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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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Cassava Porridge (recipe)

Cassava Porridge (recipe)
As long-time readers of Trinigourmet would know, I am something of a porridge junkie. My own particular affinity is for cornmeal porridge, however that doesn’t mean that there aren’t a wide array of others that are familiar to the Caribbean home. In recent months I have had requests for green banana porridge (coming soon!) and in the last week I had my first experience with Cassava Porridge!... 

Sarina’s Coconut Rice With Lentils and Cashews (recipe)

Sarina's Coconut Rice With Lentils and Cashews (recipe)
This recipe is a staple side dish of mine that I’ve adapted and modified at length through the years. Both colorful and flavourful I think it creates a texturally interesting background for spicy curries and other East Indian flavoured entrees. Why not try it with Tridoshic Dal, Coconut Chicken Curry, or Vegetable Curry in a Hurry? Coconut Rice with Lentils and Cashews INGREDIENTS: 1/2 lb.... 

Trinidad Mauby Drink (recipe)

Trinidad Mauby Drink (recipe)
This recipe made 3 rum bottles worth of mauby. They were done within 24 hours! Learn more! • Mauby – An Overview • Mauby Bark: Three Things You May Not Know TRINIDAD MAUBY INGREDIENTS 12 cups water 4 pieces mauby bark (you can add a few more if desired) 1 small sprig aniseed 1 piece cinnamon 3 cups sugar (or to taste) 1 – 3 tablespoons Angostura bitters (to taste) METHOD 1. Place... 

Caribbean Beachcomber July/August 1969 – Caribbean Kitchen Magic! (video)

Caribbean Beachcomber July/August 1969 – Caribbean Kitchen Magic! (video)
Long time patrons of Trinidad’s first national airline BWIA, and its more recent incarnation Caribbean Airlines, are familiar with its highly respected inflight publication “Caribbean Beat”. However did you know that before that there was the “Caribbean Beachcomber”? A joint effort between BWIA, LIAT, Air Jamaica, the Jamaica Air Service, the Caribbean Travel Association... 

Pasta with Basil, Tomatoes and Lemon Zest (recipe)

Pasta with Basil, Tomatoes and Lemon Zest (recipe)
I originally made this recipe way back in 2007 for Weekend Herb Blogging (hosted this time around by its founder Kalyn). I loved how the lemon zest really spotlighted the flavour of basil – an herb that we used to grow at home. As soon as we get another plant I will update this post again to reflect a new pic Funny what a difference new cameras and experience have made in my shots, but it’s... 

5 Questions With Sunrise Bakery’s CEO Errol Drummond & Our January Giveaway!

5 Questions With Sunrise Bakery's CEO Errol Drummond & Our January Giveaway!
Last month, Sunrise Bakery a UK-based Caribbean food firm, celebrated their 45th birthday by launching an authentic Caribbean Rum Cake based on their original recipe. Founded in 1966 by Herman Drummond and William Lamont, to service the demands of the growing Caribbean community in Birmingham and the surrounding area, Sunrise Bakery has expanded significantly within recent years. Their full product... 

Plantain (or Moko) Baked In Orange Juice (recipe)

Plantain (or Moko) Baked In Orange Juice (recipe)
My mother first made this recipe in 2008 and it was a hit! Plantain is rarely showcased this formally on dinner tables and it really is a shame. In this case, lengths of ripe plantain are oven-baked with orange juice and zest. The result is creamy, with a slightly caramelized exterior. My personal suggestions with this recipe are to 1) make sure the plantain is adequately ripe i.e. that the skin... 

Green Olive Tapenade (recipe)

Green Olive Tapenade (recipe)
Tapenades are one of my entertaining ‘secret weapons’. Blend a few ingredients, add a drizzle of olive oil, some salt and pepper and people think you have been slaving for hours This one for Green Olive tapenade is one of my favourites. Because there are so few ingredients it becomes even more important that you make them of the highest quality that you can afford. I find that the flavour... 

Easy Vegan Spicy Peanut Soup with Fresh Mung Bean Sprouts (recipe)

Easy Vegan Spicy Peanut Soup with Fresh Mung Bean Sprouts (recipe)
Made on a rainy night, this spicy vegan peanut soup was a cinch to throw together. The flavours of peanut and ginger combine to create a spicy, sweet and silky texture and the crisp, cool crunch of the bean sprouts prevents the overall flavour profile from ever becoming cloying. This is a rather non-traditional (in this part of the world) take on comfort food. Although I used supermarket beansprouts... 

