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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 Q&A #7: Where to buy wholewheat roti in Tampa, FL?

Trinigourmet Q&A #7: Where to buy wholewheat roti in Tampa, FL?
This entry is part 3 of 13 in the series Q&A Reader’s Question: Where can I find some whole wheat roti…thats my question! I’m in Tampa, Fl TriniGourmet’s Answer: Hi readers. I am handing this request over to you, please answer in the comments so that all your answers are archived for future reference. Thanks! Tweet  Read More →

Passover Menu 2010

Passover Menu 2010
Passover 2010 falls this year on the evening of March 29th. Even though it is some time aways I have already receiving requests for recipes, as well as for local seders. At the moment I am not sure if my health currently allows me to pull off a repeat of last year’s successful Reggae-Jazz seder, but we’ll see I traditionally have a vegetarian dinner at Pesach, and this year will be... 

15 Minute Magic Chocolate Amaretti Torte

15 Minute Magic Chocolate Amaretti Torte
Once a baking test Now a Pesach tradition Try the steps below Fifteen-Minute Magic: Chocolate Amaretti Torte Page 276-277, Baking: From My Home to Yours Makes 8 Servings 6 large double Amaretti di Saronno or 18 mini amarettini cookies (2.75 oz) (other brands can be used as well) 3/4 cup almonds (blanched or not; whole, sliced or slivered) 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature 1/2... 

Cassava Pone (recipe)

Cassava Pone (recipe)
This post was originally published on November 5, 2008. It has been updated once since then. Mmm pone. A sinfully sweet childhood memory. Not a pudding, not a cake, but something somewhere in between. Pones are usually made from root vegetables. You can also make them with carrots, sweet potatoes and pumpkin. This time around I decided to try my hand at a popular local version made from cassava.... 

TriniGourmet Q&A #6: Do you know of anyone in Brooklyn or the Bronx who frosts black cakes?

TriniGourmet Q&A #6:  Do you know of anyone in Brooklyn or the Bronx who frosts black cakes?
This entry is part 6 of 13 in the series Q&A Reader’s Question: I came across your recipe (for Trinidad Black Cake) just last month. I baked the cake and by a turn of events I gave one to a colleague who is getting married in June. Her fiance tasted it and is now hinting that he wants me to make his groom’s cake and a sheet cake to feed 250 guests. I have no problem baking the cakes,... 

Chef’s Table Recipe: Ciabatta-Wrapped Striped Bass

Chef's Table Recipe: Ciabatta-Wrapped Striped Bass
Chef's Table: Ciabatta-Wrapped Sea Bass (ABC News)This recipe for Ciabatta-Wrapped Striped Bass just caught my eye and is definitely a novel and creative way to use ciabatta bread! Combining the flavours of a saffron sauce with a tomato-fennel stew, and easily adaptable to kosher restrictions, this will definitely be gracing my dinner table in the near future (I’ll probably be leaving out the... 

Weekly curry ‘may fight dementia’ (article)

Weekly curry 'may fight dementia' (article)
Image: Sarina’s Coconut Rice With Lentils and Cashews (recipe here) Not that I need any encouragement, nor am I sure do many of my regular readers, but the BBC ran an article last year touting the benefits of regular curry consumption. Among one of the findings was that a key component in curries (curcumin) can help to prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Excerpts:. Curcumin... 

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Pt. 9: Brian MacFarlane

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Pt. 9: Brian MacFarlane
Sitting here on a Carnival Tuesday night, watching Brian MacFarlane’s opening presentation for his band this year “Resurrection the Mas” By this time tomorrow we should all know if he has been able to achieve an unbelievable 4 consecutive “Band of the Year” titles. MacFarlane is currently my favourite band designer. I am not a fan of the generic beads and feathers style... 

Valentine’s Day Menu 2010

Valentine's Day Menu 2010
Dessert, Valentine’s Day Dinner 2009 – Chaconia Inn Last year, J and I stepped out in style (or so we thought) to the Chaconia Inn for what we hoped would be a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner. Boy were we wrong. Unfortunately we ended up leaving as quickly as we could (the planning was horrible, seating was cramped, tables too small, lighting bright, music system so loud we couldn’t... 

Yu Sheng/Yee Sang “Rainbow Raw Fish Salad” (recipe)

Yu Sheng/Yee Sang
This post was originally published on February 18, 2009. It has been updated once since then. Prior to last year I had never heard of Yu Sheng (also known as Yee Sang), indeed I only became aware of its existence thanks to research done for a blogging event. As this year the Chinese New Year falls on Valentine’s Day it seemed only fitting to repost this recipe, which is one I’ve fallen... 

