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Creole Flambé Bananas

Flambé bananas | Bananes flambées

If you love the darkly spiced and decadent flavours of Caribbean desserts, you’ll adore these Flambé Bananas from Vanessa Bolosier’s Sunshine Kitchen. Traditionally made with plantains, this very simple and easy recipe also works a treat when made with sweet bananas. Read our full review of Sunshine Kitchen and the Caribbean flavours to be found ... Read more »

Creole Chicken Fricassee

This Chicken Fricassée from Vanessa Bolosier’s Sunshine Kitchen is one of the recipes in this cookbook without an accompanying photograph but luckily, our reviewer Nicky took some lovely images to show off this delicious Creole chicken dish. Flavoured with warming spices lifted by lime and chilli, the recipe is particularly delicious made with chicken thighs ... Read more »

Creole Prawn Blaff

Prawn blaff

Vanessa Bolosier’s Sunshine Kitchen is full of delicious Creole recipes from the islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique. Her Prawn Blaff recipe is deceptively simple, featuring prawns flavoured with a few key aromats, and yet it’s packed full of flavour, and very easy indeed to make. This quick and vibrant dish encapsulates the colours and punchy ... Read more »

Sunshine Kitchen by Vanessa Bolosier

Sunshine Kitchen by Vanessa Bolosier (cover)

Vanessa Bolosier’s Sunshine Kitchen: Delicious Creole recipes from the heart of the Caribbean is a cookbook whose photos lift your soul every time you open it. Sea turquoises, sky blues and sunshine yellows predominate, punctuated with scotch bonnet reds and vivid jewel greens. Just flip through the book and you feel Vitamin D3-ed. Never has ... Read more »

Garlic Pepper Butter Prawns

Garlic Pepper Butter Prawns

From the Spied and Curried chapter of Ed Smith’s Crave: Recipes arranged by flavour, to suit your mood and appetite, these garlic pepper butter prawns are cooked in a rich, butter sauce flavoured with black pepper, chilli, turmeric and mustard seed. After a quick 15 minutes in a simple marinade, the dish takes just 2-3 minutes ... Read more »