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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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Iced Lemon Ginger Tea (recipe)

Iced Lemon Ginger Tea (recipe)
As promised, here is the recipe for the Iced Ginger Lemon Tea which was the beverage component of my submission to the 40th installment of Happy Sorceress’ Blog Party series. This drink is wonderfully refreshing and has a soft muted tone, thanks to the use of honey. Not only does the honey take the sharpness off the ginger flavour, it also makes this drink especially soothing on the throat.... 

Watch Episode 15 of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”! (video)

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Trinidadian newscaster Jessie-May Ventour was my guest cook on the 15th episode of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina. She made my Carambola Bread along with her Toasted Geera Goat Cheese and Cranberry Goat Cheese Spreads. To wash it all down, she’ll also made her 2-minute Gingerade! Serenading us was up and comer Nandelle Cameron with her unique brand of Island Indie.” Joining... 
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5 Questions With Jessie-May Ventour (video)

5 Questions With Jessie-May Ventour (video)
This week on Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina our guest cook is veteran broadcaster Jessie-May Ventour. Biography: JESSIE-MAY VENTOUR is well known as the former co-host of state media house, CNMG’s morning talk-show FIRST UP, the first local morning talk show to be broadcast simultaneously on radio, television and across the worldwide web. A professional broadcaster, Jessie-May... 

5 Questions with Nandelle Cameron (video)

5 Questions with Nandelle Cameron (video)
This week on Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina my guest musician is Nandelle Cameron. Biography: Nandelle was born! On the island of Trinidad and Tobago she started writing songs and playing the guitar at the age of fourteen, with a particular interest in the alternative rock and roll sound. After receiving a Track and Field scholarship, she moved to Jefferson City Missouri in 2006. At... 

TriniGourmet’s Top Ten Chocolate Recipes!

TriniGourmet's Top Ten Chocolate Recipes!
Feast your eyes (and hopefully more) on the following Top Ten Chocolate Recipes on Trinigourmet I can definitely vouch that you will want to make them again and again 1. Espresso Cake (recipe) Light, moist and incredibly intense in flavour this recipe for Espresso Cake hides one little ’secret’, wholewheat flour! If you’ve never tried wholewheat flour in a dessert recipe I strongly... 

Banana-Papaya Smoothie (recipe)

Banana-Papaya Smoothie (recipe)
Since 2009 I have actively incorporated more raw and vegan dishes into my regular diet and have found the benefits to be multifold. For one my body hasn’t succumbed to flus the way it regularly did in the past and I have found that many autoimmune responses that I had in the past to stress have become a lot more manageable. With many of my favourite fruits and vegetables currently back in season,... 

Petra’s Stewed Pigeon Peas (recipe & video)

Petra's Stewed Pigeon Peas (recipe & video)
For Episode 11 of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina” I was joined by Petra Laptiste, founder of Carifrique.com. She whipped up an amazing menu of Macaroni Pie, Callaloo and these Stewed Pigeon Peas. Everything looked so good I couldn’t wait to recreate her recipes. I soon did and was not disappointed. One thing that I love about having guest cooks on my web-series,... 

Labour Day Menu & History

Labour Day Menu & History
“June 19, Sir, is a day which, in the minds of the workers, marks a landmark in the history of the working class movement.” – Adrian Cola Rienzi June 19 is Labour Day in Trinidad and Tobago, a public holiday Labour Day marks the labour uprising on 19th June 1937 which is generally recognised as the start of the modern trade union movement in Trinidad and Tobago. From Gov.tt: Labour... 

Pêche Pâtisserie (review)

Pêche Pâtisserie (review)
April 16, 2013 was the date of the third gathering of The Blogger’s Table. Comprising myself, TriniChow, QD Ross of Bring It To The Table and Corey of Learning Patience, we found ourselves this time at Pêche Pâtisserie’s unassuming Port-Of-Spain location. Opened in 2011 by Chef Khalil Ali (a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu and French Culinary Institute), Pêche has quickly grown into a must-stop... 

T&T Table Talk Food Awards 2013

T&T Table Talk Food Awards 2013
Saturday night sees the first local Table Talk Awards here in Trinidad, and I couldn’t be more thrilled! An offshoot of the already established Jamaican extravaganza (now in its 15th year!), the Table Talk Awards seeks to become recognised as a ‘Food Oscars’ for our chefs and their establishments. I will be there so do look forward to next week’s recap and all the winners!... 

