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Trinidad Pastelles (recipe) now with Delicious Vegan Option!

Trinidad Pastelles (recipe) now with Delicious Vegan Option!
This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series Trini ChristmasOne of Trinidad’s seasonal delights, pastelles are a steamed cornmeal pie wrapped in banana leaves and filled with stewed meat, olives, and raisins. I’ve been told that they are very similar to Latin American tamales, and indeed Venezualan foodblogger Tomasnomas has a link to the exact same dish, referring to it on his blog as Tamal... 

Stuffed Melongene (recipe)

Stuffed Melongene (recipe)
Whether you call it melongene, eggplant, aubergine or garden egg, you’re referring to one of my favorite ingredients. And when you are talking about Stuffed Melongene you are definitely referring to one of my favorite dishes. It’s such a favorite that my mother makes it for me every birthday. I look forward to it more than the cake! Creamy, buttery, chewy on the outside from the charred... 

20 Ways To Enjoy Ginger!

20 Ways To Enjoy Ginger!
. From Epicentre.com: Ginger is one of those ingredients that can be many things to many people. Not only is it used in cuisines around the world, but it also comes in a variety of forms fresh, pickled, dried, and crystallized among them . People who bake may immediately call to mind the ground ginger they use in gingerbread or the jewel-like crystallized ginger they add to holiday cookies and cakes.... 

Sarina’s Trinidad-Style ‘Stew Oxtail’ (recipe) – as mentioned in The New York Times

Sarina's Trinidad-Style 'Stew Oxtail' (recipe) - as mentioned in The New York Times
Oxtail stew (or ‘stew oxtail’ as it is more commonly called in local parlance) is a sentimental favourite of many Trinbagonians. While writing this post I even had a Twitter follower tell me that it’s the first thing she insists on having upon returning home! In the US stew oxtail is more closely identified with Jamaican fare, but I do believe that each island is equally proud of... 

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... 

15 Ways To Enjoy Beef! (video)

15 Ways To Enjoy Beef! (video)
. How to cook Trinidad style curry beef with potato from CaribbeanPot.com: Trinidad style curry beef with potato. A uniquely tropical way of cooking curry beef (of beef curry), you’ll be amazed at how simple and very tasty this recipe is. For step by step instructions, check out: caribbeanpot.com/tropical-curry-beef-with-potato/ … where I explain the entire cooking process, including... 

Ants in A Tree (recipe)

Ants in A Tree (recipe)
I first learnt of this recipe via Sara Moulton‘s excellent (and now defunct) Food Network series “Sara’s Secrets”. It was my first introduction to the culinary history of Singapore, and I’ve been hooked on learning as much as I can ever since. Much like Trinidad Singapore has been a melting pot of cultures, and these influences are reflected in the local cuisine. This... 

Tyler’s Texas Chili (recipe)

Tyler's Texas Chili (recipe)
This month’s “They Go Well Together” challenge, asked food bloggers to prepare dishes that combined meat and chocolate. Unlike prior challenges this one was rather second nature to me as I have been adding chocolate to my chilis for several years now. Sounds weird? Not really, it’s actually quite traditional From Moosewood Restaurant Celebrates: Festive Meals for Holidays... 

Eggplant Ragout with Tomatoes, Peppers and Ground Beef (recipe)

Eggplant Ragout with Tomatoes, Peppers and Ground Beef (recipe)
Eggplant is one of my favorite plants so it was with great joy that I saw that it was the main focus of this month’s JFI food challenge. Here in Trinidad you can find the eggplant called by many different names. In the course of the day it is not uncommon to hear it being referred to as not only eggplant, but also melongene, aubergine, or baigan – even by the same person! This dish is... 

Trini-Style Hamburgers (recipe)

Trini-Style Hamburgers (recipe)
I love burgers and I’ve made no attempt to hide my belief that Trini street burgers are extremely special So, when I saw that Writing At The Kitchen Table was having a burger challenge I knew I had to throw my hat into the ring and represent the ol’ Red, Black and White The only problem… I had never made a Trini street burger from scratch before! No problem, I have certainly eaten... 

Trinidad Stew Beef with Herbed Dumplings (recipe)

Trinidad Stew Beef with Herbed Dumplings (recipe)
< ?php echo getad('verticalbanner'); ?> I was all set to make a chicken paella this morning, that was until I learnt about the ‘Waiter there’s something in my stew’ challenge which ends tonight. See these days nothing gets me more excited than the 101 food blog challenges that seem to pop up every other minute. I mostly enjoy them because I think they are great way to find new interesting... 

Cooking Tips From The Pros

Cooking Tips From The Pros
From GlobalChefs.com (a culinary online magazine written by chefs) comes the following “Cooking Tips From The Pros”. Cooking With Olive Oil Do not saute (fry) food in good olive oil. High quality olive oils contain small particles from the olives that the oil was pressed from. When these are introduced to intense heat the particles burn and give the oil and the... 

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