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Chicken Cacciatore (recipe)

Chicken Cacciatore (recipe)
Big Night, was a movie that I knew nothing about until becoming aware of it via Joelen’s Culinary Adventures “Foodie Film” event. Warm and poignant the movie centers around the ambitions of two brothers, Italian immigrants to the US, intent on making their dreams of bringing authentic Italian cuisine to the masses a reality. The passion which the main chef ‘Primo’ has... 

‘Raw’ Tomato & Macadamia Mozzarella Linguine (recipe)

'Raw' Tomato & Macadamia Mozzarella Linguine (recipe)
When I first learnt about Chef Spotlight Dinners organised by Joelen of Joelen’s Culinary Event I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to showcase another raw dish and to learn about those chefs who specialise in preparing (and popularizing) raw cuisine. Among the key names that I came across (and whose work really resonated with me) were Chad Sarno, Sarma Melngailis, and Roxanne Klein.... 

Best Ever Lentil Soup (recipe)

Best Ever Lentil Soup (recipe)
Don’t you just love when a recipe has superlatives built right into the title? This recipe for ‘Best Ever Lentil Soup’ was one that came bundled with my copy of MacGourmet and comes from the beautiful vegan blog Vegalicious. In the past the only lentil soups that I’ve tried have had either a West Indian flair, or an East Indian slant, so the first few sips of this version... 

Zucchini Pasta with Marinara Sauce (recipe)

Zucchini Pasta with Marinara Sauce (recipe)
Today’s post was inspired by Kochtoph’s Food-O-Graphie event where food bloggers talk a little about the technical preferences that they have behind the photos that they share. As I sometimes get asked what camera I use for my shots I thought it may be helpful for some of you out there The pic above is of a raw zucchini pasta with marinara sauce that I made as a quick lunch this New... 

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... 

Jamaican Fricassee Chicken (recipe)

Jamaican Fricassee Chicken (recipe)
Jamaican fricassee chicken is one of my mother’s favorite dishes. As a result I have submitted this recipe to FF#2: Your Mother’s Favorite Dish. The end result looks quite similar to Trinidad Stewed Chicken (something I should post soon!) but the taste is quite different due to the sweet peppers and the lack of sugar browning (a technique my mother says she never knew before moving... 

Trinidad Chicken Chow Mein (recipe)

Trinidad Chicken Chow Mein (recipe)
Chicken chow mein is a perennial fave of mine, especially with PLENTY of soy sauce It was another of the dishes that I made in February as part of my Year of the Pig menu Last year Trinidad celebrated the 200th Anniversary of Chinese Immigration to our country with a public holiday and a month of festivities that included dragon boat races and more. To learn more about the Chinese influence... 

Coconut Chicken Curry (recipe)

Coconut Chicken Curry (recipe)
I love recipes that come together in a flash with minimal prep and cleanup. This is one of those recipes and it was delicious! It comes from the GraceFoods.com website. For those who don’t already know Grace is one of the largest (if not largest) producers of canned goods in Jamaica. Their products can be found throughout the Caribbean as well as overseas and their website is certainly one... 

Vegetable Curry In A Hurry (recipe)

Vegetable Curry In A Hurry (recipe)
This has to be one of my favorite recent recipes. Its twist (for me) comes from the addition of mango chutney near the end. This really gives it a sweet n savoury kick that is hard for others to put their finger on. Since this recipe I’ve taken to adding a spoonful of chutney into my curry dishes as a matter of course Because I used chive from our little herb garden (see below), I have also... 

Tuna-Potato Casserole (recipe)

Tuna-Potato Casserole (recipe)
I expanded this one dish meal from a recipe in one of those little checkout aisle booklets that my mom has held on to from the 70′s We served it with a crisp vegetable salad on the side. I think it’s a pretty flexible recipe and if there are chopped vegetables you want to use up and throw into the layers you should totally do that, I know I will This post was originally published... 

Fish in Sweet and Sour Sauce (recipe)

Fish in Sweet and Sour Sauce (recipe)
In February I made several dishes based on the start of the Chinese New Year. This was one of them, I’ll be posting the other 2 in the near future as well. Tweet  Read More →

The Ultimate Stew Roundup

The Ultimate Stew Roundup
The Ultimate Stew Roundup is now available online. My submission was Trinidad Stew Beef with Herbed Dumplings Do check out the many other entries from around the world Unfortunately the roundup page does not display properly on my system. I have written the blog owner about it. Hope you have better luck than me Tweet  Read More →

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... 

Quick Coconut Chicken Pelau (recipe)

Quick Coconut Chicken Pelau (recipe)
Pelau is one of Trindad’s signature national dishes and I would argue its also our definitive one-pot meal. This is the meal that we make whenever we have informal gatherings (‘limes’) either at home, at a river or on the beach. It also feeds hungry revellers at Carnival time and provides a comfortable rhythm to a lazy Sunday afternoon. Cooked in coconut milk and seared in caramelized... 

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,... 

Festive Chicken Fried Rice

Festive Chicken Fried Rice
What do you do when your pantry is nearing critical shortages and you only have a little bit of chicken in the fridge? Cook up a quick, filling, and EXTREMELY tasty fried rice! The mushrooms, chicken, and rice can all be prepared the night before or in advance to speed things along. It goes together -very- quickly and is a favorite in my home! Tweet  Read More →

Sicilian Chicken with Lemon, Mint & Almonds (San Francisco Chronicle’s Top Recipe of 1994)

Sicilian Chicken with Lemon, Mint & Almonds (San Francisco Chronicle's Top Recipe of 1994)
This recipe is from Roving Feast columnist Marlena Spieler. She is the author of “The Islands in the Sun Cookbook,” Beggars’ Banquets: Recipes to Impress Your Friends That Won’t Break the Bank, The Vegetarian Bistro: 250 Authentic French Regional Recipes, Macaroni And Cheese, Jewish Traditions Cookbook and Grilled Cheese: 50 Recipes to Make You Melt, among others. Tweet  Read More →