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Skillet Jerk Salmon | Sweet & Sorrel

Skillet Jerk Salmon

Hi all, This Skillet Jerk Salmon is perfect for anyone who wants to make a memorable dish for their special someone this Mother’s Day.  This recipe is quick, easy, and super flavorful, and the best part is it only requires a few ingredients and comes together in one handy skillet. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! Whether you’re a mom who doesn’t want to be in the kitchen all day today (or any day!), or someone who wants to surprise a mom in their life but has no clue what to do in the kitchen, this recipe is for you. Jerk chicken is almost synonymous with Jamaican food, but chicken isn’t the only thing that tastes good jerked. Saying “jerked” sounds kind of silly, but I think it works! Anyway, seafood is my favorite kind of protein to jerk, because it adds so much flavor. Salmon is especially delicious when jerked, since salmon has a lot of healthy fats and really soaks up the jerk seasoning. Typically, I like to cook jerk salmon …

Orange Mango Green Smoothie

Hi all, This Orange Mango Green Smoothie is the perfect way to sneak some healthiness into your morning. Healthiness? Yup, it’s a thing. And it’s especially important as the weather gets warmer outside. I don’t know what it is about warm weather, but it makes me want to eat all the things I know aren’t the best for me — ice cream….. barbecue ANYTHING… more ice cream. But I recently came up with a theory: if I’m able to get some of the stuff that’s good for my body early in the day, I’m less likely to crave the not so good stuff. Sounds plausible, right? So here goes! This 5-minute smoothie is a super easy way to sneak in some greens and fruits, while at the same time filling me up and giving me energy throughout the day. For the liquid, I used the juice from a few freshly squeezed oranges, as well as some fresh coconut water. Then, it’s all about the fruits. Here, I used bananas, green apples, and mangoes. Finally, because …

Spiced Moroccan Cous Cous | Sweet & Sorrel

Spiced Moroccan Cous Cous

Well hello there! Today I’m sharing a Spiced Moroccan Cous Cous recipe that is sure to be a staple meal prep option. This dish boasts exotic flavors and unique North-African ingredients, but best of all, it’s easy to make and tastes delicious! Read on to learn how to make this dish ASAP! It’s been so long since I’ve ventured onto the blog 😦 These past few months have been so hectic and I haven’t had many opportunities to come up with new recipes because I’ve been traveling so much. But, the benefit of all that travel has been my exposure to food from many different continents. In particular, I’ve become really inspired by foods from North and East Africa. Hence today’s recipe, which draws from a recent trip I took to Morocco. While I was in Morocco, I had many meals that were prepared with simple ingredients and lots of love. That’s exactly what I tried to recreate with this dish. The stars of this dish are turmeric and dried fruit and nuts (specifically apricots, …

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 …

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 …

Kabocha Squash Curry | Sweet & Sorrel

Kabocha Squash Curry

Happy Sunday! It’s officially fall here on the East Coast, which means it’s now squash season! This Kabocha Squash Curry is the perfect cold-weather meal. It’s healthy, hearty, and full of flavor. First, a confession: most West Indians aren’t familiar with the term squash. In Jamaica, we call every squash a pumpkin. Seriously! Butternut squash? That’s pumpkin to a Jamaican. Acorn squash? Yup, that’s pumpkin too. Spaghetti Squash? This is not very common in Jamaica but we’d probably call it pumpkin. And of course the traditional Halloween pumpkin is called a pumpkin. It can get pretty confusing! I remember one day after coming to the U.S., I was out grocery shopping with my mom and we were talking out loud, trying to figure out which of the items labelled “squash” was actually the West Indian pumpkin we were used to eating. A fellow shopper overheard our discussion and walked over to us, asking if we were Jamaicans. When we said yes, he said he knew we had to be because we were calling everything pumpkin. …

Cajun Blackened Salmon Patties

Hey everybody! I hope you are ready to try these Louisiana-inspired Cajun Blackened Salmon Patties! These patties/burgers/croquettes/cakes are soo delicious that it won’t matter what you call them! They have just enough spice to give a little kick, are super easy to prepare, and are very versatile- you can have them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! It’s no secret that Louisiana’s food is hugely influenced by the Caribbean, and while the historical reasons behind this are (like much of American history) tied to the slave trade in the 18th century (which resulted in the forced co-mingling of settlers from France, Portugal, and Spain alongside enslaved people from African and Caribbean descent in the Louisiana colony), the Cajun and Creole peoples have used their food to construct their own narrative. Both Cajun and Creole food tell a story using bold flavors that combine various cultures into one harmonious dish. And it’s a very triumphant (and delicious) story! For me, Cajun food is the perfect example of “fusion” cuisine: it starts off with spices that I am …

Tropical Root Vegetable Salad | Sweet & Sorrel

Tropical Root Vegetable Salad with Salsa Rosada Dressing

Hi lovelies! I took a week off from posting on the blog to work on some new recipes for the fall, and today I am back to share this Tropical Root Vegetable Salad with Salsa Rosada Dressing! This salad is packed with a colorful mix of fruits and roasted vegetables and is finished with my version of the popular Latin American sauce/salad dressing. It’s vibrant and fun! Read on to learn more. This past week away from the blog has been a bit sad, because I truly enjoy posting and hearing from you all every Sunday. But it has also been rewarding. This week has helped me to set a vision for the blog. I have always wanted Sweet & Sorrel to be a place where I can share a bit of myself through my food. My vision is to continue to post recipes inspired by the flavors of the Caribbean (which includes many different parts of the world since so many countries have influenced, or are influenced by, the Caribbean!). But I also want to challenge …

Breakfast Crostini 3 Ways | Sweet & Sorrel

Breakfast Crostini 3 Ways

Hi all, welcome to July! You might be thinking, Danielle, back-to-back posts?!! What’s going on here? My personal goal is to post a new recipe every week. But since this is a holiday week (the 4th of July is Wednesday and I’ve decided to treat the entire week as a holiday!), I wanted to do something a little special. Hence, these breakfast crostinis! Breakfast for me is usually something on the go. Which is so sad because I really love sitting down and making my meals an event. But I love sleep way more. I’ve found that portable toasts/crostinis solve this dilemma for me, because they are super easy to make and very satisfying. And the star ingredient is bread. Which is obviously one of the greatest things ever invented (apologies to all my gluten intolerant friends, you really are missing out!). Since I also normally work out before eating breakfast, I tend to look for a breakfast option that has a good amount of protein and carbs to help with my recovery. These crostinis …