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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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Sarina’s Peppery Paprika Cornbread (recipe)

Sarina's Peppery Paprika Cornbread (recipe)
For my first entry to Weekend Breakfast Blogging I was awhirl with ideas. The theme was ‘Spice it Up’ and I toyed with the ideas of a spicy omelette, spicy hash brown potatoes even a spicy breakfast shake before finally settling on this spicy cornbread 🙂  Read More →

Cauliflower au Gratin (recipe)

Cauliflower au Gratin (recipe)
Cheesy and tangy, this is a rich, buttery ,and all-so-easy, way to enjoy your vegetables 😀  Read More →

Krishnawatie Tiwari: The Face Behind Yumma

Krishnawatie Tiwari: The Face Behind Yumma
I was pleasantly surprised when I stumbled across this article in the Trinidad Express. So often we pick up products in the supermarket and don’t think of the names and faces behind the label. Corporations and brands just seem, by nature, to be faceless and robotic. That’s why it was so interesting and enlightening to read the story of Krishnawatie Tiwari, the creative force behind Yumma,... 

deVine Wine & Spirits Festival (2007)

deVine Wine & Spirits Festival (2007)
(click image to view full size promo) Fresh on the heels of Taste T&T is the deVine wine festival. I can’t wait 🙂  Read More →

Baked Ziti with Cauliflower: Ziti Gratinati (recipe)

Baked Ziti with Cauliflower: Ziti Gratinati (recipe)
There is something about the dishes that I’ve tried so far from America’s master chef Mario Batali. Something very clean, simple and almost spartan. I really appreciate how his recipes allow the flavours of his ingredients to shine, and how he creates an interplay of textures that never seems forced or contrived. My admiration for his food philosophy only increased after watching his... 

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... 

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!  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... 

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.... 

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!  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? 🙂  Read More →

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