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The Perfect Recipe for Caribbean Curried Vegetables

 Living a plant-based lifestyle eventually gets your fridge overloaded from time to time with random fruits, vegetables, condiments and the occasional exotic ingredient. By the time I get back to them from when they were hastily shoved in the fridge …

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Chef Nigel Spence’s Recipe for a No-Fail Holiday Turkey

 Rather than bore you with only the latest recipe for this year’s turkey, I will simply pull back the curtains and guide you with all the tips and tricks that I have used over the years in the restaurant to …

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Nigel Spence’s Perfect Pasta Recipe

 This recipe is a game-changer for weeknight dinners.  It looks and tastes as if you spent all day cooking it, but it actually is quite quick and simple.  It also solves the issue of what to do with a bumper …

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caribbean recipe octopus ceviche

 A fresh and delightful way to enjoy the summer heat is with this easy octopus recipe. Many people are very intimidated by the idea of cooking octopus but it is actually really easy to master. Simply start with a great …

cho cho recipe

 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

 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

 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 …

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) …