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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 ...

Apple and ginger pie

If nostalgia were a disease, I would be immune to it. I have yet to remember any time in which the past seemed like a place I wanted to go back to. I live by the philosophy that  if we spend our lives yearning for the times gone we won't find the energy to make our present the best ...

Dragon fruit in ginger syrup

Unless you have travelled or lived in Central America, you will probably have never heard of the pitahaya, also known as 'pitaya' or 'dragon fruit'. It is widely cultivated in countries such as Nicaragua where it is mainly used in making a popular natural juice with a distinctive beetroot-pink colour. It is also grown in other ...

Crema de cepa de apio y jengribre

Ginger is used in Dominican cooking in desserts and the ever-welcome ginger tea. It is not a traditional part of our savory cuisine. I've set out to change that. OK, that would be a bit too ambitious. But in the meantime let me share with you the many ways in which we use ginger at home. ...

Tiger prawns in ginger marinade

I love cooking, and I love reading about food. Imagine how giddy with glee I was when I was invited by Mizkan to participate in a 6-month long cooking challenge along with many talented Latino bloggers. Today I bring you the first of these cooking challenges: Latino-inspired grilling, sponsored by Holland House Wine Vinegars. Now, all ...

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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 ...

Pudín de pan (Bread pudding)

We Dominicans did not come up with the idea of bread pudding (pudín de pan or budín de pan), it seems to be a near-universal dish, but like everything in our cuisine we gave it our own touch and added a ton of flavor. With a great combination of spices (how can you go wrong with ...

Té de jengibre (Ginger tea)

Despite my oft-misunderstood predilection for Marmite, there are some English institutions that have failed to rub off on me. Most notable has got to be the strong, sweet, milky tea that most English people can’t contemplate living without. The Dominican equivalent would be giving up coffee, and I can definitely relate to that. My love ...