Trinidad & Tobago Carnival Pt.8 – JW & Blaze “Palance”

Trinidad & Tobago Carnival Pt.8 - JW & Blaze
No Trinidad Carnival post for 2010 would be complete without mention of JW & Blaze and the phenomenon that is “Palance”. This song has taken a word that I doubt I even heard more than once in a year, and turned it into something that everyone is working into the most random and non-sequitur of sentences. There are KFC Palance ‘feasts’ and yuh dun know I want a Palance T-Shirt... 

Trinigourmet’s Top 10 Posts of 2009

Trinigourmet's Top 10 Posts of 2009
Better late than never, here are the top 10 posts of 2009. 1. Trinidad Corn Soup with Cornmeal Dumplings (recipe) Corn soup is a street food favorite here in Trinidad, especially at carnival time when vendors ply large pots of it that they spoon into styrofoam cups outside of fetes and clubs. It’s also popular as a Saturday lunch. 2. Top 10 Chicken Recipes on Trinigourmet.com You’ve... 

Christine’s Roti Shop – Miami (video)

Happy New Year! It feels like FOREVER Technical difficulties, health challenges and work whirlwinds have all kept me from being an active presence here over the past two months. The worst of the worst seems to have passed and so I am now ready and excited to return to you! I have some large plans for the site in 2010 so do stay tuned Last month CCN TV6 ran a feature on a North Miami Roti Shop... 

Vendor Rivalry (video)

Vendor Rivalry (video)
This video has been making the rounds recently. From the first time I saw it I -knew- I had to share it with y’all Created by Trini animator, Ansar Sattar, Vendor Rivalry won Animae Caribe’s 2009 Most Oustanding Caribbean Animation Award. Synopsis: A casual encounter soon escalates into a battle royale, as two local vendors get pushed over the edge. An animated take on a day in the... 

TWD: Banana-Apple Crisp

TWD: Banana-Apple Crisp
Yes! I’m back! A day late for the proper Tuesdays with Dorie post but back nevertheless. Thanks so much for the inquiries and well wishes, I have been dealing with some chronic health issues that flare up from time to time. But now everything seems to be under control again And just in time too! I’ve been working hard lately over the last few months to begin losing some extra pounds... 

Trinigourmet’s Top 10 Posts over the last 30 days (September 2009)

Trinigourmet's Top 10 Posts over the last 30 days (September 2009)
1. Trinidad Corn Soup with Cornmeal Dumplings (recipe) Corn soup is a street food favorite here in Trinidad, especially at carnival time when vendors ply large pots of it that they spoon into styrofoam cups outside of fetes and clubs. It’s also popular as a Saturday lunch. 2. A Beer Is A Carib (video) Ask any Trinidadian to complete the following phrase. A beer is a … and you’ll... 

Top 5 Fish Recipes on Trinigourmet (as of September 2009)

Top 5 Fish Recipes on Trinigourmet (as of September 2009)
1. Trinidad Saltfish Accra (recipe) Accra is a puffy fried dough ball, made of a highly seasoned dough into which shredded saltfish has been mixed. 2. Fried Bake ‘n Fish (recipe) ‘Shark n Bake’ is -the- ultimate beach food here in Trinidad (although it can be bought in other places as well). Its epicentre (where i’ve been told the dish was also first created) is Maracas Bay... 

Is Your Oven Correct? (Why It’s Important To Calibrate)

Is Your Oven Correct? (Why It's Important To Calibrate)
Do you trust your oven? A lot of times I get questions from readers criticizing how a recipe came out and demanding that I change the instructions or details It always somewhat amuses me that clearly -I’m- the one to blame if -their- attempt comes out wrong One simple suggestion that I make, and I make it from my own experience, is to always keep a thermometer in your oven. “But what... 

TWD: Cottage Cheese Pufflets

TWD: Cottage Cheese Pufflets
I hate.. hate… HATE when a recipe gets the best of me. It’s a control thing, I freely admit it. But after 3 valiant attempts I must grudgingly, and rather apologetically confess that this deceptively simple dessert beat me bad. The first time I attempted it, the dough was an utter disaster. Via several google searches I learnt that this problem seems to be a common one for bakers in hot,... 

Trackback Love: Week ending Saturday, September 5, 2009

Trackback Love: Week ending Saturday, September 5, 2009
• Lighter Portions: Summer Schlop and Some Culinary Fun Kristie at Lighter Portions used my Vegetarian Potstickers as an inspiration for her wonton wrapper surplus. Her results look divine and I’m glad that she enjoyed them She also seems to be interested in more than a few raw recipes, which is always a win for me! Definitely looking forward to following her posts. • Sarah’s...