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Food Designer Arlene

Trendy Caribbean Cooking

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I started cooking at the age of 7 years. Taught by my mom and grandmother, I cherish the memories of growing up in an extended family home, where food was the vessel used to show love.

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My Story

I discovered my true calling years later in 2008 when I committed all to pursue a catering business with a difference. Determined to give my clients a culinary adventure, ‘Intriguing Ideas’ was born.

This then fueled my ambitions of becoming a restauranteur, to further expand my creative energy. The proud island girl spirit channeled her focus on the use of local ingredients, creating what I now describe as trendy Caribbean cuisine.

Love for creating Food 

My love for creating food never wavered and has found expression in other food projects. I created executive private chef services, as well as catering services for both intimate and major events.

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Trendy Caribbean Recipes

Drumsticks with Cognac Pineapple BBQ Sauce

Drumsticks with Cognac Pineapple BBQ Sauce

Drumsticks with Cognac Pineapple BBQ Sauce 

Here’s what to get 

Fried Drumsticks 

6 drumsticks 

Fresh blended seasoning 

Lime Juice 

Salt (optional)

1 TBSP Ginger (minced)

2 TBSP Jerk Seasoning 

3 Eggs 

1 c Milk Full Cream

2 c Flour 

Vegetable Oil (Deep Frying)

1 TBSP Paprika 

All purpose flour 

Cognac BBQ sauce 

½ c Cognac 

2 c BBQ sauce 

Ketchup 

2 ½ c Pineapple juice 

¾ c Brown sugar 

1 c Pineapple (crushed) 

1 Cinnamon stick 

Let’s make it 

  • In a large bowl mix prepare a lime juice and water bath to cover drumsticks let soak for 5 mins then strain water away from the drumsticks 
  • Cut around the top of the drumstick and push the meat down. 
  • Add fresh blended seasoning, ginger, jerk seasoning – and mix thoroughly
  • Cover and set aside to marinate for 30 mins to 1 hour 
  • In a small pot on low heat simmer pineapple juice, brown sugar and cinnamon for 10 mins 
  • Add cognac and crushed pineapple let simmer for 2 – 3 mins 
  • Add BBQ sauce, Ketchup mix well and let cook for another 5 mins on low heat 
  • In a bowl whisk together flour and paprika 
  • In another bowl whisk eggs and milk 
  •  In a large pot for frying on medium heat, fill half way with vegetable oil 
  • Test readiness of oil with bamboo skewer, if bubbles form around it – it’s ready 
  • Remove chicken from marinade and coat in wet mix then transfer to dry mix and coat 
  • Using a pot on medium heat, fill with oil half way 
  • Gently place drumsticks into the oil and allow to cook for a few  mins on each side or until fully cooked and golden brown in color  
  • Do not over crowd the pot 
  • When the drumsticks are done lay unto some paper towel to absorb excess oil.

 

Let’s make the sauce 

  • In a sauce pan on low heat add pineapple juice, sugar and cinnamon stick – Allow to simmer and reduce for about 5-8 mins. 
  • Add crushed pineapple and cognac let simmer for another 5 mins.
  • Add BBQ sauce and ketchup, stir and let simmer on low heat. 
  • Once the sauce begins to stick on the pot, stir and let thicken 
  • Remove from heat and let cool before serving 

Happy Adulting! 

 

Coconut Whole Wheat Hops Bread

Coconut Whole Wheat Hops Bread

Coconut Whole Wheat Hops Bread 

 

Here’s what to get 

4c All purpose flour 

½ tsp Yeast 

3 tsp Brown sugar 

½ tsp Salt 

1 tsp Baking powder 

1c Warm water – Extra for kneading 

3 tbsp Coconut Milk Powder 

¼ c Whole wheat 

2 Tbsp Margarine (melted)

2 Tbsp Shortening (melted)

Grease Magic for baking pans (See website for recipe)

 

Let’s make it 

  • To make the sponge – In a bowl whisk together coconut milk powder and warm water then add yeast and brown sugar – whisk together
  • Cover the sponge and let sit for 10 mins 
  • In a mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients, margarine and shortening allowing air to pass through the ingredients. 
  • Gradually add sponge while mixing and knead into a smooth soft dough, using additional water as needed 
  •  Cover dough and let sit for 30 mins in a cool place 
  • On a lightly floured surface, separate dough in 8 equal pieces and form smooth balls 
  • Using the Grease Magic prepare a baking dish and place dough on dish, cover and let sit for 30mins 
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20- 30 mins or until cooked and lightly brown on top 
  • Enjoy with your favorite butter ! 

