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5 Questions with Sharda Patasar (video)

5 Questions with Sharda Patasar (video)
I am so excited to announce that on this week’s episode of “Sweet Han': Caribbean Cooking with Sarina” I’ll be highlighting the compositions of local sitarist Sharda Patasar. Daughter of legendary local sitarist Mungal Patasar, Sharda is strongly forging her own path in this traditionally male dominated arena. Trained in Classical Indian music her most recent music projects... 

5 Questions with Afrobella

5 Questions with Afrobella
Photo Credit: Mark Lyndersay Some call her the godmother of ‘Brown Beauty Blogging’, others call her Afrobella, and a few others still call her Patrice. I call her all of the above, and now I can add ‘Sweet Han’s first Cookalong guest’ to the list! We started our respective blogs at the same time, and though apart geographically, we’ve always been connected –... 

Review – Souk 2012: Trinidad & Tobago Drinks Festival

Review - Souk 2012: Trinidad & Tobago Drinks Festival
November 3rd, 2012 was the launch of Souk: Trinidad & Tobago Drinks Festival, mistakenly billed by some as the first in Trinidad & Tobago (I seem to be the only person that remembers More Vino’s first and only deVine festival). Pesky details aside, Souk was nevertheless a multi-sensory feast for all who attended. Doors opened at 4p.m. and didn’t... 

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 on this... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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.... 

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... 
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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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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:... 

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...