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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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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... 

TriniGourmet thanks ‘all yuh’ for the online love :)

TriniGourmet thanks 'all yuh' for the online love :)
For those who are not fluent in Trini ‘all yuh’ means ‘all of you’, it is also the name of Trinidad and Tobago?ǨѢs user driven social content website. Early this morning it came to my attention that TriniGourmet.com was listed as one of their Top 10 Trinidad and Tobago Blogs! Wowee You can see the list of other winners here. Not surprisingly I am also an avid reader... 

French Onion Soup (recipe)

French Onion Soup (recipe)
I was unable to handle solid food the other night and instead of Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge, this time around I was in the mood for French Onion Soup. I usually make mine using a recipe from Cooking with Three Ingredients: Flavorful Food, Easy as 1, 2, 3, however since I am still going through my copy of the Good Home Cookbook I thought I would use the recipe in there this time around. As I’ve... 

BBM 2.0 – Jacques Pure Chocolate Hagelslag Granules

BBM 2.0 - Jacques Pure Chocolate Hagelslag Granules
This was the last item in my Blogging by Mail package. I bet you thought that box was bottomless! I thought these ‘Jacques Pure Chocolate Hagelslag Granules‘ were just ‘sprinkles’ but they’re not! They melt in your mouth! (All the sprinkles I have ever tasted were firm, these are soft). I was very confused (and slightly grossed out) by the cover image which promoted... 

Trinidad Chicken Chow Mein (recipe)

Trinidad Chicken Chow Mein (recipe)
Chicken chow mein is a perennial fave of mine, especially with PLENTY of soy sauce It was another of the dishes that I made in February as part of my Year of the Pig menu Last year Trinidad celebrated the 200th Anniversary of Chinese Immigration to our country with a public holiday and a month of festivities that included dragon boat races and more. To learn more about the Chinese influence... 

What are your favorite crockpot recipes?

I love cooking with my crockpot but I also find that many recipes in cookbooks and online are hit or miss. As a result the number of dishes that I make a second time are few and far between. If you have a favourite tried and true recipe for your slow cooker I would love to know more about it Either post it (or a link to it) in the comments. You can bet that I will add them all to my personal recipe... 

Trinidad Pow (recipe)

Trinidad Pow (recipe)
Pow is something that is familiar and loved by most, if not all, Trinis. They are basically steamed buns filled with a savory filling (usually pork, but chicken and vegetarian variations also exist). I found them impossible to find when I lived in the US, but some of that may have to do with the fact that at the time I didn’t realize that over there they are called ‘bao’ or ‘baozi‘... 

Global Goodness (#2)

Global Goodness (#2)
Sno Cone Cart – Woodford Square, Port of Spain, Trinidad Here is a glimpse into what some of the bloggers on my Favorite Feeds are talking about: 1) On The Fresh Loaf (my favorite site for all things bread) a reader posts three results for the NYT No-Knead Bread recipe. I have read and seen so much about this and am yet to try it! In time… In time… 2) Chow Times takes a picture-laden... 

Trinidad Bitters – This week on Food Network Canada

This just in! Food Network Canada will feature Trinidad and Angostura Bitters this week on the show ‘The Thirsty Traveler’. Details are as follows Trinidad: Bitters – The Thirsty Traveler – Food Network Canada The Thirsty Traveler Episode: Trinidad: Bitters HOSTED BY: Kevin Brauch Aromatic bitters have been around for centuries, but what exactly goes into bitters, is one...