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Nigel Spence: A Recipe for Roasted Cho Cho

 With Spring in the air, we tend to lighten up on the heavy winter meals to shed those pounds in anticipation of the great unveiling of the summer fashion and the body that fits in them. I start leaning heavily …

cucumber salad recipe jamaican

A Recipe for Jamaican Cucumber Salad

 With the Paleo diet gaining even more momentum moving into the new year, there is a constant search for new and interesting side dishes that are not heavily processed to accompany the main dishes at the table. This recipe looks …

jamaica codfish cookup

Nigel Spence: How to Make Salted Codfish Cookup From Jamaica

 Salted Codfish is ubiquitous in the Caribbean kitchen, but we rarely find it being consumed fresh. Fresh codfish is  worlds away from salted cod in texture and taste having a very flaky, tender meat and mild flavor. It is the …

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jamaica stewed chicken recipe

 With the pandemic overload and the underlying depression accompanying it, and with take-out options so underwhelming these days, it makes me yearn for the elaborate old school dishes my mom would prepare even during the week.  Especially those on the …

pig recipe

 This year, with the pandemic and shutdowns in place, I finally got around to reading a lot more of the trade magazines I have piled up in my desk and revisiting so many recipes and notes I have jotted down …

nigel spence vegan recipe caribbean

 Sometimes trying to stick with a vegan diet, you can hit a wall trying to come up with new and exciting things to cook. Today was one of those days for me.  It didn’t help that my fridge and cupboards …

caribbean paella

 So much of the seafood we eat today is farm raised on crappy diets with all kinds of additives, hormones antibiotics etc. that when I saw some wild shrimp from the ocean along with some octopus from Spain available, I …

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 With the holidays upon us once again my thoughts always turn to new and improved recipes for the many dinners to be hosted during the season. Lately I have been on a mission to update side dishes that usually don’t …

scotch recipe caribbean mushrooms

 By Nigel Spence Mushrooms are generally not high on the list of foods that Caribbean folks hold in high regard. That may be because we are not and have never been a mushroom growing or consuming society. What I was …

harissa recipe caribbean 1

 By Nigel SpenceCJ Contributor Shifting toward a whole food plant-based diet requires quite a bit of changes in the way one eats and presents quite a challenge in keeping the dishes interesting. Bold flavors along with great eye appeal go …

caribbean bean stew recipe

 By Nigel SpenceCJ Contributor It is quite a challenge to make the move from being a carnivore all of one’s life to suddenly needing to be vegan or vegetarian for health reasons. This usually means that the change is out …

caribbean crab recipe

 By Nigel SpenceCJ Contributor Food and travel shows have created such a blending of cultures that the food scene is now exploding with a sophistication of tastes never before seen.  Even the simplest of dishes quickly transform into being an …

jamaican food

 By Nigel SpenceCJ Contributor The more health related remedies that show up on the market as the newest and latest innovation, is the more I realize that the standard old school Jamaican way of life before fast food joints showed …

cauliflower recipe

 By Nigel SpenceCJ Contributor When I began my quest a few years ago, transitioning to a healthier lifestyle, I had no idea of the many roads I would travel – literally and figuratively, in search of the next best ingredient(s) …

 By Nigel SpenceCJ Contributor As we recently celebrated 56 years of Jamaican Independence this month, I think of how proud I am of my heritage. I think of how much we have positively impacted the world in more ways than …

 By Nigel SpenceCJ Contributor As the temperatures here in New York City seem finally to be heading in the upward direction, I feel compelled to render a huge welcome to a distinctly rare sight for the early 2018 era…”Grass! Driveway!”  …

vegetable soup recipe

 By Nigel SpenceCJ Contributor I have often spoke of the fact that December is my most favorite month of the year, mainly due to the holidays and family gatherings and so on.  What I have never mentioned is that next …

 By Nigel SpenceCJ Contributor Have you ever stopped and taken stock of just how many National Food Holidays there are? Take for instance, in June alone, there are more than 50 listed food holidays celebrated either monthly, weekly or daily.  …