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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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Punch de Creme (recipe)

Punch de Creme (recipe)
This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Trini ChristmasPunch de Creme, is another of Trinidad’s traditional Christmas drinks. One thing that I really like about punch de creme (as opposed to traditional eggnog) is the use of citrus flavors like lime and Angostura bitters (which has orange extract). This gives the ‘nog’ a fruity lightness that alleviates the sweet creaminess (which... 

5 Questions With Navid Lancaster

5 Questions With Navid Lancaster
I first met musician/producer Navid Lancaster in 2001 when a demo cd of homerecorded tracks of mine landed in his possession. Out of our first collaboration a long-standing and true friendship arose. So, when I needed a composer for the opening sequence to my series “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina” he was my first and only choice. Navid has made a few small appearances... 

Trinidad Pastelles (recipe) now with Delicious Vegan Option!

Trinidad Pastelles (recipe) now with Delicious Vegan Option!
This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Trini ChristmasOne of Trinidad’s seasonal delights, pastelles are a steamed cornmeal pie wrapped in banana leaves and filled with stewed meat, olives, and raisins. I’ve been told that they are very similar to Latin American tamales, and indeed Venezualan foodblogger Tomasnomas has a link to the exact same dish, referring to it on his blog as Tamal... 

Sorrel Drink (recipe & video)

Sorrel Drink (recipe & video)
Christmas in Trinidad is a diverse multicultural affair. Not just for the Christian population, but also through the secular participation of the nation at large through the enjoyment of our local christmas songs (called parang) and especially the creation and consumption of our traditional Christmas foods. No Christmas in Trinidad would be complete without some rum-soaked black cake cold thick Punch... 

Carmen’s Jamaican Ginger Beer (recipe)

Carmen's Jamaican Ginger Beer (recipe)
This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Trini Christmas mom’s ginger beer brewing in the sun The above scene and bottle feel as though they have always been with me, they occur with such comforting regularity. Ginger beer is something that is enjoyed by both Trinis and Jamaicans however in my experience many Trinis enjoy theirs much weaker than my mother makes hers. Many people can’t... 

Setting The Table: Cooking With Larry Fournillier (November 18, 2012)

Setting The Table: Cooking With Larry Fournillier (November 18, 2012)
For my second appearance on “Learning To Cook Caribbean With Larry Fournillier” I was inspired by a tablescape that I found on Pinterest. I used its color scheme of white, silver and natural woods to guide my own vision. Ivory plates and white dessert plates, were accented by white seaside votive holders, entrée platter and a particularly treasured jug. Silver highlights were provided... 

Trinidad Black Cake (recipe)

Trinidad Black Cake (recipe)
Like sorrel, Black Cake in Trinidad is a Christmas institution. Made predominantly of alcohol drenched prunes, currants and raisins, variations abound (and I love taste testing when we make the visiting rounds). Still, the best black cake is always the recipe that one grew up with. In this case my black cake comes from my aunt, who also uses this recipe to make grooms’ cakes for weddings (in... 

Catch My Second Appearance on “Learning To Cook Caribbean With Larry Fournillier”! (video)

Catch My Second Appearance on
Well the days are counting down to the December 6th launch of my G+ series “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking With Sarina”! But before that happens, I made one more guest spot on Larry Fournillier‘s show “Learning To Cook Caribbean”. Conducted on Sunday, November 18, I whipped up a vegan Divali-inspired spread, dare I say feast? The Menu: • Buss-up-shot/Dhal puri... 
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Setting The Table: Cooking With Larry Fournillier (November 4, 2012)

Setting The Table: Cooking With Larry Fournillier (November 4, 2012)
For my Google+ cooking debut (see below) I decided to go with an all-white motif. Symbolizing new beginnings in many traditions I thought it would be a great way to kick my online video presence off with a bang! When creating a monochromatic motif, it’s important to combine a variety of materials and textures (as well as shades) to avoid a sterile or somber appearance. Flickering candlelight... 

Learning To Cook Caribbean With Larry Fournillier featuring Sarina – Watch The Replay! (video)

Learning To Cook Caribbean With Larry Fournillier featuring Sarina - Watch The Replay! (video)
It’s with great pleasure that I’m announcing that I made my Google+ debut last week on the weekly Hangouts program “Learning To Cook Caribbean With Larry Fournillier”. Larry is a local Trinidadian chef and online media wizard. I’m also excited to state that starting December 6th I’ll also be hosting my own cooking series on Google+ Hangouts and HangoutNetworks.com... 
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Divali Menu 2012

Divali Menu 2012
Deyas flickering in the wind during Divali celebrations in Trinidad and Tobago, Adam Smith Square Woodbrook Tuesday November 13 is Divali in Trinidad and Tobago, a public holiday. Divali (also known as Diwali or Deepavali) is the Hindu festival of lights, and one of my favourite religious celebrations. Growing up, much of the students at my prep school, including myself,would assemble on the evening... 

