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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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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... 

3Ds Place Bakery & Restaurant

3Ds Place Bakery & Restaurant
In my ‘travels’ on the web I came across the following establishment in an article on businesses in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. 3Ds Place Bakery and Restaurant, 771-A Washington Ave.; (718) 623-2310 For the past decade, 3Ds has been baking up Jamaican favorites. Besides pastries like Jamaican hardo bread, currant rolls and bulla, the place also serves breakfast, lunch and dinner for well... 

Coconut Bake (recipe)

Coconut Bake (recipe)
Here in Trinidad the term bake is applied to any bread which is not leavened with yeast. It also usually involves cutting fat into flour in the early stages. People often ask me how I get my bakes to be so soft, well after much soul searching I am ready to share my ‘secret’ Ice water! I love to keep the dough as cold as possible and nothing does that better than ice water. Not only does... 

Trinigourmet Q&A #8: Where to buy Ramin Ganeshram’s “Sweet Hands” in Trinidad?

Trinigourmet Q&A #8: Where to buy Ramin Ganeshram's
This entry is part 4 of 13 in the series Q&A Reader’s Question: I live in Trinidad and would like to purchase a copy of the book “Sweet Hands: Island Cooking from Trinidad and Tobago”. Can you tell me if this is possible and if it is where? Regards, TriniGourmet’s Answer: Ramin Ganeshram’s “Sweet Hands: Island Cooking from Trinidad and Tobago”has been... 

Fried Eggplant (recipe)

Fried Eggplant (recipe)
You know one of the unexpected discoveries of having a food blog is realizing how much our parents keep from us about -their- culinary pasts. Before I started TriniGourmet I thought it was reasonable to assume that the foods my parents made were accurate reflections of their respective heritages (Trinidad and Jamaica respectively), and as such included faves from their own childhoods. Not so. It has... 

Danish Kringle (recipe)

Danish Kringle (recipe)
I originally made this recipe for a 2007 edition of “Weekend Breakfast Blogging: Ethnic Dishes With A Twist”. Since then it has generated quite a bit of traffic, especially from Chowhound, something that -really- makes me smile In the original challenge the host wanted us to make a dish from a culture, country, or ethnicity other than our own. Well wow, that really left me in a bit... 

Sweet Hands: Island Cooking From Trinidad And Tobago

Sweet Hands: Island Cooking From Trinidad And Tobago
Sweet Hands: Island Cooking from Trinidad and Tobago – Ramin Ganeshram Book Description Callalloo and Buss Up Shut, Mother-in-Law And Kuchela, Chip Chip and Doubles. The verbiage of Trinidad’s cuisine is both lyrical and mysterious. The variety of foods from this Caribbean nation and their fanciful names tell the story of a rich and eclectic cultural hertiage. A British colony from... 

Upside Down Chocolate Pudding (recipe)

Upside Down Chocolate Pudding (recipe)
This post was originally published January 23, 2007. It has been updated once since then. It was coming down to the wire for Sugar High Friday #27. The theme was chocolate and I still had no clue what I was going to make. Everything that I could think of required a trip to the supermarket which I wasn’t willing to do. Especially since I had already used my supermarket budget for this week. What... 

Vote!

Vote!
“Universal suffrage is the only guarantee against despotism.” – May Wright Sewall My finger as it appeared in 2007 and as it shall appear by Monday evening. Tomorrow, Monday 24th, we Trinbagonians return to the polls to determine who our country’s next Prime Minister will be. I’m not going to tell you who you should align yourself with, I’m not even going to tell... 

Ciabatta Bread (recipe)

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 originally made it for my mom’s birthday in 2006, before she developed a gluten allergy and it was a huge hit. Since that time it has become one of the most popular recipes here on Trinigourmet, even being linked to by The Fresh Loaf! Although I have been thrilled by all...