 

Mini Corned Beef Pies

Mini Corned Beef Pies

Mini Corned Beef Pies 

 

Here’s what to get 

Prepare our fried bake / floats recipe 

¼ c Vegetable Oil 

1 tin Corned beef (12oz)

1/3 c Onions (diced)

1 TBSP Garlic (chopped)

¼ c Pimento (chopped)

2 tbsp Parsley 

Hot Sauce /Pepper Sauce as desired 

 

Let’s make it 

  • Prepare our fried bake dough recipe, form 2-inch balls, place on a tray, cover and let sit 
  • In pan on low medium heat add vegetable oil 
  • Saute onions, garlic and pimento until onions are translucent 
  • Add corned beef and hot sauce /pepper sauce -mix well let cook for 5 mins stirring occasionally 
  • Let simmer for 5- 8 mins stirring occasionally 
  • Remove from heat and add parsley 
  • Set aside to cool 
  • In a large pot for frying, add vegetable oil half way full and place over medium heat 
  • Prepare a clean surface, lightly dusted with all purpose flour 
  • Using a rolling pin, roll dough into a small ¼ inch think circles on the floured surface 
  • Place corned beef filling to the center of one side leaving all edges clear 
  • Fold over the dough end to end and seal closed 
  • Fry pies until a golden-brown color is achieved on both sides (approx. 2mins on each side
  •  Remove from heat and place on paper towels to absorb excess oil 
  • Great for a snack, breakfast or brunch 

 

Tips 

  1. Both the fried bake / floats recipe and corned beef can be frozen for shorter cooking and prep time. 
Loaded Cassava Fries

Loaded Cassava Fries

Loaded Cassava Fries

Here’s what to get

Cassava Fries (Frozen)
Vegetable oil for frying
Olive oil for greasing
½ lb Fish fillets (skinless in cubes)
Fresh blended seasoning
Hot sauce or Pepper sauce
1 c All-purpose flour
1 ½ c Cheese mix – sharp cheddar & mozzarella (shredded)
½ c Tomatoes (diced)
¼ c Red onions (diced)
¼ c Sweet peppers (diced)
½ c Mushrooms
1 TBSP Garlic
¼ c Parsley
Salt to taste
1 tsp Black pepper – Additional to taste
Chuchela (as desired)

Let’s make it

● Cut fish into small pieces, place in a bowl and add fresh blended
seasoning, salt,1 tsp black pepper, thyme and hot sauce or pepper
sauce – mix well and set aside to marinate
● In a bowl add tomatoes, onions, sweet peppers, garlic and parsley
– mix together and season with salt, black pepper.
● In a large pot for frying, fill half way with vegetable oil and set on
medium heat
● To fry fish bits – dust lightly with flour and fry until light brown in
color
● Set to rest on paper towel
● Preheat oven on broil at 400 degrees
● Prepare a baking dish by greasing lightly with olive oil
● Deep fry cassava fries for 4 mins or until edges are slight brown in
color
● Place cassava fries in a baking dish layer with cheese, vegetables
and fish alternately – top with cheese
● Broil in the oven for 15 sec on 400 degrees or until everything is
melty
● Remove from oven and top with chuchela
● Enjoy with a good movie

Sardine Buljol Recipe

Sardine Buljol Recipe

Sardines 

 

You will need 

3 tins Sardines (142g each)

2 tbsp Lime juice 

1 tsp Black pepper 

½ tbsp Hot Sauce /Pepper sauce or Scotch Bonnet (finely chopped) 

2 tsp Shaddon Beni 

1 tbsp Garlic (chopped)

1/3 c Onions (diced)

½ c Tomatoes (diced)

1/8 c Coconut Oil 

1 clove Garlic (smashed)

¼ c Pimento (chopped)

Salt to taste 

 

This is how 

  • Remove sardines from the tin straining off the liquid /oil from the can and place in a bowl  
  • Using a fork shred /crush the sardines 
  • Add lime juice, salt, black pepper and hot sauce / scotch bonnet pepper 
  • Mix well 
  • In a pot on medium heat, add coconut oil and smashed garlic allow to heat until the garlic becomes dark brown on both sides. 
  • Add garlic, pimento, onions, tomatoes and shaddon beni – mix and allow to cook for 2-3 mins or until onions become translucent. 
  • Add seasoned sardines and mix well 
  • Allow this to cook on medium heat for 3-4 minutes then lower heat cover, and allow to simmer for another 3-4 minutes. 
  • Be sure to stir occasionally until it’s done. 
  • Enjoy with bread, roti or rice .

Tips 

  • Sardines are good for mood disorders such as anxiety and depression. So, if you are feeling some type ah way today. Try this sardine recipe and feel good.

 

 

Plantain Pone Recipe

Plantain Pone Recipe

Plantain Pone

Here’s what to get

2c Ripe Plantain (Chopped finely)
½ c Pumpkin (Chopped finely)
½ c Dried coconut (Chopped finely)
½ tsp ginger (Minced)
2 TBSP Margarine
¼ cup Minced Raisins
½ tsp Nutmeg
½ tsp Vanilla
1 c Brown Sugar
½ tsp Baking Powder
¼ c Evaporated Milk
½ tsp Cinnamon

Let’s make it
 In a mixing bowl whisk together sugar and evaporated milk until sugar is
dissolved and the mixture is creamy
 Fold in plantain
 Add the remaining ingredients and fold until combined
 Grease a 6-inch baking dish using the Grease Magic and pre heat oven to
350 degrees
 Pour mixture into the bowl and bake for 35 -45 mins until fully baked

