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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 […]

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 8 – Ash Wednesday

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 8 – Ash Wednesday

After the frenzied crescendo of Carnival Tuesday all merriment and debauchery ends (or is supposed to end) with the ushering in of Ash Wednesday and the start of the Roman Catholic observance of Lent. My father tells me that ‘back in the day’ all sound […]

Trinigourmet Q&A #12: Can frozen peppers be used to make pepper sauce?

Trinigourmet Q&A #12: Can frozen peppers be used to make pepper sauce?

Reader’s Question: Have you ever used peppers (for Trinidad Pepper Sauce) that you had previously frozen? I have a bunch of peppers from last season that I steamed, ice bathed, and then shrink wrapped & froze. Looking for a good use for them. Plus, 2 […]

Trinigourmet Q&A #11 – How to get ‘the pocket’ in my fry bakes?

Trinigourmet Q&A #11 – How to get ‘the pocket’ in my fry bakes?

Reader’s Question: Hey, I have been trying to get the "pocket" in my bakes since I began making them. I cannot figure out what I am doing wrong? I have tried your recipe (maybe they were too large), tried margarine, tried butter, tried yeast and […]

Trinigourmet Q&A #10: Can I Use Polenta in place of Cornmeal?

Trinigourmet Q&A #10: Can I Use Polenta in place of Cornmeal?

Reader’s Question: Anyone used polenta (in Trinidad Corn Soup with Dumplings) instead of cornmeal? Former more common in Europe, but both made from corn. TriniGourmet’s Answer: Polenta grade cornmeal can be a good bit coarser. I would suggest grinding it more finely in a blender […]

Remembering Taste T&T 2008 (video)

Remembering Taste T&T 2008 (video)

As I continue sorting through the 297 photos and videos that I took at this weekend’s wonderful Sauté Trinbago, I thought I would allow you the chance to glance through bits and pieces of Taste T&T 2008. For 3 years it was Trinidad’s premier culinary […]

Trinigourmet Q&A #9: Pholourhie Making Tips

Trinigourmet Q&A #9: Pholourhie Making Tips

Reader’s Question: When I fry pholourie on my own it falls apart in the oil but when my students do it it comes out perfect! Help please! TriniGourmet’s Answer: Hi there! There are many different possibilities. The top ones that come to mind are your […]

Trinigourmet Q&A #8: Where to buy Ramin Ganeshram’s “Sweet Hands” in Trinidad?

Trinigourmet Q&A #8: Where to buy Ramin Ganeshram’s “Sweet Hands” in Trinidad?

Reader’s Question: I live in Trinidad and would like to purchase a copy of the book “Sweet Hands: Island Cooking from Trinidad and Tobago”. Can you tell me if this is possible and if it is where? Regards, TriniGourmet’s Answer: Ramin Ganeshram’s “Sweet Hands: Island […]

Trinigourmet Q&A #7: Where to buy wholewheat roti in Tampa, FL?

Trinigourmet Q&A #7: Where to buy wholewheat roti in Tampa, FL?

Reader’s Question: Where can I find some whole wheat roti…thats my question! I’m in Tampa, Fl TriniGourmet’s Answer: Hi readers. I am handing this request over to you, please answer in the comments so that all your answers are archived for future reference. Thanks! 🙂

TriniGourmet Q&A #6:  Do you know of anyone in Brooklyn or the Bronx who frosts black cakes?

TriniGourmet Q&A #6: Do you know of anyone in Brooklyn or the Bronx who frosts black cakes?

Reader’s Question: I came across your recipe (for Trinidad Black Cake) just last month. I baked the cake and by a turn of events I gave one to a colleague who is getting married in June. Her fiance tasted it and is now hinting that […]