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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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Mauby Bark: Three Things You May Not Know

Mauby Bark: Three Things You May Not Know
Mauby bark by Lisa Fagg, on FlickrOver the years I have, like many Trinidadians, enjoyed my share of cold frosty mauby. As I’ve previously written, it was something that my Aunt always seemed to have in her fridge when I was a child. Those days however are long gone. My aunt no longers bother to make mauby and even at home my parents prefer, like others, to buy bottles of concentrate, replete... 

Cold Sesame Noodles (recipe)

Cold Sesame Noodles (recipe)
Creamy, cold noodles Ginger and lime dance throughout Quick and easy meal. Cold Sesame Noodles SERVINGS: 4 SOURCE: Food Network / Tyler Florence INGREDIENTS: 12 ounces angel hair pasta 3 tablespoons dark sesame oil 2 tablespoons peanut oil 1-inch piece fresh ginger, minced 3 cloves, garlic minced 1 teaspoon red chili paste, such as sambal 1 lime, juiced 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1/2 cup creamy... 

Give A Friend: The Spice Necklace: My Adventures in Caribbean Cooking, Eating, and Island Life

Give A Friend: The Spice Necklace: My Adventures in Caribbean Cooking, Eating, and Island Life
The Spice Necklace: My Adventures in Caribbean Cooking, Eating, and Island Life by Ann Vanderhoof (21) Description: While sailing around the Caribbean, Ann Vanderhoof and her husband Steve track wild oregano-eating goats in the cactus-covered hills of the Dominican Republic, gather nutmegs on an old estate in Grenada, make searing-hot pepper sauce in a Trinidadian kitchen, cram for a chocolate-tasting... 

Turmeric

Turmeric
Several months ago my mother came home with these things that looked like ginger roots, but smaller and thinner. I asked what they were and she said ‘turmeric’. She had bought them for medicinal reasons (we use a lot of herbal and aromatherapy concoctions in my household) but I also knew it had culinary value as well. Curious, I tried using it in a recipe or two but found it more hassle... 

20 Ways To Enjoy Soup!

20 Ways To Enjoy Soup!
Top 10 Soup Recipes on TriniGourmet.com 1. Trinidad Corn Soup with Cornmeal Dumplings (recipe) 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. 2. Trinidad Callaloo (vegetarian recipe) Callaloo is a fond memory for many Trinidadians, myself included, 3.... 

Current Bestseller: An Embarrassment of Mangoes: A Caribbean Interlude

Current Bestseller: An Embarrassment of Mangoes: A Caribbean Interlude
An Embarrassment of Mangoes: A Caribbean Interlude Ann Vanderhoof (Author) (69) 59 used & new from $9.66 Description: Under the Tuscan Sun meets the wide-open sea . . . An Embarrassment of Mangoes is a delicious chronicle of leaving the type-A lifestyle behind — and discovering the seductive secrets of life in the Caribbean. Who hasn’t fantasized about chucking the job, saying goodbye... 

REVIEW: Ramsay’s Best Menus

REVIEW: Ramsay's Best Menus
Over the last 6 months or so my mother and I have both become quite taken with British Chef Gordon Ramsay. It seems that he has a permanent Monday night residency on FOX and I for one am -not- complaining (don’t judge me! :)) Realizing that if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, J has surprised me with not one, but two, of Ramsay’s publications! Ramsay’s Best Menus... 

Trinigourmet Amazon Hotlist for September 2011

Trinigourmet Amazon Hotlist for September 2011
Cold Sesame Noodles – recipe coming soon! Equilibrium has been restored in Trinigourmet land this month with the return of The Naparima Girls Cookbook to the Hotlist! Topping this month’s countdown once again is Ramin Ganeshram’s Sweet Hands: Island Cooking from Trinidad and Tobago. Her recent follow up Stir It Up is a wonderful children’s book that combines whimsy with... 

You’ll Love: Three Guys from Miami Cook Cuban

You'll Love: Three Guys from Miami Cook Cuban
Three Guys from Miami Cook Cuban by Glenn M. Lindgren, Raul Musibay, Jorge Castillo (61) Buy new: $30.00 $20.19 45 used & new from $11.90 Description: If you are one of the more that two million people who have visited the web site at iCuban.com: The Internet Cuban, you already know who these Three Guys are. If you are one of the more than six billion people alive today who have not, a little... 

Current Bestseller: Curry, Callaloo & Calypso: The Real Taste of Trinidad & Tobago

Current Bestseller: Curry, Callaloo & Calypso: The Real Taste of Trinidad & Tobago
Curry, Callaloo & Calypso: The Real Taste of Trinidad & Tobago by Wendy Rahamut Publication Date: November 2011Buy new: $35.00 $22.17 Description: When asked about the spontaneity of Caribbean cooks, Wendy Rahamut says: “We do not really cook from recipes, as such. Many cooks prepare recipes handed down from generations, and these are embedded in the memories of each cook”.... 

