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Passover Menu 2010

Passover Menu 2010
Passover 2010 falls this year on the evening of March 29th. Even though it is some time aways I have already receiving requests for recipes, as well as for local seders. At the moment I am not sure if my health currently allows me to pull off a repeat of last year’s successful Reggae-Jazz seder, but we’ll see I traditionally have a vegetarian dinner at Pesach, and this year will be... 

Sarina’s Rum and Raisin Hamantaschen (recipe & video)

Sarina's Rum and Raisin Hamantaschen (recipe & video)
Mmm hamantaschen. In this part of the hemisphere, hamantaschen is probably the most recognizable symbol of Purim. These three-cornered pastries are usually stuffed with jams and sweet pastes of various flavours. My favourite base recipe comes from Joan Nathan’s Jewish Cooking in America,however my own twist is to use a filling of traditional ‘set fruit‘, combined with some chopped... 

Haman’s Ears/Orejas de Haman

Haman's Ears/Orejas de Haman
This Sephardic Purim treat is rarely mentioned in Purim recipe lineups, overshadowed in familiarity by its Western European counterpart Hamantaschen. It’s a shame though, because this dessert is light, and deliciously addictive. Strips of dough are fried and sprinkled with confectioners sugar. I personally like to flavour the dough with a combination of almond and vanilla essences. The result... 

East Indian Chickpea Salad (recipe)

East Indian Chickpea Salad (recipe)
This is a recipe whose origins have become lost to the sands of time (and disorganization), however it is fast, nutritious and never fails to please. It’s a regular part of my Purim menu because of the prominent role that chickpeas play in that festival. In Trinidad cuisine chickpeas are routinely served curried or fried. Rarely do they get to shine, relatively unadorned, as the main star. This... 

Auntie Olga’s Trinidad Christmas Black Cake

Auntie Olga's Trinidad Christmas Black Cake
The calendar may say October but already signs of Christmas are starting to pop up all around. Parang and carols are on the radio and many of my Avon customers have already put in their Christmas orders (beat that mall crush!). As every Trini knows the Christmas season is also Black Cake season! in the past I have talked about my own Aunt’s Black Cake which to me is still the benchmark of... 

Rosh Hashana & Eid 2008: A Holiday Week in Review

Rosh Hashana & Eid 2008: A Holiday Week in Review
Wow, so much went on last week! With Rosh Hashana and Eid overlapping this year I decided to cook up a storm! So what did I make? Here were my menus for each day. Raisin Challah Day 1 – Rosh Hashana menu Honey Raisin Challah Homemade Tomato Soup Vidalia Onion Fritters and Tamarind Dipping Sauce Tishpishiti (Honey Nut Cake) Saheena Day 2 – Eid ul Fitr menu Aloo Pies Pholourie Saheena Ras... 

Mother’s Day 2007!

Mother's Day 2007!
I’m sitting here watching a Japanese chef on Discovery Travel & Living and finishing up my menu plan for this Mother’s Day. We’re gonna be having the following for a late lunch, and Tuesday mom and I will have a girl’s day out to see Spiderman 3. Hmm wonder what snacks I can whip up to sneak in!? • Fresh Green Bean Salad • Baked Ziti with Cauliflower • Friendship...