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Cassava Latkes (recipe & video) & Other Hanukkah Menu Ideas

Cassava Latkes (recipe & video) & Other Hanukkah Menu Ideas
Cassava latkes, an idea so simple, so obvious, and yet so left-field, that if it wasn’t for a chance comment from Ramin Ganeshram a year ago on Twitter, I may never have thought of whipping up a batch! I had been on a cassava kick, trying to see how many uses I could find for my favourite provision, besides the tried and true. I had made Vichysoisse Creole, and Cassava porridge, and then, as... 

Ten Do’s & Don’ts For Perfect Muffins

Ten Do's & Don'ts For Perfect Muffins
Carmen’s Carrot Muffins (recipe linked below) I’ve been making a lot of muffins lately. Largely in part because of my newfound obsession with making bento boxes for myself and J. They are a surprisingly exciting way to lower the cost of daily lunches while exercising portion control (all those with weight-loss/financial New Year resolutions). Muffins freeze extremely well and thaw effortlessly.... 

Cassava Porridge (recipe)

Cassava Porridge (recipe)
As long-time readers of Trinigourmet would know, I am something of a porridge junkie. My own particular affinity is for cornmeal porridge, however that doesn’t mean that there aren’t a wide array of others that are familiar to the Caribbean home. In recent months I have had requests for green banana porridge (coming soon!) and in the last week I had my first experience with Cassava Porridge!... 

Wholewheat Bake (recipe)

Wholewheat Bake (recipe)
This post was originally published on October 13, 2006. It has been updated twice since then. Bake is a popular breakfast bread here in Trinidad. Hearty by nature, its heavy crumb keeps you feeling satisfied for hours. Especially when taken with a savory topping. My version here, raises the fiber content through a healthy dose of wholewheat flour. Be sure to pay attention to the resting time and... 

Carambola Bread (recipe)

Carambola Bread (recipe)
This recipe’s origins lie in an impulsive purchase of starfruit (carambola) in 2007. Somehow I had an idea of using it to make a cheesecake topping but the cheesecake never materialized and I was stuck with the silly things in my vegetable drawer. Rather than let them go bad I pondered what else I could use it for. See I’ve been committing myself to not only recreating and sharing as... 

My Top 3 Caribbean Baking Recipes for May :)

My Top 3 Caribbean Baking Recipes for May :)
Chalk it up to my high functioning autism, or my devotion to High Fidelity, but I just LOVE making ‘best of’ and ‘top’ lists. This time around I’m making a list of my Fave 3 Caribbean baked goods for May. Why for June? Well no reason really, maybe cos my Top 3 is constantly evolving and changing. So this is just a snapshot really, hope you enjoy it 1. Wholewheat Bake... 

Your Wedding, Your Way Pt. 4: Sandwiches That Are Sure To Please! (recipes)

Your Wedding, Your Way Pt. 4: Sandwiches That Are Sure To Please! (recipes)
This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Your Wedding, Your Way Sandwiches and soup go together so well that I had to mention them in this series. If you are having an evening wedding, sandwiches can form part of your appetizer course (cut as quarters). However, for a breakfast or lunch reception they can share the stage with your soup course, forming a light entrée all on their own (cut as halves).... 

Sarina’s French Toast Tuna Sandwiches (recipe)

Sarina's French Toast Tuna Sandwiches (recipe)
It often happens that culinary inspiration hits me late at night. Although this is great for my confidence, it’s not so great for my waistline The other night, as I was relaxing to a new episode of Jersey Shore (don’t judge me!) I started to get a craving for fried goodness. Maybe it was the boardwalk scenes, maybe it was the platters of home fries, but before I knew it I started to... 

Baking Powder Biscuits (recipe)

Baking Powder Biscuits (recipe)
There is something about Sundays. The pace of life is slower, the roads are empty, the neighbourhood is quieter, and the sunshine seems slightly brighter. Sundays lend themselves to leisurely baking like no other day of the week. That’s why last Sunday I decided to make some Baking Powder Biscuits. These biscuits remind me a lot of those that you get at Kentucky Fried Chicken (at least the ones... 

Pesto Latkes (recipe)

Pesto Latkes (recipe)
How cute are these ‘latkes’? I have to put the quotation marks because they are neither fried, nor flat (oh the sacrilege!). But… they are so light, crisp and flavourful that I can’t get too worked up so do ignore my faux outrage Ignoring weighty fillers, this latke recipe (which like yesterday’s Oven-Crisped Latkes comes from EatingWell Magazine) is instead oven-baked,... 

