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TWD: Banana-Apple Crisp

TWD: Banana-Apple Crisp
Yes! I’m back! A day late for the proper Tuesdays with Dorie post but back nevertheless. Thanks so much for the inquiries and well wishes, I have been dealing with some chronic health issues that flare up from time to time. But now everything seems to be under control again And just in time too! I’ve been working hard lately over the last few months to begin losing some extra pounds... 

TWD: Espresso Cheesecake Brownies

TWD: Espresso Cheesecake Brownies
It’s been far too long since my last Tuesdays with Dorie post. Truth be told, I think I was extremely disheartened after the disaster that was my attempt at the Coconut-Pineapple Dacquoise. Not that it tasted bad, but I put so much time, energy and money into it, that any disappointment was really too much for me with my stress levels at the level they were at. Now, I’ve cooled off, had... 

Parisian Apple Tartlets

Parisian Apple Tartlets
MMMMMMMMM. These were so good! And SO SIMPLE! Some peeled core apple, some puff pastry. A little butter and sugar and that’s it! Oh c’mon! Even the most kitchen phobic amongst you can make this one. With my heart shaped cookie cutters I really went to town. Ever the experimenter I decided to play around with the toppings. In addition to the sugar and butter topping that Dorie uses in... 

Mexican Turtle Cheesecake with Banana Rum Sauce (recipe)

Mexican Turtle Cheesecake with Banana Rum Sauce (recipe)
Here it is, down to the wire. Still ├╝ber busy but I wasn’t gonna let the posting date for this month’s Daring Baker’s Challenge pass me by! The April 2009 challenge is hosted by Jenny from Jenny Bakes. She has chosen Abbey’s Infamous Cheesecake as the challenge. I have made cheesecakes in the past but it’s been a long while and I was very excited to try this challenge... 

“Set the House on Fire” Banana Cream Pie (recipe)

I can scarcely believe that this post is so so late! It’s been ‘one of those weeks’ for quite some time now. And though I should be grateful for all the activity, I’m definitely becoming a bit worn and longing for a little tranquility. As a result of all the to and fro going on right now I only made this pie the day before it was due, and now I’m finally writing it up... 

Causa a la Chiclayana – Potatoes with Fish & Vegetables (recipe)

Causa a la Chiclayana - Potatoes with Fish & Vegetables (recipe)
This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Summit Of The AmericasFrom April 17-19 2009 Trinidad will host the Fifth Summit of the Americas. In recognition of this event, I am cooking my way through the dishes of the member countries. Enjoy! My first stop on my culinary tour of the member states that will be coming down to Trinidad next month for the Summit of the Americas is Peru, a country that I know... 

Blueberry Crumb Cake

Blueberry Crumb Cake
It’s 3a.m. and I need to be up at 6 so I’ll keep this shorter than usual Coffee cake is not a fave of mine, so this wasn’t a great hit for me. Everyone else loved it though and that mattered more to me To be fair, it -is- extremely light and delicate, and the blueberries are not overwhelming in either flavour or textural contrast. If anything, that is probably where my disappointment... 

Haman’s Ears/Orejas de Haman

Haman's Ears/Orejas de Haman
This Sephardic Purim treat is rarely mentioned in Purim recipe lineups, overshadowed in familiarity by its Western European counterpart Hamantaschen. It’s a shame though, because this dessert is light, and deliciously addictive. Strips of dough are fried and sprinkled with confectioners sugar. I personally like to flavour the dough with a combination of almond and vanilla essences. The result... 

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,... 

Fresh Ginger and Chocolate Gingerbread

Fresh Ginger and Chocolate Gingerbread
“Decadence with a smile”, those were Jason’s first words when he first tasted this Fresh Ginger and Chocolate Gingerbread. Following his example I also dug in and had to nod (or moan) my agreement. “It’s like something I’d actually buy!” I said, and coming from me that’s high praise indeed. Rich, coffee laced chocolate icing forms the perfect counterfoil... 

Trinidad Saheena (recipe)

Trinidad Saheena (recipe)
I made these traditional Indo-Trinidadian appetizers last year as part of my Eid menu. Chopped spinach stirred into a splitpea flour base and then fried, delish! I prefer mine relatively light , especially when fresh out of the oil, but some make theirs denser. The final result will depend on how thick your prefer your batter. Saheena are perfectly paired with your favourite chutney and some hot pepper... 

Sardine Pate (recipe)

Sardine Pate (recipe)
Growing up in a cross-cultural household there were many moments when you realized that your home was a little ‘different’ from many of those around you. As a kid I went to a variety of private schools with large international populations so those differences seemed quite ‘normal’, however when I began public high school I began to realize that maybe I was a little bit ‘odd’... 

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 power... 

Jason’s Kosher Antipasto Platter

Jason's Kosher Antipasto Platter
Sunday October 19, was my sweetie’s birthday and I wanted to do something special for him to mark the occasion. Last year I went all out so I felt some pressure to not lower the bar this time around. The only problem was that the previous week had been one of the most draining ones I’ve had mentally and physically in quite some time. I was completely burnt out and just couldn’t... 

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... 

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 like... 

Hay Hay It’s Donna Day #15 – Tarts: All-Inclusive / Caramelised Onion and Anchovy Tarts (recipe)

Hay Hay It's Donna Day #15 - Tarts: All-Inclusive / Caramelised Onion and Anchovy Tarts (recipe)
Welcome to the latest installment of Hay Hay It’s Donna Day It’s a huge pleasure (and honour) to host this current round, my first time hosting a food event of any kind! Barbara, of Winos and Foodies has been an amazing help to me in setting everything up and definitely deserves a hearty shout-out So, on to this month’s theme! I toyed with many ideas before settling on that... 

Coconut Rock Buns (recipe)

Coconut Rock Buns (recipe)
Coconut rock buns are a nostalgic treat for me. I vividly remember saving up my allowance, as a child ,to buy them from the lady who sold baked goods out of the back of her station wagon every Wednesday afternoon at my prep school. Now and then I would stray from my old standby and purchase a sugar bun or currant roll, but invariably I always returned to my faithful friend, the coconut rock bun. I... 

Banana Bread (recipe)

Banana Bread (recipe)
So I’m down to the wire, poised like a racehorse at the starting gate, determined to meet the deadline of this month’s Bread Baking Day. So what if I waited til the last possible moment, it still counts right? This month the theme is ‘Bread with Fruit’. Well what could be more tropical, and more classic, than banana bread? So far to date I’ve had luck with the recipes... 

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