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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... 

Trinidad Sugar Buns/Hot Cross Buns (recipe)

Trinidad Sugar Buns/Hot Cross Buns (recipe)
June 23rd is Corpus Christi in Trinidad and Tobago, a public holiday. According to Gov.TT: Corpus Christi is a long-standing tradition in our islands, going back to our pre-British occupation by the Catholic Spaniards. Though mainly observed by Roman Catholics, it is a designated public holiday. This special Feast Day is celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday, in commemoration of the institution... 

Radmila’s Buttermilk Cornbread

Radmila's Buttermilk Cornbread
Like any good food blogger I have amassed a huge list of recipes from other bloggers that I plan to ‘try one day’. One of my very first ‘Fabulous Finds’ was this Buttermilk Cornbread recipe that I got from Radmila’s food blog ‘Papamo‘ in 2007. Radmila is a true example of 21st century globalism. She is Serbian, married to a Guyanese, and living in Canada!... 

Bluebeard’s Rum Custard Pudding (recipe) – Caribbean Beachcomber July/August 1969

Bluebeard's Rum Custard Pudding (recipe) - Caribbean Beachcomber July/August 1969
This quick and easy rum pudding is the next installment in my retro Caribbean Beachcomber series. The name is derived from the tales of a rather prolific aristocratic serial killer. I was not aware of Bluebeard or the stories before making this dish and I must say I am glad, because I am hard pressed to find a connection between the two and would rather not have such visions in... 

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 entrĂ©e all on their... 

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 think... 

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... 

Easy Hot Spiced Mexican Chocolate (recipe)

Easy Hot Spiced Mexican Chocolate (recipe)
This post was originally published on July 15, 2007. It has been updated twice since then. Chocolat (2000): Nominated for 5 Academy Awards(R) including Best Picture, Best Actress (Juliette Binoche — THE ENGLISH PATIENT), and Best Supporting Actress (Judi Dench — SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE), CHOCOLAT is the beautiful and captivating comedy from the acclaimed director of THE CIDER HOUSE RULES!... 

Kicking Ice Cream Up A Notch – Trini Style!

Kicking Ice Cream Up A Notch - Trini Style!
Have you tried splashing Angostura bitters on your ice cream? Because Angostura has a light uplifting flavour with some citrusy undertones I find it works better with pale colored icecreams like vanilla and citrus-flavored icecreams like orange and lemon. This post was originally published November 23, 2006. It has been updated once since. Tweet  Read More →

Trinidad Kurma (recipe)

Trinidad Kurma (recipe)
Kurma is one of my favourite Trinidadian snacks. Fried mouthfuls of spiced dough in a sugary glaze, they can be found and purchased throughout the island at school ‘tuck shops’, pharmacies, supermarkets and corner shops. East Indian in origin they are also a staple treat at many Hindu and Moslem functions. Little did I realize however (until doing some research for this... 

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)... 

Broiled Banana Cake (recipe)

Broiled Banana Cake (recipe)
Hey everyone, here’s yet another installment of my ongoing Caribbean Beachcomber 1969 series. This year has all been about rediscovering vintage Caribbean Cookbooks and recipes from eras past. I’ve only scratched the tip of the iceberg so far, and am so excited about what 2011 will bring both for my kitchen, and this blog! This Broiled Banana Cake is so simple and yet... 

Salmon “Kalia” (recipe)

Salmon
I have 3 large folders of cutouts y’all. You know the folder I’m talking about. The one where you have stashed all those pages you’ve torn out of magazines through the years. All the recipes you’ve clipped out of the newspaper. Yeah that one. I have 3 of those folders and I’ve decided that now is the time to actually start preparing them. Well actually I decided that... 

Vichysoisse Creole (recipe & video) – Caribbean Beachcomber July/August 1969

Vichysoisse Creole (recipe & video) - Caribbean Beachcomber July/August 1969
As promised, I am currently cooking my way through a 1969 Food issue of Caribbean Beachcomber. For much of this year I have been privately delving into older cookbooks, both West Indian in nature, as well as International. In many ways I have found that they have increased my love of cooking and my understanding of ingredients more than many contemporary publications. Many of the combinations and... 

Mango Lassi (recipe)

Mango Lassi (recipe)
I’ve been dreaming of mango lassi for some time now. Mango lassi was something I first discovered during my college years in the US and I haven’t had it since returning to Trinidad seven years ago. This rich cool, slightly tart, beverage is the perfect complement to spicy, fiery cuisines and is also hearty (and healthy) enough to be a satisfying shake all on its own. When our mango bounty... 

Playing with the Tuile of Hearts (video)

Playing with the Tuile of Hearts (video)
This post was originally published on January 29, 2009. It has been updated once since then. So here it is, right on the heels of my first Tuesdays with Dorie entry, my very first Daring Bakers challenge! I first learnt about Daring Bakers in 2006 shortly after starting this blog. Back then the pool of participants was quite small and invitation-only. I would read their entries and ooh and aah over... 

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 of... 

Upside Down Chocolate Pudding (recipe)

Upside Down Chocolate Pudding (recipe)
This post was originally published January 23, 2007. It has been updated once since then. It was coming down to the wire for Sugar High Friday #27. The theme was chocolate and I still had no clue what I was going to make. Everything that I could think of required a trip to the supermarket which I wasn’t willing to do. Especially since I had already used my supermarket budget for this week. What... 

Butternut Squash Soup With Ginger (recipe)

Butternut Squash Soup With Ginger (recipe)
Adapted from a recipe in Bon Appetitmagazine, this warm and creamy soup became an instant classic in my home and graced the table at last year’s Passover Seder. Butternut Squash Soup with Ginger Source: Adapted fromBon Appetit Yield: Serves 6 Ingredients 2 butternut squash (about 4 3/4 pounds total), halved lengthwise, seeded 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 cups thinly sliced onion 1 tablespoon... 

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