when it comes to desserts (…yeah, that’s me) the ramekins make getting those portion sizes just right! So no more over indulging…well, not unless you have more than one (go ahead…I won’t tell). Apple crumble greatly resembles a typical apple pie recipe with the exclusion of a crust and/or pastry topping which can be tedious to…

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Chicken Souse

Sample the flavours of the Turks and Caicos Islands with this traditional chicken souse recipe. Home cooking can mean different things for different people when it comes down to the actual food being prepared. No matter the particular food though, the feeling we all get when we sit down with a plate of some home cooking is virtually the same. It’s a heartwarming and joyous feeling. And I know I’m not the only one who starts to reminisce about watching your grandmother or aunt prepare a special meal; or better yet sneaking a little bite when no one is looking. In the last 5 years while studying abroad at university I wasn’t able to have all of the home cooked food that I had grown to know and love as a kid. And that was mainly because I didn’t always have the time or energy to stand in the kitchen for what felt like forever to prepare a mean for one. And that is why stir fry became my go to dinners as a student;…

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Sweet Sautéed Kale

Take your sautéed kale to the next level with this quick and simple recipe by adding in a touch of something sweet. Kale – the healthy vegetable love of the decade. There are quite a few things that you can do with kale, but for this recipe I’m keeping it simple which makes it a perfect complement to a weeknight dinner. Personally I do try and eat healthy as a lifestyle choice. But I won’t lie I do indulge in the not so healthy from time to time, and for me that means something that satisfies my sweet tooth more often than not. And that is how this simple and healthy recipe came about; it satisfies a bit of the sweet tooth without leaving you feeling as though you are having desert for dinner, while being quite healthy due to the base ingredients. In the Turks and Caicos we do have a local liquor brand called Bambarŕa and they also produce some delectable non-alcoholic jams. My personal favourite is their mango jam which is beautifully…

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8 Layer Breakfast Burrito

Breakfast, it’s the most important meal of the day they say. And I second that motion; oh …mmm… wait what number am I in this motion… 8 billionth, 9 billionth? Yea…let’s not go there. Shall I just say I agree with the point, I think that will cover it. I have always loved breakfast; and growing up in the beautiful Turks and Caicos this statement is even more so true on a Saturday morning. Nothing beats a late Saturday morning breakfast, some souse or peas and grits. And as I write this I’m beginning to salivate just thinking about my grandmother’s steamed fish and johnny cake (miss you Grammy – and that cooking). But don’t worry though peeps some of those classic Turks and Caicos specialty recipe are in the works and will be making a debut on the blog really soon. Growing up my mom always made sure my sister and I had breakfast (thanks mom!) and thus began my love for this meal category. When I was older my mom told me stories…

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Buffalo Chicken Wraps

I know that I’ve said this before but oh how I love that it is spring. I mean even though it has been gloomy and wet for a few days (thanks to the weather in England), but none the less it is warmer which is something that this island girl truly appreciates. So I’m the type of girl that loves and I do mean LOVE spicy food. I do remember a period where practically every day I had chilies or jalapenos or some kind of hot sauce on nearly everything I ate. I did reduce the amount of spices I have on a regular basis, but from time to time I just need to have my spice. And lately I’ve been craving spicy, and these buffalo chicken wraps fulfilled that and more. There are quite a few things that I love about this recipe and in combination with each other there is only one way to describe it and that is simply delicious. The buffalo chicken is quick and easy to make and they are…

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Scalloped Curry Vegetable Medley

Hello spring! So guys daylight savings is officially in full effect which means longer days, which I am so happy about because if there is one thing I truly dislike about winter is late sunrises and early sunsets because I don’t get to see the sun being that I work inside an office all day. And thanks be to God that spring means a bit more of a tolerable weather – if this English weather can someday make up its mind. But for now I’m just happy that I can wear lighter outerwear. But I think there is some small part of me (a very incy wincy part) that will miss winter. And that is for the cozy weekends on the couch and of course the comfort food that I get to eat. Well in truth I have comfort foods year round but somehow they just seem more filling during a cold winter. So before the seasonal goodies are no more, I paid a visit to my local farmers market which is when this simple…

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