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Passionate foodie, founder of Trinigourmet and Caribbean Lifestyle Maven. Author of "Glam By Request: 30+ Easy Caribbean Recipes"

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You’ll Love: Michael’s Genuine Food: Down-to-Earth Cooking for People Who Love to Eat

You'll Love: Michael's Genuine Food: Down-to-Earth Cooking for People Who Love to Eat
Michael’s Genuine Food: Down-to-Earth Cooking for People Who Love to Eat by Michael Schwartz, JoAnn Cianciulli (3) Buy new: $35.00 $23.03 48 used & new from $16.74 Description: James Beard Award–winner Schwartz serves up a stellar mix of meticulously planned recipes that focus on local ingredients and fresh, seasonal flavors. Sensible and simple, Schwartz is determined to make his audience... 

Pawpaw a.k.a Papaya Nectar (recipe)

Pawpaw a.k.a Papaya Nectar (recipe)
MMMM pawpaw. Growing up it was probably near the bottom rung of my favoured fruits. It wasn’t sweet enough, the seeds wigged me out, and the texture was just too bleh. In an effort to get me interested my mother would serve it to me drizzled in honey. This attempt worked more times than not, and as I got older my palate started to enjoy and appreciate this fruit, with or without adornment. It... 

Sarina’s Tropical Mango Hot Sauce (recipe)

Sarina's Tropical Mango Hot Sauce (recipe)
This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Top Trini Condiments This post was originally written for a 2007 installment of “Waiter There’s Something in my…”! The theme was sauces. Originally I had thought of coming up with a pasta sauce as I haven’t made pasta in a while, however over the past week we have been flooded with mangoes (from friends and neighbours). The influx... 

Current Bestseller! Puerto Rican Cuisine in America: Nuyorican and Bodega Recipes

Current Bestseller! Puerto Rican Cuisine in America: Nuyorican and Bodega Recipes
Puerto Rican Cuisine in America: Nuyorican and Bodega Recipes by Oswald Rivera (21) Buy new: $19.95 $13.12 58 used & new from $5.06 Description: Puerto Rican cuisine, with its strong Spanish and African influences, holds a unique position in the world of Caribbean cooking. The food is spicy, hearty, healthy, sensuous, and adventurous. The 240-plus recipes included here range from traditional... 

20 Ways To Enjoy Ginger!

20 Ways To Enjoy Ginger!
. From Epicentre.com: Ginger is one of those ingredients that can be many things to many people. Not only is it used in cuisines around the world, but it also comes in a variety of forms fresh, pickled, dried, and crystallized among them . People who bake may immediately call to mind the ground ginger they use in gingerbread or the jewel-like crystallized ginger they add to holiday cookies and cakes.... 

Wholewheat Bake (recipe)

Wholewheat Bake (recipe)
This post was originally published on October 13, 2006. It has been updated twice since then. Bake is a popular breakfast bread here in Trinidad. Hearty by nature, its heavy crumb keeps you feeling satisfied for hours. Especially when taken with a savory topping. My version here, raises the fiber content through a healthy dose of wholewheat flour. Be sure to pay attention to the resting time and... 

“Blanched” Basil Pesto (recipe)

Writing is a funny thing. Some days the words seem to flow effortlessly and other days it’s a struggle. I’ve spent the last few hours hemming and hawing around beginning this post and it really isn’t anything that complex or profound. If it wasn’t for the fact that it’s for an online event that ends today I probably would just leave it with the 1000+ drafts that I currently... 

Carambola Bread (recipe)

Carambola Bread (recipe)
This recipe’s origins lie in an impulsive purchase of starfruit (carambola) in 2007. Somehow I had an idea of using it to make a cheesecake topping but the cheesecake never materialized and I was stuck with the silly things in my vegetable drawer. Rather than let them go bad I pondered what else I could use it for. See I’ve been committing myself to not only recreating and sharing as... 

What Recipe Would You Like To See Next On Trinigourmet?

What Recipe Would You Like To See Next On Trinigourmet?
Handcarved wood ornament – Anthony ‘Chinman’ Trotman Dear Readers, Won’t you take a second to let me know which of the below you’d love to see on the site? What Recipe Would You Like To See Next On Trinigourmet? Trinidad-Style 'Stew Fish (59%) Fizzy Mauby (19%) Ciabatta Rolls (15%) Tuna & Pasta Melt (7%) Total Votes: 254  Loading ... Stay tuned... 

Sarina’s Cranberry Almond Slaw (recipe)

Sarina's Cranberry Almond Slaw (recipe)
Salads in Trinidad are traditionally a disheartening affair that leaves you wondering why the cook/establishment even bothered. Two wilted lettuce leaves, a force-ripe watery slice of tomato, and some slivers of cucumber served either unadorned, or swimming in some vague mystery oil with specks of pepper flecked throughout. All that’s missing is a headstone for your plate. Most people down it... 

