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Ten Do’s & Don’ts For Perfect Muffins

Ten Do's & Don'ts For Perfect Muffins
Carmen’s Carrot Muffins (recipe linked below) I’ve been making a lot of muffins lately. Largely in part because of my newfound obsession with making bento boxes for myself and J. They are a surprisingly exciting way to lower the cost of daily lunches while exercising portion control (all those with weight-loss/financial New Year resolutions). Muffins freeze extremely well and thaw effortlessly.... 

Vishu’s pooja (Jamaica Gleaner)

Vishu's pooja (Jamaica Gleaner)
Trinidad Parsad (recipe available in “7 Sweet Trini Treats“) Last month the Jamaica Gleaner had an interesting look at a pooja that was hosted there recently. Titled Vishu’s pooja it gives readers a glimpse into what occurs at these religious yet festive occasions. Although I wish they had paid a little more attention to the foods (I admit I’m a bit biased there) there was... 

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... 

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... 

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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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... 

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,... 

Your Wedding, Your Way Pt. 3: Soup, It’s Always In Style

Your Wedding, Your Way Pt. 3: Soup, It's Always In Style
This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Your Wedding, Your Way As you can tell from my title, I am a huge fan of soups. Whether clear, creamy, or chunky, there are very few soups that do not meet my favour. Yet, when it comes to weddings, I have rarely seen them on the menu locally. Why is this? In many other cultures a soup course before the actual entrée is standard, and even local buffets for business... 

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 delightful and unexpected... 

Your Wedding, Your Way Pt. 1: Successful Self-Catering

Your Wedding, Your Way Pt. 1: Successful Self-Catering
This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Your Wedding, Your Way Image: “On The Wedding Table” by contact7 – sxc.hu How do you all feel about the upcoming Royal nuptials? Bored? Annoyed? Giddy? The range of sentiments in my Twitter feed have definitely skewed towards sophisticatedly cynical, intellectually jaded and openly hostile. Unfortunately, if this describes you, you’re... 

Trinigourmet’s Gifts For Foodie Friends!

Trinigourmet's Gifts For Foodie Friends!
Last year I was delighted to be included in the November/December issue of Caribbean Beat magazine. The article by Franka Phillip called “Gifts for Foodie Friends” included my recommendation of a “butane torch”, along with the suggestions of several other Caribbean foodies across the diaspora. Now, for the first time, I am sharing the complete list of items which I had presented... 

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 8 – Machel Montano

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 8 - Machel Montano
No Carnival writeup would be complete, especially this year without mention of the ever-popular yet ever-controversial Machel Montano. From an earlier incarnation of his MySpace page: Machel Montano began his career in 1982 at age seven. As early as 1984, he formed his band Panasonic Express now called XTATIK. Machels debut album TOO YOUNG TO SOCA, released in 1985, was an instant hit which earned... 

Trinigourmet’s Top 10 Posts of 2010!

Trinigourmet's Top 10 Posts of 2010!
New Year, Same Resolutions! Happy New Year all ! I hope that you are transitioning into the regular work week better than I am! Have you ever felt that you need a vacation to get over your vacation? Yup, that’s me right about now Still, a New Year is a wonderful thing to usher in in my book, and I am excited for all the opportunities which have presented themselves to me over the last... 

Ramin Ganeshram’s Take on Holiday Christmas Cookies (article)

Ramin Ganeshram's Take on Holiday Christmas Cookies (article)
I love checking out the various culinary stories from around the world that show up both in my Trinigourmet Times and via iGoogle. They give me a glimpse into cultures and traditions from places I’ll probably never see, as well as spots right next door! This week I stumbled across a story, published on NPR, from Ramin Ganeshram, author of the extremely popular Sweet Hands: Island Cooking from... 

Pastelle Making (photo)

Pastelle Making (photo)
Caption: President of the Santa Rosa Carib Community, Ricardo Bharath-Hernandez singes a banana leaf over a fireside, as he prepares to make pastelles at the Carib Community Centre in Arima yesterday. The community prepares dozens of pastelles annually for sale. PHOTO BY AZLAN MOHAMMED This image and caption appeared on the front page of the Newsday Newspaper (December 20, 2006). Sadly, the website... 

That Big Fat Banana Is A Plantain! (recipes) – Caribbean Beachcomber July/August 1969

That Big Fat Banana Is A Plantain! (recipes)  - Caribbean Beachcomber July/August 1969
So funny the things we take for granted sometimes. Growing up around plantains all my life it never occurred to me, until recently, that this fruit is almost completely unknown in many parts of the world! It was only through various conversations with people, primarily from Europe, and an episode of the recently concluded MasterChef US, that I realized that it was high time to shed a little light... 

Fruits & Vegetables: A Succulent Variety (page 1) – Caribbean Beachcomber July/August 1969

Fruits & Vegetables: A Succulent Variety (page 1) - Caribbean Beachcomber July/August 1969
(image: Stand at Port of Spain Market) Transcription: The marketplace is the best source of local gossip, news and camaraderie. Also available is a magnificent display of the fruits and vegetables which add flavor and distinction to the Caribbean table. Fresh greens, creamy ripe avocados, mangoes, cherries, an abundance of starchy roots, herbs, and a goodly selection of dried beans – all of... 

A Beer is a… Carib (video)

A Beer is a... Carib (video)
Carib Brewery, Eastern Main Road, Champs Fleurs Ask any Trinidadian to complete the following phrase. A beer is a … and you’ll instantly hear a loud uproarious ‘Carib’. For over 50 years the Carib Brewery has been producing Carib beer to the delight of Trinis both at home and abroad. I know that for myself seeing a Carib sign in a pub or a bar abroad was enough to make me... 

Top 3 Vegetarian Recipes on TriniGourmet.com

Top 3 Vegetarian Recipes on TriniGourmet.com
1. Trinidad Doubles – recipe Trinidad doubles is the ultimate local street food. It’s cheap. Usually hot/warm. Hearty. Filling. You can view the recipe here. 2. Ciabatta Bread – recipe This recipe for Ciabatta Bread creates a very light loaf, soft and chewy on the inside with a thin crunchy rustic crust. I made it for my mom’s birthday and it was a huge hit. I hope... 

16 Ways To Enjoy Fish!

16 Ways To Enjoy Fish!
Top 5 Fish Recipes on TriniGourmet.com 1. Trinidad Saltfish Accra (recipe) Puffy fried dough balls, made of a highly seasoned dough into which shredded saltfish has been mixed. 2. Fried Bake ‘n Fish (recipe) Fied dough and highly seasoned fried fish. That probably does not sound all that amazing or innovative but it really is all in the execution, and of course the accroutements! 3....