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Home Town: Saint Michael, Barbados
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Member Since: Dec. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Asian, Indian, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern
Hobbies: Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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  • Flan II
  • Flan II  
    By: Bobby Kleinveld
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Baked Cream Corn
Boneless Buffalo Wings
Banana Banana Bread
About this Cook
At 30-something I'm a recently born again cook from Barbados. I used to cook quite confidently in my late teens, but a few mishaps discouraged me and I stopped. A combination of things (no small part thanks to the combination of anecdotal advice, scientific information and practical tips from Alton Brown and Good Eats) led me back to getting my toes wet cooking again and I've been enjoying it immensely. has also played a huge part in getting confident in the kitchen again, with multiple recipes for anything I can think of, and good advice on modifying them. Since then I've cooked every meal, making my wife very happy. Her only kitchen duties these days are occasional sous cheffing.
My favorite things to cook
I love a good potato recipe. I love new ways to cook chicken. I love things in a nice sauce. I love to add crushed red peppers to pretty much everything. I love things with cheese. I love a good curry. I love to bake, unfortunately for my waist.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family in general cooked classic caribbean food with a Trinidadian emphasis. Bakes, curries, stews, pilau, baked chicken, split pea soup and more. My mom also did lots of broiled food and made a great macaroni pie.
My cooking triumphs
Almost everything I've made from allrecipes has come out fantastic, in particular the Banana Banana Bread and Buffalo Wings have had rave reviews. It has been a fantastic eye opener and liberating to realise when I want something, almost anything at all, I can look up a recipe research it a bit and make something new and interesting myself. This has ended up with things like 2 am pancakes and it's been great fun. It's also saved a ton on eating out!
My cooking tragedies
Nothing really horrendous so far. A tuna casserole didn't come out super awesome once, but it was still ok. I had the habit of overcooking fried foods (especially chicken) cuz I was more afraid of undercooking than overcooking, but a food thermometer has made a huge difference there. All in all, even the slight mess ups have been worthwhile as learning experiences and I always improve on them the next time I make it.
Recipe Reviews 6 reviews
Old Fashioned Coconut Cream Pie
This came out amazing. I dropped the half and half two 2 1/2 cups and added 1/2 cup of canned coconut milk, other than that everything the same, and it was brilliant.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 8, 2008
Tartar Sauce I
A great, simple tartar sauce recipe! The resting period is a must, the tastes really have a chance to meld after a couple hours. Excellent!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 4, 2008
Good Old Fashioned Pancakes
Quick, easy pancakes with a few simple ingredients. Excellent, a permanent addition to the recipe box.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 8, 2008
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