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Trinidadian Roti – An Overview (video)

Trinidadian Roti - An Overview (video)
Roti. Four little letters that have the power to put any Trini into a smile-infused stupor Along with pelau I consider it one of Trinidad’s national dishes. East Indian in origin Trinidad roti has now become its own entity with several variants offered to the sidewalk or fast food consumer. So, what exactly is roti? Wikipedia to the rescue! Never mind that they spell tawa with a ‘v’???... 

Raw Green Mango Chow (recipe)

Raw Green Mango Chow (recipe)
This post was originally published on February 6, 2009. It has been updated once since then for submission to Mango Moods Earlier this month I asked Trinigourmet readers on Facebook and Twitter what their favourite way to enjoy mango was. The runaway winner? Mango Chow! Green mango chow is a wonderful accompaniment to most meals. Light and yet spicy, it adds a tart sweetness when used as a condiment.... 

Trini Bakery Goodies – The Photos

Trini Bakery Goodies - The Photos
Coconut Rock Buns (link to recipe below) Over the last few weeks on Twitter, myself and various other Caribbean cooks (who suitably enough converse under the #caribbeancooks hashtag) have been sharing and reminiscing over various food-related childhood memories. Chennette, who is my dearest and oldest foodie friendship, took the conversation to her blog with the post “Ode To The Bread Van”.... 

Dem Tiefin’ We?!?: Copyright infringment and the local blogging community

Dem Tiefin' We?!?: Copyright infringment and the local blogging community
Graffiti Art – Queen’s Park Savannah This post was originally published on November 11, 2008. It has been updated 3 times since then. Last Update November 5, 2010 This post was originally written in November 2008 when I was shocked to learn that an application on Facebook was flagrantly using my images. I’m no stranger to finding my images on other people’s sites and I’m... 

Urban Farming: A Small-Scale Solution to a Full-Scale Problem

Urban Farming: A Small-Scale Solution to a Full-Scale Problem
The Added Value farm in Red Hook, Brooklyn: across the street from Ikea, this flourishing urban farm–built atop asphalt–turns city money and volunteer labor into a thriving center of food, education and youth outreach. Photo by: www.flickr.com/photos/jessicareeder/ / CC BY-SA 2.0 This post was originally published on October 5, 2008. It has been updated once since... 

West Indian Bread Recipes

West Indian Bread Recipes
Through the years I have assembled more than a few West Indian bread recipes and have decided it is high time to compile them into their own post! Please note that I am more than aware that the current listing is far from exhaustive. As a result I am dividing it into two parts which will be continually updated. If you don’t see a recipe here that you would like me to add to the site please leave... 

Cassava Pone (recipe)

Cassava Pone (recipe)
This post was originally published on November 5, 2008. It has been updated once since then. Mmm pone. A sinfully sweet childhood memory. Not a pudding, not a cake, but something somewhere in between. Pones are usually made from root vegetables. You can also make them with carrots, sweet potatoes and pumpkin. This time around I decided to try my hand at a popular local version... 

Weekly curry ‘may fight dementia’ (article)

Weekly curry 'may fight dementia' (article)
Image: Sarina‚Äôs Coconut Rice With Lentils and Cashews (recipe here) Not that I need any encouragement, nor am I sure do many of my regular readers, but the BBC ran an article last year touting the benefits of regular curry consumption. Among one of the findings was that a key component in curries (curcumin) can help to prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Excerpts:. Curcumin... 

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Pt. 9: Brian MacFarlane

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Pt. 9: Brian MacFarlane
Sitting here on a Carnival Tuesday night, watching Brian MacFarlane’s opening presentation for his band this year “Resurrection the Mas” By this time tomorrow we should all know if he has been able to achieve an unbelievable 4 consecutive “Band of the Year” titles. MacFarlane is currently my favourite band designer. I am not a fan of the generic beads and feathers style... 

Trinidad & Tobago Carnival Pt.8 – JW & Blaze “Palance”

Trinidad & Tobago Carnival Pt.8 - JW & Blaze
No Trinidad Carnival post for 2010 would be complete without mention of JW & Blaze and the phenomenon that is “Palance”. This song has taken a word that I doubt I even heard more than once in a year, and turned it into something that everyone is working into the most random and non-sequitur of sentences. There are KFC Palance ‘feasts’ and yuh dun know I want a Palance T-Shirt... 

Vendor Rivalry (video)

Vendor Rivalry (video)
This video has been making the rounds recently. From the first time I saw it I -knew- I had to share it with y’all Created by Trini animator, Ansar Sattar, Vendor Rivalry won Animae Caribe’s 2009 Most Oustanding Caribbean Animation Award. Synopsis: A casual encounter soon escalates into a battle royale, as two local vendors get pushed over the edge. An animated... 

Is Your Oven Correct? (Why It’s Important To Calibrate)

Is Your Oven Correct? (Why It's Important To Calibrate)
Do you trust your oven? A lot of times I get questions from readers criticizing how a recipe came out and demanding that I change the instructions or details It always somewhat amuses me that clearly -I’m- the one to blame if -their- attempt comes out wrong One simple suggestion that I make, and I make it from my own experience, is to always keep a thermometer in your oven. “But what... 

Mid-80’s Stag Commercial (video)

In the 80’s there were no two bigger rivals in the local Beer trade than Stag and Carib. Both had ad campaigns using local musical icons and slick marketing campaigns. In the above minimalist ad, Calypso King of the World, The Mighty Sparrow waxes poetic on its virtues Although in random talks with people Stag seemed to be the sentimental favourite, at the end of the day it was Carib though... 

Curried Potato Chips (recipe)

Curried Potato Chips (recipe)
Blog Party #43 is here! The theme this month is “Spice It Up”. According to the event’s host Stephanie of Dispensing Happiness: The chill of February has definitely gotten to me. I’m cold. I’m tired of being cold. I want warmth…but it looks like the only place I can find that is in the kitchen! Well there are definitely no chills here in Trinidad, unless you count... 

San Juan Croisee

San Juan Croisee
The San Juan Croisee From The Rough Guide to Trinidad & Tobago: The westernmost of a succession of communities that sprawl along the length of the Eastern Main Road, brash, commercial San Juan (pronounced sah-wah) avoids being a Port of Spain satellite by the skin of its teeth. The town’s focal point is the “croisee” (pronounced kwaysay), a bustling junction marked by the... 

How To Grow Your Own Bean Sprouts!

How To Grow Your Own Bean Sprouts!
Sprouted Lentils with Black Olives, drizzled with a little olive oil, salt and pepper and black olives. Simple and perfect. Fresh sprouts. There is nothing like them. They are crunchier, sweeter, more vibrant in flavour than anything you can buy on a supermarket shelf. Up until last month I never wondered too much how bean sprouts came about and figured it was too complicated a process for a home... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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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