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15 Things You Need To Know About Mangoes (Tips, Recipes, Cookbooks)

15 Things You Need To Know About Mangoes (Tips, Recipes, Cookbooks)
5 Things You Should Know About Mangoes 1. Unless you are preparing a recipe that specifically calls for green mangoes do not buy mangoes that are too hard/’green’. They will not ripen properly. Choose mangoes that yield to gentle pressure and use your nose: a ripe mango will have a very fragrant aroma and unripe mango will have none. Coloration doesn’t matter (some mangoes naturally... 

Remembering Julia: Julia Child 101 (video)

Remembering Julia: Julia Child 101 (video)
“I learned to cook for the same reason most women do—to please a man. I started to cook for the first time after I got married in 1946. Paul and I had met in Ceylon during World War II when we were both with the OSS (Office of Strategic Services), which later became the CIA. It would be nice to say we were spies, but I was a file clerk and Paul was an exhibits officer, doing maps of the Burma... 

3Ds Place Bakery & Restaurant

3Ds Place Bakery & Restaurant
In my ‘travels’ on the web I came across the following establishment in an article on businesses in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. 3Ds Place Bakery and Restaurant, 771-A Washington Ave.; (718) 623-2310 For the past decade, 3Ds has been baking up Jamaican favorites. Besides pastries like Jamaican hardo bread, currant rolls and bulla, the place also serves breakfast, lunch... 

Trinidadian Roti – An Overview (video)

Trinidadian Roti - An Overview (video)
Roti. Four little letters that have the power to put any Trini into a smile-infused stupor Along with pelau I consider it one of Trinidad’s national dishes. East Indian in origin Trinidad roti has now become its own entity with several variants offered to the sidewalk or fast food consumer. So, what exactly is roti? Wikipedia to the rescue! Never mind that they spell tawa with a ‘v’???... 

Calypso in Chestnut Hill: A Taste of Trinidad

Calypso in Chestnut Hill: A Taste of Trinidad
Image: Philadelphia Inquirer Last month the Philadelphia Inquirer ran a piece on a Trinidadian food stand called Calypso in Chestnut Hill’s Farmers Market. Excerpt: “It is time to make the next round of roti. Campbell slides balls of dough made with ground split peas and garlic from under a kitchen towel, flattens them, and rolls them out with a big, wooden rolling pin.... 

Trini Bakery Goodies – The Photos

Trini Bakery Goodies - The Photos
Coconut Rock Buns (link to recipe below) Over the last few weeks on Twitter, myself and various other Caribbean cooks (who suitably enough converse under the #caribbeancooks hashtag) have been sharing and reminiscing over various food-related childhood memories. Chennette, who is my dearest and oldest foodie friendship, took the conversation to her blog with the post “Ode To The Bread Van”.... 

A Quick and Dirty Guide To Getting Your Roti On In Broward County (article)

A Quick and Dirty Guide To Getting Your Roti On In Broward County (article)
Image from Cliff1066 Ft. Lauderdale Flickr setThe Broward-Palm Beach New Times recently wrote “A Quick and Dirty Guide To Getting Your Roti On In Broward County”. Featured eateries include: • Lovey’s Roti in Sunrise (8336 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise; call 954-741-9212) • Lucky City (5574 W. Sample Road in Margate; call 954-972-1880) • The Curry Hut (5416... 

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

Eating
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...