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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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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... 

Poll: What do you think of Wendy Rahamut’s work?

Poll: What do you think of Wendy Rahamut's work?
This time around I have decided to focus my poll on the work of Wendy Rahamut. For those who don’t know her Wendy Rahamut is Trinidad’s #1 celebrity cook. She hosts a weekly cooking show, has a weekly column in the Trinidad Guardian,owns and operates the Wendy Rahamut School of Cooking, is the author of Caribbean Flavoursand Modern Caribbean Cuisine(both very popular books on this site)... 

REVIEW: Homemade – Delicious Foods To Make and Give

REVIEW: Homemade - Delicious Foods To Make and Give
< ?php echo getad('verticalbanner'); ?>As a collector of cookbooks (and someone who loves to give homemade presents) Homemade: Delicious Foods to Make and Give is one that I return to over and over again. It even got me into making and bottling my own jams and ketchups! The recipes are a wonderful mix of traditional (chocolate cookies) and international fusion (chutneys, black bean hummus, ras-al-hanout).... 

Brother’s Bread (recipe)

Brother's Bread (recipe)
Well it’s been a while since I have posted a bread recipe. With rising bread prices here in Trinidad my mother and I have now committed to making our own bread on a full time basis rather than occasionally. Although my ciabatta bread recipe has been really popular don’t think that I don’t have a huge backlog of other recipes that I want to try. This one here (Brother’s Bread)... 

Poll Results: How do you prefer to receive your RSS feeds?

The majority has spoken, 55% of you said ‘Show me the full article!’, so following your wishes I have switched TriniGourmet over to a full-feed format! And, because 25% of you wanted to know what RSS is, I have also provided a separate ‘What is RSS?‘ page specifically for you! Hopefully this change won’t cause too many snafus as I have also installed several anti-theft... 

Trinidad Cocoa’s Sweet Feet (article)

Trinidad Cocoa's Sweet Feet (article)
I’ve been meaning to share more details about Trinidad’s exclusive Trinitario cocoa ever since my highly successful post for Upside Down Chocolate pudding. After this article appeared 2 weeks ago in a local newspaper I knew it was time to start sharing the various articles and findings I’ve compiled on our local cocoa industry as well as the chocolate world on a whole Hopefully... 

Scottish Oatcakes (recipe)

Scottish Oatcakes (recipe)
When I first read about Beck ‘n Posh’s British food challenge (titled Fish n Quips) I was immediately filled with curiousity, excitement and fear. You see, and I hope I don’t offend too many, most of my memories of eating in England are far from fond. Outside of fish n chips nothing really appealed to me or was anything that I wanted to taste a second time. Some of this may have... 

Steamed Cho-Cho (Christophene Pudding) (recipe/video)

Steamed Cho-Cho (Christophene Pudding) (recipe/video)
This recipe comes from the GraceFoods.com website and is my contribution this week to Weekend Herb Blogging (hosted this time around by What Did You Eat?) Tweet  Read More →

Coconut Chicken Curry (recipe)

Coconut Chicken Curry (recipe)
I love recipes that come together in a flash with minimal prep and cleanup. This is one of those recipes and it was delicious! It comes from the GraceFoods.com website. For those who don’t already know Grace is one of the largest (if not largest) producers of canned goods in Jamaica. Their products can be found throughout the Caribbean as well as overseas and their website is certainly one... 

Eggplant-Potato ‘Surprise’ (recipe)

Eggplant-Potato 'Surprise' (recipe)
So what is the ‘surprise’? Probably the pack of heat that this recipe delivers I used a whole scotch bonnet this time but would probably reduce that to 1/2 the next time I make this. It was a hit with my mom tho Unfortunately my digital camera has officially passed away so I have had to use my cameraphone to take shots As I clear out my backlog of recipes you’ll see a mix... 

BBM 2.0 – Doitung Macadamia Nuts with Wasabi

BBM 2.0 - Doitung Macadamia Nuts with Wasabi
Although this is one of the last of the items in my Blogging by Mail package to be written up it actually was the first item to be opened. My mother is a nut addict and I had never tasted macadamia nuts before so it seemed like a no-brainer. Plus there was wasabi, and I haven’t had anything wasabi-related in years I really enjoyed these nuts because they reminded me of Brazil nuts (though... 

Vegetable Curry In A Hurry (recipe)

Vegetable Curry In A Hurry (recipe)
This has to be one of my favorite recent recipes. Its twist (for me) comes from the addition of mango chutney near the end. This really gives it a sweet n savoury kick that is hard for others to put their finger on. Since this recipe I’ve taken to adding a spoonful of chutney into my curry dishes as a matter of course Because I used chive from our little herb garden (see below), I have also... 

Great Garlic Galette (recipe)

Great Garlic Galette (recipe)
At the time that I am writing this Passover is a little less than 24 hours away from ending*, and I’m starting to daydream about all sorts of leavened goodness. For those who don’t already know Passover is an 8 day period in the Jewish calender where observers remember and relive the Hebrew exodus from Egypt. Although most attention is spent on the seders (ceremonial dinners) that mark... 

BBM 2.0 – Guylian Truffles

BBM 2.0 - Guylian Truffles
No words necessary! These were the last to be consumed, but they are not the last in this series by any means Customs sliced the bottom of this (and one other box) checking for ‘contraband’! So creamy and light inside!!! Tweet  Read More →

Ciabatta Bread – an overview

Ciabatta Bread - an overview
“I feast on wine and bread, and feasts they are” – Michelangelo As ‘ciabatta bread’ continues to be the #1 search term via which people stumble onto TriniGourmet.com I thought I’d dig up some more information about this increasingly popular bread! If you are in a rush for a recipe – click here to see my step by step illustrated tutorial! From Wikipedia: Ciabatta...