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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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Fresh Express Shuts Down

Fresh Express Shuts Down
Photo from Lilandra‘s awesome Fresh Express Flickr Set News of Fresh Express’ demise comes as a great (and depressing) shock to me. Before my accident I relied heavily on their offerings to provide my lunchtime fare. From their teriyaki chicken salads to vegetarian wraps and roast beef sandwiches, I found the idea that fresh fast food could be obtained relatively cheaply at every supermarket... 

Have You Eaten At ‘Caribbean Flavours’ (NYC)?

Have You Eaten At 'Caribbean Flavours' (NYC)?
In my continuing quest to share the ins and outs of Trinbagonian cuisine I have decided that its time to also include our ‘ambassadors’. I’m talking about those brave mom and pop operations that open up at home and abroad offering our fare to foreigners and locals alike. The quality of these places can range from the sublime to the abysmal which is why I want to begin compiling... 

Fresh Green Bean Salad (recipe)

Fresh Green Bean Salad (recipe)
This light salad is simple enough to assemble in minutes yet elegant enough to serve to company. The lemon juice really gives the beans much needed ‘sparkle’. Be sure to sprinkle liberally with sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper for even more flavour and flair ๐Ÿ™‚  Read More →

Ras-Al-Hanout (recipe)

Ras-Al-Hanout (recipe)
Late last year I wrote at some length on how ras-al-hanout had become one of my must-have ingredients. I had at that time promised the recipe, but it’s taken me a while to get around to actually sharing it ๐Ÿ™‚ As my supply was running low I figured this was as good a time as any to share this little ‘secret’, especially with those who may find their way here via Weekend Herb Blogging,... 

Blog Party #22: Jalapeno Bites & Smalta (video)

Blog Party #22: Jalapeno Bites & Smalta (video)
It’s been several months since I’ve last taken part in Happy Sorceress‘ monthly Blog Parties, and I’ve missed them! This month’s theme is the ‘Wild Wild West‘ and it took me a while to figure out how to interpret it. One of my first thoughts was to take it into a Wild Wild West Indian direction, but I thought that that would be copping out. Let me challenge... 

Roasted Vegetables with Curried Onions (recipe)

Roasted Vegetables with Curried Onions (recipe)
This recipe is a great flavorful way to use up ends of vegetables that you may have on hand. As everything is prepared in the oven cleanup is a cinch and your time is freed up for other things ๐Ÿ™‚  Read More →

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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?๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝวจ๏ฟฝัขve had it at weddings, gatherings, and of course bought it from street... 

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 ๐Ÿ˜€ This rice recipe leaves the rice grains moist and creamy ๐Ÿ™‚  Read More →

Featured Chef: Ramin Ganeshram

Featured Chef: Ramin Ganeshram
Aloo Pie, Pigeon Peas & Rice, chow-chow?ข‚วจฌถ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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!? ๐Ÿ˜† โ€ข Fresh Green Bean Salad โ€ข Baked Ziti with Cauliflower โ€ข 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ FOOD & GIFT BASKETS 1. The Connoisseur Gift Basket Product Description: Mom will admire your sense of style when this charming gift arrives. A beautifully... 

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ Did i mention it’s very rich? ๐Ÿ˜†  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... 

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