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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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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... 

Emancipation Village 2010: African Food Fair Part 3 – Official Food Court (video)

Emancipation Village 2010: African Food Fair Part 3 - Official Food Court (video)
This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Emancipation Village 2010After about half an hour of casual conversation and enjoyment of the musical offerings of the ‘Village Radio’ the rain eventually lessened into a drizzle. This seemed to be the right moment to wander through the official ‘Village Food Court’. Curious as to what I would find, I quickly realized... 

Emancipation Village 2010: African Food Fair Part 2 – Cassava Fries & Kelewele (video)

Emancipation Village 2010: African Food Fair Part 2 - Cassava Fries & Kelewele (video)
This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Emancipation Village 2010 After passing through the entrance it was time to head straight to the food court. Food was served in 2 main areas, one officially designated “Food Court” where most of the vendors were still absent or trying to keep dry beneath white tarpaulin, and the area shown above, which was close to the DJ Sound... 

Emancipation Village 2010: African Food Fair Part 1 – Arrival (video)

Emancipation Village 2010: African Food Fair Part 1 - Arrival (video)
This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Emancipation Village 2010 August 1st was Emancipation Day here in Trinidad & Tobago. A public holiday since 1985 its definition has recently been expanded as a recognition of the struggles of all the ethnic groups who came here in servitude. At its heart though it remains essentially a time of remembrance of the African Slavery Experience.... 

Trinigourmet’s Amazon Hotlist for July 2010

Trinigourmet's Amazon Hotlist for July 2010
A Jamaican Patty from Rituals Trinidad is a weekly ‘ritual’ of my own 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 ode to local cuisine “Sweet Hands” took a bit of a hit this month, falling out of the top spot.... 

Trinigourmet Q&A #10: Can I Use Polenta in place of Cornmeal?

Trinigourmet Q&A #10: Can I Use Polenta in place of Cornmeal?
This entry is part 5 of 13 in the series Q&A Reader’s Question: Anyone used polenta (in Trinidad Corn Soup with Dumplings) instead of cornmeal? Former more common in Europe, but both made from corn. TriniGourmet’s Answer: Polenta grade cornmeal can be a good bit coarser. I would suggest grinding it more finely in a blender or food processor, but after that is done it can be used in... 

Pholourie & Chopsticks: When Tokyo and Trinbago Collide! (video)

I am constantly amazed by what a mobile and adaptable people we Trinis are. Over on Twitter I converse with locals who have ventured to all corners of the world and while comfortable in their new lives, still want that little taste of home to ‘show off’ to others or to just give them small private comfort. One such person who I have come into regular contact is Petra, a.k.a TokyoTrinbago.... 

Sauté Trinbago 2010: Part 7 – Closing Thoughts (video)

Sauté Trinbago 2010: Part 7 - Closing Thoughts (video)
This entry is part 4 of 8 in the series Sauté Trinbago For the past few days I’ve been reviewing the recently held Sauté Trinbago food event. If you’ve been following along I hope you have enjoyed the photos and videos that I’ve shared. If you’ve missed any of the posts to date you can quickly catch up by clicking the series navigation bar above this post,... 

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... 

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.... 

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... 

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