Trinidad Butter Loaf

Trinidad Butter Loaf
Butter loaf has been a Trini staple for more generations than I can count. It certainly was already the de facto sandwich bread when my 80+ year old father was a boy. Stories of neighbours passing fresh loaves over fences to each other is something firmly in our past now, however the bread remains both as a fixture in local bakeries and in supermarkets as well. The quality of bakery versions varies,... 

Vegan Mashed Potatoes and Shiitake Mushroom Gravy (recipe)

Vegan Mashed Potatoes and Shiitake Mushroom Gravy (recipe)
Ever since watching the documentary FForks Over Knives last year I have actively been conscious of keeping my animal protein intake (both meat and dairy) to a minimum. It’s been quite a revelation for both my mother and myself in terms of the improvements that we have found in our overall well-being. As a result my enthusiasm for raw and vegan recipes (which have already been highlighted on... 

Jamaican ‘Tun Cornmeal’

Cornmeal based dishes are common fare in the Caribbean. Although their popularity is often challenged by rice and wheat-based compositions many are turning back to them for the added benefit that they are naturally gluten-free. ‘Tun Cornmeal’ is a rich polenta-like Jamaican recipe, which transforms into the similar themed ‘Coo-coo’ the further East one travels in the Caribbean. Traditionally,... 

Trinidad Corn Soup with Cornmeal Dumplings (recipe & video)

Trinidad Corn Soup with Cornmeal Dumplings (recipe & video)
Corn soup is a street food favorite here in Trinidad, especially at carnival time when vendors ply large pots of it that they spoon into styrofoam cups outside of fetes and clubs. It’s also popular as a Saturday lunch. Chopped pieces of corn on the cob are often included, however in the variation I prepared below I have left them out. Feel free to add them back in though if you want the added... 

Trinidad Macaroni Pie (recipe)

Trinidad Macaroni Pie (recipe)
Trinidad Macaroni Pie. I had often wondered if there is such a thing in a definitive sense, however I have gotten so many hits with that as a search term that I now have to believe that there is. Coupled with the fact that my Jamaican mother does not make this dish more than once a leap year (and when she does she does in a -very- different manner) and I have to believe that Trinidad Macaroni pie... 

REVIEW: Marilyn Tausend’s La Cocina Mexicana: Many Cultures, One Cuisine (video)

REVIEW: Marilyn Tausend's La Cocina Mexicana: Many Cultures, One Cuisine (video)
My Verdict:4/5 (1 point deducted for recipe complexity, niche ingredients, lack of vegetarian friendly recipes) Buy from Veni Mange – The Trinigourmet Amazon Store! I first became aware of Marilyn Tausend’s work in the early days of TriniGourmet, when I posted about her Mexican Culinary Tours. In the years since then however her name fell off my radar and my awareness of Mexican cuisine... 

TriniGourmet’s “Glam By Request: 30+ Easy Caribbean Recipes” is here! Only $6.95 USD!

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I’m so happy to announce that my new ebook “Glam by Request: 30+ Easy Caribbean Recipes” is now officially ready for purchase and download! It’s been many months in the making and truly is a labour of love A compilation of popular reader requests, the majority of the 30+ recipes in “Glam By Request” have never appeared on TriniGourmet.com. These recipes include:... 
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TriniGourmet’s Glam By Request: 30+ Easy Caribbean Recipes – Coming August 31!

TriniGourmet's Glam By Request: 30+ Easy Caribbean Recipes - Coming August 31!
What a year this has been! Like many of you I had amazingly lofty New Year resolutions and then ‘life’ happened. Personal obstacles and commitments pulled me away from posting as regularly as I have in the past. For that I do apologize. However, I am am now thrilled to announce that at least one of my resolutions is now complete and almost ready to be unveiled. My next ebook! “Glam... 
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Shavuot: Festival of Milk and Honey (menu)

Shavuot: Festival of Milk and Honey (menu)
Gnocchi Pomodoro (recipe linked below) Shavuot is an annual Jewish festival of dual significance. Agriculturally, it commemorates the time when the first fruits were harvested and brought to the Temple, historically, it also celebrates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. To mark Shavuot I always prepare a dairy-based menu that incorporates honey in some form or fashion. This year Shavuot is...