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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... 

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... 

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... 

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.... 

Caribbean Beachcomber July/August 1969 – Caribbean Food Overview

Caribbean Beachcomber July/August 1969 - Caribbean Food Overview
Transcription: Caribbean cuisine is so varied it is difficult to consider it a single cuisine. During the trading of slaves, food crops of all kinds were also interchanged between territories. As. a result, food and produce are similar throughout the Caribbean, but methods of cooking vary according to original influences. The Arawak Indians, the original Caribbeanites, are responsible... 

Caribbean Beachcomber July/August 1969 – Sebastians On The Waterfront, St. Thomas

Caribbean Beachcomber July/August 1969 - Sebastians On The Waterfront, St. Thomas
Transcription: Sebastians on the Waterfront is one of the most colorful – and oldest – of the restaurants on St. Thomas (Photo/Virgin Islands Tourist Board) Sebastian’s on the Waterfront appears to have been a place that travellers long remembered and felt attached to. References to it on the Web can still be found in the form of ebay memorabilia auctions, and... 

Ackee

Ackee
Ackee is one of my favorite ingredients, however it is not something that I think most Trinidadians (or people worldwide) know or have tasted. In fact if it wasn’t for my Jamaican mother I probably would never have tasted it all! I often see Western cookbooks comparing ackee to scrambled eggs, a comparison that I believe is more visual than taste-related. Ackee has a very creamy texture and is... 

Where oh where have the Buffalypso gone? (video)

Where oh where have the Buffalypso gone? (video)
Image Credit: NIGO If, like me, you were a TTT baby (i.e. you grew up only knowing one channel that signed off at noon, and signed back at 2:30 p.m. with the call of “Caribbean Vibration”) then you probably also remember government promos touting the benefits of the mysterious locally-designed ‘Buffalypso’. Part Water Buffalo and part uh… Calypso? this... 

20 Ways To Enjoy Eggplants!

20 Ways To Enjoy Eggplants!
Top 5 Recipes Featuring Eggplant on TriniGourmet.com 1. Eggplant Ragout with Tomatoes, Peppers and Ground Beef (recipe) This dish is redolent with the flavours of the Middle East and is a personal favourite of mine. 2. Fried Eggplant (recipe) Slivers of seasoned eggplant (or melongene as it is more commonly called here in Trinidad) are floured and breaded before being pan fried. The... 

Caribbean Beachcomber July/August 1969 – Caribbean Kitchen Magic A Food and Drink How-To Introduction

Caribbean Beachcomber July/August 1969 – Caribbean Kitchen Magic A Food and Drink How-To Introduction
Transcription: Caribbean Kitchen Magic A Food and Drink How-to Join us for a mini-culinary tour of the Caribbean Kitchen – via its fruits and vegetables, its weekday staples, its holiday feasts, its beverages and even some hand-me-down remedies. Discover the likes of stamp-an-go, foo-foo, asopao, brandied lobster. Delight in visions of paw paw, mangos, honey berries and succulent... 

Emancipation Village 2010: African Food Fair Part 4 – Departure/Closing Thoughts

Emancipation Village 2010: African Food Fair Part 4 - Departure/Closing Thoughts
This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Emancipation Village 2010 With our stomachs full we decided to explore the right hand side of the Fair before leaving. This area was designated to traders and vendors of handiwork, clothing, and health items. Everything looked wonderful and I wished I had walked with more money. Some even took Mastercard/Visa, but alas I had walked solely with... 

Emancipation Village 2010: African Food Fair Part 3 – Official Food Court (video)

Emancipation Village 2010: African Food Fair Part 3 - Official Food Court (video)
This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Emancipation Village 2010After about half an hour of casual conversation and enjoyment of the musical offerings of the ‘Village Radio’ the rain eventually lessened into a drizzle. This seemed to be the right moment to wander through the official ‘Village Food Court’. Curious as to what I would find, I quickly realized... 

Emancipation Village 2010: African Food Fair Part 2 – Cassava Fries & Kelewele (video)

Emancipation Village 2010: African Food Fair Part 2 - Cassava Fries & Kelewele (video)
This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Emancipation Village 2010 After passing through the entrance it was time to head straight to the food court. Food was served in 2 main areas, one officially designated “Food Court” where most of the vendors were still absent or trying to keep dry beneath white tarpaulin, and the area shown above, which was close to the DJ Sound... 

Emancipation Village 2010: African Food Fair Part 1 – Arrival (video)

Emancipation Village 2010: African Food Fair Part 1 - Arrival (video)
This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Emancipation Village 2010 August 1st was Emancipation Day here in Trinidad & Tobago. A public holiday since 1985 its definition has recently been expanded as a recognition of the struggles of all the ethnic groups who came here in servitude. At its heart though it remains essentially a time of remembrance of the African Slavery Experience.... 

Pholourie & Chopsticks: When Tokyo and Trinbago Collide! (video)

I am constantly amazed by what a mobile and adaptable people we Trinis are. Over on Twitter I converse with locals who have ventured to all corners of the world and while comfortable in their new lives, still want that little taste of home to ‘show off’ to others or to just give them small private comfort. One such person who I have come into regular contact is Petra, a.k.a TokyoTrinbago.... 

Sauté Trinbago 2010: Part 7 – Closing Thoughts (video)

Sauté Trinbago 2010: Part 7 - Closing Thoughts (video)
This entry is part 4 of 8 in the series Sauté Trinbago For the past few days I’ve been reviewing the recently held Sauté Trinbago food event. If you’ve been following along I hope you have enjoyed the photos and videos that I’ve shared. If you’ve missed any of the posts to date you can quickly catch up by clicking the series navigation bar above this post,...