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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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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I originally made this recipe for a 2007 edition of “Weekend Breakfast Blogging: Ethnic Dishes With A Twist”.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 I originally made it for my mom’s birthday in 2006, before she developed a gluten allergy and it was a huge hit.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... 

Bertie’s Trinidad Pelau (recipe)

Bertie's Trinidad Pelau (recipe)
This post was originally published on September 17, 2008. It has been updated twice since then. My father’s pelau is (not surprisingly) my favourite and has been a staple over the long Carnival weekend in my family, for as long as I can remember. Now my father is a man with a very narrow cooking repertoire, but what he does do he does well. You’ve already experienced his truly excellent... 

Ensalada Chuchu (recipe)

Ensalada Chuchu (recipe)
This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Summit Of The AmericasFamous in Brazil We call chuchu christophene Click here to learn more Tweet  Read More →

Trinidadian Roti – An Overview (video)

Trinidadian Roti - An Overview (video)
Roti. Four little letters that have the power to put any Trini into a smile-infused stupor Along with pelau I consider it one of Trinidad’s national dishes. East Indian in origin Trinidad roti has now become its own entity with several variants offered to the sidewalk or fast food consumer. So, what exactly is roti? Wikipedia to the rescue! Never mind that they spell tawa with a ‘v’???... 

Mother’s Day Menu 2010

Mother's Day Menu 2010
Birds in my mother’s garden (May 2010) Happy Mother’s Day everyone. Hope it is a happy and safe one Am getting an early pre-dawn start on this year’s menu • Fresh Green Bean Salad • Fillet A La Veracruzana (Rachael Ray Show) • Black Beans in Spicy Tamarind Sauce • Sarina’s Sparkling Ginger-Lime Shandy • Sugar-free icecream Amazon.com Widgets For more recipes... 

Butternut Squash Soup With Ginger (recipe)

Butternut Squash Soup With Ginger (recipe)
Adapted from a recipe in Bon Appetitmagazine, this warm and creamy soup became an instant classic in my home and graced the table at last year’s Passover Seder. Butternut Squash Soup with Ginger Source: Adapted fromBon Appetit Yield: Serves 6 Ingredients 2 butternut squash (about 4 3/4 pounds total), halved lengthwise, seeded 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 cups thinly sliced onion 1 tablespoon... 

Tennessee Banana-Black Walnut Cake with Caramel Frosting (recipe)

Tennessee Banana-Black Walnut Cake with Caramel Frosting (recipe)
Made this 3 years back A Paula Deen Recipe We are still dating Tweet  Read More →

Red Red (recipe)

Red Red (recipe)
Red-Red is a Ghanian dish I stumbled across quite accidentally while looking at a recipe for Kelewele that was kindly sent to me via my Facebook page by Corinne, a regular contributor. Traditionally served with fried plantain it is a rich, luscious and spicy combination of thick tomato sauce and black-eyed peas which visually lives up to its name. Having never tried it before I used a multitude of... 

That Caribbean Drought!

That Caribbean Drought!
The site CaribWorldNews.com recently published a piece on the current severe drought conditions which are affecting the Caribbean region. Here in Trinidad our reservoirs are at record lows. This combined with severe, chronic, bush fires has meant that food prices have continued to inflate. I keep waiting for the rains to come but am also reminded that it is not likely that this will happen before... 

Raw Green Mango Chow (recipe)

Raw Green Mango Chow (recipe)
This post was originally published on February 6, 2009. It has been updated once since then for submission to Mango Moods Earlier this month I asked Trinigourmet readers on Facebook and Twitter what their favourite way to enjoy mango was. The runaway winner? Mango Chow! Green mango chow is a wonderful accompaniment to most meals. Light and yet spicy, it adds a tart sweetness when used as a condiment.... 

Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge (recipe)

Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge (recipe)
This post was originally published on April 1, 2007. It has been updated once since then In 2007 I was asked to share Five (Foodie) Things Most People Don’t Know About Me. One of them was that cornmeal porridge is one of my ultimate comfort foods. My Jamaican mother made it regularly for me as a child, particularly if I was unwell or feeling particularly downtrodden. Cornmeal porridge holds... 

Calypso in Chestnut Hill: A Taste of Trinidad

Calypso in Chestnut Hill: A Taste of Trinidad
Image: Philadelphia Inquirer Last month the Philadelphia Inquirer ran a piece on a Trinidadian food stand called Calypso in Chestnut Hill’s Farmers Market. Excerpt: “It is time to make the next round of roti. Campbell slides balls of dough made with ground split peas and garlic from under a kitchen towel, flattens them, and rolls them out with a big, wooden rolling pin. Then she lays the... 

Goolab Jamoon Pudding (recipe)

Goolab Jamoon Pudding (recipe)
This post was originally published on January 23, 2007. It has been updated once since then. When I first heard about Leftover Tuesdays I immediately thought what a great idea! If there’s one thing that I’ve learnt over the past few months (thanks to Rachael Ray) is that leftovers don’t have to be reheated facsimiles of their former selves. This may have been common sense to... 

Trini Bakery Goodies – The Photos

Trini Bakery Goodies - The Photos
Coconut Rock Buns (link to recipe below) Over the last few weeks on Twitter, myself and various other Caribbean cooks (who suitably enough converse under the #caribbeancooks hashtag) have been sharing and reminiscing over various food-related childhood memories. Chennette, who is my dearest and oldest foodie friendship, took the conversation to her blog with the post “Ode To The Bread Van”.... 

A Quick and Dirty Guide To Getting Your Roti On In Broward County (article)

A Quick and Dirty Guide To Getting Your Roti On In Broward County (article)
Image from Cliff1066 Ft. Lauderdale Flickr setThe Broward-Palm Beach New Times recently wrote “A Quick and Dirty Guide To Getting Your Roti On In Broward County”. Featured eateries include: • Lovey’s Roti in Sunrise (8336 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise; call 954-741-9212) • Lucky City (5574 W. Sample Road in Margate; call 954-972-1880) • The Curry Hut (5416 W. Atlantic Blvd.... 

Eating “After Dark”: Recipe Books for the Frisky Foodie

Eating
Well, well, well looks like a simple Google search for recipes containing avocado and honey, has led me unknowingly into the seedier side of the Foodie-verse. Yes my dears, did you know that there is a whole section of cookbooks devoted to the goals of seduction and sensual (culinary) surprise? The interplay of food and physical desire are as old as time. Just look at the biblical Song of Songs or...