REVIEW: Caribbean Seafood Extravaganza

REVIEW: Caribbean Seafood Extravaganza
Caribbean Seafood Extravaganza, a local publication from the Seafood Industry Development Company Limited, has become a silent treasure over the last year. This quietly printed book is full of solidly satisfying recipes for many Trinidadian species of fish that many may overlook in favour of the more popular types such as kingfish, carite etc. It also has highly imaginative re-interpretations of traditionally... 

Rosh Hashana Menu 2011

Rosh Hashana Menu 2011
Rosh Hashana Community Dinner 2007 This year the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana begins at sundown on September 28. Normally at Rosh Hashana I have a rather fixed menu, sneaking in one or two new dishes for variety. Two years ago I decided to shake things up, discarding my customary Coconut-Raisin Challah with an Apple Honey one that I discovered online. Well, I loved that recipe so much I have decided... 

Trinigourmet Hotlist for August 2011

Trinigourmet Hotlist for August 2011
Inside Woodbrook’s best kept secret, Cafe Marrakesh. Review coming soon! *Gasp* I never thought it would happen, but it has. The Naparima Girls Cookbook has fallen out of the Trinigourmet Hotlist! This perennial favourite has now been pushed aside by several new debuts, many of them focused on the cuisines of the Spanish speaking Caribbean. Enjoy these new titles, as well the hotshot debut... 

Join the ‘Breadifesto’!

Join the 'Breadifesto'!
When I originally posted the above (in May 2007) my Mother and I had started regularly making our own bread in bulk. In the years since my Mom was diagnosed with celiac disease and I myself cut back immensely on my own flour intake. As a result, my breadmaking is now much less frequent but it’s something that I still do enjoy. Unfortunately the cost of living still continues to rise, making... 

Trinidad Saltfish Accra (recipe)

Trinidad Saltfish Accra (recipe)
I see plenty of recipes for accra in West Indian Cookbooks but often they bear little resemblance to Trinidad Accra. My Jamaican mother tells me that what she knows as accra is a saltfish fritter, flat, fried brown. Here in Trinidad however accra is a puffy fried dough ball, made of a highly seasoned dough into which shredded saltfish has been mixed. I’ve had it at weddings, gatherings, and... 

How many eggs should a person consume a day?

How many eggs should a person consume a day?
This post was originally published on June 21, 2006. It has been updated three times since then. First they were good for you. Then they were bad. Then they were good again. Trying to keep up with the ‘experts’ is a dizzying game sometimes! Still, when my mother expressed concern over my consuming an egg a day I decided to find out what the most recent consensus is. Up until 2006,... 

Ghosts of Our Culinary Past – Sylvia Hunt’s “Proud Legacy of Our People”

Ghosts of Our Culinary Past – Sylvia Hunt's
Several years ago, the UK based Trini food blogger Can Cook Must Cook posted on “Those Disappearing Pleasures”, the snacks of her childhood which no longer appear on Trini shop shelves. Out of the names she called I could only recognize ‘rock cake’. Bellyful? Shaddock Candy? Kaser Balls? Wha dat? This made me more than a little sad. Apparently many of these items fell out... 

Eggplant Cutlets: Cotolette Di Melanzane (recipe)

Eggplant Cutlets: Cotolette Di Melanzane (recipe)
This post was first published February 8, 2009. It has been updated twice since then. What do you get when you combine Fried Eggplant with the skill and experience of a world class chef? These out of this world ‘Eggplant Cutlets’. Like many of the Mario Batali dishes that I have tried, this recipe provides rich flavour and a satisfying contrast in textures, through what appears as relatively... 

Tiramisu Cake

Tiramisu Cake
This cake is Dorie Greenspan’s take on tiramisu, but, as the title alludes, in cake form. When I first baked this dessert, back in 2009, it was also the first time that I’d worked with mascarpone. I instantly fell in love. It’s so light and smooth and reminds me clotted cream (a rather unhealthy indulgence of mine ) Like all of Dorie’s recipes, that I’ve tried to date,... 

Sarina’s Independence Day Menu 2011

Sarina's Independence Day Menu 2011
Opening of the Churchill-Roosevelt/Uriah Butler Interchange, May 1 2009 August 31st is Trinidad’s Independence Day. This year’s menu is a trifecta of the new, the old, and a new twist on an old favourite What will yours be this year? • Sarina’s Spinach-Ginger Salad • Bertie’s Trinidad Pelau • Sarina’s Independence Day Sugar Cakes To learn more about Independence...