Florida Eats!

I recently just came back from a short vacay to see grandma (aren’t grandma’s the best?!)! She cooked up all of my favorites and I enjoyed every single bite! I also got a chance to go to The Dessert Lady! I’ve been eyeing this place ever since Meghann mentioned it on her blog. Good God! If you have a huge sweet tooth, than this is the place for you! I may or may not have gone back twice with the fam, and we may or may not have gotten the sampler both times. Everything here was amazing and the staff was super friendly. Our waitress even attempted to help me take pics of the food. All in all this place gets an A+. I can’t wait to go back the next time I’m in the south.

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Chocolate chip iced latte for me and a coconut chocolate latte for Mama Suite

DSCN0607 DSCN0608 DSCN0609 Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and rum soaked raisins, chocolate bread pudding, lemon rum cake and chocolate peanut butter pie. If world peace had a taste, it would taste like everything on this plate. Just sayin’.

DSCN0611Curry chicken with white rice and string beans

DSCN0631 Easter dinner! Roasted asparagus, red beans, turkey, ham and golden rice. I promise you that there is turkey and ham under that mountain of beans.

One day I’ll learn how to cook like grandma, until then I promise to stalk her on a regular basis.

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Caribbean Fix: Double Trouble

In my first post, I stated that I have a Caribbean background. My family is from Trinidad and Tobago where I spent many summers during my childhood. Luckily for me, the women in my family have no problems whipping up my hometown favorites in a snap! But it’s important to me that when I have kids they know about their culture. Food is definitely the best way to keep the culture alive. Doubles are one of my all time favorite dishes from back home. Using this recipe from Trini Gourmet I attempted to make doubles at home.

Note: Doubles are a traditional street food. It’s cheap, fast and portable. It’s essentially a chickpea sandwich.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Crew: Chick Peas, Cumin, Onion. Black Pepper, Salt, Garlic, Yeast, Warm Water, and Flour (not pictured)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dough Boy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bara split and ready to fry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The boy pan frying bara. Note: Even though I love to cook I’m terrified of hot oil. The thought of leaving the kitchen with yet another battle scar terrifies me. At first we attempted to deep fry the these bad boys in the deep fryer (the black bucket looking thing to the left. . .I get technical like that). But quickly figured out that pan frying made for better, less oily results.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chick pea mix

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finish product

Thoughts: Next time I think I’ll try a different recipe, preferably from the Naparima Girls High School Cookbook. It’s the same cookbook that my mom and aunts swear by. Also I think the chick pea mix was a bit too spicy for my mom and the boy, what can I say, I like it hot. All in all, I’m glad I gave it a try but it’s definitely something I’m going to have to revisit.

Talk to me:

  1. What are your favorite family recipes?
  2. Have you ever tried a recipe with less than stellar results?