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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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Sauté Trinbago 2010: Part 6 – Shurwayne Winchester (video)

Sauté Trinbago 2010: Part 6 – Shurwayne Winchester (video)
This entry is part 3 of 8 in the series Sauté Trinbago Last to the stage was soca artiste Shurwayne Winchester. I was blown away by his set, which felt more like a mixtape on steroids. Seamless and flawless, he and his band (Y.O.U) combined elements of hiphop, his own soca hits (and those of others), and also wisely drew kaiso classics into the tapestry, creating a beautiful showcase of local music... 

Sauté Trinbago 2010: Part 5 – Oasis Carnival Band Launch 2011 (video)

Sauté Trinbago 2010: Part 5 – Oasis Carnival Band Launch 2011 (video)
This entry is part 2 of 8 in the series Sauté Trinbago The next thing on the evening’s agenda was the launch of a new Carnival band Oasis. From the opening notes of Shakira’s “Ojos Asi” I was drawn in… Oasis Carnival Band Launch 2011 Playlist (6 videos) All in all I think that Oasis did an exceptional job presenting their inaugural face to the world. By the end... 

Sauté Trinbago 2010: Part 4 – The Evening’s Entertainment (video)

Sauté Trinbago 2010: Part 4 – The Evening’s Entertainment (video)
This entry is part 1 of 8 in the series Sauté TrinbagoAfter the magnificence of the Picton Folk Performing Company’s offering, I could be forgiven for thinking that I could take a little time out between performances. The organisers however clearly had different plans. It was not long before the notes of Shakira’s “Waka Waka” started to play as the MC announced that the bMobile... 

Sauté Trinbago 2010: Part 3 – The Picton Folk Performing Company (video)

Sauté Trinbago 2010: Part 3 – The Picton Folk Performing Company (video)
This entry is part 4 of 8 in the series Sauté Trinbago Prior to last Saturday’s performance I was completely unaware of the existence of the Picton Folk Performing Company. As a result, I feel really grateful to Cloud Nine, the organisers of Sauté Trinbago, for the exceptional level of talent which they allowed to shine from the event’s start to its end. Opening with a young charismatic... 

Sauté Trinbago 2010: Part 2 – Blue Devils & Moko Jumbies (video)

Sauté Trinbago 2010: Part 2 – Blue Devils & Moko Jumbies (video)
This entry is part 3 of 8 in the series Sauté TrinbagoLike moko jumbies, blue devils are mainstays of traditional Trinidadian Carnival (or ‘ole mas’ as it’s commonly called). A form of Devil Mas/Jab Molassie/Jab-Jab, blue devils are mostly associated with the Maraval hills of Paramin and have also been immortalised in song by 3 Canal with their classic track (and video) Blue. Terrifying... 

Sauté Trinbago 2010: Part 1 – Arrival (video)

Sauté Trinbago 2010: Part 1 – Arrival (video)
This entry is part 2 of 8 in the series Sauté TrinbagoIt has been no secret to anyone who follows my Twitter and Facebook accounts that I was extremely excited to attend last Saturday’s Sauté Trinbago. After a 2 year wait, since the last Taste T&T festival, I have been itching for an event that showcases the cuisine and culture of my homeland. I had grand expectations for this event (in... 

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 festival, before being unceremoniously pulled without announcement. Although Sauté Trinbago did not compete with it in scale, it definitely... 

Sauté Trinbago is Today! (video)

Sauté Trinbago is Today! (video)
This entry is part 1 of 8 in the series Sauté TrinbagoIt’s been over 2 years since Taste T&T last opened its doors, leaving a trail of unanswered questions and disheartened patrons in its untimely demise. In the interim, many foodies like myself have wondered if and when its resurrection would occur and what, if anything, could rise to fill its place. In a matter of hours Sauté Trinbago... 

20 Ways To Enjoy Coconut! (video)

20 Ways To Enjoy Coconut! (video)
Top 10 Coconut Recipes on TriniGourmet.com 1. Coconut Rock Buns (recipe) Coconut rock buns are a nostalgic treat for me. I vividly remember saving up my allowance, as a child ,to buy them from the lady who sold baked goods out of the back of her station wagon every Wednesday afternoon at my prep school. 2. Coconut Bake (recipe) Here in Trinidad the term bake is applied to any bread... 

Meatless Cassava Oiled-Down (recipe)

Meatless Cassava Oiled-Down (recipe)
Oiled down (also more commonly referred to as ‘oildown’) is one of those truly transcendent West Indian delights. As I wrote, in one of this blog’s first entries: “Oil Down, is a colloquial Caribbean name for any dish of starchy vegetables cooked in coconut milk until all the milk is absorbed and the ingredients have turned into a creamy mush (or have ‘oiled down’). The... 

