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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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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... 

Poll Results: Have You Ever Eaten Buffalypso?

Image Credit: NIGO Ever since I published my post “Where Oh Where Have The Buffalypso Gone?” last year, I’ve been running a poll on whether or not you would try this elusive meat. Well, the results are in and are as follows! Have you ever eaten Buffalypso? No. But I'd love to! (46%) No. I think I'll skip that one. (35%) Yes! And I loved it! (19%) Yes! Hated it! (0%) Total... 

Current Poll: Which Provision Is Your Fave?

In my recent recipe post for “Dasheen Balls” I shared that I haven’t always been a huge fan of what we here in the West Indies colloquially refer to as ‘Provisions’. I do have a weakness for cassava though, and breadfruit! Still, I’m slowly coming around to dasheen, and eddoes and green banana are still more miss than hit for my palate (I’m working on it though!).... 

My Top 3 Caribbean Baking Recipes for May :)

My Top 3 Caribbean Baking Recipes for May :)
Chalk it up to my high functioning autism, or my devotion to High Fidelity, but I just LOVE making ‘best of’ and ‘top’ lists. This time around I’m making a list of my Fave 3 Caribbean baked goods for May. Why for June? Well no reason really, maybe cos my Top 3 is constantly evolving and changing. So this is just a snapshot really, hope you enjoy it 1. Wholewheat Bake... 

Indian Arrival Day Menu 2011

Indian Arrival Day Menu 2011
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 the first Indian Indentured labourers from India to Trinidad, in May 1845, on the ship Fatel Razack. The Fatel Razack brought... 

Dasheen Balls (recipe)

Dasheen Balls (recipe)
I have a confession to make. I have grown up utterly hating ‘provisions’. You know what I’m talking about. Yams, eddoes, dasheen… I always had a fondness for cassava so that was granted a pardon, but the others? I wanted nothing to do with them. The antipathy began from childhood and stretched without interruption into my adult years. Memories of fist sized cubes of starch... 

Jaffa At The Oval (review)

Jaffa At The Oval (review)
This March, after the hustle and bustle of Carnival had started to die down, I was delighted to be invited to Jaffa At The Oval by an old friend. I have had the opportunity to eat there before but something always came up to change my plans. This time however it was smooth sailing and I am delighted to say that I not only had a wonderful culinary experience taste-wise but in terms of ambience and... 

Trinigourmet Amazon Hotlist for May 2011

Trinigourmet Amazon Hotlist for May 2011
Sarina’s 30 Minute Vegetarian Chili – get the recipe over at Macaroni Kid Trinidad Hey everyone, it’s been a few months since I’ve posted one of these and I’m not really sure why! I’ve been busy lining up guest contributors, giveaway sponsors, and a few other things that I’m not yet ready to reveal, so maybe that has distracted me from this monthly compilation... 

Dominica Health & Wellness Program 14-15 May 2011: featuring Taymer Mason (author of Caribbean Vegan)

Dominica Health & Wellness Program 14-15 May 2011: featuring Taymer Mason (author of Caribbean Vegan)
Yesterday marked the start of the Dominica Health & Wellness program featuring Bajan blogger Taymer Mason, author of Caribbean Vegan! The program looks quite inspiring and it’s lovely to see the support that the event has gotten If you’re able to attend do let me know how it was! Tweet  Read More →

Aaron McCargo Jr’s “Simply Done, Well Done” – Review, Salad Recipe & Giveaway!

Aaron McCargo Jr's
Last month I was excited to receive a review copy of Aaron McCargo Jr’s debut cookbook “Simply Done, Well Done”. I even took to Twitter to share my delight I am not ashamed to state that I have been a fan of his ever since he competed in (and won) the 2008 run of “The Next Food Network Star”. I have also thoroughly enjoyed each episode of “Big Daddy’s House”... 
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Bami Goreng (recipe & video)

Bami Goreng (recipe & video)
As a Caribbean girl I am always amazed by how little we know about our neighbours, and how little they know about us in turn. Surprisingly overarching stereotypes and negative assumptions continue to exist in an age where increased travel and interaction should have broadened understanding. This is bad enough when we share a common language, but when we don’t, the divide becomes even wider. Earlier... 

Your Wedding, Your Way Pt. 4: Sandwiches That Are Sure To Please! (recipes)

Your Wedding, Your Way Pt. 4: Sandwiches That Are Sure To Please! (recipes)
This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Your Wedding, Your Way Sandwiches and soup go together so well that I had to mention them in this series. If you are having an evening wedding, sandwiches can form part of your appetizer course (cut as quarters). However, for a breakfast or lunch reception they can share the stage with your soup course, forming a light entrée all on their own (cut as halves).... 

Your Wedding, Your Way Pt. 3: Soup, It’s Always In Style

Your Wedding, Your Way Pt. 3: Soup, It's Always In Style
This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Your Wedding, Your Way As you can tell from my title, I am a huge fan of soups. Whether clear, creamy, or chunky, there are very few soups that do not meet my favour. Yet, when it comes to weddings, I have rarely seen them on the menu locally. Why is this? In many other cultures a soup course before the actual entrée is standard, and even local buffets for business... 

Your Wedding, Your Way Pt.2: Appetize Them With Pholourie, Saheena and Accra!

Your Wedding, Your Way Pt.2: Appetize Them With Pholourie, Saheena and Accra!
This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Your Wedding, Your Way Set the tone of your wedding reception the minute guests start filtering in, with your appetizers. The inspiration for the above menu came from the actual wedding menu of one of my best friends who presented pholourie and other bite sized Trini street foods on platters carried by cocktail waiters! A move that was quite delightful and unexpected... 

Your Wedding, Your Way Pt. 1: Successful Self-Catering

Your Wedding, Your Way Pt. 1: Successful Self-Catering
This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Your Wedding, Your Way Image: “On The Wedding Table” by contact7 – sxc.hu How do you all feel about the upcoming Royal nuptials? Bored? Annoyed? Giddy? The range of sentiments in my Twitter feed have definitely skewed towards sophisticatedly cynical, intellectually jaded and openly hostile. Unfortunately, if this describes you, you’re... 

Afghani Fried Brown Rice (recipe)

Afghani Fried Brown Rice (recipe)
This colorful and aromatic form of fried rice makes an exciting alternative to plain rice or Asian fried rices. The addition of ras-al-hanout makes it highly aromatic, and caramelized onion slices add just the right hint of sweetness. There’s nothing like having access to fresh home-grown ingredients. Case in point, our bayleaf tree (see left). Bayleaf is one of those flavours that I find hard...