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Spinach in Coconut Sauce (recipe & video)

Spinach in Coconut Sauce (recipe & video)
This recipe was prepared for Episode 12 of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”. If you are familiar with the Caribbean dish of Callaloo you will no doubt have realized where my inspiration was derived. This quick side offers a hint of callaloo flavour in an accompaniment that works attractively alongside meat, fish and vegetarian entrées. Watch me make it below and then... 

Sarina’s Spicy Fried Gluten-Free Chicken! (recipe & video)

Sarina's Spicy Fried Gluten-Free Chicken! (recipe & video)
This delicious spicy fried chicken was created for Episode 10 of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”. In this episode I shared some tips for perfect frying so do check it out below It’s commonly believed that fried chicken requires a floury batter to be divine, however when the chicken is marinated overnight (as mine was) the flavour can be equally complex. Covered... 

TriniGourmet’s Top Ten Chocolate Recipes!

TriniGourmet's Top Ten Chocolate Recipes!
Feast your eyes (and hopefully more) on the following Top Ten Chocolate Recipes on Trinigourmet I can definitely vouch that you will want to make them again and again 1. Espresso Cake (recipe) Light, moist and incredibly intense in flavour this recipe for Espresso Cake hides one little ’secret’, wholewheat flour! If you’ve never tried wholewheat flour in a dessert recipe I strongly... 

Banana-Papaya Smoothie (recipe)

Banana-Papaya Smoothie (recipe)
Since 2009 I have actively incorporated more raw and vegan dishes into my regular diet and have found the benefits to be multifold. For one my body hasn’t succumbed to flus the way it regularly did in the past and I have found that many autoimmune responses that I had in the past to stress have become a lot more manageable. With many of my favourite fruits and vegetables currently back in season,... 

Bodi in Garlic Sauce (recipe & video)

Bodi in Garlic Sauce (recipe & video)
Green beans and garlic are a classic French combination that I re-interpreted, using the very Trinidadian staple of bodi, on Episode 10 of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”. Also known as yard long beans, locally bodi is more traditionally curried or prepared in tomato-based sauce. This preparation however is one that is surprisingly delicate and really allows the true... 

Chocolate Cassava Pudding (recipe & video)

Chocolate Cassava Pudding (recipe & video)
Through the years I’ve made no small secret of the fact that cassava is one of my favourite local ingredients. Starchy and viscous it lends easily equally well to savoury and sweet applications, yet outside of cassava pone, most people don’t think of other ways to incorporate this tuber into desserts. Hopefully, my recipe for this chocolate vegan pudding will change all that! Cassava’s... 

Spicy Guava Glazed Tofu (recipe & video)

This recipe for Spicy Guava Glazed Tofu was the centerpiece of my menu for Episode 4 of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”. Tofu is an ingredient that many people have had unpleasant experiences with. Too often, this is because they have had it prepared without much fanfare or seasoning. You see tofu is an ingredient that benefits immensely through proper pairing, both in... 

Baked Kingfish In Pineapple Sauce (video) : As Seen on KwanzaaCulinarians.com

Baked Kingfish In Pineapple Sauce (video) : As Seen on KwanzaaCulinarians.com
Such a simple recipe. Steaks of fish, lightly poached in an infused wine and tomato sauce, studded with sweet chunks of pineapple, and redolent with the aromatics of Trinidad Green Seasoning. I created this recipe for my upcoming ebook “Holiday Glam: 30+ Festive Caribbean Recipes” and was happy to cook it live last week on the debut of my G+ cooking series “Sweet Han’: Caribbean... 
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Trinidad Paime (recipe)

Trinidad Paime (recipe)
As promised, here is a recipe for Paime (pron. PAY-me)! Paime is basically a sweet version of the savoury pastelle. I only recently discovered that Paime is also a traditional Xmas dish. Well that explains why it seemed I never could find it lol! No one in my family makes this traditionally, so I have only been offered/given it by acquaintances of myself or my family. It is definitely a favorite... 

Jamaican Sorrel Rum Punch (recipe & video)

Jamaican Sorrel Rum Punch (recipe & video)
This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Trini Christmas When I first made this in 2006 it was my first time using a pack of dried sorrel for a recipe. I was pleasantly surprised. If you allow it to steep overnight the results are pretty good. The below recipe is my adaptation of the Jamaican Sorrel Rum Punch Recipe at Epicurious.com. Because the pack of dried sorrel that I bought already has cloves... 

