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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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Five (Foodie) Things Most People Don’t Know About Me

Five (Foodie) Things Most People Don't Know About Me
Well lookie there, fresh off my 6 Weird Food Facts About Me, I’ve been tagged yet again! This time by The Budding Cook! The theme? Five Things Most People Don’t Know About Me… Well I think that (again) I will tackle this one from a food-related angle 1. I keep kosher – well to the best of my abilities that is… mainly I don’t eat shellfish, pork, shark, crab,... 

Trinidad Doubles (recipe)

Trinidad Doubles (recipe)
As I’ve written in the past Trinidad doubles is the ultimate local street food. It’s cheap. Usually hot/warm. Hearty. Filling. The below video, from the bookmann, is for the old skool style of doubles with 2 bara that form a ‘chickpea sandwich’. These days doubles vendors more often will make one large bara that is then folded over to enclose the curried channa filling. You... 

Blogger Postcards From Around The World

Blogger Postcards From Around The World
Do you like the image on the left? I certainly hope so! You see, not only is it a picture of the very beautiful Pigeon Point beach in Tobago, it is also the postcard that I sent someone today as part of Blogger Postcards from Around the World. Blogger Postcards from Around the World is the creation of Meeta from What’s For Lunch Honey? It’s a way for bloggers to connect in an offline manner... 

Sarina’s Caribbean Rice and Peas (recipe)

Sarina's Caribbean Rice and Peas (recipe)
The genesis of this recipe came about when Nandita at Saffron Trail asked me to come up with a dish that could theoretically represent the West Indies Cricket Team at this year’s Cricket World Cup, for an article she is developing. Caribbean cooking is so varied and nuanced that I struggled for a while to find a piece that really brought us together. The best I could come up with was Rice and... 

The Ultimate Stew Roundup

The Ultimate Stew Roundup
The Ultimate Stew Roundup is now available online. My submission was Trinidad Stew Beef with Herbed Dumplings Do check out the many other entries from around the world Unfortunately the roundup page does not display properly on my system. I have written the blog owner about it. Hope you have better luck than me Tweet  Read More →

Sugar High Friday #27: Chocolate By Brand

Sugar High Friday #27: Chocolate By Brand
So the roundup for Sugar High Friday #27: Chocolate by Brand is here! This time it was hosted by the very smiley David Lebovitz, author of Room For Dessert : 110 Recipes for Cakes, Custards, Souffles, Tarts, Pies, Cobblers, Sorbets, Sherbets, Ice Creams, Cookies, Candies, and Cordials, Ripe for Dessert: 100 Outstanding Desserts With Fruit–Inside, Outside, Alongside and, only naturally, The... 

Sarina’s Miniature Hot Pepper Soufflés (recipe)

Sarina's Miniature Hot Pepper Soufflés (recipe)
I have always been intimidated by soufflés. No, that’s not quite true. I had never thought of a soufflé� as something that should intimidate me, until I saw the horrors that Lucy Liu’s character had with them in one of the Charlies’ Angels movies. Ever since then, I had been intimidated by soufflés. As one of my resolutions for 2007 was to overcome my fear of dishes that deal... 

Trinidad Stew Beef with Herbed Dumplings (recipe)

Trinidad Stew Beef with Herbed Dumplings (recipe)
< ?php echo getad('verticalbanner'); ?> I was all set to make a chicken paella this morning, that was until I learnt about the ‘Waiter there’s something in my stew’ challenge which ends tonight. See these days nothing gets me more excited than the 101 food blog challenges that seem to pop up every other minute. I mostly enjoy them because I think they are great way to find new interesting... 

Sarina’s ‘Bang Bang’ Salsa (recipe)

Sarina's 'Bang Bang' Salsa (recipe)
< ?php echo getad('verticalbanner'); ?> This recipe went together so quickly and easily. And boy did it pack a punch A punch of yum that is! I love how the coolness of the lettuce and tomatoes played off of the scotch bonnet’s heat. The combination reminded me of buljol (but without the saltfish). Feel free to use whatever lettuce you may have on hand. I used romaine this time around, because... 

Trinidad Hot Baked Fish (recipe)

Trinidad Hot Baked Fish (recipe)
When I originally found this recipe on Peppers.com I was instantly wary. You see I keep stumbling across recipes that begin with the word Trinidad or Caribbean that then go on to have little resemblance either through ingredients or methodology to what I’m familiar with. So when I clicked on this recipe titled ‘Trinidad Hot Baked Fish’ I was pleasantly surprised to see that it passed... 

