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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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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... 

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... 

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 of... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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.... 

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