Month: June 2018

Mango Papaya Smoothie | Sweet & Sorrel

Tropical Mango Papaya Smoothie

Summertime is by far my favorite time of year. So, its not by chance that I decided to start this blog during the summer. After all, this is the time when fruits are at their peak, making it a perfect time for this Mango Papaya Smoothie! This smoothie brings back memories of me picking mangoes from the mango tree in the yard of my childhood home in Jamaica. And it also involves one of my mom’s favorite fruits, the papaya. It’s a bit hard to describe a papaya to someone who has never had it before. It looks like a really large Caribbean avocado (in Jamaica we call avocados “pear”). When ripe, the inside of the papaya turns a vibrant orange color, and is filled with lots of small, black seeds (don’t eat them!). A ripe Caribbean papaya is sweet, juicy, and ooh soo GOOD! And bonus, papayas are filled with Vitamin C and other antioxidants. Don’t you just love it when things that are tasty are also good for you?!If you can’t find fresh …

Grilled Jerk Shrimp Skewers | Sweet & Sorrel

Grilled Jerk Shrimp Skewers

Hi, and welcome to the first post on Sweet & Sorrel! I thought a lot about what I wanted to prepare for the very first dish on Sweet & Sorrel, and behold! Grilled Jerk Shrimp Skewers. This dish is worthy of being the first recipe to be featured on the blog because it’s delicious, healthy, full of flavors from the Caribbean, and only takes about 15 minutes to prepare! Now you might be thinking to yourself, Danielle, a jerk recipe? How mainstream! While it’s true that “jerk” foods are now common outside of the Caribbean (think jerk chicken, jerk pork etc), few people actually understand what jerk seasoning is or know how to prepare it from scratch. Jerk seasoning is a flavorful, robust, seasoning common in Jamaican cuisine. Jerk seasoning comes in two main forms: a dry jerk rub, or a wet marinade. The dry rub is usually for things like pork, while the wet rub is used to both as a seasoning and a garnish that is brushed on top of prepared meats. Today, …