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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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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... 

BBM 2.0 – Thai Kick Hot Sauce

BBM 2.0 - Thai Kick Hot Sauce
This post was originally published on April 8, 2007. It has been updated once since then. I love hot sauce but I never had a hot sauce like this! Eva said that she picked it up on her latest trip to SE. Asia, which instantly made it doubly OOOOO to me From the minute I saw it’s cloudy brown colour I knew it had to have tamarind, and reading the list of ingredients showed I was right ... 

BBM 2.0 – Tagliatelle with Mushrooms

BBM 2.0 - Tagliatelle with Mushrooms
In my Blogging by Mail package was a package of odd looking brown noodles. I wasn’t sure at first what they were. From the italian text I could figure out it was pasta, but with mushrooms? Was i reading it wrong? Turns out I wasn’t! This package comes from a pasta house called Morelli, you can visit their website here (it’s only in Italian at the moment though but really gorgeous... 

REVIEW: Cooking with Three Ingredients (Flavorful Food Easy as 1,2,3)

REVIEW: Cooking with Three Ingredients (Flavorful Food Easy as 1,2,3)
“Cooking with Three Ingredients: Flavorful Food, Easy as 1, 2, 3“ < ?php echo getad('verticalbanner'); ?>Am I the only home cook who has their ‘fallback’ book? It seems like no matter how many cookbooks I collect, how many websites I bookmark or magzine clippings I compile, when I’m in a rush, or money is tight there are 2-3 cookbooks that I keep returning to for... 

BBM 2.0 – Le Saunier Fleur de Sel de Camargue (French Sea Salt)

BBM 2.0 - Le Saunier Fleur de Sel de Camargue (French Sea Salt)
Sea Salt! I love Sea Salt! I started buying it a few years ago after TruValu stopped stocking kosher salt. I loved its coarse texture, intense flavour and of course, being the health hippy that I was raised to be, its trace mineral goodness. Normally I buy Celtic Sea Salt at HiLo -at an obscene price- but lately Cuisine (a local brand) has been producing a sea salt that is very affordable. I don’t... 

Blogger Postcards From Around The World – Pt 2.

Blogger Postcards From Around The World - Pt 2.
Here is my long overdue conclusion to the Blogger Postcards From Around the World exchange that I took part in several months ago. You can click here to see the postcard that I sent out (unfortunately I’ve gotten no feedback on whether my postcard was received ) Above you can see the wonderfully campy card that I got from American food bloggers Paul and Freya of “Writing At The Kitchen... 

Tuna-Potato Casserole (recipe)

Tuna-Potato Casserole (recipe)
I expanded this one dish meal from a recipe in one of those little checkout aisle booklets that my mom has held on to from the 70′s We served it with a crisp vegetable salad on the side. I think it’s a pretty flexible recipe and if there are chopped vegetables you want to use up and throw into the layers you should totally do that, I know I will This post was originally published... 

BBM 2.0 – Petits Calins de Pont-Aven: Dark chocolate wafers filled with Mint cream

BBM 2.0 - Petits Calins de Pont-Aven: Dark chocolate wafers filled with Mint cream
I’ve never been a big fan of ‘thin mints’. My only memories of them were in the boxes of US Girl Guide cookies that would appear from time to time in the dorms during college. I believe I’ve also had them locally but I don’t think they are very popular. I’ve never been a big fan of mint in candies, and always thought it felt clashed with the chocolate coating. So... 

BBM 2.0 – Bovetti Savory Artisan Chocolate

BBM 2.0 - Bovetti Savory Artisan Chocolate
Bovetti Artisan Chocolate! I had never known about this company (surprise surprise) so I went online and found Bovetti.com You know you are dealing with a French website when you click on “English” and the language is still French Fortunately some of my CXC (high school) French was still rolling around my head and I was able to navigate to some pages that were actually in English! Here... 

