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Eating “After Dark”: Recipe Books for the Frisky Foodie

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Well, well, well looks like a simple Google search for recipes containing avocado and honey, has led me unknowingly into the seedier side of the Foodie-verse. Yes my dears, did you know that there is a whole section of cookbooks devoted to the goals of seduction and sensual (culinary) surprise? The interplay of food and physical desire are as old as time. Just look at the biblical Song of Songs or... 

Dem Tiefin’ We?!?: Copyright infringment and the local blogging community

Dem Tiefin' We?!?: Copyright infringment and the local blogging community
Graffiti Art – Queen’s Park Savannah This post was originally published on November 11, 2008. It has been updated 3 times since then. Last Update November 5, 2010 This post was originally written in November 2008 when I was shocked to learn that an application on Facebook was flagrantly using my images. I’m no stranger to finding my images on other people’s sites and I’m... 

Urban Farming: A Small-Scale Solution to a Full-Scale Problem

Urban Farming: A Small-Scale Solution to a Full-Scale Problem
The Added Value farm in Red Hook, Brooklyn: across the street from Ikea, this flourishing urban farm–built atop asphalt–turns city money and volunteer labor into a thriving center of food, education and youth outreach. Photo by: www.flickr.com/photos/jessicareeder/ / CC BY-SA 2.0 This post was originally published on October 5, 2008. It has been updated once since... 

Weekly curry ‘may fight dementia’ (article)

Weekly curry 'may fight dementia' (article)
Image: Sarina’s Coconut Rice With Lentils and Cashews (recipe here) Not that I need any encouragement, nor am I sure do many of my regular readers, but the BBC ran an article last year touting the benefits of regular curry consumption. Among one of the findings was that a key component in curries (curcumin) can help to prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Excerpts:. Curcumin... 

Trinidad & Tobago Carnival Pt.8 – JW & Blaze “Palance”

Trinidad & Tobago Carnival Pt.8 - JW & Blaze
No Trinidad Carnival post for 2010 would be complete without mention of JW & Blaze and the phenomenon that is “Palance”. This song has taken a word that I doubt I even heard more than once in a year, and turned it into something that everyone is working into the most random and non-sequitur of sentences. There are KFC Palance ‘feasts’ and yuh dun know I want a Palance T-Shirt... 

Is Your Oven Correct? (Why It’s Important To Calibrate)

Is Your Oven Correct? (Why It's Important To Calibrate)
Do you trust your oven? A lot of times I get questions from readers criticizing how a recipe came out and demanding that I change the instructions or details It always somewhat amuses me that clearly -I’m- the one to blame if -their- attempt comes out wrong One simple suggestion that I make, and I make it from my own experience, is to always keep a thermometer in your oven. “But what... 

Trinigourmet in Condé Nast Traveler :)

Trinigourmet in Condé Nast Traveler :)
I’m happy to note that TriniGourmet gets some link love in a recent piece in Condé Nast Traveler. Titled “I’m Dreaming of a Coconut Christmas” it takes a look at the Spanish influences in Trinidad’s Christmas Culture. I was quite excited when I got the heads up from the reporter. Clearly a writer who takes his craft and journalistic integrity seriously. For the record,... 
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Vegetable Prices Rise (article)

Vegetable Prices Rise (article)
Citizen journalist photos from the Trinidad floods on November 18, 2008. For more, visit www.news.co.tt Photo by Trinidad News on Flickr The following article appeared in Trinidad’s Newsday Newspaper last month. As I have written previously the rising cost of food prices has hit us hard here. It’s not uncommon to see the price of a product rise every 7 days on some items. It’s... 

Auntie Olga’s Trinidad Christmas Black Cake

Auntie Olga's Trinidad Christmas Black Cake
The calendar may say October but already signs of Christmas are starting to pop up all around. Parang and carols are on the radio and many of my Avon customers have already put in their Christmas orders (beat that mall crush!). As every Trini knows the Christmas season is also Black Cake season! in the past I have talked about my own Aunt’s Black Cake which to me is still the benchmark of... 