5 Questions with Cesco Emmanuel (video)

5 Questions with Cesco Emmanuel (video)
Born and raised on the lively twin islands of Trinidad & Tobago, Cesco Emmanuel discovered his passion for music and the guitar at age 13. He has been a student for more than seventeen years at the Graham Newling Classical Guitar School and is currently pursuing his advanced studies with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, London (ABRSM). His first taste of band life came at 16... 

Bodi in Garlic Sauce (recipe & video)

Bodi in Garlic Sauce (recipe & video)
Green beans and garlic are a classic French combination that I re-interpreted, using the very Trinidadian staple of bodi, on Episode 10 of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”. Also known as yard long beans, locally bodi is more traditionally curried or prepared in tomato-based sauce. This preparation however is one that is surprisingly delicate and really allows the true... 

Chocolate Cassava Pudding (recipe & video)

Chocolate Cassava Pudding (recipe & video)
Through the years I’ve made no small secret of the fact that cassava is one of my favourite local ingredients. Starchy and viscous it lends easily equally well to savoury and sweet applications, yet outside of cassava pone, most people don’t think of other ways to incorporate this tuber into desserts. Hopefully, my recipe for this chocolate vegan pudding will change all that! Cassava’s... 

5 Questions with Dean Williams (video)

5 Questions with Dean Williams (video)
Tonight is the 13th episode of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina” and one of my joys has to be sharing with the world the wealth of musical talent we have here in Trinidad & Tobago. I say ‘the world’ but I include locals in that as well as many of them have thanked me for opening their eyes to a diversity of expression that they didn’t know existed... 

Watch Episode 13 of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”! (video)

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This month marks the third installment of my “CookALong” series where a prominent (usually) Caribbean personality follows one of my recipes, and sometimes throws in a few of their own This week however I’m shaking things up a bit by taking a ‘virtual’ trip to another multicultural island oasis, that of Hawaii, where my best bud and culinary whiz Lynn Li is located.... 
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Chocolate Punch (recipe & video)

Chocolate Punch (recipe & video)
This easy and versatile cocktail will wow your guests who will try to understand where the chocolate flavour comes from. Yes there is a touch of creme de cacao, but the real revelation is the melding of port wine (I recommend using a tawny port) and milk to create a smooth drink that mimcs the look and taste of melted chocolate. Watch me make Chocolate Punch on Episode 7 of Sweet Han’: Caribbean... 

5 Questions with Kattronique! (video)

5 Questions with Kattronique! (video)
I’ve been a fan of electronic soul artist Kattronique for many years now, so it was with great pleasure (and surprise!) that I received a message from her expressing interest in appearing on Sweet Han’, sent the same time that I had also sent an invitation to do exactly that via social media! (cue Twilight Zone theme)… Several weeks later and I’m happy to announce that she... 

Watch Episode 12 of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”! (video)

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Coconut sweet bread is a fond childhood memory for many people of Caribbean origin. Sweet and crumbly it took many attempts for me to develop this recipe which recreates the versions from my youth which have become rarer and rarer to find. One doesn’t usually think of sweet bread and entertaining but when paired with other tropical flavours there is no reason why it can’t form the end piece to... 

Q’s Liquid Cheesecake Cocktail (recipe)

Q's Liquid Cheesecake Cocktail (recipe)
Isn’t alchemy amazing? On Episode 5 of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina” Trini food blogger QD Ross of “Bring It To The Table” mentioned a concoction called a ‘liquid cheesecake cocktail’ that was amazingly enough dairy-free. Even more surprising, it only required two components. Seriously? I thought he had to be pulling my leg. But, it really... 

TriniGourmet on The New Jewish Table (video)

TriniGourmet on The New Jewish Table (video)
On March 5, 2013 I was thrilled to participate in Zagat’s roundtable launch of The New Jewish Table: Modern Seasonal Recipes for Traditional Dishes. Written by Todd Gray and Ellen Kassoff Gray (owners of Washington D.C.’s ‘Equinox’ restaurant) they call it “a story of love and lox”. Tweet  Read More →
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