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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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Sarina’s Independence Day Coconut Sugar Cakes (recipe)

Sarina's Independence Day Coconut Sugar Cakes (recipe)
This post was originally published September 1, 2008. It has been updated once since then I call these my Independence Day Sugar Cakes because I have foregone the traditional colors of pink and white, for our national colours of red, white and black. Despite the name I dare say they’ll be great for Republic Day, any day of national celebration, heck, year-round! The results were so beautiful... 

Yom Kippur Break-The-Fast Menu 2010

Yom Kippur Break-The-Fast Menu 2010
In keeping with a ‘tradition’ that I began last year I am once again focusing on no-cook and ‘quick’ recipes for my ‘break-the-fast’ Yom Kippur menu. Cardamom Spiced Coffee Trinidad Saheena Open-Faced Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Sandwiches Crunchy Bran Muffins Not only does this approach relieve a lot of post-fasting stress and preparation on my part, it also... 

Caribbean Beachcomber July/August 1969 – Sebastians On The Waterfront, St. Thomas

Caribbean Beachcomber July/August 1969 - Sebastians On The Waterfront, St. Thomas
Transcription: Sebastians on the Waterfront is one of the most colorful – and oldest – of the restaurants on St. Thomas (Photo/Virgin Islands Tourist Board) Sebastian’s on the Waterfront appears to have been a place that travellers long remembered and felt attached to. References to it on the Web can still be found in the form of ebay memorabilia auctions, and... 

Ackee

Ackee
Ackee is one of my favorite ingredients, however it is not something that I think most Trinidadians (or people worldwide) know or have tasted. In fact if it wasn’t for my Jamaican mother I probably would never have tasted it all! I often see Western cookbooks comparing ackee to scrambled eggs, a comparison that I believe is more visual than taste-related. Ackee has a very creamy texture and is... 

Vegan No-Bake Peanut Butter Fudge (recipe)

Vegan No-Bake Peanut Butter Fudge (recipe)
No-bake fudge? I had never heard of such a thing before and was skeptical that this recipe would actually work. But it did and the final result was very satisfying! The only thing I’m not sure of is whether the squares would stay firm at room temperature here in the tropics so I’ve kept them in the fridge. That way I don’t have anything to worry about. If you’re looking for... 

Eid Menu 2010

Eid Menu 2010
Image courtesy Chennette Eid-Ul-Fitr will be observed in Trinidad & Tobago with a public holiday on September 10th (date subject to change). Like most religious holidays in Trinidad it is marked not just by strong community observance but also with warm interfaith participation. Because so many communities share this small space of land it is not unusual to have many religions represented on... 

Top 10 Chicken Recipes on TriniGourmet.com (September 2010)

Top 10 Chicken Recipes on TriniGourmet.com (September 2010)
1. Oven BBQ Chicken (recipe) Although there is no substitute for BBQ from the grill, oven-baked chicken recipes are in my eyes are perfectly acceptable substitute as the results of this recipe will testify! 2. Ultimate Curry Chicken – video Few chicken recipes are as embedded into a Trinidadian’s culinary psyche as curry chicken. In the following video Chef DEX (not connected... 

Caribbean Beachcomber July/August 1969 – Pepperpot at the Barbados Hilton

Caribbean Beachcomber July/August 1969 - Pepperpot at the Barbados Hilton
Transcription: Pepper pot soup as served at the Barbados Hilton (photo/William Alleyne) The “Hilton Barbados” Today (is any form of the above elaborate pepperpot display still in existence? ) p.s. Is it just me or does the Caribbean map in the above video depict Tobago as located below Trinidad?! OUT NOW! GLAM BY REQUEST: 30+ Easy Caribbean Recipes – $6.95 USD A... 

Vichysoisse Creole (recipe & video) – Caribbean Beachcomber July/August 1969

Vichysoisse Creole (recipe & video) - Caribbean Beachcomber July/August 1969
As promised, I am currently cooking my way through a 1969 Food issue of Caribbean Beachcomber. For much of this year I have been privately delving into older cookbooks, both West Indian in nature, as well as International. In many ways I have found that they have increased my love of cooking and my understanding of ingredients more than many contemporary publications. Many of the combinations and... 

Rumona Liqueur (Caribbean Beachcomber advertisement July/August 1969)

Rumona Liqueur (Caribbean Beachcomber advertisement July/August 1969)
I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Rumona liqueur is still very much in production. Unfortunately, I was not able to learn too much more about the history of this product online. If anyone wants to share some info with me I’d really appreciate it! With over 200 years of production now I think they have a lot to be proud of! Especially if the taste is as good as the few... 