Carmen’s Carrot Muffins (recipe)

Carmen's Carrot Muffins (recipe)
This post was originally published August 10, 2007. It has been updated once since then. This recipe is one of many to be found in mom’s homemade scrapbooks. She’s been compiling them since the 1970′s and as a toddler I would occupy myself on the kitchen floor by flipping through them, amazed at the colours and scribbles contained within. Some of that must have rubbed off on me... 

Coconut Bake (recipe)

Coconut Bake (recipe)
Here in Trinidad the term bake is applied to any bread which is not leavened with yeast. It also usually involves cutting fat into flour in the early stages. People often ask me how I get my bakes to be so soft, well after much soul searching I am ready to share my ‘secret’ Ice water! I love to keep the dough as cold as possible and nothing does that better than ice water. Not only does... 

Danish Kringle (recipe)

Danish Kringle (recipe)
I originally made this recipe for a 2007 edition of “Weekend Breakfast Blogging: Ethnic Dishes With A Twist”. Since then it has generated quite a bit of traffic, especially from Chowhound, something that -really- makes me smile In the original challenge the host wanted us to make a dish from a culture, country, or ethnicity other than our own. Well wow, that really left me in a bit... 

Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge (recipe)

Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge (recipe)
This post was originally published on April 1, 2007. It has been updated once since then In 2007 I was asked to share Five (Foodie) Things Most People Don’t Know About Me. One of them was that cornmeal porridge is one of my ultimate comfort foods. My Jamaican mother made it regularly for me as a child, particularly if I was unwell or feeling particularly downtrodden. Cornmeal porridge holds... 

Chef Bryant Terry & Cajun-spiced, Open-faced Red Pepper Frittata Sandwiches (recipe)

Chef Bryant Terry & Cajun-spiced, Open-faced Red Pepper Frittata Sandwiches (recipe)
February is Black History Month and with it comes A Taste of Ebony, a food challenge hosted by Joelen of Joelen’s Culinary Adventures highlighting the work and recipes of Black chefs and food celebrities. When I began TriniGourmet Black food personalities were almost a shadow presence, and though I am glad to see, over the past year, the Food Network integrating African-Americans into its lineup,... 

Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon (recipe)

Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon (recipe)
Originally made to break the Yom Kippur fast last year, this photo (and recipe) for Smoked Salmon and Scrambled Eggs has languished for quite some time in my Drafts folder. Thankfully, Kochtopf’s ‘Smoking Allowed’ event has encouraged me to bring it into the light of day Inspired by a recent No Smoking ban which is taking hold in German restaurants she has encouraged food bloggers... 

Pumpkin Pone (recipe)

Pumpkin Pone (recipe)
First of all, thanks so much for all the kind comments and messages from those of you who took a moment to send my mom your support as she adjusts to her new gluten-free life. We were all quite surprised and happy Thanks also to Johanna who let me know that many brands of cornflakes contain malt extract, a no-no for those with celiac disease. I had no idea about this, and as always knowledge is... 

Trinidad Sada Roti (recipe)

Trinidad Sada Roti (recipe)
Hoorah for World Bread Day! It’s been 2 years since I last participated and I was extremely not to miss the deadline this time around. Hosted each year by kochtopf World Bread Day aims to highlight bakers and bread recipes from around the world. Around this time of year the food blogosphere proliferates with temperate climate fall recipes. Pumpkin bread recipes especially abound and, for a... 

Sarina’s Oatsy Orange French Toast (recipe)

Sarina's Oatsy Orange French Toast (recipe)
Well here it is, my first entry to a food event since my ‘hiatus’. Color me all aflush with nervousness and excitement! One of the things that I love about this food events is that they push me into new creative areas where genres and combinations of food are concerned My concoction this time around, Oatsy Orange French Toast, was inspired by the requirements for this month’s Breakfast... 

Almond-Peach Muffins (recipe)

Almond-Peach Muffins (recipe)
I first made these muffins late last year as the dessert portion of a Shabbat menu. Light, moist, and not too sweet they would make a perfect complement to an afternoon tea The recipe is also very forgiving in terms of composition. Feel free to vary the type of nuts and fruits used, you’ll notice that in the below pics I used walnuts. I’ve done so with no problems Something I also...