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“Paula’s Done Lost Her Cool” – ade (recipe)

When I read that YumSugar was having an American Idol Food Challenge my mind instantly went to Paula Abdul’s bizarre TV appearances earlier this year when promoting the current season. Here in Trinidad we don’t get FOX (the channel that airs American Idol) so I’ve never seen an entire episode, but as we get many of the channels that discuss and analyse the results and controversies... 

BBM 2.0 – Belle Vue Extra Appel-Kers

BBM 2.0 - Belle Vue Extra Appel-Kers
“There is a small can of Belgian cherry beer – another thing Belgium is famous for.” With that one line, Eva’s letter attempted to prepare me for a new taste experience. I had never had cherry beer and had no idea what to expect! The can was tall and narrow (like Red Bull) and the packaging looked more like a soft drink to me than ‘beer’. I’m not a fan of... 

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 Rum Punch (recipe)

Trinidad Rum Punch (recipe)
The strains are still somewhat faint, but once the tinsel of New Year’s has been brushed away the tempo of Trinidad life begins to quicken to the crescendo that is Carnival. From now until Carnival Tuesday I’ll be sharing the sights, sounds and TASTES of this annual celebration which some have called ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’. Unlike Fit4Mas or SaucyTrini I won’t be... 

Born To Rum (video)

Born To Rum (video)
My Mint Tea Cocktail So… continuing on my previous thoughts on the culinary association of the Caribbean with rum I did some internet trolling. Among my finds (which are now merrily archived for later reference) was an article by Ramin Ganeshram (author of Sweet Hands: Island Cooking From Trinidad And Tobago) on Epicurious.com. Titled ‘Born to Rum‘ it is a look at the genesis... 

Ole Year Offerings (2006): Coquito and Black Bean Hummus

Ole Year Offerings (2006): Coquito and Black Bean Hummus
Here it is, the last in my Ole Year Offerings series. And it is the ultimate in ‘last-minute’ entertaining. Neither of the dishes requires any cooking! That’s right, just combine and serve! It doesn’t get any easier than this In keeping with the ‘ ‘still secret’ Black & White Theme of January’s Blog Party I decided I would make 2 bottles of... 

Ole Year Offerings (2006): Trinidad Goolab Jamoon and Sarina’s Passionate Mint Tea

Ole Year Offerings (2006): Trinidad Goolab Jamoon and Sarina's Passionate Mint Tea
So far I have only shared savory dishes for New Year’s so I thought it was time to mix it up with something sweet! Especially since the theme of this month’s Sugar High Friday was Sugar Art! Goolab jamoon is a sweet finger food that is commonly served at Indian weddings, pujas and other celebrations here in Trinidad. It is made from a creamy fragrant dough that is deep fried and then... 

Ole Year Offerings (2006): Sarina’s Mint Tea Cocktail

Ole Year Offerings (2006): Sarina's Mint Tea Cocktail
Welcome to the first in my ‘Ole Year Offerings’ Series. In Trinidad ‘Ole Year’s’ is how we refer to New Years Eve. Much as it is around the world it is a time for gathering, celebration and anticipation. Hopefully the recipes that I’ll be sharing all this week will help you to organize an ‘Ole Year’s’ that is both entertaining and stress-free.... 

Blog Party #17: Aloo Tiki (with Mango Chutney) & Sarina’s Sparkling Ginger-Lime Shandy

Blog Party #17: Aloo Tiki (with Mango Chutney) & Sarina's Sparkling Ginger-Lime Shandy
Today’s Blog Party theme was Hollywood (Lights! Camera! Action!). So, inspired by the movie “A Passage to India” I decided to make a batch of Aloo Tiki. But I didn’t know what alcoholic beverage to serve them with. I had read that beer goes well with Indian food however I’m not a huge fan of beer, and further more beer isn’t a cocktail (which is a requirement... 

Caribbean Cooler (Jamaican Cuisine, 1964)

Caribbean Cooler (Jamaican Cuisine, 1964)
In keeping with Retro Recipe challenge #5 (Boozy Holidays) I dived into one of my mother’s vintage Jamaican cookbooks for this post’s cocktail recipe,a rum punch simply titled “Caribbean Cooler”. I found the recipe in its original version to be a little too strong for my liking. I don’t know if this because of the cheap plastic bottle of rum that I used or if it is cos... 

The Bitters Truth (Saveur Magazine)

The Bitters Truth (Saveur Magazine)
In an addendum to my previous post on Angostura Bitters, Saveur Magazine has an article entitled The Bitters Truth where their intrepid reporter tours the factory and learns about the history (and mystery) surrounding this almost 200 year old recipe! Excerpt: From the outside, the complex of warehouses and offices looked not just imposing, but impenetrable. I approached a security officer standing... 

Thanksgiving Recipes – Island Style

Thanksgiving Recipes - Island Style
If I was to host a Tropical Thanksgiving, what would I serve? That question has been in my head with all the Thanksgiving promotions on the US television channels. So, for this post I thought that I would troll the ol blogosphere for Thanksgiving recipes with an ‘island twist’ that all can enjoy! It seems (from the telly) that everyone in the US celebrates Thanksgiving regardless of race,... 

What to Bring to the Party – Suggestions for a Gourmet Lover

What to Bring to the Party - Suggestions for a Gourmet Lover
Holiday time is upon us and that means one thing. Entertaining. Whether you are visiting someone’s house for a few hours or a weekend it’s always good form to carry something in hand. But what do you choose that hasn’t been given 1000 times before? About.com‘s Brett Moore offers the following ideas. From About.com: by Brett Moore If you have been invited to dinner or a cocktail...