Trinigourmet’s Amazon Hotlist for August 2010

Trinigourmet's Amazon Hotlist for August 2010
Boomers, a local chain of sub shops has a killer tuna sandwich! They were the first to bring out sauces with distinctly local flavours such as garlic and chadon beni. Subway has since followed… 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. Ramin Ganeshram’s... 

Where oh where have the Buffalypso gone? (video)

Where oh where have the Buffalypso gone? (video)
Image Credit: NIGO If, like me, you were a TTT baby (i.e. you grew up only knowing one channel that signed off at noon, and signed back at 2:30 p.m. with the call of “Caribbean Vibration”) then you probably also remember government promos touting the benefits of the mysterious locally-designed ‘Buffalypso’. Part Water Buffalo and part uh… Calypso? this... 

20 Ways To Enjoy Eggplants!

20 Ways To Enjoy Eggplants!
Top 5 Recipes Featuring Eggplant on TriniGourmet.com 1. Eggplant Ragout with Tomatoes, Peppers and Ground Beef (recipe) This dish is redolent with the flavours of the Middle East and is a personal favourite of mine. 2. Fried Eggplant (recipe) Slivers of seasoned eggplant (or melongene as it is more commonly called here in Trinidad) are floured and breaded before being pan fried. The... 

Mango Lassi (recipe)

Mango Lassi (recipe)
I’ve been dreaming of mango lassi for some time now. Mango lassi was something I first discovered during my college years in the US and I haven’t had it since returning to Trinidad seven years ago. This rich cool, slightly tart, beverage is the perfect complement to spicy, fiery cuisines and is also hearty (and healthy) enough to be a satisfying shake all on its own. When our mango bounty... 

20 Interesting Pie & Tart Recipes (video)

20 Interesting Pie & Tart Recipes (video)
Trinidad Macaroni Pie is the #1 pie recipe here on Trinigourmet.com Is it a pie? Is it a tart? The answer may more lie in the recipe’s country of origin and it’s final presentation, than in the ingredients and composition themselves. From Baking911.com A pie is American in design and can be both sweet or savory and is served directly from its pan. Most pies are usually baked with a layer... 

Caribbean Beachcomber July/August 1969 – Caribbean Kitchen Magic A Food and Drink How-To Introduction

Caribbean Beachcomber July/August 1969 – Caribbean Kitchen Magic A Food and Drink How-To Introduction
Transcription: Caribbean Kitchen Magic A Food and Drink How-to Join us for a mini-culinary tour of the Caribbean Kitchen – via its fruits and vegetables, its weekday staples, its holiday feasts, its beverages and even some hand-me-down remedies. Discover the likes of stamp-an-go, foo-foo, asopao, brandied lobster. Delight in visions of paw paw, mangos, honey berries and succulent... 

Playing with the Tuile of Hearts (video)

Playing with the Tuile of Hearts (video)
This post was originally published on January 29, 2009. It has been updated once since then. So here it is, right on the heels of my first Tuesdays with Dorie entry, my very first Daring Bakers challenge! I first learnt about Daring Bakers in 2006 shortly after starting this blog. Back then the pool of participants was quite small and invitation-only. I would read their entries and ooh and aah over... 

Sarina’s Vegan Wonder (recipe)

Sarina's Vegan Wonder (recipe)
This meal came together relatively quickly. It is a classic one-pot dish based on veggies that are on ‘standby’ and tinned pantry staple. What gives it a little twist from other cobbler-style casseroles is the use of cornmeal as the crust. As I enter my 3rd year of preparing gluten-free meals where my mother is concerned I have come to have an even greater respect for... 

Kelewele (recipe)

Kelewele (recipe)
One of the things that I love about operating Trinigourmet is the wealth of knowledge and experiences that readers bring to the table. Whether it’s commenting on other’s questions left in posts, participating in the #caribbeancooks hashtag on Twitter, or contributing to my Facebook presence, I am always left inspired. Case in point. Recently I asked fans of the Trinigourmet Facebook page,... 

Emancipation Village 2010: African Food Fair Part 4 – Departure/Closing Thoughts

Emancipation Village 2010: African Food Fair Part 4 - Departure/Closing Thoughts
This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Emancipation Village 2010 With our stomachs full we decided to explore the right hand side of the Fair before leaving. This area was designated to traders and vendors of handiwork, clothing, and health items. Everything looked wonderful and I wished I had walked with more money. Some even took Mastercard/Visa, but alas I had walked solely with...