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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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Trinigourmet Q&A #13 – Can You Help Me Find These “Chinese Cakes”?

Trinigourmet Q&A #13 - Can You Help Me Find These
This entry is part 13 of 13 in the series Q&A Dear Readers, Today is one of those days when I get to turn the tables and pose the questions to -you- You see, last month Alana, a fellow reader, asked me about “Chinese Cakes”. I’m looking for a recipe called chinese cake but it looks like a cookie and is very soft and melts in your mouth, can you please help? My mom loves those... 

You’ll Love! The Real Taste of Jamaica

You'll Love! The Real Taste of Jamaica
The Real Taste of Jamaica by Enid Donaldson, Ray Chen (29)Buy new: $16.95 23 used & new from $10.03 (Visit the Most Wished For in Caribbean & West Indian list for authoritative information on this product's current rank.) Description: This new edition of Enid Donaldson’s popular cookbook, completely re-designed with additional photographs and a brand new cover, takes food lovers and cooks... 

Win a Copy of “Caribbean Vegan”!

Win a Copy of
Recently I was delighted to receive a review copy of “Caribbean Vegan: Meat-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free Authentic Island Cuisine for Every Occasion by Barbadian food scientist Taymer Mason. This giveaway has ended I first became aware of this insanely talented young woman last year via Twitter and since then I have followed her blog Vegan In The Sun, with a mixture of respect and awe. I’m... 
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Current Bestseller! The Spice Necklace: My Adventures in Caribbean Cooking, Eating, and Island Life

Current Bestseller! The Spice Necklace: My Adventures in Caribbean Cooking, Eating, and Island Life
The Spice Necklace: My Adventures in Caribbean Cooking, Eating, and Island Life by Ann Vanderhoof (16)Publication Date: February 7, 2011Buy new: $14.95 $9.96 7 used & new from $9.74 Description: While sailing around the Caribbean, Ann Vanderhoof and her husband Steve track wild oregano-eating goats in the cactus-covered hills of the Dominican Republic, gather nutmegs on an old estate in Grenada,... 

Sarina’s Veggie Burger Fettucine (for Macaroni Kid Trinidad)

Sarina's Veggie Burger Fettucine (for Macaroni Kid Trinidad)
For my first post to Macaroni Kid Trinidad, I put my own twist on Pasta Alla Norma. Instead of fried eggplant slices, vegetarian chickpea patties are added to a quick tomato sauce and fettuccine. From start to finish, you have everything you need to feed 4 in under 30 minutes! Want the recipe? Head over to Macaroni Kid Trinidad, and while you are there why not sign up for their newsletter. It’s... 

Sarina’s French Toast Tuna Sandwiches (recipe)

Sarina's French Toast Tuna Sandwiches (recipe)
It often happens that culinary inspiration hits me late at night. Although this is great for my confidence, it’s not so great for my waistline The other night, as I was relaxing to a new episode of Jersey Shore (don’t judge me!) I started to get a craving for fried goodness. Maybe it was the boardwalk scenes, maybe it was the platters of home fries, but before I knew it I started to... 

Hot Off The Press! Paradise Kitchen: Caribbean Cooking with Chef Daniel Orr

Hot Off The Press! Paradise Kitchen: Caribbean Cooking with Chef Daniel Orr
Paradise Kitchen: Caribbean Cooking with Chef Daniel Orr by Daniel Orr Publication Date: May 12, 2011Buy new: $29.95 $19.77 (Visit the Hot New Releases in Caribbean & West Indian list for authoritative information on this product's current rank.) Description: Chef Daniel Orr spent years working in high-stress Manhattan kitchens before shifting gears and heading to the calm, turquoise waters... 

Trinigourmet Amazon Hotlist for January 2011

Trinigourmet Amazon Hotlist for January 2011
Rainforest Roll – Kaizan Sushi Bar, Movietowne (my writeup of my search for a new sushi home will be up in coming weeks) The first month of 2011 is barely over and I’m already I’m in the middle of a whirlwind of activity! I can’t complain, and I hope that everything is treating you well on your side of the screen as well The winds of change are not just blowing offline, but... 

Bertie’s Mega-Hot Trinidad Pepper Sauce (recipe)

Bertie's Mega-Hot Trinidad Pepper Sauce (recipe)
This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Top Trini Condiments So you want to know how to make Trini pepper sauce? Trinidad Pepper Sauce is no joke peoples. This is liquid fire, forged from the flesh of the hottest scotch bonnet peppers, garlic, onions and other assorted ingredients simmered to perfection. This recipe is for my father’s pepper sauce, something he’s been making for…... 

Sarina’s Trinidad-Style ‘Stew Oxtail’ (recipe) – as mentioned in The New York Times

Sarina's Trinidad-Style 'Stew Oxtail' (recipe) - as mentioned in The New York Times
Oxtail stew (or ‘stew oxtail’ as it is more commonly called in local parlance) is a sentimental favourite of many Trinbagonians. While writing this post I even had a Twitter follower tell me that it’s the first thing she insists on having upon returning home! In the US stew oxtail is more closely identified with Jamaican fare, but I do believe that each island is equally proud of... 

