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Trinidad Independence Day Menu [MENU PLAN]

Trinidad Independence Day Menu [MENU PLAN]

Opening of the Churchill-Roosevelt/Uriah Butler Interchange, May 1 2009 August 31st is Trinidad’s Independence Day. This year’s menu is a trifecta of the new, the old, and a new twist on an old favourite 🙂 What will yours be this year? 🙂 I do have […]

Indian Arrival Day Menu

Indian Arrival Day Menu

May 30th is Indian Arrival Day, a public holiday here in Trinidad and Tobago. Indian Arrival Day commemorates the arrival of the first East Indian labourers to our shores. From the National Library Website: Indian Arrival Day, celebrated on 30th May, commemorates the arrival of […]

In Trinidad, Christmas is Parang! (video & holiday recipe roundup)

In Trinidad, Christmas is Parang! (video & holiday recipe roundup)

What is Parang? Well Parang is the soundtrack to Christmas here in Trinidad. More than that however Parang is also a culture, a way of life that sweeps through my island after the lights of Eid and Divali have been put away. The What is […]

Spiritual/Shouter Baptist Day Menu

Spiritual/Shouter Baptist Day Menu

Photo: Sookdeo BaneyMarch 30 is Spiritual Baptist/Shouter Liberation Day in Trinidad & Tobago. From Wikipedia: Spiritual/Shouter Baptist Liberation Day is an annual public holiday celebrated in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, on March 30. The holiday commemorates the repeal on March 30, 1951 of […]

Purim Menu (video)

Purim Menu (video)

Purim Menu 2011 • East Indian Chickpea Salad • Hummus • Pasta Puttanesca • Broccoli Gratin • Haman’s Ears/Orejas de Haman • Sarina’s Rum and Raisin Hamantsachen It always tickles me how close Purim and Carnival fall most years. I especially enjoy Purim because it’s […]

Republic Day Menu

Republic Day Menu

Trinidad & Tobago celebrates its Republic Day on September 24th. This day is usually quieter and more understated in celebration than Independence Day, but equally looked forward to for it is a respite from the work week 🙂 Here is a menu suggestion for your […]

Labour Day Menu & History

Labour Day Menu & History

“June 19, Sir, is a day which, in the minds of the workers, marks a landmark in the history of the working class movement.” – Adrian Cola Rienzi June 19 is Labour Day in Trinidad and Tobago, a public holiday Labour Day marks the labour […]

Hanukkah 2010 Menu Ideas

Hanukkah 2010 Menu Ideas

(Hanukkah celebration, San Fernando 2008) This year Hanukkah falls from sundown December 1 – December 8. Many people know this holiday as the Jewish ‘Festival Of Lights’ however it is also often mistakenly thought of as a Jewish equivalent of Christmas causing me to field […]

Divali Menu 2010

Divali Menu 2010

Deyas flickering in the wind during Divali celebrations in Trinidad and Tobago, Adam Smith Square Woodbrook Friday November 5th, 2010 was Divali in Trinidad and Tobago, a public holiday. Divali (also known as Diwali or Deepavali) is the Hindu festival of lights, and one of […]

Top 5 Cake Recipes on TriniGourmet.com (updated October 2010)

Top 5 Cake Recipes on TriniGourmet.com (updated October 2010)

1. Trinidad Black Cake (recipe) Black Cake in Trinidad is a Christmas tradition. Made predominantly of alcohol drenched prunes, currants and raisins, variations abound 2. Mango Cake (recipe) This mango cake is very light and elegant in appearance, especially when topped with a dash of […]

Vegetarian Sukkot Menu 2010

Vegetarian Sukkot Menu 2010

Sunset in Maraval Wednesday evening marks the start of Sukkot. Traditionally harvest foods are eaten, as well as dishes that feature stuffed components. It is the theme of stuffed foods that really shaped my menu this year. Omelettes (my new obsession), and stuffed baked apples […]

Yom Kippur Break-The-Fast Menu 2010

Yom Kippur Break-The-Fast Menu 2010

In keeping with a ‘tradition’ that I began last year I am once again focusing on no-cook and ‘quick’ recipes for my ‘break-the-fast’ Yom Kippur menu. Cardamom Spiced Coffee Trinidad Saheena Open-Faced Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Sandwiches Crunchy Bran Muffins Not only does this approach […]

Eid Menu 2010

Image courtesy Chennette Eid-Ul-Fitr will be observed in Trinidad & Tobago with a public holiday on September 10th (date subject to change). Like most religious holidays in Trinidad it is marked not just by strong community observance but also with warm interfaith participation. Because so […]

Rosh Hashana Menu 2010

Rosh Hashana Community Dinner 2007 This year the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana begins at sundown on September 8. Normally at Rosh Hashana I have a rather fixed menu, sneaking in one or two new dishes for variety. Last year however I decided to shake […]

Shavuot: Festival of Milk and Honey (2010 menu)

Shavuot: Festival of Milk and Honey (2010 menu)

Gnocchi Pomodoro (recipe linked below) Shavuot is an annual Jewish festival of dual significance. Agriculturally, it commemorates the time when the first fruits were harvested and brought to the Temple, historically, it also celebrates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. To mark Shavuot […]

Mother’s Day Menu 2010

Mother’s Day Menu 2010

Birds in my mother’s garden (May 2010) Happy Mother’s Day everyone. Hope it is a happy and safe one 🙂 Am getting an early pre-dawn start on this year’s menu 🙂 • Fresh Green Bean Salad • Fillet A La Veracruzana (Rachael Ray Show) • […]