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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... 

Grated Carrot and Raisin Salad (recipe)

Grated Carrot and Raisin Salad (recipe)
This salad is a nostalgic favourite of mine. It was the only form of vegetables that my Aunt provided on a regular basis when I (and many of her godchildren) would spend part of the school holidays by her. From young I enjoyed the contrast in textures between the smooth creamy mayonnaise, and crunchy carrots… and the occasional burst of sweetness that the raisins provided? Heaven! So imagine... 

Red-Roasted Chicken Stir-Fry (recipe)

Red-Roasted Chicken Stir-Fry (recipe)
From Natural Health Magazine: This stir-fry is inspired by the flavors of traditional Chinese red roasting, which derives its special character from the use of dark soy, Shaoxing wine and rock sugar. This post was originally published on October 15, 2006 and was one of the first dishes I prepared for this site. A sentimental fave just right for revisiting! This dish relies heavily on the quality... 

Sarina’s Trinidad-Style ‘Stew Oxtail’ (recipe) – as mentioned in The New York Times

Sarina's Trinidad-Style 'Stew Oxtail' (recipe) - as mentioned in The New York Times
Oxtail stew (or ‘stew oxtail’ as it is more commonly called in local parlance) is a sentimental favourite of many Trinbagonians. While writing this post I even had a Twitter follower tell me that it’s the first thing she insists on having upon returning home! In the US stew oxtail is more closely identified with Jamaican fare, but I do believe that each island is equally proud of... 

Caribbean Beachcomber July/August 1969 – Bridgetown Market, Barbados (video)

Caribbean Beachcomber July/August 1969 - Bridgetown Market, Barbados (video)
Transcription: Wayside market in Bridgetown, Barbados. (Photo/Barbados Tourist Board) Back In Time Barbados Style This post was originally published October 7, 2010. It has been updated once since then. Tweet  Read More →

Sarina’s Pigeon Peas and Rice (recipe)

Sarina's Pigeon Peas and Rice (recipe)
This dish of pigeon peas and rice was the perfect accompaniment to the Crispy Lemon Chicken that I made earlier this year. The rice and peas are cooked together in a rich combination of fresh thyme and coconut milk with wedges of tomatoes and (if desired) a scotch bonnet pepper. The final result is quite similar to the scent and flavour of Jamaican peas and rice, a sentimental fave of mine, and should... 

Pastelle Making (photo)

Pastelle Making (photo)
Caption: President of the Santa Rosa Carib Community, Ricardo Bharath-Hernandez singes a banana leaf over a fireside, as he prepares to make pastelles at the Carib Community Centre in Arima yesterday. The community prepares dozens of pastelles annually for sale. PHOTO BY AZLAN MOHAMMED This image and caption appeared on the front page of the Newsday Newspaper (December 20, 2006). Sadly, the website... 

Check Me Out In WannaBeTVChef’s “7 Questions With Sarina Nicole”!

Check Me Out In WannaBeTVChef’s “7 Questions With Sarina Nicole”!
Are you as much of a Food Television junkie as I am? It’s bad, I tell you. This year has been particularly bad with the nonstop flow of competitive reality shows and the launch of Cooking Channel! I’ve even taken to live tweeting and following the chatter on the various Twitter channels that accompany the airing of my favourite shows. Before you write me off as a neurotic... 
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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... 

That Big Fat Banana Is A Plantain! (recipes) – Caribbean Beachcomber July/August 1969

That Big Fat Banana Is A Plantain! (recipes)  - Caribbean Beachcomber July/August 1969
So funny the things we take for granted sometimes. Growing up around plantains all my life it never occurred to me, until recently, that this fruit is almost completely unknown in many parts of the world! It was only through various conversations with people, primarily from Europe, and an episode of the recently concluded MasterChef US, that I realized that it was high time to shed... 

1987 Malta Carib Commercial (video)

Malta Carib has been a staple in my home since I was a child. Growing up I felt like quite a ‘big woman’ drinking it from the bottle (I had no idea it was non-alcoholic ). During the 80’s it was promoted not just as an energy booster, but also as an aid for students preparing for exams! From CaribBeer.com Malta Carib is a full-bodied, refreshing non-alcoholic malt beverage that... 

