Month: December 2018

Braised Oxtail | Sweet & Sorrel

Braised Oxtails & Mashed Potatoes

Happy Sunday! Can you believe 2018 is almost over?! Let’s ring in the new year with some Braised Oxtail and Mashed Potatoes. This recipe takes two classic dishes from my Jamaican and American holiday dinner table and combines them into one fantastic meal. The result? A holiday mash up that’s sure to please! The end of the year always brings great memories for me because Christmas is my favorite time of year (For those who celebrate, I wish you a belated Merry Christmas!). But my Christmases look pretty different than most people. Growing up, we didn’t have a snow white Christmas. I didn’t have a clue who Santa was (and I’m still a little confused). There were no snowmen, no gingerbread houses, no caroling, and no chestnuts roasting over an open fire. I didn’t know any of this stuff even existed until my family and I moved to America. At first, I was a bit envious of all these Christmas traditions, and I wasn’t able to appreciate all the wonderful traditions my parents and I brought …

Sorrel | Sweet & Sorrel

Sorrel

Hello all! I am really excited for today’s post, because I FINALLY get to post the recipe that serves as the inspiration for this blog. A lot of people have asked me why I chose the name Sweet & Sorrel. When I got the idea for this blog, I knew I wanted it to be inspired by the things I ate growing up in a Caribbean household, and it was important to me that the name of the blog reflect that as well. I spent time thinking about some of my favorite foods and (after deciding that Oxtail wasn’t going to fit neatly into a blog name), I settled on Sweet & Sorrel. Sorrel is the name for a Jamaican drink that is made with dried sorrel (i.e. hibiscus) flowers, ginger, spices, and (of course) rum. This drink means a lot to me and I’m so delighted to share it with you all. No twists, no amendments, just my mom’s recipe. Sorrel is usually a special event drink (because it takes a lot of time …

Passion Flower Waffles

Hi all, It’s been so long since I last posted. I spent the past few weeks traveling (yay) but caught a cold as soon as I returned (huge bummer!). I’m finally feeling well enough to start cooking real food again, and for my first meal, I made these Passion Flower Waffles! These waffles are inspired by my recent trip to Brussels, but I put a little twist on them by infusing the batter with passion flower extract. It’s an easy, fun recipe that will shake up your weekend pancake/waffle routine! I have so many amazing things to say about my trip to Brussels. I was awed by the architecture, the people, and of course, the food! We had a tour guide lead us around the city, and I learned so much. Before going to Brussels, I didn’t realize that the Belgian waffle and liege waffle were actually two different things. I thought both referred to the sweet round-shaped waffles that are made using pearl sugar crystals, but it turns out that’s only the liege waffle. …