Achiote

Achiote
(photo courtesy of Leonardo Aguiar. Originally uploaded to Flickr as Urucum (bixa orellana) seeds) Read More →

Top 5 Curry Recipes on TriniGourmet.com (September 2008)

Top 5 Curry Recipes on TriniGourmet.com (September 2008)
I love curries of every shade and flavour, however like most Trinis my default curry is the deep ochre Madras-style curry that is integral to the appearance and taste of local curried dishes. Although some of the below dishes do not come from a traditional Trinidadian culinary context, Madras-styled curries are what I used. A fusion of sorts? 1. Trinidad Doubles – recipe Trinidad doubles... 

Taste of T&T 2008 – A Fabulous ‘Taste’ (article)

Taste of T&T 2008 - A Fabulous 'Taste' (article)
Hey everyone Taste TnT was a blast! I’m still going through and assembling all the pictures and videos that I took. Until then enjoy this 3rd party account The following appeared in the Trinidad Express and is being archived here for posterity in case the original link ever expires. A fabulous ‘Taste’ Thousands flock to food festival by Kristy Ramnarine Monday, May 26th 2008 HOT... 

Taste of T&T 2008 – We Does Eat Nice (article)

Taste of T&T 2008 - We Does Eat Nice (article)
The following appeared in the Sunday Express and is being archived here for posterity in case the original link ever expires. Interestingly it mentions a budgetary decrease for the entity that organizes the Taste… could this be part of the reason for the relative lack of promotion this year (along with a change in Tourism Ministers)? Hmmm…. We Does Eat Nice by BC Pires With the fourth... 

Sarina’s Spicy Ochro/Okra Melee (recipe)

Sarina's Spicy Ochro/Okra Melee (recipe)
When I heard that this month’s theme of Meeta’s Monthly Mingle was “Earth Food” I smiled. You see, I have been interested in the preservation of the environment from a very young age. Where I got this passion for conservation I’m not quite sure, but I attribute some of it to Charlie. Who is Charlie you ask? Well he was a cartoon mascot in the early 1980’s for the... 

Regal ‘Olive Oil’ – A Pomace Disgrace

Regal 'Olive Oil' - A Pomace Disgrace
There really is no substitute for extra-virgin olive oil, something that I’m sure every foodie would attest to. However finding decent olive oil is getting harder and harder for me at my local supermarket. It wasn’t always this way. Up until several months ago they carried several foreign brands in convenient 250ml containers. Sure they were a little pricey but I considered the expense... 

Calling The Food Fairy (article)

Calling The Food Fairy (article)
The following article appeared in the June 23rd edition of the Trinidad Express. Even though I have been back home for 7 years now I keenly remember what it was like to be living in an area with little to no access to the ‘tastes of home’. Writer Ric Hernandez’ piece does a wonderful job I think of capturing that literal (and metaphorical hunger). Calling the food fairy Ric Hernandez Saturday,... 

Krishnawatie Tiwari: The Face Behind Yumma

Krishnawatie Tiwari: The Face Behind Yumma
I was pleasantly surprised when I stumbled across this article in the Trinidad Express. So often we pick up products in the supermarket and don’t think of the names and faces behind the label. Corporations and brands just seem, by nature, to be faceless and robotic. That’s why it was so interesting and enlightening to read the story of Krishnawatie Tiwari, the creative force behind Yumma,... 

Taste of T&T 2007 – Final Recap! (video)

Taste of T&T 2007 - Final Recap! (video)
Ok, the TriniGourmet is now probably the last Trini on the planet to share her experience of this year’s Taste T&T festival, but you know what they say ‘save the best for last’ It’s taken me longer than I had expected to get to this because of 1) the server issue I had last month 2) putting the PaperBag Gourmet Club series into effect 3) working on another ‘mystery... 

REVIEW: The Good Home Cookbook

REVIEW: The Good Home Cookbook
Last November Richard J. Perry, the author of The Good Home Cookbook: More Than 1000 Classic American Recipescirculated a request to foodbloggers to review his new cookbook in exchange for a free copy. Being someone who loves cookbooks, as well as freebies, I merrily threw my hat into the ring. When my copy arrived I was beyond psyched! The Good Home Cookbook is a compilation of more than 1000 classic... 

Q&A #1: What is Green Seasoning?

Q&A #1: What is Green Seasoning?
This entry is part 1 of 13 in the series Q&A One of the unexepcted pleasures of running this site is getting a chance to hear and answer your questions. Some of you are Trinis who have lived abroad for some time. Some of you are foreigners who have come to love a certain special Trinbagonian and want to recreate their culinary memories. Others of you are foreigners who have visited our shores and... 

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