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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’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 called... 

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... 

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... 

Daring Cooks: Gluten-Free Indian Dosas (recipe)

Daring Cooks: Gluten-Free Indian Dosas (recipe)
Finally! I have completed (and posted) a Daring Cooks Challenge on time! I have been cooking along with this most recent adjunct to the Daring Bakers community but have always ended up missing the deadlines for one reason or another. No more! This time around the challenge was Indian Dosas. I’ve made dosas before but this was my first time doing so with gluten-free flour. Two suggested accompaniments... 

Ensalada Chilena (recipe)

Ensalada Chilena (recipe)
This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Summit Of The Americas Earlier this year when Trinidad hosted the Summit of the Americas, I came up with the idea to try to cook my way through the recipes of the attending nations. That never quite materialized in the timely manner that I had envisioned. This recipe was one of those. This simple tomato and onion salad is a customary accompaniment to meals in... 

Bussin’ Coconut

Bussin' Coconut
Every now and again I get criticized by a reader for using ‘shortcuts’ in my recipes. Whether it’s a frozen this or a grated that, I’m bound to hear from someone who thinks that unless I grew it, picked it and shelled it myself, I’m really nothing but a lazy bum. Well criticism noted and embraced! I -am- a lazy bum (in my downtime), and I love the conveniences that modern... 

TWD: Espresso Cheesecake Brownies

TWD: Espresso Cheesecake Brownies
It’s been far too long since my last Tuesdays with Dorie post. Truth be told, I think I was extremely disheartened after the disaster that was my attempt at the Coconut-Pineapple Dacquoise. Not that it tasted bad, but I put so much time, energy and money into it, that any disappointment was really too much for me with my stress levels at the level they were at. Now, I’ve cooled off, had... 

Sarina’s Spinach-Ginger Salad (recipe)

Sarina's Spinach-Ginger Salad (recipe)
This quick and simple salad is perked up by the addition of slivered stem ginger. Stem ginger is an ingredient that doesn’t get as much love as I think it should. It’s usually found in the baking aisle, but at times I have seen it hiding rather uncomfortably in the aisles that house ‘international ingredients’ and/or random salad dressings. From the Good Food Channel: Preserved... 

Mid-80’s Stag Commercial (video)

In the 80’s there were no two bigger rivals in the local Beer trade than Stag and Carib. Both had ad campaigns using local musical icons and slick marketing campaigns. In the above minimalist ad, Calypso King of the World, The Mighty Sparrow waxes poetic on its virtues Although in random talks with people Stag seemed to be the sentimental favourite, at the end of the day it was Carib though... 

Hello, Old Friend

Hello, Old Friend
Banana ‘trees’, Lady Young Road, Morvant “Time, time, time, see whats become of me While I looked around For my possibilities” – A Hazy Shade of Winter, Simon & Garfunkel I had the best intentions where blogging has been concerned, but like Simon & Garfunkel intimated time has a funny way of moving steadfastly on while we are preoccupied with our own visions.... 

Ricotta Gnocchi (recipe)

Ricotta Gnocchi (recipe)
Hey, I’m back! For now at least I think this is the longest I’ve been ‘away’ since getting back into my blogging groove. My profuse apologies but sometimes, offline demands make themselves unavoidable and require all my attention! So this and my next few posts (until the end of June) will be haiku-like in their brevity. This ricotta gnocchi was my first entry towards the... 

Parisian Apple Tartlets

Parisian Apple Tartlets
MMMMMMMMM. These were so good! And SO SIMPLE! Some peeled core apple, some puff pastry. A little butter and sugar and that’s it! Oh c’mon! Even the most kitchen phobic amongst you can make this one. With my heart shaped cookie cutters I really went to town. Ever the experimenter I decided to play around with the toppings. In addition to the sugar and butter topping that Dorie uses in... 

Chipster-Topped Brownies

Chipster-Topped Brownies
Did ya think I’d forgotten ya? Hardly! However from now until the end of June I’m focused on some work-related activities that are extremely time and energy consuming, so my apologies from now that updates will be rather sparse. However if all goes as planned I will be able to resume a much more prolific schedule again This time around I’m back with today’s Tuesdays With... 

Mexican Turtle Cheesecake with Banana Rum Sauce (recipe)

Mexican Turtle Cheesecake with Banana Rum Sauce (recipe)
Here it is, down to the wire. Still über busy but I wasn’t gonna let the posting date for this month’s Daring Baker’s Challenge pass me by! The April 2009 challenge is hosted by Jenny from Jenny Bakes. She has chosen Abbey’s Infamous Cheesecake as the challenge. I have made cheesecakes in the past but it’s been a long while and I was very excited to try this challenge... 

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