15 Things You Need To Know About Mangoes (Tips, Recipes, Cookbooks)

15 Things You Need To Know About Mangoes (Tips, Recipes, Cookbooks)
5 Things You Should Know About Mangoes 1. Unless you are preparing a recipe that specifically calls for green mangoes do not buy mangoes that are too hard/’green’. They will not ripen properly. Choose mangoes that yield to gentle pressure and use your nose: a ripe mango will have a very fragrant aroma and unripe mango will have none. Coloration doesn’t matter (some mangoes naturally... 

Trinidad Pholourie (recipe) – Saveur Magazine “Best Of The Web”!

Trinidad Pholourie (recipe) - Saveur Magazine
July 5, 2010: Sometime between when this post was originally written in 2007 and now it appears Saveur Magazine selected this recipe as one of its ‘Best Of The Web‘, and Trinigourmet.com as one of its ‘Sites We Love’. I can’t explain how much this means to me as it has always been my hope and aim to disseminate Trinidadian cuisine to the wider world. It really makes the... 
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Oven BBQ Chicken (recipe)

Oven BBQ Chicken (recipe)
This post was originally published on August 22, 2007. It has been updated once since then Summer is the time to fire up the grill… at least that’s what the US food programs and magazines tell me. Here in Trinidad, I’ve never really known or been part of a huge grilling or BBQ culture. As a kid there was a time when my father went on a BBQ kick, that lasted about a month after which... 

Trinigourmet’s Amazon Hotlist for June 2010

Trinigourmet's Amazon Hotlist for June 2010
Church Street, Woodbrook, Trinidad, W.I. It’s the start of another month, and with that comes the posting of my monthly roundup of those items that you all have been clicking (and purchasing) this month. Coming in on top is Ramin Ganeshram’s ode to local cuisine “Sweet Hands”. Unfortunately it appears as though the book has once again gone out of print. I have no idea if (or... 

Kung Pao Chicken (recipe)

Kung Pao Chicken (recipe)
A very simple fiery and flavourful chicken dish that comes together quickly. The most unexpected part of the flavour medley is the candy-like sweetness of the fried (until charred) sweet peppers. From Wikipedia: Kung Pao chicken (also spelled Kung Po chicken) is a classic dish in Sichuan cuisine, originating in the Sichuan Province of central-western China. The dish is named after Ding Baozhen (1820–1886),... 

15 Ways To Enjoy Pasta!

15 Ways To Enjoy Pasta!
Top 5 Pasta Recipes on TriniGourmet.com 1. Trinidad Macaroni Pie (recipe) This dish is a stereotypical part of the traditional Trinidadian Sunday lunch and is also offered in cubed form at BBQs and other casual outdoor functions. Feel free to play around with the proportions. A sprinkling of parsley on top after it comes out of the oven, though not traditional, adds a dash of colour and enough... 

Trinigourmet Q&A #9: Pholourhie Making Tips

Trinigourmet Q&A #9: Pholourhie Making Tips
This entry is part 5 of 13 in the series Q&A 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 batter may not have sat long enough, be dense enough or the oil may not be hot enough. Send... 

15 Ways To Enjoy Beef! (video)

15 Ways To Enjoy Beef! (video)
. How to cook Trinidad style curry beef with potato from CaribbeanPot.com: Trinidad style curry beef with potato. A uniquely tropical way of cooking curry beef (of beef curry), you’ll be amazed at how simple and very tasty this recipe is. For step by step instructions, check out: caribbeanpot.com/tropical-curry-beef-with-potato/ … where I explain the entire cooking process, including... 

Simma Down! – Caribbean Food in Western North Carolina

Simma Down! - Caribbean Food in Western North Carolina
From The Mountain Express: The Simma Down Caribbean Café just recently opened on Market Street downtown [Asheville], in the area formerly occupied by One Love. The restaurant is also surprisingly affordable, offering lunch plates laden with jerk chicken or pork and heaps of coconut rice and peas, greens and plantains — for the rock-bottom price of only $7. Chef/owner Sam Briggs says that the prices... 

Remembering Julia: Julia Child 101 (video)

Remembering Julia: Julia Child 101 (video)
“I learned to cook for the same reason most women do—to please a man. I started to cook for the first time after I got married in 1946. Paul and I had met in Ceylon during World War II when we were both with the OSS (Office of Strategic Services), which later became the CIA. It would be nice to say we were spies, but I was a file clerk and Paul was an exhibits officer, doing maps of the Burma... 

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