Malta Carib Commercial “Learning” (video)

As previously mentioned, Malta Carib was actually posited as an integral ‘educational aid’ I don’t know if it ever helped me in my exams, but I certainly loved (and still love) the taste. Yum! Please visit my earlier post for more information on Malta Carib. Amazon.com Widgets This post was originally published October 3, 2009. It has been updated once since then. Tweet  Read More →

Follow Me On Twitter!

Follow Me On Twitter!
It’s been two years+ since I joined Twitter and in that time I’ve found it to be an extremely valuable way to meet and connect with foodbloggers (local, regional, and international) as well as readers. These connections have grown and developed in ways that I would never have imagined! One thing that I really enjoy as well is hearing from readers. Your questions and... 

A Beer is a… Carib (video)

A Beer is a... Carib (video)
Carib Brewery, Eastern Main Road, Champs Fleurs Ask any Trinidadian to complete the following phrase. A beer is a … and you’ll instantly hear a loud uproarious ‘Carib’. For over 50 years the Carib Brewery has been producing Carib beer to the delight of Trinis both at home and abroad. I know that for myself seeing a Carib sign in a pub or a bar abroad was enough to make me... 

15 Ways to enjoy Lemons (and Limes!)

15 Ways to enjoy Lemons (and Limes!)
Top 5 Recipes Featuring Lemons (and Limes!) on TriniGourmet.com 1. Crisp Lemon Chicken (recipe) Distinct herbal and citrus flavours make this roast a standout! 2. Sarina’s Sparkling Ginger-Lime Shandy (recipe) Bubbly and sweet with a slight tang of lemon and beer. An unusual refreshment that is sure to garner raves! 3. Pasta with Basil, Tomatoes and Lemon Zest (recipe) It... 

Lion’s Baking Powder Commercial (video)

Lion's Baking Powder Commercial (video)
Call it nostalgia but it’s hard to convince me that the local commercials of the 80’s and 90’s didn’t have a certain ‘something’ that the current set lacks. There was something very magnetic about the hooks and taglines back then. Lion’s Baking Powder had a long running advertising campaign that really drilled home that not only would they make your breads... 

16 Ways To Enjoy Fish!

16 Ways To Enjoy Fish!
Top 5 Fish Recipes on TriniGourmet.com 1. Trinidad Saltfish Accra (recipe) Puffy fried dough balls, made of a highly seasoned dough into which shredded saltfish has been mixed. 2. Fried Bake ‘n Fish (recipe) Fied dough and highly seasoned fried fish. That probably does not sound all that amazing or innovative but it really is all in the execution, and of course the accroutements! 3.... 

Caribbean Beachcomber July/August 1969 – Caribbean Food Overview

Caribbean Beachcomber July/August 1969 - Caribbean Food Overview
Transcription: Caribbean cuisine is so varied it is difficult to consider it a single cuisine. During the trading of slaves, food crops of all kinds were also interchanged between territories. As. a result, food and produce are similar throughout the Caribbean, but methods of cooking vary according to original influences. The Arawak Indians, the original Caribbeanites, are responsible... 

Caribbean Beachcomber July/August 1969 – Pepperpot at the Barbados Hilton

Caribbean Beachcomber July/August 1969 - Pepperpot at the Barbados Hilton
Transcription: Pepper pot soup as served at the Barbados Hilton (photo/William Alleyne) The “Hilton Barbados” Today (is any form of the above elaborate pepperpot display still in existence? ) p.s. Is it just me or does the Caribbean map in the above video depict Tobago as located below Trinidad?! OUT NOW! GLAM BY REQUEST: 30+ Easy Caribbean Recipes – $6.95 USD A... 

20 Ways To Enjoy Eggplants!

20 Ways To Enjoy Eggplants!
Top 5 Recipes Featuring Eggplant on TriniGourmet.com 1. Eggplant Ragout with Tomatoes, Peppers and Ground Beef (recipe) This dish is redolent with the flavours of the Middle East and is a personal favourite of mine. 2. Fried Eggplant (recipe) Slivers of seasoned eggplant (or melongene as it is more commonly called here in Trinidad) are floured and breaded before being pan fried. The... 

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