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Jamaican coco bread, moon-shaped and tasty

Coco bread

I was a bit surprised that the Jamaican coco bread recipe I tried did not call for coconut at all. I have since found recipes that have coconut milk as of the ingredients and you could easily substitute regular milk with coconut milk in the recipe below. I always find making bread a challenge:… 

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Not-perfectly round, yet delicious Shrimp Beignets



Growing up, Saturday nights were often “take out food dinners”. We were regular customers of  a little Vietnamese food shack in the neighborhoods on those nights. The little stand only offered a few choices, one of which was the nems- Vietnamese spring rolls. The other one was shrimp beignets. I have yet to have the exact same type of shrimp beignets somewhere else, therefore I set out to replicate them. After a long search, the only dish that is from Vietnam and consisted of a simple batter with shrimp in the middle… 

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Mangu builds bridges

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When I first heard about mangu, it immediately reminded me of fufu,  foutou, mofongo, kuku, or other similar mashed plantains dishes ubiquitous in West Africa and the Caribbean. The link was obvious to me,… 

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