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Mustard Batons (recipe & video)

Mustard Batons (recipe & video)
I’m a big believer that soups can be an entire meal on their own, especially when paired with a side of bread. My own preference is to make the combo of soup and bread one of a meeting of opposite. The lighter the soup, the heavier the bread, and vice versa. Case in point, these mustard batons, procured from this recipe by Dorie Greenspan (it is also available in her extremely excellent “Around... 

Cassava Latkes (recipe & video) & Other Hanukkah Menu Ideas

Cassava Latkes (recipe & video) & Other Hanukkah Menu Ideas
Cassava latkes, an idea so simple, so obvious, and yet so left-field, that if it wasn’t for a chance comment from Ramin Ganeshram a year ago on Twitter, I may never have thought of whipping up a batch! I had been on a cassava kick, trying to see how many uses I could find for my favourite provision, besides the tried and true. I had made Vichysoisse Creole, and Cassava porridge, and then, as... 

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.... 

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... 

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... 

Dasheen Balls (recipe)

Dasheen Balls (recipe)
I have a confession to make. I have grown up utterly hating ‘provisions’. You know what I’m talking about. Yams, eddoes, dasheen… I always had a fondness for cassava so that was granted a pardon, but the others? I wanted nothing to do with them. The antipathy began from childhood and stretched without interruption into my adult years. Memories of fist sized cubes of starch... 

Your Wedding, Your Way Pt. 4: Sandwiches That Are Sure To Please! (recipes)

Your Wedding, Your Way Pt. 4: Sandwiches That Are Sure To Please! (recipes)
This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Your Wedding, Your Way Sandwiches and soup go together so well that I had to mention them in this series. If you are having an evening wedding, sandwiches can form part of your appetizer course (cut as quarters). However, for a breakfast or lunch reception they can share the stage with your soup course, forming a light entrĂ©e all on their... 

Your Wedding, Your Way Pt.2: Appetize Them With Pholourie, Saheena and Accra!

Your Wedding, Your Way Pt.2: Appetize Them With Pholourie, Saheena and Accra!
This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Your Wedding, Your Way Set the tone of your wedding reception the minute guests start filtering in, with your appetizers. The inspiration for the above menu came from the actual wedding menu of one of my best friends who presented pholourie and other bite sized Trini street foods on platters carried by cocktail waiters! A move that was quite... 

Pesto Latkes (recipe)

Pesto Latkes (recipe)
How cute are these ‘latkes’? I have to put the quotation marks because they are neither fried, nor flat (oh the sacrilege!). But… they are so light, crisp and flavourful that I can’t get too worked up so do ignore my faux outrage Ignoring weighty fillers, this latke recipe (which like yesterday’s Oven-Crisped Latkes comes from EatingWell Magazine)... 

Fried Okras (recipe)

Fried Okras (recipe)
Just a few words as I am writing this at 3:10 a.m.and am rapidly fading after a day of automechanical mishaps (ugh!) Ochroes are one of those ingredients that rapidly divide people into one of two camps, the love ‘ems and leave ‘ems. Well, I was hoping that this dish would be the one that could potentially convert its detractors but I suspect it won’t. However... 

Sarina’s Curried Potato ‘mini’ Latkes & Bubbly Guava-Ginger Ale

Sarina's Curried Potato 'mini' Latkes & Bubbly Guava-Ginger Ale
How have you been enjoying my Hanukkah 2010 series so far? At the moment I seem to be having a little trouble with my RSS feed so if you have not received the posts so far you can check out the recipe roundup to date here. I first whipped up these curried potato mini latkes two years ago for an installment of my blogger friend Stephanie’s now defunct Blog Party series. Latkes are probably... 

Trinidad Pholourie (recipe) – Saveur Magazine “Best Of The Web”!

Trinidad Pholourie (recipe) - Saveur Magazine
July 5, 2010: Sometime between when this post was originally written in 2007 and now it appears Saveur Magazine selected this recipe as one of its ‘Best Of The Web‘, and Trinigourmet.com as one of its ‘Sites We Love’. I can’t explain how much this means to me as it has always been my hope and aim to disseminate Trinidadian cuisine to the wider world.... 
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Hummus (recipe)

Hummus (recipe)
Hummus is a never-fail crowd pleaser and so deceptively easy to prepare! I love to offer hummus as a starter at Purim because chickpeas figure so prominently in the Purim story. This recipe comes from one of my favourite cookbooks The Sephardic Table: The Vibrant Cooking of the Mediterranean Jews (you can read my review here). Although I have tried many hummus recipes and am not opposed the occasional... 

Curried Potato Chips (recipe)

Curried Potato Chips (recipe)
Blog Party #43 is here! The theme this month is “Spice It Up”. According to the event’s host Stephanie of Dispensing Happiness: The chill of February has definitely gotten to me. I’m cold. I’m tired of being cold. I want warmth…but it looks like the only place I can find that is in the kitchen! Well there are definitely no chills here in Trinidad, unless you count... 

Chef Bryant Terry & Cajun-spiced, Open-faced Red Pepper Frittata Sandwiches (recipe)

Chef Bryant Terry & Cajun-spiced, Open-faced Red Pepper Frittata Sandwiches (recipe)
February is Black History Month and with it comes A Taste of Ebony, a food challenge hosted by Joelen of Joelen’s Culinary Adventures highlighting the work and recipes of Black chefs and food celebrities. When I began TriniGourmet Black food personalities were almost a shadow presence, and though I am glad to see, over the past year, the Food Network integrating African-Americans into its lineup,... 

Trinidad Saheena (recipe)

Trinidad Saheena (recipe)
I made these traditional Indo-Trinidadian appetizers last year as part of my Eid menu. Chopped spinach stirred into a splitpea flour base and then fried, delish! I prefer mine relatively light , especially when fresh out of the oil, but some make theirs denser. The final result will depend on how thick your prefer your batter. Saheena are perfectly paired with your favourite chutney and some hot pepper... 

Vidalia Onion Fritters (recipe)

Vidalia Onion Fritters (recipe)
I first made these fritters as part of last year’s Sukkot menu. They are much sweeter and lighter than one would expect. And the soaking of the onions in the batter ensures that the onion flavour mellows and evenly distributes. It also makes the onion much softer, so that it almost melts in your mouth. I don’t know about you but I just hate when I bite into an onion ring and the onion... 

Sardine Pate (recipe)

Sardine Pate (recipe)
Growing up in a cross-cultural household there were many moments when you realized that your home was a little ‘different’ from many of those around you. As a kid I went to a variety of private schools with large international populations so those differences seemed quite ‘normal’, however when I began public high school I began to realize that maybe I was a little bit ‘odd’... 

Falafel (recipe)

Falafel (recipe)
Falafel is an item that depending on your part of the world is either par for the course, or an unheard of oddity. Growing up here in Trinidad falafels were not part of my culinary experience, however in the last few years, Syrian-Lebanese eateries have become more and more popular and Middle Eastern fare has become well-loved outside of their original ethnic communities. The falafels that I’ve... 

Trinidad Kachourie (recipe)

Trinidad Kachourie (recipe)
Several weeks ago a reader asked me to post a recipe for Trinidad Kachourie. Well, it’s taken me a while but here it goes! So what is kachourie, some of you may ask? Well kachourie appears to be Trinidad’s version of what is listed in Wikipedia as kachouri or kachouri: From Wikipedia: Kachori – More specifically spelled as Kachauri, a farsan or spicy Indian mouth watering snack... 

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