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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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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... 

Microplane 5pc Grater Set – Review & Giveaway!

Microplane 5pc Grater Set - Review & Giveaway!
This giveaway has ended. Congratulations to our winner, Barbara of Vino Luci Style! Last month I was excited to receive a review set of Microplane’s 5 pc Grater set. Hand-grating is probably one of the kitchen prep tasks I loathe the most and I use the grater attachment of my food processor for most things. For the odd things that do require hand-grating J makes a great manual operator *chuckle*.... 
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Cynthia “Tastes Like Home” Nelson, Trinidad Book Signing This Weekend!

Cynthia
Hey everyone, I’ve been laying low a little but don’t let the silence mislead you things have been -very- active on the Trinigourmet side. I have been working on expanding the support system that responds to your questions and comments and am also working on my first mini e-book! I have also brought on an Online Community Manager and have some other collaborations in the works that I am... 

Trinigourmet’s Gifts For Foodie Friends!

Trinigourmet's Gifts For Foodie Friends!
Last year I was delighted to be included in the November/December issue of Caribbean Beat magazine. The article by Franka Phillip called “Gifts for Foodie Friends” included my recommendation of a “butane torch”, along with the suggestions of several other Caribbean foodies across the diaspora. Now, for the first time, I am sharing the complete list of items which I had presented... 

Sarina’s Trinidad-Style Garlic Sauce (recipe)

Sarina's Trinidad-Style Garlic Sauce (recipe)
This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Top Trini Condiments No Trini condiment series would be complete without a recipe for garlic sauce. Garlic sauce is one of those local favourites that can be found everywhere from beachside stands, to popular ‘grill’ joints as well as streetside food vendors. Indeed many street vendors have distinguished themselves solely on having ‘ah bess... 

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 8 – Machel Montano

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 8 - Machel Montano
No Carnival writeup would be complete, especially this year without mention of the ever-popular yet ever-controversial Machel Montano. From an earlier incarnation of his MySpace page: Machel Montano began his career in 1982 at age seven. As early as 1984, he formed his band Panasonic Express now called XTATIK. Machels debut album TOO YOUNG TO SOCA, released in 1985, was an instant hit which earned... 

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... 

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... 

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...