 You can use a small knife to run through the center and if it comes out
clean its ready !
 Let cool completely before cutting and enjoy

Carrot & Linseed Bread Rolls

Carrot & Linseed Bread Rolls

Carrot & Linseed Bread Rolls

Here’s what to get
3 c All-purpose Flour
¼ c Margarine (room temperature)
¼ c Shortening (room temperature)
½ TBSP Yeast
1 ½ tsp Baking powder
1 ½ TBSP Brown sugar
½ tsp Salt
¼ c Linseed (raw)
1 c Carrot (shredded)
1 TBSP Nutmeg
½ c Whole wheat (Optional)
Warm water for kneading
Grease Magic for pans

Let’s make it
● Place all dry ingredients and carrots into the mixing bowl
● Using the dough hook mix for 3-4 mins on medium
● Gradually add warm water and mix until soft, slightly sticky dough
is formed.

● Scrape the sides of the bowl with spatula to ensure all ingredients
are well incorporated
● Remove any remaining dough from the hook
● Cover and let sit for 40 mins
● Prepare a baking pan with Grease Magic for Pans
● On a flat surface dust lightly with flour
● Pour dough unto the surface and knead gently to smoothen
● Separate dough into 8 pieces and form smooth rolls
● Place on baking sheet about 1 inch apart – cover and allow to rest
for 20 mins
● Preheat oven to 350 degrees
● Place rolls in the oven and bake for 20-30 mins or until the top
gets a little brown
● Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack
● Make sandwiches and enjoy

Fried Bake or Floats

Fried Bake or Floats

Fried Bakes or Floats

Here’s what to get
2c All-purpose flour
¼ tsp Yeast
1tsp Baking powder
½ tbsp Brown sugar
1 tbsp Shortening
½ tsp Salt
¼ c whole wheat (optional)
Warm water for kneading
Vegetable oil for deep frying

Let’s make it
● Put all dry ingredients in a mixing bowl
● Using the dough hook attachment, mix on medium speed for 5
mins
● Slowly add warm water until smooth dough forms around the
hook. Knead lightly to smoothen if needed
● Prepare a tray lightly dusted with dry flour and form 2-inch balls
from the dough
● Cover and allow to sit for 5- 10 mins

● Prepare a bowl with paper towels or a kitchen cloth to store bakes
after frying
● In a large pot fill halfway with vegetable oil for deep frying and
allow to heat to a medium heat
● Using a rolling pin, roll dough balls into ½ inch thick, round bakes
/floats
● Once the oil is hot, gently place bakes to fry – do not over crowd
the pot
● When the bakes rise to the top, use a spoon to baste the top of
the bake with the oil – this helps it to swell and become light
● Once it becomes swollen, flip to fry the other side for about 30
seconds
● Remove from the oil and into prepared bowl with paper
towel/kitchen cloth to soak up an extra oil
Tips

● You can add ¼ c whole wheat for a healthy addition
● After making the dough into balls you can store in an airtight
container the freezer for later use. defrost time is approx 5-8mins.

Fried Rice Recipe

Fried Rice Recipe

Fried Rice

 

Here’s what to get 

2 cups long grain rice (boiled -not too soft) 

2 ½ tbsp Dark soy sauce 

1/3c Sesame oil 

2 ½ tbsp Garlic (chopped)

2 ½ tbsp Ginger (finely grated)

¼ c Pimento (chopped)

¾ c Celery (chopped)

1 ½ c Frozen peas and carrots (defrosted)

½ tsp Fried rice seasoning 

1 tbsp granulated sugar  

Chopped Chives for garnish

 

Let’s make it 

  • Using a wok on medium heat, add sesame oil and allow to heat 
  • Add garlic, ginger, pimento and fried rice seasoning to sesame oil, stir and let sauté for 1 min. 
  • Add peas and carrots and soy sauce, mix and allow to cook for 2 mins 
  • Add rice and at a little at a time and stir until everything is combined 
  • Stir in granulated sugar thoroughly 
  • Mix in celery and remove from heat 
  • Garnish with chives before serving

 

Tips 

  1. Do not boil rice to soft as it has to re enter the heat for frying and come easily become overcooked 

Garlic Butter Recipe

Garlic Butter Recipe

You will need

1 c salted butter (room temperature)

15-20 garlic cloves

¼ c olive oil

 

This is how

  • Place garlic and olive oil on a small baking tray and roast in the oven until they are slightly brown – 350 degrees for 40 mins
  • Remove and allow to cool
  • Chop garlic into a paste using a knife or food processor
  • In a bowl combine the garlic and butter and mix well
  • Store in a container with a tight lid and refrigerate

Tips

Our Garlic Butter can be used to sauté vegetables, make garlic bread, bake and grill meats, and much more.

 

 

 

Arlene Pereira

Contact

Phone

+1 (868) 330 4138

EMail

fooddesignerarlene@gmail.com