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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’s Amazon Hotlist for September 2010

Trinigourmet's Amazon Hotlist for September 2010
Divali is fast approaching and with it shall come my recipes for Kheer (Indian Rice Pudding) and Parsad. Stay tuned, I know you all have been looking! 🙂 Wow! Can you believe it’s mid-October already? Maybe it’s just me but I swear time accelerates as each calendar year draws to a close! I’m a little bit late posting your fave purchases (and clicks) this month,... 

Trinigourmet Q&A #12: Can frozen peppers be used to make pepper sauce?

Trinigourmet Q&A #12: Can frozen peppers be used to make pepper sauce?
This entry is part 8 of 13 in the series Q&A Reader’s Question: Have you ever used peppers (for Trinidad Pepper Sauce) that you had previously frozen? I have a bunch of peppers from last season that I steamed, ice bathed, and then shrink wrapped & froze. Looking for a good use for them. Plus, 2 1/2 pounds is a lot of peppers to gather when you only have one plant! Thanks! TriniGourmet’s... 

Trinigourmet Q&A #11 – How to get ‘the pocket’ in my fry bakes?

Trinigourmet Q&A #11 - How to get 'the pocket' in my fry bakes?
This entry is part 7 of 13 in the series Q&A Reader’s Question: Hey, I have been trying to get the "pocket" in my bakes since I began making them. I cannot figure out what I am doing wrong? I have tried your recipe (maybe they were too large), tried margarine, tried butter, tried yeast and still no pocket. What am I doing wrong? Could it be the size? TriniGourmet’s Answer: Hi... 

Top 5 Cake Recipes on TriniGourmet.com (updated October 2010)

Top 5 Cake Recipes on TriniGourmet.com (updated October 2010)
1. Trinidad Black Cake (recipe) Black Cake in Trinidad is a Christmas tradition. Made predominantly of alcohol drenched prunes, currants and raisins, variations abound 2. Mango Cake (recipe) This mango cake is very light and elegant in appearance, especially when topped with a dash of icing sugar. The batter is topped with brown sugar and butter which crystallizes to form a delicate streusel... 

A Beer is a… Carib (video)

A Beer is a... Carib (video)
Carib Brewery, Eastern Main Road, Champs Fleurs Ask any Trinidadian to complete the following phrase. A beer is a … and you’ll instantly hear a loud uproarious ‘Carib’. For over 50 years the Carib Brewery has been producing Carib beer to the delight of Trinis both at home and abroad. I know that for myself seeing a Carib sign in a pub or a bar abroad was enough to make me... 

15 Ways to enjoy Lemons (and Limes!)

15 Ways to enjoy Lemons (and Limes!)
Top 5 Recipes Featuring Lemons (and Limes!) on TriniGourmet.com 1. Crisp Lemon Chicken (recipe) Distinct herbal and citrus flavours make this roast a standout! 2. Sarina’s Sparkling Ginger-Lime Shandy (recipe) Bubbly and sweet with a slight tang of lemon and beer. An unusual refreshment that is sure to garner raves! 3. Pasta with Basil, Tomatoes and Lemon Zest (recipe) It... 

Top 3 Vegetarian Recipes on TriniGourmet.com

Top 3 Vegetarian Recipes on TriniGourmet.com
1. Trinidad Doubles – recipe Trinidad doubles is the ultimate local street food. It’s cheap. Usually hot/warm. Hearty. Filling. You can view the recipe here. 2. Ciabatta Bread – recipe This recipe for Ciabatta Bread creates a very light loaf, soft and chewy on the inside with a thin crunchy rustic crust. I made it for my mom’s birthday and it was a huge hit. I hope... 

Lion’s Baking Powder Commercial (video)

Lion's Baking Powder Commercial (video)
Call it nostalgia but it’s hard to convince me that the local commercials of the 80’s and 90’s didn’t have a certain ‘something’ that the current set lacks. There was something very magnetic about the hooks and taglines back then. Lion’s Baking Powder had a long running advertising campaign that really drilled home that not only would they make your breads... 

Pan Fried Snapper with Tomato Salsa (recipe)

Pan Fried Snapper with Tomato Salsa (recipe)
This post was originally published on August 25, 2007. It has been updated once since then. A simple fish dish. The flavours weren’t as assertive as I would have ordinarily liked but the relative mildness means that it can be paired with bolder side dishes that may not usually see the light of day. The inclusion of cilantro in the salsa provides the only real ‘zest’. I often... 

16 Ways To Enjoy Fish!

16 Ways To Enjoy Fish!
Top 5 Fish Recipes on TriniGourmet.com 1. Trinidad Saltfish Accra (recipe) Puffy fried dough balls, made of a highly seasoned dough into which shredded saltfish has been mixed. 2. Fried Bake ‘n Fish (recipe) Fied dough and highly seasoned fried fish. That probably does not sound all that amazing or innovative but it really is all in the execution, and of course the accroutements! 3.... 

Caribbean Beachcomber July/August 1969 – Caribbean Food Overview

Caribbean Beachcomber July/August 1969 - Caribbean Food Overview
Transcription: Caribbean cuisine is so varied it is difficult to consider it a single cuisine. During the trading of slaves, food crops of all kinds were also interchanged between territories. As. a result, food and produce are similar throughout the Caribbean, but methods of cooking vary according to original influences. The Arawak Indians, the original Caribbeanites, are responsible... 

Carmen’s Carrot Muffins (recipe)

Carmen's Carrot Muffins (recipe)
This post was originally published August 10, 2007. It has been updated once since then. This recipe is one of many to be found in mom’s homemade scrapbooks. She’s been compiling them since the 1970’s and as a toddler I would occupy myself on the kitchen floor by flipping through them, amazed at the colours and scribbles contained within. Some of that must have rubbed off on me... 

Amour et Café (review)

Amour et Café (review)
Shortly after this post was first published Amour et CafĂ© closed its doors indefinitely, citing a ‘legal obstacle’ on their Facebook page. They are still available for orders however. Let’s hope they get everything sorted out in 2011! There’s something underfoot here in Trinidad. A movement of eager, innovative food lovers, opening small intimate locations... 

Vegetarian Sukkot Menu 2010

Vegetarian Sukkot Menu 2010
Sunset in Maraval Wednesday evening marks the start of Sukkot. Traditionally harvest foods are eaten, as well as dishes that feature stuffed components. It is the theme of stuffed foods that really shaped my menu this year. Omelettes (my new obsession), and stuffed baked apples hopefully won’t disappoint 🙂 In the past I have traditionally made cabbage rolls, but I felt like ‘shaking... 

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... 

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