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4 items for the Perfect Caribbean Christmas

A roundup of four Caribbean dishes that can be easily incorporated to your Christmas dinner for a Caribbean influence There are a few staple dishes/drinks that make Christmas in the Caribbean a Caribbean Christmas. These standout dishes cannot be missing when the season comes around as they are expected to be there when someone comes to visit. I cannot imagine what would happen if you got to a house and there is no sorrel , fruit cake , ginger beer or ponche de creme .
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Trinidad Black Cake

A decadent black cake, using rum soaked fruits that would leave you begging for another slice. Black cake is the ultimate Christmas cake in the Caribbean. All the islands indulge. Jamaican rum cake, Trinidad black cake, Barbados rum cake. All the same thing. The perfect Caribbean Christmas cake. Popularly known as "black cake" or sometimes also called fruit cake or rum cake. The reference to black cake is because of the color. Fruit cake since we use so much types of dried fruits. And well rum cake because, well it's soaked in rum. Please do not be fooled by the name of "fruit". Yes, there are fruits in there: currants, raisins, prunes but the fruits are soaked  for a week, or a month or a year, in rum taking. This is taking this cake to another level. This is not your regular cake.
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Stewed Oxtails with Calypso Rice

Savory oxtail cooked in a rich and thick gravy This dish is an all-time Caribbean favorite. The method of cooking it varies from island to island, like most dishes, with each island's having a slightly different taste, but at the end of the day, it's all stewed oxtails to me.. oh so yummy.
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Calypso Rice

A colorful variation to plain white rice dressed up with carrots, sweet peppers and onions. You conjure up the idea for dinner and realize it involves white rice AGAIN. You're tired of that plain rice for another night aren't you? Well here's my calypso rice which is a great variation to that boring rice option you intended to have. What is this calypso rice?
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Fried Ripe Plantains

Ripe Plantains fried with a crispy outside and sweet, soft inside. Fried ripe plantains are very popular worldwide. Wherever plantains are grown, I am sure they partake in this very easy but amazingly addictive dish. Plantains are starchy and low in sugar (which I don't really agree with because they are very sweet when ripe). I've used them in many savory dishes like my plantain pie , or stuffed plantains . But honestly I think plantains, especially ripe ones, are best eaten just fried.
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Ponche De Creme (Punch ah Creme)

A Caribbean Christmas staple, this better than eggnog version will knock you off your socks. I know that a lot of people are all for Thanksgiving, but Christmas is really the season for me. Now let's not get too excited. I do not like Christmas decorations. I remember when I was younger I would try to avoid that as much as possible. Why did we have to be putting up and taking down our Christmas tree? I eventually told my mom to "Put it in a corner and cover it with a sheet".  Oh Em Gee. I promise I am not a scrooge. I am, though, here for the feeling of joy, cheer, goodwill and well the food. 
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Five Perfect Gifts for the Beginner Foodie in your Life

A kitchen gift guide for the Beginner Foodie **This post contains affiliate links. I will be compensated a few coins if you do decide to purchase through my links** I am on food overload. OMG. I think we had so much food at Thanksgiving that I totally can't even see pictures of food and not feel stuffed. So today, instead of having a recipe for you, I'm doing a little kitchen gift guide. One thing I am really happy about since starting this blog is seeing the people around me wanting to cook more. They are more willing to try things. Some of them have even become Pinterest junkies like me. With the surge of food blogs popping up, and people, in general, wanting to create their own meals, I am sure you too have a new foodie in your life. As I have learned, not only do we need a good recipe but tools are also very important and I've compiled a list of gifts that would be ideal for those who are just starting out in the kitchen.
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