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Coconut rice pudding brûlée

In most countries of the world March 8th is marked as International Women's Day. A day to celebrate women, and particularly for some of us, the ones that have influenced us. What better dish to treat with you than an adaptation of my mom's classic arroz con leche? I have added coconut to my mom's rice ...

Vegan pumpkin eggnog

So I have an obsession with veganizing (is that a real word?) traditional recipes. I have gone through a few now, and they are always well-received amongst my vegan readers. Of course I love them myself, as I prefer to eat as close to vegetarian as I can, with the occasional indulgence. For very loose definitions ...

pineapple-coconut-tarts

Yay, another mini-dessert! This isn't the first mini-dessert that I post, or the first mini-tart either. I am a little obsessed with bite-sized desserts, they look dainty, refined. But they are also a guilt-free way to have that little bit of sweet in our lives. And I absolutely loved these. What's not to love in these puffy ...

Arepa (Dominican cornmeal and coconut cake)

Dominican arepa is a cornmeal and coconut cake, traditionally prepared in an iron pot on top of red-hot coal. A metal lid is placed on the pot, then more coal is put on the lid. This led to the expression "como la arepa: fuego por arriba y fuego por abajo" (like an arepa, fire underneath, fire ...

Coconetes (Coconut biscuits)

Coconetes are very popular in the Dominican Republic. You can walk to any colmado (corner store) and you will in all likelihood find them. The reason I have called them rustic coconut cookies is because they have a rustic texture, a little bit on the dry side. That doesn't mean that they aren't full of flavor, after ...

Sangria, mojito and piña colada popsicles

I am back home, can you tell? I complained for weeks about the cold weather, and now I am home complaining about the heat and humidity.  So I turned to our beloved paletas to combat the heat, this time inspired by famous drinks from 3 of my favorite countries. Wouldn't you love some sangria, mojito and piña ...

Carrot, ginger and coconut cake

A bunch of years ago, about 10, I think, I was a regular in a news and travel website about the Dominican Republic. Through the forum I got in touch with somebody who also lived in Santo Domingo and who, coincidentally, picked up her groceries every week at a business very close to where I ...

Pan de batata (Sweet potatoes pudding)

About ten years ago I was in Denmark, where my husband hails from, spending the holiday season with his family. With a full schedule of eating and more eating ahead, I had the "brilliant" idea of treating everybody to an "authentic" traditional Dominican pre-Xmas Xmas meal on the 23rd, including a delicious pan de batata (sweet potato cake) for ...

Dulce de coco (Coconut and milk fudge)

One too many dulce de coco (coconut fudge) later: "These extra pounds have to go!" I exclaim looking at myself in the mirror. Normally this would not be much of a problem if it wasn't because I was in the middle of the holidays. Ah, the holidays. Time to overeat, overindulge, and find excuses. Not that ...

Jalea de batata (Sweet potato pudding)

Things are changing around here, most of the changes are in the background, but they slowly start showing. Switching from our old platform to our new blog format is something that we discussed, and something I (Aunt Clara) particularly thought pretty hard about. Our old format served us well for many years, but things needed to ...

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I'll tell you about this scrumptious shrimp in coconut sauce in a second, but first a story. A few weeks back Aunt Ilana and I were invited by the Ministry of Culture to participate in an exchange with the public about traditional Dominican cooking. It turned out to be a fantastic experience. Some of the people who ...

Leavened coconut bread (Pan de coco levado)

A little ago I re-posted the recipe for pan de coco, the obscure recipe we dug up in some corner of Samana. While making the bread I wondered if I could try it with yeast as opposed to the baking soda in the original. As soon as it occurred to me I started my test. I ...

Pan de coco (Coconut bread)

Years ago, when Aunt Ilana travelled to Samaná so often that she was practically a resident, she came back from one of her trips with a culinary discovery. Starting now read this post in your head in the voice of Sir David Attenborough, go ahead, it's very amusing. Aunt Ilana's great discovery? Pan de coco (coconut ...

Jalao (Coconut and honey candy)

I have always wondered why some of our dishes have been relegated to obscurity. Perhaps is the humble provenance of those dishes, something we have written about before, that keeps them away from the refined table. Maybe it's time the revolution reached the cupboards. Jalao is one such humble dish that still languishes as colmado fare, ...

Memelos (Lollipops filled with coconut fudge)

At first glance memelos - palitos de coco  (lollipops filled with coconut fudge),  childhood favorite might not seem a good fit as a recipe for our Two Weeks of Valentine. Maybe if you give it a second glance you'll see how it totally is. These lollipops were kids' favorites a couple of decades back, although they didn't ...

Helado de coco (coconut icicles)

It's always summer in the Dominican Republic: Time for some refreshing paletas de coco (coconut popsicles) I know that it is not literally summer year-round, and that, much as we'd like to pretend they don't, the laws of nature also apply to our  two-thirds of an island, but for all practical purposes it's always summer in ...

Habichuelas con dulce (Sweet cream of beans)

It has always surprised us that of all our recipes, this is by far one of the most popular. The surprise comes from the fact that there are no two habichuelas con dulces alike. Each home has its own version. Habichuelas con dulce is one of the most cherished traditions among Dominicans. It is prepared in ...

Quesillo (Coconut caramel cream)

The main agricultural crop in the Dominican Republic is sugar, so it is not surprising that sweets are an important part of Dominican cuisine. The national passion for very sweet coffee is a testament to the Dominican "sweet tooth" so it follows that Dominicans should adore their sweets, cakes and desserts. This Quesillo (Coconut creme caramel) is ...

Piña Colada (Rum, pineapple and coconut cocktail)

A drink that suggests tropics, beach, and sunny days under palm trees. It is easier to prepare than you think, so go ahead, bring a bit of the warmth and flavor of the tropics to your own living room with this simple recipe. Time: 15 mins. Serves: 4 Ingredients: 1 cup of pineapple cut into ...

Cangrejo con coco (Crab with coconut)

This is a simple and exotic recipe, perfect for a summer lunch. This recipe was submitted by Sade, one of our regulars. Like all other savory recipes in our site that contain coconut, this too comes from beautiful Samana. Time: 25 mins. Serves: 4 Ingredients: 1 1/2 lbs of crab meat 2 cups of coconut milk 1 ...

Moro de guandules con coco (Rice, pigeon peas and coconut)

I was 12, and I fell in love. It was all new to me and I was smitten: I ate moro de guandules con coco for the first time. It was my first trip to Samaná, and I remember with a smile the horror on my brother's face when he found out that the food contained ...

Cocadas (Flourless coconut cupcakes)

Coming to Santo Domingo with limited or no Spanish can sometimes make living difficult and confusing, but never impossible. Since arriving, my family and I have found the people to be good-humored and patient when trying to interpret our gestures, pantomimes, mispronunciations and general abuse of the Spanish language.The family has been very happily, although ...

Pescado con coco (Fish in coconut sauce). A decadent dish evocative of lazy days on white sand beaches

When you try Pescado con Coco (Fish in Coconut Sauce) for the first time you can't help but wonder just how bad it is for you, after all, something that tastes this decadent, that is so evocative of lazy days on white sand beaches, mid-day siestas, and exotic cocktails at sundown has to be terribly bad ...

Guandules con coco (Pigeon peas with coconut)

'Tumba Coco' is the slightly comical name of a village in San Juan de la Maguana province, and can also be a derogatory term for a simple person. I heard someone once criticising a village school for 'only being able to teach the kids to knock down coconuts'. But this is not a job to ...