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Red Bean Dip | Sweet & Sorrel

Red Bean Dip

Happy Super Bowl Sunday! Its game day, so we need a game-day worthy recipe, and this 5 minute Red Bean Dip is the perfect choice! Alright guys, I’ll keep it short today. I’m sure many of you have had a Mexican-style bean dip before, whether it was a cheesy re-fried bean dip or a black bean dip. Today’s dip is a bit different because it’s made from red kidney beans, which are often used in Caribbean cooking (think rice and peas). This bean dip also has only 5 ingredients (minus salt and pepper), takes less than 5 minutes to make, ANNND its vegan. BAM! Who said game day couldn’t be good for you?! This recipe is so easy and healthy, and its perfect for a crowd! You can cook it on the stove or just throw it into a slow cooker and forget about it. Give this dip a try and let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Also be sure to tag #SweetandSorrel. Ingredients 1 15.5 oz can red kidney beans (do …

Breakfast Oatmeal Cookies

Hey all! These vegan Breakfast Oatmeal Cookies are hands down my favorite thing to eat right now. They’re  so easy to make and are packed with lots of nutrients. Who said that an on the go breakfast can’t be both both delicious and healthy?! If you know one things about Jamaicans, it’s that we take breakfast seriously. Breakfast is usually a heavy meal of yams, dumplings, bananas, and some kind of meat. It makes sense, since the idea is that breakfast is supposed to set you up for the long day ahead. But as much as I love a traditional Jamaican breakfast, it just doesn’t work with my schedule. I’m often running out the door in the mornings to try to make it to work and don’t have time to make a full meal, yet alone sit down to eat it! That’s why these oatmeal cookies are the perfect solution. These cookies are easy to make ahead of time, and can last me the whole week. Even better, because they are homemade, I can customize …

Soup Joumou | Sweet & Sorrel

Haitian Pumpkin Soup Joumou

Happy Sunday! This vegetarian Haitian Pumpkin Soup Joumou is a meatless take on a famous dish, and it’s sure to please any crowd. Usually reserved for special occasions, this heart soup is the perfect substitute for a game-day chili (because, what’s a more special occasion than game day?!). Soup Joumou is typically served on January 1, as a way to ring in the New Year and Haiti’s independence. It’s believed that Haitian slaves were not allowed to have this soup, which was instead reserved for white French slave owners. When Haiti gained it’s independence, freed Haitians celebrated by eating the soup they were once forbidden to enjoy. With a story like that, it’s impossible not to love this delicious soup. Traditionally made from calabaza pumpkin (i.e. Caribbean squash), potatoes, and a flavorful stock, this soup is often served with beef and pasta. (Note: you can replace the pumpkin with butternut squash). My version of soup joumou keeps many of the traditional ingredients, but removes the meat. But trust me, it’s not missing out on any …

Coconut Ginger Granola

Happy Sunday! Today’s recipe is an aromatic Homemade Coconut Ginger Granola that uses simple ingredients to create a flavorful, delicious granola that’s better for you than the store bought kind. I have a confession: I am a picky eater. The kind of picky eater that has to separate the food on her plate so that they don’t touch. The kind who goes out to eat and asks the waiter to explain every ingredient on the menu before telling them to basically customize my dish. Yup, it’s bad. Being picky means I’m often unimpressed by store bought granola. They somehow always seem to have something I don’t want (i.e. raisins or cranberries). My solution: make my own! Homemade granola is so simple to make, and the best part is that you can customize it to include only the ingredients you really enjoy. It’s also great because you can cut down on the amount of sugar and fat, which is often present in store bought granola and gives granola a bad rep. Well no more. Today, I’ve …

New Year Spring Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Happy 2019! The first Sunday of the new year ushers in new beginnings, and there is no better way to start the year than with these New Year Spring Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce! This East-meets-West (Indies) take on fresh Vietnamese spring rolls is a bright, colorful recipe that takes only 10 minute to make and tastes amazingly delicious. The start of another year has inspired me to try some new things, and this dish is one of them. For one thing, this recipe is Asian inspired, a first for the blog. I liked the idea of starting the new year by trying to make food from a different part of the world, and the challenge of trying to add Caribbean flavors to an Asian dish was pretty exciting. It was also surprisingly easy as Vietnamese and Caribbean food actually overlap quite a bit! Fruits like mangoes and herbs such as mint are commonly used in both cuisines and both are featured in this recipe. The second new thing about this recipe is that it …

A Lesson from 2018… You Reap What You Sow

Happy New Year! 2019 is officially here! In the spirit of the new year, I’ve decided to do something a little different and devote this post to reflecting on 2018 and to setting an intention for the blog for 2019. I’m not a big fan of making new year’s resolutions because we tend not to stick to them, but I am a huge fan of being purposeful and intentional 365 days of the year. When I started Sweet & Sorrel, I intended for it to be a space for me to collect recipes and photos of all the food I enjoying making in my spare time. I had no idea what the blog would look like, or how to even start one. But I knew I wanted to learn. After lots of Googling and a many mistakes, I finally started my very first blog, but then encountered more hurdles as I tried to teach myself food photography. I started out using my iPhone to take pictures, and I did not use any software to edit …

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. …

Callaloo Pastries

Hey there! Today I bring you Callaloo Pastries! These cheesy pastries are so easy to make and are perfect as an appetizer or snack! They are made with puff pastry dough that’s been filled with greens, cheese, and onions and baked to perfection. Save this recipe now, because I guarantee you’ll be coming back to it over and over again! Ya’ll, I’m actually really proud of these callaloo puff pastries. But I also realize many of you may have no idea what callaloo even is! So I digress. Callaloo is a type of leafy green that is very common in Jamaica. It’s pretty hard to come by in America, but fresh spinach is a great substitute. Just don’t try to use kale or collard greens… my family and I learned that the hard way. Callaloo is traditionally eaten stems/stalks and call, but trust me, kale stalks (or even worse, chard stalks!) are sooo NOT tasty. Nope, don’t do it. Okay back to the recipe! For the filling, just chop up fresh callaloo (or spinach 🙂 and make …