Punch de Creme (recipe)

Punch de Creme (recipe)
This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Trini ChristmasPunch de Creme, is another of Trinidad’s traditional Christmas drinks. One thing that I really like about punch de creme (as opposed to traditional eggnog) is the use of citrus flavors like lime and Angostura bitters (which has orange extract). This gives the ‘nog’ a fruity lightness that alleviates the sweet creaminess (which... 

Carmen’s Jamaican Ginger Beer (recipe)

Carmen's Jamaican Ginger Beer (recipe)
This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Trini Christmas mom’s ginger beer brewing in the sun The above scene and bottle feel as though they have always been with me, they occur with such comforting regularity. Ginger beer is something that is enjoyed by both Trinis and Jamaicans however in my experience many Trinis enjoy theirs much weaker than my mother makes hers. Many people can’t... 

Trinidad Black Cake (recipe)

Trinidad Black Cake (recipe)
Like sorrel, Black Cake in Trinidad is a Christmas institution. Made predominantly of alcohol drenched prunes, currants and raisins, variations abound (and I love taste testing when we make the visiting rounds). Still, the best black cake is always the recipe that one grew up with. In this case my black cake comes from my aunt, who also uses this recipe to make grooms’ cakes for weddings (in... 

Vegan Mashed Potatoes and Shiitake Mushroom Gravy (recipe)

Vegan Mashed Potatoes and Shiitake Mushroom Gravy (recipe)
Ever since watching the documentary FForks Over Knives last year I have actively been conscious of keeping my animal protein intake (both meat and dairy) to a minimum. It’s been quite a revelation for both my mother and myself in terms of the improvements that we have found in our overall well-being. As a result my enthusiasm for raw and vegan recipes (which have already been highlighted on... 

Jamaican ‘Tun Cornmeal’

Cornmeal based dishes are common fare in the Caribbean. Although their popularity is often challenged by rice and wheat-based compositions many are turning back to them for the added benefit that they are naturally gluten-free. ‘Tun Cornmeal’ is a rich polenta-like Jamaican recipe, which transforms into the similar themed ‘Coo-coo’ the further East one travels in the Caribbean. Traditionally,... 

Cassava Porridge (recipe)

Cassava Porridge (recipe)
As long-time readers of Trinigourmet would know, I am something of a porridge junkie. My own particular affinity is for cornmeal porridge, however that doesn’t mean that there aren’t a wide array of others that are familiar to the Caribbean home. In recent months I have had requests for green banana porridge (coming soon!) and in the last week I had my first experience with Cassava Porridge!... 

Sarina’s Coconut Rice With Lentils and Cashews (recipe)

Sarina's Coconut Rice With Lentils and Cashews (recipe)
This recipe is a staple side dish of mine that I’ve adapted and modified at length through the years. Both colorful and flavourful I think it creates a texturally interesting background for spicy curries and other East Indian flavoured entrees. Why not try it with Tridoshic Dal, Coconut Chicken Curry, or Vegetable Curry in a Hurry? Coconut Rice with Lentils and Cashews INGREDIENTS: 1/2 lb.... 

Plantain (or Moko) Baked In Orange Juice (recipe)

Plantain (or Moko) Baked In Orange Juice (recipe)
My mother first made this recipe in 2008 and it was a hit! Plantain is rarely showcased this formally on dinner tables and it really is a shame. In this case, lengths of ripe plantain are oven-baked with orange juice and zest. The result is creamy, with a slightly caramelized exterior. My personal suggestions with this recipe are to 1) make sure the plantain is adequately ripe i.e. that the skin... 

Green Olive Tapenade (recipe)

Green Olive Tapenade (recipe)
Tapenades are one of my entertaining ‘secret weapons’. Blend a few ingredients, add a drizzle of olive oil, some salt and pepper and people think you have been slaving for hours This one for Green Olive tapenade is one of my favourites. Because there are so few ingredients it becomes even more important that you make them of the highest quality that you can afford. I find that the flavour... 

Trinidad Saltfish Accra (recipe)

Trinidad Saltfish Accra (recipe)
I see plenty of recipes for accra in West Indian Cookbooks but often they bear little resemblance to Trinidad Accra. My Jamaican mother tells me that what she knows as accra is a saltfish fritter, flat, fried brown. Here in Trinidad however accra is a puffy fried dough ball, made of a highly seasoned dough into which shredded saltfish has been mixed. I’ve had it at weddings, gatherings, and...