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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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Taste of T&T 2007 – Final Recap! (video)

Taste of T&T 2007 - Final Recap! (video)
Ok, the TriniGourmet is now probably the last Trini on the planet to share her experience of this year’s Taste T&T festival, but you know what they say ‘save the best for last’ It’s taken me longer than I had expected to get to this because of 1) the server issue I had last month 2) putting the PaperBag Gourmet Club series into effect 3) working on another ‘mystery... 

Culinary Confessions

Culinary Confessions
Every now and again I like to take a look at what people are searching for here on TriniGourmet.com. It gives me ideas on what to create next, and what to expand on Not surprisingly there are always a few searches for pork (esp. geera pork). Although this is a Trini cooking site it is also a kosher one, so there won’t be any recipes prepared here for exclusively pork dishes. I don’t worry... 

Fried Plantain (recipe)

Fried Plantain (recipe)
Fried Plantain is a simple snack that appears to be common on tabletops across the Caribbean. I’ve grown up eating them my father’s way which is to wait for the plantain skins to turn almost black before panfrying them on high heat, until they are slightly charred on the outside. Then, when done, immediately sprinkle the slices with brown sugar. YUM! Tweet  Read More →

Carrot Punch (recipe)

Carrot Punch (recipe)
This recipe is my submission to Mixology Monday. I decided to use Orchard’s Carrot Punch (which includes pineapple juice, orange juice, and passion fruit) instead of plain carrot punch and as a result I think this is why the punch didn’t have a strong ‘carrot flavour’, something I was really looking for. I also am not too sure about how the beer and condensed milk went together.... 

The Many Faces of the Coconut

The Many Faces of the Coconut
Am I the only who loves to look at the different faces in brown coconuts? Ever since I was small I’ve been mesmerized at the range of expressions they have as you roll them from side to side! It’s not hard for me to create dialogues to match… yes I was am an idle child. Coconuts are really wonderful things and so I think they will be the perfect topic for this week’s Weekend... 

Top 3 Posts on TriniGourmet over the last 30 days (June 2007)

Top 3 Posts on TriniGourmet over the last 30 days (June 2007)
1. Gub Gub ‘Navy Bean’ Salad with Feta Cheese (recipe) Filling. Nutritious. Flavourful! – recipe here 2. Fudgy Chocolate Cake ‘Brownies’ (recipe) This recipe wins on every front. It calls for very simple basic ingredients (most of which should already be in your pantry), it takes no time to put together, cleanup is minimal and the taste is OUT OF THIS WORLD. Amazingly... 

REVIEW: Häagen Dazs – Ellerslie Plaza, Maraval

REVIEW: Häagen Dazs - Ellerslie Plaza, Maraval
I was first introduced to Häagen Dazs when I lived in the US so it was with great joy that I received the news several years ago that Häagen Dazs would be distributed locally via local supermarkets! Although the prices were astronomical, the quality of texture and flavour made it the perfect occasional indulgence for my palate. Then, in 2003, Hadco (the local distributor for Häagen Dazs) opened... 

Penne with Broccoli, Garlic, and Pecorino (recipe)

Penne with Broccoli, Garlic, and Pecorino (recipe)
Anchovies? Anchovies?!? I can’t believe I’m cooking with anchovies! I had sworn them off years ago after a disastrous pizza suggestion in the US (my first encounter with them). However over the last few months repeated viewing of the Food Network and Rachael Ray started to wear down my resistance. ‘Don’t fear, they’ll cook down to a paste and just add flavour’,... 

Deviled Tomatoes (recipe)

Deviled Tomatoes (recipe)
Vegetarian Express is one of my all-time favorite cookbooks because I can always rely on it to provide a simple quick accompaniment or entree to a more lavish menu. This recipe for deviled tomatoes was used to provide an accompaniment to a meal I made recently of Broccoli Gratin and Fettucine Spaghetti Alfredo. It not only provides nutritional balance but a lovely burst of red to the plating. Even... 