Sarina’s Ochro Rice Recipe & Thoughts On Umoja/Unity: As Mentioned on NPR

Sarina's Ochro Rice Recipe & Thoughts On Umoja/Unity: As Mentioned on NPR
Last month I was invited to participate in the blogging collective “Kwanzaa Culinarians“. Linking writers throughout the African diaspora it includes such heavyweights as Chef Bryant Terry, as well as known foodies like Sanura of “My Life Runs On Food“, Courtney of “Coco Cooks” and Chrystal & Amir of “The Duo Dishes“. Needless to say, I took it... 
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Stuffed Melongene (recipe)

Stuffed Melongene (recipe)
Whether you call it melongene, eggplant, aubergine or garden egg, you’re referring to one of my favorite ingredients. And when you are talking about Stuffed Melongene you are definitely referring to one of my favorite dishes. It’s such a favorite that my mother makes it for me every birthday. I look forward to it more than the cake! Creamy, buttery, chewy on the outside from the charred... 

Hanukkah Tablescape Ideas

Hanukkah Tablescape Ideas
Ever since reaching out to readers on this site on a regular basis (both on Facebook and Twitter), I’ve found myself the welcome recipient of requests and suggestions on an ongoing basis. I am very grateful for these so keep ‘em coming! Today’s post is the direct result of one of those suggestions. It came via Twitter when a reader suggested that she’d love to see what ideas... 

Give A Child: Ramin Ganeshram’s “Stir It Up”! (review)

Give A Child: Ramin Ganeshram's
WARNING: PLEASE READ ON A FULL STOMACH. THIS BOOK WILL MAKE YOU HUNGRY FOR DELICIOUS AND WELL-PREPARED WEST INDIAN FOOD! You’d think I’d have heeded the warning. It was after all big and bold at the top of the press release and reiterated on both the inside cover AND back cover of “Stir It Up!“, the first tween novel from food writer Ramin Ganeshram (author of Sweet Hands, a... 

Nothing Like A Trini Xmas (video)

The following article appeared in the 24th December, 2006 issue of the Trinidad Express. It’s hard to believe that BWIA was still active then! Will you be spending the holidays where you want to be this year? I hope so! If not, hopefully the recipes posted so far (and still to come) will help HOME is best for the holidays, at least judging from the number of Trinis flying in for Christmas... 

TriniGourmet Q&A #14 : What’s That White Stuff At The Bottom Of My Ginger Beer?

TriniGourmet Q&A #14 : What's That White Stuff At The Bottom Of My Ginger Beer?
Reader’s Question: I made ginger beer but there was a milky paste at the bottom of the jar. Whatcha know about that? Trinigourmet’s Answer: Great question! Although it looks a little ‘spooky’ that milky paste is perfectly natural and inevitable. It’s a mixture of the solids that have settled, and the fermentation that has occurred to create the ‘beer’. Similar... 

Give A Friend: Memories of a Cuban Kitchen: More Than 200 Classic Recipes

Give A Friend: Memories of a Cuban Kitchen: More Than 200 Classic Recipes
Cuban cuisine is one that I am a relative newbie to. Because of language differences, and political distance, our two countries have not had much cultural exchange (although they do have a diplomatic presence here). Personal recollections from friends and family who have visited have all been very warm about the reception they received there, and of course the food. Like Trinidad, and much of the Caribbean,... 

Trinigourmet Amazon Hotlist for November 2011

Trinigourmet Amazon Hotlist for November 2011
Coconut Chutney, Divali 2011 This month’s hotlist is an extra special one for me as it’s the first time that -I- make an appearance on it! The response to my first ebook “Seven Sweet Trini Treats” has been such a strong one that I really have to thank everyone who has downloaded it to date. Nerves got the best of me most of this year in deciding whether it was worth doing/completing/promoting... 

Which Alternative Pastelle Filling Should I Add Next To Trinigourmet? Weigh In!

Which Alternative Pastelle Filling Should I Add Next To Trinigourmet? Weigh In!
Can you believe December is already here? It’s been an amazing year for me with many highs and lows. I can’t say I’m sad to see 2011 draw to a close as I am quite excited for 2012, but I can’t say that I haven’t learnt a lot this year or that I regret anything. I hope the same holds true for you. In a few days I will be starting my annual series of traditional Trinidadian... 

Fudgy Chocolate Cake ‘Brownies’ (recipe)

Fudgy Chocolate Cake 'Brownies' (recipe)
I adore brownies, and I definitely don’t make them often enough. Although there are now dozens of variations on the brownie theme (even blondies), for emotional satisfaction I still find that nothing surpasses the simple all-chocolatey goodness of the original. This simple recipe from Everyday With Rachael Ray has stood the test of the time as I have made it several times since first posting... 

7 Sweet Trini Treats (FREE DOWNLOAD) now available!

7 Sweet Trini Treats (FREE DOWNLOAD) now available!
I’m beyond thrilled to announce the launch of my first ebook titled “7 Sweet Trini Treats”. It contains several recipes that represent my childhood here in Trinidad as well as some from older generations that are at risk of being lost. Some of the recipes have appeared in an older form here on Trinigourmet and have been updated. I have also included several new ones that will remain...