Fresh Homemade Golden Apple Juice - It's a Bajan Delight!

For those of you who don't know what Barbadians (Bajans) call Golden Apples, it's a fruit known as a June Plum, that can be described as having the flavor of a cross between a young mango and a pineapple. Needless to say it's deliciously tangy!

I don't know if November is Golden Apple month, but lately my uncle has been bringing bags and bags of Golden Apples for us and since we can't eat all, why not make some Golden Apple Juice - a Bajan favorite?!

So here's what I've been making today. Give it a try, you'll love it!

Golden Apple Juice

Golden Apples/June Plums (not too ripe) (the quantity is up to you - if you're like me, it's too many to count)
Freshly squeezed lime juice to taste (optional)
Brown sugar to taste
Angostura Bitters


1. Wash golden apples and cut into pieces (leave the skin on for better tasting juice).

2. Place golden apple pieces in a blender and add enough water to puree. Blend on high speed until pureed.

3. Strain puree using a strainer and a large spoon. You may need to do this 2 or 3 times.

4. Dilute juice with water and add sugar and lime juice and angostura and spices to taste. Stir and Strain again.

5. Chill and shake before pouring. Enjoy!

June Plum on Foodista

Thanksgiving From Afar

It's been a while since I last posted and that's because I've been swamped with work and travelling and working and travelling some more! I've finally found ... no Made some time to write a post and what better thing to post about than Thanksgiving!

In Barbados, we don't celebrate Thanksgiving, but I had the pleasure of experiencing an American Thanksgiving a couple years ago when I was in California. I must say it is a most splendid occasion. For one day people are actually thankful for what they have, unlike other holidays when people are upset about what they didn't get. Maybe that's what makes it such an enjoyable holiday!

This year, I'm thankful for many things - for love of friends and family, for a job (especially in today's economy!), for a home, for health, for peace in my life...for everything I've got and even for the things I don't. One of the highlights for me this year was getting engaged to the love of my life! So even though I won't be in the USA this Thanksgiving, I've still got plenty to be thankful for.

So while many are feasting on Turkey, pie and more pie, I will be reminiscing on my last Thanksgiving and looking forward to the next. I'll be getting ready to celebrate Independence Day in Barbados (Nov 30th)...and I'll also be dreaming about eating these exciting foods that I found on Foodista. May it give you some inspiration this Thanksgiving!

Roast Turkey on Foodista

Italian Turkey Stuffing on Foodista

Cajun Tomato Gravy on Foodista

Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes on Foodista

Cream Cheese Pecan Pie on Foodista

And of course, I've gotta have a good cocktail! I'm a sucker for Pina Colada!

Pina Colada on Foodista