Trinigourmet Amazon Hotlist for July 2011

Trinigourmet Amazon Hotlist for July 2011
Julia Child’s recipe for Boeuf Bourguignon is a classic for a reason! I’ll be sharing my experience with it with you soon My apologies for not posting a hotlist for June, life has been so hectic. I know that many of you look forward to them for new titles and recommendations so without further ado here is this month’s Top 10, including a first-time appearance for a Bermudian publication!... 

Basil Lemonade (recipe)

Basil Lemonade (recipe)
This Basil Lemonade recipe was originally made for Stephanie’s 43rd edition of Blog Party! One of the things that I love about adding basil to beverages is the muted herbal flavour that it imparts. This lemonade is no exception. It softens the acidity of the lemon/lime juice, and also mellows out the overt sweetness. Be sure to blend the basil leaves and lime juice completely before adding... 

Grated Carrot and Raisin Salad (recipe)

Grated Carrot and Raisin Salad (recipe)
This salad is a nostalgic favourite of mine. It was the only form of vegetables that my Aunt provided on a regular basis when I (and many of her godchildren) would spend part of the school holidays by her. From young I enjoyed the contrast in textures between the smooth creamy mayonnaise, and crunchy carrots… and the occasional burst of sweetness that the raisins provided? Heaven! So imagine... 

Emancipation Day Menu Plan 2011

Emancipation Day Menu Plan 2011
August 1st is Emancipation Day in Trinidad and Tobago, a public holiday. Trinidad and Tobago was the first country in the world to commemorate the abolition of slavery with a national observance, and since that time several other countries (mostly in the Caribbean) have followed suit. For quite a few years now the last week in July, building up to the holiday (August 1), has been set aside for a... 

Mangoes, Mangoes, Mangoes

Mangoes, Mangoes, Mangoes
As previously mentioned, it’s mango season and mangoes have been pouring in from the trees of various family friends. Now mangoes are not a cookie cutter fruit. They come in many different varieties. I confess however that I am no mango connessiuer. All I know is some have smooth seeds, some have very hairy seeds (which mom says they used to turn into dolls when she was a kid), and some are very... 

Red-Roasted Chicken Stir-Fry (recipe)

Red-Roasted Chicken Stir-Fry (recipe)
From Natural Health Magazine: This stir-fry is inspired by the flavors of traditional Chinese red roasting, which derives its special character from the use of dark soy, Shaoxing wine and rock sugar. This post was originally published on October 15, 2006 and was one of the first dishes I prepared for this site. A sentimental fave just right for revisiting! This dish relies heavily on the quality... 

Trinidad Sugar Buns/Hot Cross Buns (recipe)

Trinidad Sugar Buns/Hot Cross Buns (recipe)
June 23rd is Corpus Christi in Trinidad and Tobago, a public holiday. According to Gov.TT: Corpus Christi is a long-standing tradition in our islands, going back to our pre-British occupation by the Catholic Spaniards. Though mainly observed by Roman Catholics, it is a designated public holiday. This special Feast Day is celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday, in commemoration of the institution... 

Angostura Bitters – The Taste of Trinidad (BlogHer Editor’s Pick)

Angostura Bitters - The Taste of Trinidad (BlogHer Editor's Pick)
When I was studying in the USA it seemed that every bar had Angostura bitters on its shelves. I realized that to Americans this tiny bottle was seen as a cocktail ingredient. How so very different from here in Trinidad where Angostura bitters is a staple in every kitchen, and is used to flavour everything from soups, to roasts, to ice cream! Growing up a few drops of Angostura in a glass of warm water... 
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Radmila’s Buttermilk Cornbread

Radmila's Buttermilk Cornbread
Like any good food blogger I have amassed a huge list of recipes from other bloggers that I plan to ‘try one day’. One of my very first ‘Fabulous Finds’ was this Buttermilk Cornbread recipe that I got from Radmila’s food blog ‘Papamo‘ in 2007. Radmila is a true example of 21st century globalism. She is Serbian, married to a Guyanese, and living in Canada!... 

Bluebeard’s Rum Custard Pudding (recipe) – Caribbean Beachcomber July/August 1969

Bluebeard's Rum Custard Pudding (recipe) - Caribbean Beachcomber July/August 1969
This quick and easy rum pudding is the next installment in my retro Caribbean Beachcomber series. The name is derived from the tales of a rather prolific aristocratic serial killer. I was not aware of Bluebeard or the stories before making this dish and I must say I am glad, because I am hard pressed to find a connection between the two and would rather not have such visions in my head while enjoying...