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In Trinidad, Christmas is Parang! (video & holiday recipe roundup)

In Trinidad, Christmas is Parang! (video & holiday recipe roundup)
What is Parang? Well Parang is the soundtrack to Christmas here in Trinidad. More than that however Parang is also a culture, a way of life that sweeps through my island after the lights of Eid and Divali have been put away. The What is Parang? webpage has a wonderful overview of the history and features of Trinidad Parang. ‘Parang’ is the present Trinidadian interpretation of the Spanish... 

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 in a... 

Watch Episode 10 of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”! (video)

Watch Episode 10 of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”! (video)
March has begun and I’m itching to get back into the kitchen and flex some culinary muscle with a dinner menu that will please you from start to finish. Joining me on air, live from Japan, Osaka-based Trinidadian songstress Alicia Saldenha who’ll be performing two tracks from her current album Menu(recipes coming soon!): • Spicy Fried Chicken • Bodi (Yard Long Beans) in Garlic Sauce •... 
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Q’s Trinidad Geera Chicken (recipe & video)

As seen on the fifth episode of “Sweet Han': Caribbean Cooking with Sarina” here is Q’s recipe for spicy, flavourful Trinidad Geera Chicken! Q’s Geera Chicken Serves 6 INGREDIENTS: 3 1/2 – 4lbs chicken parts cut into 10 or more pieces (Q chops the parts into bite-sized pieces, bone in & skin on) Angostura bitters (optional) green seasoning (optional) 3 cloves garlic,... 

Trinidad Pastelles (recipe) now with Delicious Vegan Option!

Trinidad Pastelles (recipe) now with Delicious Vegan Option!
This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Trini ChristmasOne of Trinidad’s seasonal delights, pastelles are a steamed cornmeal pie wrapped in banana leaves and filled with stewed meat, olives, and raisins. I’ve been told that they are very similar to Latin American tamales, and indeed Venezualan foodblogger Tomasnomas has a link to the exact same dish, referring to it on his blog as Tamal... 

Stuffed Melongene (recipe)

Stuffed Melongene (recipe)
Whether you call it melongene, eggplant, aubergine or garden egg, you’re referring to one of my favorite ingredients. And when you are talking about Stuffed Melongene you are definitely referring to one of my favorite dishes. It’s such a favorite that my mother makes it for me every birthday. I look forward to it more than the cake! Creamy, buttery, chewy on the outside from the charred... 

20 Ways To Enjoy Ginger!

20 Ways To Enjoy Ginger!
. From Epicentre.com: Ginger is one of those ingredients that can be many things to many people. Not only is it used in cuisines around the world, but it also comes in a variety of forms fresh, pickled, dried, and crystallized among them . People who bake may immediately call to mind the ground ginger they use in gingerbread or the jewel-like crystallized ginger they add to holiday cookies and cakes.... 

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... 

Top 10 Chicken Recipes on TriniGourmet.com (September 2010)

Top 10 Chicken Recipes on TriniGourmet.com (September 2010)
1. Oven BBQ Chicken (recipe) Although there is no substitute for BBQ from the grill, oven-baked chicken recipes are in my eyes are perfectly acceptable substitute as the results of this recipe will testify! 2. Ultimate Curry Chicken – video Few chicken recipes are as embedded into a Trinidadian’s culinary psyche as curry chicken. In the following video Chef DEX (not connected... 

Oven BBQ Chicken (recipe)

Oven BBQ Chicken (recipe)
This post was originally published on August 22, 2007. It has been updated once since then Summer is the time to fire up the grill… at least that’s what the US food programs and magazines tell me. Here in Trinidad, I’ve never really known or been part of a huge grilling or BBQ culture. As a kid there was a time when my father went on a BBQ kick, that lasted about a month after which... 

Kung Pao Chicken (recipe)

Kung Pao Chicken (recipe)
A very simple fiery and flavourful chicken dish that comes together quickly. The most unexpected part of the flavour medley is the candy-like sweetness of the fried (until charred) sweet peppers. From Wikipedia: Kung Pao chicken (also spelled Kung Po chicken) is a classic dish in Sichuan cuisine, originating in the Sichuan Province of central-western China. The dish is named after Ding Baozhen (1820–1886),... 

15 Ways To Enjoy Beef! (video)

15 Ways To Enjoy Beef! (video)
. How to cook Trinidad style curry beef with potato from CaribbeanPot.com: Trinidad style curry beef with potato. A uniquely tropical way of cooking curry beef (of beef curry), you’ll be amazed at how simple and very tasty this recipe is. For step by step instructions, check out: caribbeanpot.com/tropical-curry-beef-with-potato/ … where I explain the entire cooking process, including... 

Bertie’s Trinidad Pelau (recipe)

Bertie's Trinidad Pelau (recipe)
This post was originally published on September 17, 2008. It has been updated twice since then. My father’s pelau is (not surprisingly) my favourite and has been a staple over the long Carnival weekend in my family, for as long as I can remember. Now my father is a man with a very narrow cooking repertoire, but what he does do he does well. You’ve already experienced his truly excellent... 

Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce (recipe)

Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce (recipe)
It’s that time of the month again! .. No, no, that’s not what I meant… I meant it’s time once again for The Happy Sorceress’ monthly Blog Party ! This time around the theme was Tiki Party! Tiki Parties are one of my favourite genres of kitsch. I was attending college when the short-lived big band revival occurred and suddenly everything 50’s was vogue again. I... 

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... 

Braised Chicken in Coconut Milk “Opor Ayam” (recipe)

Braised Chicken in Coconut Milk
Yum Yum Yum. Those are the best words I can find to describe the fragrant burst of flavours that this dish offers. And to think that I would never have found it if I hadn’t participated in  Read More →

Crisp Lemon Chicken (recipe)

Crisp Lemon Chicken (recipe)
Roasts have always intimidated me. When I first started getting into cooking as a hobby they were one of the first things that I attempted, and let’s just say the results were often on the ‘slightly raw’ side. As a result, my family and I agreed that I would give whole birds an indefinite vacation and venture on to other culinary shores. Now 8 years later, it came time to confront... 

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... 

Jamaican Sunday Lunch

Jamaican Sunday Lunch
Growing up, one of the things that I gradually began to realize set me aside from my friends and classmates was the fact that in my house Sunday lunch was never a ‘Trini’ affair. Roasted Chicken, Rice and Peas, Boiled Plaintain (shown above) replaced my neighbours’ fare of Stewed Chicken, Callaloo and Macaroni Pie. Although I eventually became familiar with Trini Sunday lunches... 

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