Pumpkin Ponche De Crème

An updated version of the classic Caribbean Christmas drink, ponche de creme. This time flavored with pumpkin. A great creamy, Delicious option

Delicious Pumpkin Ponche de Creme with no eggs

The season is here.

Well not fully, but it's coming.

I know a lot of people are gearing up for Thanksgiving at this time. But coming from the West Indies where it's not celebrated, I really don't put THAT much emphasis into it as I do with Christmas.

And for me Christmas means black cake, ponche de creme and ginger beer. So i'm sharing with you this pumpkin version of this popular drink. And this one is a ponche de creme without eggs recipe.

Please note though. Normally, my Christmas emphasis is really just on what we going to eat for dinner.

For a long time, before I had my son, the hullabaloo that is Christmas prep annoyed me.

You see, in the Caribbean, Christmas time is HUGE. Traditions are a huge part of our culture, so we do a lot of things, some of them, in my opinion, was a waste of time.

As a result, I was always the one trying to skip out, hide, have an errand that has nothing to do with anything, just to get away.

Saltfish Buljol Pizza With Coconut Flour

A play on the best Caribbean breakfast combo of saltfish buljol and coconut bake. This pizza had all the delicious saltfish flavor mingled with the familiar flavors of everyone's favorite guilty pleasure: pizza!

Saltfish Pizza

Another month of Callaloo Box.

For September they paid homage to one of the most loved condiments in the Caribbean, the coconut.

The coconut is the heart of not just Caribbean cuisine but also of Caribbean culture.

I mean, have you not seen a million pics with people posing somewhere in the islands with a fresh 'nut about to drink some coconut water?.

Coconut trees line the beach fronts. Swaying while standing tall on the sands. Varying in color from the green to the yellow. Even seeing some of what we call the "Chinese" coconut, with its hue of orange.

Jamaican Steam Conch

A delicious steam conch dinner with shrimp and okra. Perfectly paired with white rice or eaten alone as a dinner option.

Jamaican steam fish

I love conch. I also love pacro (chitons) and mussels and all those other sea shell type meats. I can eat them every time.

Living on an island, gettings these items were easy. We would pass someone on the side of the road trying to sell some fresh catch of the day be it conchs or crab and fish.

But these little buggers were not cheap. Catching crustaceans is not an easy job. I know especially for pacro it's a lot of work.

That means that you know you are going to pay a premier price for the meat. So that meant we also ate these things on occasion. Well, unless you decide to buy it already prepared at an establishment.

I was pretty excited when I was gifted with some conch by a family friend. Almost 4 pounds! The excitement level was on high.

I wanted to make five hundred recipes. I made a list of all the things I could make with the conch then realized, I just didn't have enough conch for that.

So decided to stick to the recipes that were true to my Caribbean folks. My hope is later I get some more conch so that I can do some Caribbean influenced recipes.

Steam conch with shrimp

How to prepare and cook conch meat

A "how to" guide on preparing and the different methods of cooking conch meat.

How to prepare and cook conch meat

Have you ever had someone gift you some meat and you have no idea what to do do with it?

Well today I'm going to help you figure out how to prepare conch meat. And after this, you would then be able to choose whichever recipe you want to cook it with.

Majority of the time we get conch meat it is already out of the shell. Which is a good thing. It takes a special skill to get the meat out of the shell so I am glad that there are people who go ahead and do that for me.

Even if we happen to get someone who just caught some fresh by the side of the road, (this happens often in the Caribbean), they take it out the shell for us. So I only have to deal with the rubbery meat that's out.

11 Awesome drinks that would transport you to the Caribbean

Want to experience a Caribbean drink, that is not a rum punch? These recipes are drinks that regularly consumed in the islands.

11 Caribbean drinks

Most people, when they think of vacations in the Caribbean, they think of all tropical drinks they are going to have. You know those drinks you have while lounging in a chair by the seaside or next to the pool?

Normally people always think of those tropical drinks with fruit juices and umbrellas poking out.

But to be honest, rum punches are not drinks that locals indulge in a lot. Yes, we drink rum. Yes, we make punches, but I can assure you that when we think of beverages, a rum punch isn't the first drink we think of.

We are more than just pineapple juice and mango juice

We indulge in so many types of foods, that it isn't surprising that we, as a result, make drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) with a wide range of ingredients.

So I'm here to share with you some non-umbrella holding drinks that we, as West Indians indulge in on a regular basis.

Ground Provision Pie

An easy recipe to use popular ground provision items. This casserole incorporates two popular ones cassava (yucca) and sweet potato and is the perfect side to pair with any meat dish or even by itself.

Slice of ground provision casserole of yucca and sweet potato

It's pie time. Everyone loves a good casserole, don't they? I sure know I do.

In most West Indian homes, pies are pulled out and made especially for Sunday dinners. And Sunday dinners are a big thing in Caribbean homes.

It's usually ram packed with everything you can think of. From stew chicken, stew peas, macaroni pie, some kind of rice, callaloo, ground provision and some mauby. A lot right?

Traditionally we just boil our ground provisions to eat them, but sometimes you want it in a different form, and here it is.

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