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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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The Best Of TriniGourmet.com (May 2007)

The Best Of TriniGourmet.com (May 2007)
Here is a compilation of my most popular posts so far this year, as broken down by category Enjoy! Trinidad Saltfish Accra – recipe (#1 Appetizer, #1 Brunch, #1 Fish recipe) In Trinidad accra is a puffy fried dough ball, made of a highly seasoned dough into which shredded saltfish has been mixed. I?��Ǩ�Ѣve had it at weddings, gatherings, and of course bought it from street vendors.... 

Curried Rice (recipe)

Curried Rice (recipe)
I have no idea why coconut and curry go together so well, but I’m sooo glad that they do This rice recipe leaves the rice grains moist and creamy Tweet  Read More →

Featured Chef: Ramin Ganeshram

Featured Chef: Ramin Ganeshram
Aloo Pie, Pigeon Peas & Rice, chow-chow?Ǩ Trinidadian food still is not well-known internationally, largely in part to a lack of published documentation (a fact which Trinifood expounds on here). Fortunately Ramin Ganeshram‘s Sweet Hands: Island Cooking From Trinidad And Tobagowas released in 2005 and is probably the most internationally available cookbook devoted to traditional Trinidadian... 

The Trinidad ‘Nutsman’ pt. 2 (video)

Earlier this year I showed you all a Trini nutsman, as they often appear when stationed on street corners. Nutsmen however can also be found on the move, as this video will show This particular nutsman should be familiar to all who travel through Morvant junction. Something that may be of interest to others is the fact that vendors of various goods can often be found at main intersections along... 

Mother’s Day 2007!

Mother's Day 2007!
I’m sitting here watching a Japanese chef on Discovery Travel & Living and finishing up my menu plan for this Mother’s Day. We’re gonna be having the following for a late lunch, and Tuesday mom and I will have a girl’s day out to see Spiderman 3. Hmm wonder what snacks I can whip up to sneak in!? • Fresh Green Bean Salad • Baked Ziti with Cauliflower • Friendship... 

Top 5 Desserts on TriniGourmet.com

Top 5 Desserts on TriniGourmet.com
1. Upside Down Chocolate Pudding – recipe This is a great recipe for anyone entertaining on short notice (or on a budget), as well as for those who consider themselves baking challenged. The recipe was a cinch to put together and seems to be practically foolproof in nature with results that are so decadent and beautiful that no one has to be any the wiser The pudding had a thin biscuit... 

Trinidad Dosti Roti (recipe) – a valiant attempt

Trinidad Dosti Roti (recipe) - a valiant attempt
As I mentioned long ago my past attempts at roti making have been nothing short of tragic. My mother has been hiding her tawa away from me for the past few years as a result, eyeing me suspiciously whenever I would plead for the co-ordinates to its whereabouts. I pleaded with every school of logic I could come up with. I was older now, wiser. How could I maintain a site called TriniGourmet and not... 

25 Gift Ideas for a Gourmet Mother’s Day

25 Gift Ideas for a Gourmet Mother's Day
Mother’s Day is almost here (well for those of us not in the UK). If you’re still trying to come up with some last-minute ideas why not check out the following 25 Gift Ideas for a truly Gourmet Mother’s Day FOOD & GIFT BASKETS 1. The Connoisseur Gift Basket Product Description: Mom will admire your sense of style when this charming gift arrives. A beautifully handcrafted... 

Banana Bread Pudding with Rum Sauce (recipe)

Banana Bread Pudding with Rum Sauce (recipe)
I made this several months ago and it was the first time I had made a bread pudding that included fresh fruit It was extremely rich and decadent (that’s code for feel the pounds slide on). Definitely worth preparing when having company over. The next time I make it I will cut the crusts off for a more elegant presentation Did i mention it’s very rich? Tweet  Read More →

A Taste of Spring – Broccoli with Orange Sauce (recipe)

A Taste of Spring - Broccoli with Orange Sauce (recipe)
We don’t have spring here in Trinidad but after 5 years in New England I have pretty sniffly memories of that time of year. And I don’t mean sniffly nostalgic, I mean sniffly achoo sniffly… aiaiiai allergies! Other than that it really was lovely to see the earth spring back to life, bringing with it lots of young vegetables and fresh flavours. This recipe seemed perfect for Meeta’s... 

