Beef stewed in Aruba’s local beer Balashi Chill recipe

Beef stewed in Aruba’s local beer Balashi Chill recipe Updated March 20, 2017 You might think hot simmering beef stew doesn’t belong in the Caribbean sun, and you’re probably right. It does sound off. But, as an island that welcomes hardworking immigrants our cuisine reflects influences from our neighboring islands…

Easy Aruban Cala recipe / Blackeyed peas fritters recipe

Cala are spicy fried fritters made of black-eyed peas and Madame Jeanette hot pepper. They’re crispy on the outside, fluffy and airy on the inside. They’re great for parties and happy hours. Best part? You really can’t mess it up. I tried. These little fritters used to be extremely difficult and time consuming to…

Recipe for classic Aruban ceviche (scabechi)

There is this song all kids on the island know and love; it tells the tale of a home chef, Chanita, strutting her way down town to sell all these wonderful classic Aruban dishes, including “Scafechi pika“. So, what is scafechi pika? The short answer, it’s a classic tangy fish…

Frekedel / Aruban fish patties recipe

Once upon a time, grandmas would stand in hot kitchens all over the island, frying up large batches of crispy homemade frekedel  in huge well-seasoned pans.  The whole family, plus whomever might be visiting would get two or three of these fish patties, served piping hot, with lime and either funchi (polenta) or…

Classic Cheese balls recipe / Made with Aged & Young Gouda

The first of our new series of recipes, the Aruban Classics, just had to be cheese balls. Classically made with Gouda Cheese. I went for a combination of young and aged (belegen) Gouda, the perfect combination of salty, “spicy” and yummy gooey-ness. Prep Time: 1 1/2 hrs (incl 30 min…

Make It / Classic Deviled Eggs & Shrimp Filled Deviled Eggs recipe

PrintDeviled eggs two ways, classic and with shrimp Prep Time: 5 minutesCook Time: 35 minutesTotal Time: 1 hour Serves: 24 Deviled eggs are a tradition, we have to have them at parties, especially on Christmas. Keep it real (…don’t worry I will never say that again…) and make the Classic…

Recipe for arepas fillled with Parmesan, mozzarella, bacon, and a sour cream sauce

Aruban Classics / Arepas fillled with Parmesan, mozzarella, bacon, and a sour cream sauce recipe Arepas have been always been a part of the Caribbean cuisine. Originally from Venezuela, these little savory cakes made it to the Caribbean islands, including my beautiful Aruba. Crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside with…

Aruban prickly pears – The badass way to make them unprickly

The prickly pears bush, aka the “tuna”. It’s and extremely local Aruban bush found everywhere, and can be your worst nightmare if you touch it: Pick the pears using a pair of tongs: Yeah, you do not want to touch these. Put them in a colander and go outside, do…

Recipe for seriously crispy wings with creamy roasted garlic sauce

PrintSeriously crispy wings with creamy roasted garlic sauce Prep Time: 30 minutesCook Time: 20 minutesTotal Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes Serves: 18-23 wings It’s so good to be bad. Carnival is a time to indulge in every sense of the word, and that is not a problem for us Islanders….

Recipe for Aromatic Dark Rum Baked Ham, With Pomegranate Dark Rum Glaze

PrintDark Rum Aromatic Baked Ham, With Pomegranate Dark Rum Glaze Prep Time: 35 minutesCook Time: 2 hoursTotal Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes I know I’m late, sorry guys! Last night’s storm caused some technical issues. Thanks a lot lightning… But the good news is that this ham will make heheheverything…