Category Archive: Caribbean Food, not necessarily from an island

So You Went and Bought Guava Paste, Now What?

Guava paste is sweet, but not overly so. It is found in Latin food stores, but can also be found in the international aisle in many supermarkets. It comes in a rectangular brick… Continue reading

If You Can Cut Kitchen Twine, You Can Make Colombian Tamales

Tamales are a real favorite in Colombia. They are unlike “hot tamales” that are found in Tex-Mex cooking although they may have similar ingredients. Colombian tamales are wrapped in banana leaves and steamed.… Continue reading

Pernil (Puerto Rican Pork Shoulder)

This cut of meat is very inexpensive, but it is quite tough.  That is why it needs much preparation to convert it into the juicy, tender, and flavorful dish it can be.  One… Continue reading

Chayote Slaw with Mango Vinaigrette

I like to try unfamiliar ingredients, but sometimes have no idea what to do with them. Oftentimes, if the ingredient is primarily used in Latin America, I still don’t know what to do… Continue reading

Braised Pork Shoulder

I usually cook the pork shoulder whole, but this time I decided to try something different.  Ferdinand and I were shopping and he spotted pork shoulder for $1.29/lb.  That’s a pretty good price… Continue reading

Caribbean-Style Sancocho

Sancocho is a soup that is very popular in Latin American cuisine.  I call this one Caribbean because I use ingredients that are more reminiscent of the Caribbean than other parts of Latin… Continue reading

Chickpea Soup

This a delicious soup from the Caribbean.  I like it as a way to use up cooked baked ham.  This recipe calls for dried chickpeas, but you could substitute cooked, canned garbanzo beans.

Pigeon Pea Soup

I love a nice baked ham, but since I am trying to watch my sodium intake and eat less meat, I thought stretching it out with soup was a smart way to go. … Continue reading

Shrimp and Coconut Soup

This is a relatively hearty soup made with shrimp and pasta in a creamy, curried broth.  It is flavored with “complete seasoning” which is a Latino blend made by Goya, Badia, and others. … Continue reading

Beef and Lentil Soup

I tend to love anything with red lentils.  They turn yellow when cooked and as they soften they also thicken a soup. This is a Caribbean recipe and is very economical.  You can… Continue reading