Jamaican Festival (recipe)

Jamaican Festival (recipe)
Jamaican Festival has to be one of my most favorite things ever. Seriously. It is just delicious. Slightly sweet cornmeal fried ‘dumplings’, they are traditionally served alongside spicy meat dishes, such as Jamaica’s infamous ‘jerk’. The sweetness offsets the meat, pepper and spices most sublimely, and the doughy texture is ideal for soaking up gravy and sauces. The... 

“Paula’s Done Lost Her Cool” – ade (recipe)

When I read that YumSugar was having an American Idol Food Challenge my mind instantly went to Paula Abdul’s bizarre TV appearances earlier this year when promoting the current season. Here in Trinidad we don’t get FOX (the channel that airs American Idol) so I’ve never seen an entire episode, but as we get many of the channels that discuss and analyse the results and controversies... 

Lag B’Omer – Picnics are Fun!

Lag B'Omer - Picnics are Fun!
One thing that many people (both Jewish and non-Jewish) don’t know is how many holidays and festivals there are in the Jewish calendar. Although the best known celebration is Hannukah (because of the proximity it shares at times to Christmas), Hannukah is actually a relatively minor holiday. For a full list of holidays in the Jewish calendar look here, some involve fasting but even more involve... 

Trinidad Aloo Pies (recipe)

Trinidad Aloo Pies (recipe)
Is there a Trini who hasn’t chomped on an aloo pie? It seems that I’ve been eating them as long as I can remember. They were a staple in both my primary and secondary schools’ cafeterias (or as we call them ‘tuck shops’). They are also easily found in the bakeries and eateries in and around Port-of-Spain should I want a cheap and filling lunch or breakfast. So what are... 

Food Network – now on Channel 38 (FLOW TV)

Food Network - now on Channel 38 (FLOW TV)
YAY!!! So I know this is probably nothing to my American and Canadian readers but I am deliriously happy that as of May 1st the Food Network was FINALLY added to the cable TV lineup here in Trinidad! I have not had 24hr access to the Food Network since I left Connecticut in 1999! In fact it was access to the Food Network in 1997 that began my love of cooking in a serious way (along with a chance viewing... 

Jamaican Fricassee Chicken (recipe)

Jamaican Fricassee Chicken (recipe)
Jamaican fricassee chicken is one of my mother’s favorite dishes. As a result I have submitted this recipe to FF#2: Your Mother’s Favorite Dish. The end result looks quite similar to Trinidad Stewed Chicken (something I should post soon!) but the taste is quite different due to the sweet peppers and the lack of sugar browning (a technique my mother says she never knew before moving... 

TriniGourmet’s 3 Cake Recipe Discoveries for May 2007!

TriniGourmet's 3 Cake Recipe Discoveries for May 2007!
1. Hostess Wedding Cakes Huh? Wha? Apparently brides in search of non-traditional cakes are turning increasingly to cakes made of iced and stacked versions of twinkies and hostess cupcakes. YumSugar provides various visual examples of this growing trend, which I gotta tell ya is -not- for me at all Should I decide to go non-traditional (as far as Trini culture is concerned) then I’d... 

Top 3 Trinidadian Recipes on TriniGourmet (April 2007)

Top 3 Trinidadian Recipes on TriniGourmet (April 2007)
1. Trinidad Doubles Trinidad doubles is the ultimate local street food. Cheap. Hot. Hearty. Filling – recipe here 2. Trinidad Saltfish Accra Here in Trinidad accra is a puffy fried dough ball, made of a highly seasoned dough into which shredded saltfish has been mixed. I?ǨѢve had it at weddings, gatherings, and of course bought it from street vendors. – recipe here 3.... 

Send in your Requests!

Send in your Requests!
I’m curious about what is going through your mind. What you want to see. What you want to know. What brings you here So I’m making this post into an official request line. Nevermind the fact that I already have a huuuuge backlog of recipes that I’m itching to try, both from my cookbooks, and food bloggers alike… No, that can wait. I want to hear from you. What recipes would...