Trinidad Hot Baked Fish, ‘Bang Bang Salsa’, and Caribbean Rice and Peas

Trinidad Hot Baked Fish, 'Bang Bang Salsa', and Caribbean Rice and Peas
This is what I made for dinner last weekend Trinidad Hot Baked Fish, “Bang Bang’ Salsa (kudos to Marsha for putting me back into a Dave Koz frame of mind, and Caribbean Rice and Peas (from a recipe that I developed for Nandita at Saffron Trail). My parents loved it. I will upload the relevant pics and link to all the recipes in the coming days This was how I put it together though.... 

Nyam #1: Lifespan of a Chennette

Nyam #1: Lifespan of a Chennette
In the past few months I’ve gotten to know so many fine food blogs. After a while of reading a blog regularly I find that I also start to become curious about the mind and history of the person behind it. That’s why I decided that I would start a feature that I’m calling ‘Nyam’. ‘Nyam’ is Jamaican for eat/chew, esp. when the consumption is hearty and joyful.... 

Some Technical Tweaks :)

Things have really picked up at TriniGourmet.com this month! Not only have I almost reached 200 posts! But comments have averaged between 20-40 a post This upsurge made my old commenting system and search engine terribly unwieldy, so over the past 48 hours I have upgraded both From now on the search engine will return the most revelant posts based on your search terms (rather than the most recent).... 

I had never seen a Green Eggplant Before! Pt. 2

I had never seen a Green Eggplant Before! Pt. 2
Mom and I have been very surprised and pleased at all the curiousity and interest that y’all have shown at our market find! We are pleased to now show you the conclusion of the Saga of the Green Goddess, as Monday morning she met her fate! By the time I reached the kitchen the prep work had already began, however Mom had thoughtfully left some bits aside for me to take pictures of The interior... 

Trini Cooking Classes @ The Institute of Culinary Education (New York City)

It appears that from time to time the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City, USA has a recreational cooking course on the cuisine of Trinidad and Tobago! Titled “Aloo Pie, Pelau, and Accras: The Multi-Cultural Cuisine of Trinidad” it is taught by Ramin Ganeshram, author of the very excellent Sweet Hands: Island Cooking From Trinidad And Tobago. The Institute of Culinary Education... 

6 Weird Food Facts About Me!

6 Weird Food Facts About Me!
Ever since I started trolling food blogs I would notice writers responding to ‘being tagged’ and ‘tagging others’. It seemed so fun and cute, grade school and cliquey. As someone who was always picked last in P.E. (gym class) and was never much of a social butterfly, I would often sigh and think, “gee it sure must be fun to be ‘tagged’”. So you can imagine... 

I had never seen a Green Eggplant Before!

I had never seen a Green Eggplant Before!
It was with great excitement that mom came home from the market last weekend. “Look what I got! Do you know what it is?” “Whoa! Is that a GREEN EGGPLANT??” “I know!” She had seen them on the counter of a vendor and after having them convince her that it was indeed an eggplant she just -had- to buy one. Being the geekgrrl that I am I then had to go to the Internet... 

Open Call For Submissions!

Open Call For Submissions!
When I started TriniGourmet.com my aim was to feature and promote the distinctive cuisine of Trinidad and Tobago. In the few months since I started this blog I have been thrilled to see it grow and reach more people than I had thought would have happened in this short timeframe This week has been a really busy one for me. Not only did I have the joy of developing a recipe for something that Nandita... 

Trinidad Barfi (recipe)

Trinidad Barfi (recipe)
Barfi is one of those traditional Indo-Trinidadian sweets that one consumes when attending many a Hindu or Moslem celebration. I have seen it referred to (on websites) as an East Indian fudge or Indian cheesecake. Maybe these descriptions accurately capture the East Indian version, however they fall short of capturing the taste and feeling of Trinidadian barfi. Here in Trinidad, barfi has a distinctly... 

Trinidad Rum Punch (recipe)

Trinidad Rum Punch (recipe)
The strains are still somewhat faint, but once the tinsel of New Year’s has been brushed away the tempo of Trinidad life begins to quicken to the crescendo that is Carnival. From now until Carnival Tuesday I’ll be sharing the sights, sounds and TASTES of this annual celebration which some have called ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’. Unlike Fit4Mas or SaucyTrini I won’t be...