Trinigourmet in the Sunday New York Times!

Trinigourmet in the Sunday New York Times!
It was one of those moments you always hope for, but can never predict or plan. A message on Twitter in early January letting me know that Sam Sifton, Dining editor of The New York Times was working on a piece about Caribbean Style Oxtail Stew and that I should probably drop him a line. The messenger? Sanura Weathers of My Life Runs On Food. After a brief bout of should I/shouldn’t I, I decided... 
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Trinigourmet and Macaroni Kid Trinidad Join Hands!

Trinigourmet and Macaroni Kid Trinidad Join Hands!
Hey everyone! I am so happy to officially announce my partnership this year with Macaroni Kid Trinidad! In the past I have been offered opportunities for collaborations and I have, until now, turned them all down. Until now. You see, for me, a project has to be aligned with my core values, and I have to feel that in some way, the project is for a larger good to remain committed. This is truly what... 
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Baking Powder Biscuits (recipe)

Baking Powder Biscuits (recipe)
There is something about Sundays. The pace of life is slower, the roads are empty, the neighbourhood is quieter, and the sunshine seems slightly brighter. Sundays lend themselves to leisurely baking like no other day of the week. That’s why last Sunday I decided to make some Baking Powder Biscuits. These biscuits remind me a lot of those that you get at Kentucky Fried Chicken (at least the ones... 

You’ll Love – Delicious Jamaica: Vegetarian Cuisine (Healthy World Cuisine)

You'll Love -  Delicious Jamaica: Vegetarian Cuisine (Healthy World Cuisine)
Delicious Jamaica: Vegetarian Cuisine (Healthy World Cuisine) by Yvonne McCalla Sobers (6)Buy new: $14.95 $10.10 24 used & new from $2.27 Description: From pre-Columbian times to the present, Jamaica has been a melting pot of many cultural influences. Nowhere is this better reflected than in its wonderful food. From the delicious barbecue style of the Arawak Indians (the inhabitants of the island... 

Caribbean Ketchup (recipe)

Caribbean Ketchup (recipe)
This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Top Trini Condiments Ketchup. You think you know what it is, but if you haven’t tasted true homemade ketchup, well… in the words of MTV Diary, “you have no idea”. Often when friends come down to visit they leave with bottles of local ketchup. Curious about this behaviour I asked one why she did it. “It don’t taste the same... 

Check out Trinigourmet in Caribbean Beat Magazine Nov/Dec 2010!

Check out Trinigourmet in Caribbean Beat Magazine Nov/Dec 2010!
Have you seen the Nov/Dec 2010 issue of Caribbean Beat Magazine? I hadn’t until I started getting congratulatory messages on Twitter last month about my mention in it! Of course I then rushed to their website to see what it was all about And, there it was! The article “Perfect Presents For Foodie Friends” is written by BBC Producer Franka Philip, the mind behind “Can Cook,... 
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Easy Hot Spiced Mexican Chocolate (recipe)

Easy Hot Spiced Mexican Chocolate (recipe)
This post was originally published on July 15, 2007. It has been updated twice since then. Chocolat (2000): Nominated for 5 Academy Awards(R) including Best Picture, Best Actress (Juliette Binoche — THE ENGLISH PATIENT), and Best Supporting Actress (Judi Dench — SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE), CHOCOLAT is the beautiful and captivating comedy from the acclaimed director of THE CIDER HOUSE RULES!... 

Tu B’Shevat Tablescape 2011

Tu B'Shevat Tablescape 2011
Wednesday evening is the start of Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish New Year for the Trees. This holiday, and its accompanying seder, encourages participants to reflect on how the earth’s bounty (especially the forms that fruit take) mirror our own spiritual evolution. For the event, or any time that you want to bring a ‘natural’ feel to the fore, I have focused on a neutral palette... 

Tu B’Shevat (New Year For The Trees) Menu 2011

Tu B'Shevat (New Year For The Trees) Menu 2011
Chive Blossoms – our garden Wednesday evening marks the start of Tu B’Shevat, one of my favourite holidays on the Jewish calendar. There’s something whimsical and life-affirming about having a New Year’s celebration for the environment and the seder (religious) service which accompanies it has a focus on our role as stewards of the planet, as well stewards of our own ever-evolving... 

Hot New Release: 20 Best Jamaican Recipes [Kindle Edition]

Hot New Release: 20 Best Jamaican Recipes [Kindle Edition]
20 Best Jamaican Recipes Dee Phillips at Landmark Press Publishing (Author) Download: $2.99 197 used & new from $2.99 Description: If you love the spicy island flavour that is typical of Jamaican cooking then you will love this cookbook! This cookbook features 20 all-time favourite Jamaican recipes, including Jamaica's National Dish - Saltfish 'n Ackee. Have you been craving something spicy...