BBM 2.0 – Dolfin Dark Chocolate with Cinnamon from Ceylan

BBM 2.0 - Dolfin Dark Chocolate with Cinnamon from Ceylan
This chocolate bar was as divine to unwrap as it was to consume. It came in a plastic sealed package that reminded me of my father’s old school tobacco pouches I am a huge lover of dark chocolates, so I was in 7th heaven with this bar! What was most peculiar about this bar was that although the cinnamon smell was intense, you didn’t actually taste the cinnamon until the chocolate had... 

Fish in Sweet and Sour Sauce (recipe)

Fish in Sweet and Sour Sauce (recipe)
In February I made several dishes based on the start of the Chinese New Year. This was one of them, I’ll be posting the other 2 in the near future as well. Tweet  Read More →

BBM 2.0 – Belle Vue Extra Appel-Kers

BBM 2.0 - Belle Vue Extra Appel-Kers
“There is a small can of Belgian cherry beer – another thing Belgium is famous for.” With that one line, Eva’s letter attempted to prepare me for a new taste experience. I had never had cherry beer and had no idea what to expect! The can was tall and narrow (like Red Bull) and the packaging looked more like a soft drink to me than ‘beer’. I’m not a fan of... 

Top 5 Trinidadian Recipes on TriniGourmet (March 2007)

Top 5 Trinidadian Recipes on TriniGourmet (March 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.... 

REVIEW: The Roti King ‘Roti Skins’

REVIEW: The Roti King 'Roti Skins'
As I’ve previously mentioned here in Trinidad the term ‘roti skin’ is commonly used when referring solely to the roti bread, rather than ‘roti’ which usually refers to a dish of roti bread + fillings/sides. Confusing? Well, it was equally confusing to me to realize that to the rest of the world the word roti meant ‘bread’ and nothing more! Let’s just... 

BBM 2.0 – Chocolate Eggs

BBM 2.0 - Chocolate Eggs
These eggs were so rich and decadent and delish! Some were dark chocolate, some were white. All had what seemed to be a creamy hazelnut filling. I couldn’t tell the name of the brand, it seemed to start with R, but I was too busy peeling the wrappers off YUM!!!! UPDATE: Thanks to Eva for letting me know that the chocolates are Easter eggs from a company called Galler! Tweet  Read More →

Blogging By Mail (Treats From Belgium) – Part 2

Blogging By Mail (Treats From Belgium) - Part 2
As some of you may remember last year I took part in Happy Sorceress’ ‘Blogging by Mail‘ food blogger exchange. Basically food bloggers around the world prepare little (or large) packages of foodstuffs representative of their country/region for exchange with others. Sounds wonderful doesn’t it? Well after sending out my package (which you can see here) I waited and waited... 

Eating at the Cricket World Cup

Eating at the Cricket World Cup
At the moment the English-speaking Caribbean has been all aflutter with the hosting of the Cricket World Cup. Sadly the murder mystery of Pakistani cricket coach Bob Woolmer has now overshadowed what should have been a time of intense but friendly competition. I’ll never understand how people can allow their passions for a game to reach the point of violence let alone murder Before this untimely... 

Fried Bake ‘n Fish (recipe)

Fried Bake 'n Fish (recipe)
‘Shark n Bake’ is -the- ultimate beach food here in Trinidad (although it can be bought in other places as well). Its epicentre (where i’ve been told the dish was also first created) is Maracas Bay (which is also the most popular beach on the island). Many beach seekers who are going to other beaches on the North Coast will stop at Maracas en route, to pick up their ‘Bake n... 

Trinidad Callaloo (vegetarian)

Trinidad Callaloo (vegetarian)
Callaloo is a fond memory for many Trinidadians, myself included, however I did not know that many foreigners consider it to be our national dish! My mother told me that the first thing she often did for visiting friends (her first 10 years in Trinidad) was take them for some of this dish. She says that even though Jamaica has a dish called callaloo with basically the same ingredients the final result... 

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Peter Minshall

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Peter Minshall
If Machel is the foremost innovator of soca, Minshall is the foremost innovator of mas. Eccentric and chameleon-like, his designs have captured Trinidadian’s imaginations for several decades. Born in Guyana, his family moved to Trinidad when he was 4 and we consider him a ‘true son of the soil’. From his official website: . Minshall was born in Georgetown, Guyana, but moved to Trinidad...