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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... 

Nyam #2: Canada’s kslobodian is sump.tuo.us

Nyam #2: Canada's kslobodian is sump.tuo.us
Confused by my title? Don’t be This is simply the second in my Nyam series For those who are newer to this blog, Nyam was a series I started last year where I interview the creators of food blogs that capture my imagination and appetite My first interview was with fellow Trini blogger Chennette. This time I shifted my gaze to the far north, Vancouver Canada to be exact. Canada is a country... 

Fresh Express Shuts Down

Fresh Express Shuts Down
Photo from Lilandra‘s awesome Fresh Express Flickr Set News of Fresh Express’ demise comes as a great (and depressing) shock to me. Before my accident I relied heavily on their offerings to provide my lunchtime fare. From their teriyaki chicken salads to vegetarian wraps and roast beef sandwiches, I found the idea that fresh fast food could be obtained relatively cheaply at every supermarket... 

The Best Of TriniGourmet.com (May 2007)

The Best Of TriniGourmet.com (May 2007)
Here is a compilation of my most popular posts so far this year, as broken down by category Enjoy! Trinidad Saltfish Accra – recipe (#1 Appetizer, #1 Brunch, #1 Fish recipe) In Trinidad accra is a puffy fried dough ball, made of a highly seasoned dough into which shredded saltfish has been mixed. I?��Ǩ�Ѣve had it at weddings, gatherings, and of course bought it from street vendors.... 

Featured Chef: Ramin Ganeshram

Featured Chef: Ramin Ganeshram
Aloo Pie, Pigeon Peas & Rice, chow-chow?Ǩ Trinidadian food still is not well-known internationally, largely in part to a lack of published documentation (a fact which Trinifood expounds on here). Fortunately Ramin Ganeshram‘s Sweet Hands: Island Cooking From Trinidad And Tobagowas released in 2005 and is probably the most internationally available cookbook devoted to traditional Trinidadian... 

Lag B’Omer – Picnics are Fun!

Lag B'Omer - Picnics are Fun!
One thing that many people (both Jewish and non-Jewish) don’t know is how many holidays and festivals there are in the Jewish calendar. Although the best known celebration is Hannukah (because of the proximity it shares at times to Christmas), Hannukah is actually a relatively minor holiday. For a full list of holidays in the Jewish calendar look here, some involve fasting but even more involve... 

Trinidad Cocoa’s Sweet Feet (article)

Trinidad Cocoa's Sweet Feet (article)
I’ve been meaning to share more details about Trinidad’s exclusive Trinitario cocoa ever since my highly successful post for Upside Down Chocolate pudding. After this article appeared 2 weeks ago in a local newspaper I knew it was time to start sharing the various articles and findings I’ve compiled on our local cocoa industry as well as the chocolate world on a whole Hopefully... 

Ciabatta Bread – an overview

Ciabatta Bread - an overview
“I feast on wine and bread, and feasts they are” – Michelangelo As ‘ciabatta bread’ continues to be the #1 search term via which people stumble onto TriniGourmet.com I thought I’d dig up some more information about this increasingly popular bread! If you are in a rush for a recipe – click here to see my step by step illustrated tutorial! From Wikipedia: Ciabatta... 

REVIEW: Cooking with Three Ingredients (Flavorful Food Easy as 1,2,3)

REVIEW: Cooking with Three Ingredients (Flavorful Food Easy as 1,2,3)
“Cooking with Three Ingredients: Flavorful Food, Easy as 1, 2, 3“ < ?php echo getad('verticalbanner'); ?>Am I the only home cook who has their ‘fallback’ book? It seems like no matter how many cookbooks I collect, how many websites I bookmark or magzine clippings I compile, when I’m in a rush, or money is tight there are 2-3 cookbooks that I keep returning to for... 

Eating at the Cricket World Cup

Eating at the Cricket World Cup
At the moment the English-speaking Caribbean has been all aflutter with the hosting of the Cricket World Cup. Sadly the murder mystery of Pakistani cricket coach Bob Woolmer has now overshadowed what should have been a time of intense but friendly competition. I’ll never understand how people can allow their passions for a game to reach the point of violence let alone murder Before this untimely... 

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Peter Minshall

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Peter Minshall
If Machel is the foremost innovator of soca, Minshall is the foremost innovator of mas. Eccentric and chameleon-like, his designs have captured Trinidadian’s imaginations for several decades. Born in Guyana, his family moved to Trinidad when he was 4 and we consider him a ‘true son of the soil’. From his official website: . Minshall was born in Georgetown, Guyana, but moved to Trinidad... 

Mauby – an overview

Mauby - an overview
Mauby is one of my favorite Trini drinks. It is especially popular during this, the Carnival season. I grew up drinking it at my Aunt’s house where it seemed she always had a full pitcher waiting for the arrival of me and her 101+ godchildren. Cool and refreshing, sweet and yet bitter, it’s definitely an acquired taste. When I lived in the US the closest I could find to it was root beer... 

Trinidad & Tobago: The Culinary “Melting Pot”

Travel Video Television News has an interesting article titled Trinidad & Tobago: The Culinary “Melting Pot”. It takes a look at the various cultural influences on our local cuisine and also highlights the offerings of the major local restaurants Excerpt: Trinidad & Tobago might not come immediately to mind as one of the few places in the world that offers extraordinary ethnic... 

Sugar High Friday #27: Chocolate By Brand

Sugar High Friday #27: Chocolate By Brand
So the roundup for Sugar High Friday #27: Chocolate by Brand is here! This time it was hosted by the very smiley David Lebovitz, author of Room For Dessert : 110 Recipes for Cakes, Custards, Souffles, Tarts, Pies, Cobblers, Sorbets, Sherbets, Ice Creams, Cookies, Candies, and Cordials, Ripe for Dessert: 100 Outstanding Desserts With Fruit–Inside, Outside, Alongside and, only naturally, The Great...