Trini Fish Puff

Trini Fish Puff
Fish puffs are a staple in Trini bakeries. Usually stuffed with creamy fish paste (or chicken) in a piped choux pastry. They are delicious! Tweet  Read More →

REVIEW: The Good Home Cookbook

REVIEW: The Good Home Cookbook
Last November Richard J. Perry, the author of The Good Home Cookbook: More Than 1000 Classic American Recipescirculated a request to foodbloggers to review his new cookbook in exchange for a free copy. Being someone who loves cookbooks, as well as freebies, I merrily threw my hat into the ring. When my copy arrived I was beyond psyched! The Good Home Cookbook is a compilation of more than 1000 classic... 

Top 3 Appetizers on TriniGourmet.com (June 2007)

Top 3 Appetizers on TriniGourmet.com (June 2007)
1.Trinidad Saltfish Accra – recipe Trinidad accra are puffy fried dough balls, made of a highly seasoned dough into which shredded saltfish has been mixed. I’ve had it at weddings, gatherings, and of course bought it from street vendors. You can view the recipe here. 2.Trinidad Pholourie – recipe Pholourie are basically little balls of split pea flour fried and served... 

S.Pellegrino’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants

S.Pellegrino's World's 50 Best Restaurants
Several months ago I was excited and surprised to be asked to join the Caribbean panel for The S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants survey. Of course I said yes! Two weeks ago my official thank you letter, and the issue of Restaurant magazine that presented the final top 100 candidates, arrived. Sadly (but not surprisingly) no Caribbean locations made the cut. There simply isn’t enough... 

25 Gift Ideas for a Gourmet Father’s Day

25 Gift Ideas for a Gourmet Father's Day
FOOD & GIFT BASKETS 1.Kona Coffee, Chocolate, & Tiki Mug Gift Basket – Great for Dads & Grads! Product Description: GOLD 100% pure Kona Coffee is the star of this delightful gift basket, and the perfect Tiki mug that accompanies it is sure to bring a smile to your gift recipient! GOLD 100% pure Kona Coffee (8 oz Whole Bean) is very rich, full-bodied and has a broad flavor... 

Mystery packages are on their way!

Mystery packages are on their way!
A huge thanks to everyone who has patronised and donated to TriniGourmet’s e-commerce and fundraising efforts to date. I’m working on ways to thank each of you individually. Until then, the above are just a sample of the freebies that are currently on their way to TriniGourmet’s ‘Customers of the Month’ for 2007 (to date). Could one of them be you? Tweet  Read More →

Gub Gub ‘Navy Bean’ Salad with Feta Cheese (recipe)

Gub Gub 'Navy Bean' Salad with Feta Cheese (recipe)
“A navy bean is bigger than it seems put it on and don’t ask what it means Parade around” – Tracy Bonham Am I the only one who remembers Tracy Bonham, that alt-singer/violinist from the late 1990’s? I loved her first CD and really think she should have gotten a lot further. The above quotation from her song ‘Navy Bean’ started my fascination with the idea... 

Shop Chef’s Catalog for Father’s Day!

Make Dad happy this Father?��Ǩ�Ѣs Day by surprising him with gifts from CHEFS Catalog. CHEFS has everything he is sure to love from grills and knife sharpeners to cool kitchen electrics. Tweet  Read More →

Chefs Royal 2007: Flags of the Nations

Chefs Royal 2007: Flags of the Nations
For the price they are asking I really find they could have provided more information. What nations will be represented? Who are the chefs? Wha de jail? Oh well, because it’s QRC I may just check it out anyway For those who don’t know QRC a.k.a Queen’s Royal College is one of the most prestigious male high schools in Trinidad and Tobago. • QRCLink • QRC on Wikipedia Tweet  Read More →

TGRWT #2 – Savoury Banana Fritters (recipe)

TGRWT #2 - Savoury Banana Fritters (recipe)
Although this is the first time that I am sharing an entry to They Go Really Well Together (TGRWT) this is actually not the first time that I’ve created a recipe for this ongoing ‘Molecular Gastronomy Project’. Unfortunately my first creation was so ghastly, so toxic, that I could barely swallow one bite and promptly attempted to discard it when my mother’s frugality exploded... 

Indo Fair 2007

Indo Fair 2007
While at the Taste of T&T 2007, I was approached by a Tourism guide who was polling attendees. While sharing my thoughts on the event (which will be posted by the end of the week, G-d willing) we got to talking about local food. She told me of the Indo fair, which began last week and runs until early June, and suggested I check it out. She is not the first to share a positive reaction to the offerings... 

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