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Tu B’Shevat (New Year For The Trees) Menu 2011

Tu B'Shevat (New Year For The Trees) Menu 2011
Chive Blossoms – our garden Wednesday evening marks the start of Tu B’Shevat, one of my favourite holidays on the Jewish calendar. There’s something whimsical and life-affirming about having a New Year’s celebration for the environment and the seder (religious) service which accompanies it has a focus on our role as stewards of the planet, as well stewards of our own ever-evolving... 

Top 5 Cake Recipes on TriniGourmet.com (updated October 2010)

Top 5 Cake Recipes on TriniGourmet.com (updated October 2010)
1. Trinidad Black Cake (recipe) Black Cake in Trinidad is a Christmas tradition. Made predominantly of alcohol drenched prunes, currants and raisins, variations abound 2. Mango Cake (recipe) This mango cake is very light and elegant in appearance, especially when topped with a dash of icing sugar. The batter is topped with brown sugar and butter which crystallizes to form a delicate streusel... 

Vegetarian Sukkot Menu 2010

Vegetarian Sukkot Menu 2010
Sunset in Maraval Wednesday evening marks the start of Sukkot. Traditionally harvest foods are eaten, as well as dishes that feature stuffed components. It is the theme of stuffed foods that really shaped my menu this year. Omelettes (my new obsession), and stuffed baked apples hopefully won’t disappoint In the past I have traditionally made cabbage rolls, but I felt like ‘shaking... 

Yom Kippur Break-The-Fast Menu 2010

Yom Kippur Break-The-Fast Menu 2010
In keeping with a ‘tradition’ that I began last year I am once again focusing on no-cook and ‘quick’ recipes for my ‘break-the-fast’ Yom Kippur menu. Cardamom Spiced Coffee Trinidad Saheena Open-Faced Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Sandwiches Crunchy Bran Muffins Not only does this approach relieve a lot of post-fasting stress and preparation on my part, it also... 

Eid Menu 2010

Eid Menu 2010
Image courtesy Chennette Eid-Ul-Fitr will be observed in Trinidad & Tobago with a public holiday on September 10th (date subject to change). Like most religious holidays in Trinidad it is marked not just by strong community observance but also with warm interfaith participation. Because so many communities share this small space of land it is not unusual to have many religions represented on... 

Mother’s Day Menu 2010

Mother's Day Menu 2010
Birds in my mother’s garden (May 2010) Happy Mother’s Day everyone. Hope it is a happy and safe one Am getting an early pre-dawn start on this year’s menu • Fresh Green Bean Salad • Fillet A La Veracruzana (Rachael Ray Show) • Black Beans in Spicy Tamarind Sauce • Sarina’s Sparkling Ginger-Lime Shandy • Sugar-free icecream Amazon.com Widgets For... 

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... 

Valentine’s Day Menu 2010

Valentine's Day Menu 2010
Dessert, Valentine’s Day Dinner 2009 – Chaconia Inn Last year, J and I stepped out in style (or so we thought) to the Chaconia Inn for what we hoped would be a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner. Boy were we wrong. Unfortunately we ended up leaving as quickly as we could (the planning was horrible, seating was cramped, tables too small, lighting bright, music system... 

Passover 2009 Menu

Passover 2009 Menu
The past two weeks have been a blur, and I’ve fallen behind on food events and posts. Not that I haven’t been cooking, but finding time to sort and edit has been sorely lacking. In due in no small part to my having a heavier workload combined with 2 consecutive ‘truncated’ work weeks. One because of the local Easter Holidays, and the other because of the recently Summit of... 

Valentine’s Day Menu 2009

Valentine's Day Menu 2009
Some simple and quick recipes that I’ve enjoyed and hope you will as well. I myself, won’t be cooking this Valentine’s as J and I are heading out to dine. I will however have camera in tow, as where there is food, there is a blog Valentine’s Day 2009 – A Menu • Fresh Green Bean Salad • Kung Pao Chicken • Mango Cake Tweet  Read More →

Jason’s Kosher Antipasto Platter

Jason's Kosher Antipasto Platter
Sunday October 19, was my sweetie’s birthday and I wanted to do something special for him to mark the occasion. Last year I went all out so I felt some pressure to not lower the bar this time around. The only problem was that the previous week had been one of the most draining ones I’ve had mentally and physically in quite some time. I was completely burnt out and just couldn’t... 

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... 

Independence Day Menu 2007

Independence Day Menu 2007
Happy Independence Day to all the Trini readers and passersby Hard to believe but our nation has now been free of colonial rule for 45 years! My menu inspiration today is the old red, white, and black. I’ll be making: • Sarina’s Independence Day Fettucine with Sundried Tomatoes and Olives •  Read More →

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... 

Lag B’Omer – Picnics are Fun!

Lag B'Omer - Picnics are Fun!
One thing that many people (both Jewish and non-Jewish) don’t know is how many holidays and festivals there are in the Jewish calendar. Although the best known celebration is Hannukah (because of the proximity it shares at times to Christmas), Hannukah is actually a relatively minor holiday. For a full list of holidays in the Jewish calendar look here, some involve fasting but even more involve... 

Trinidad Hot Baked Fish, ‘Bang Bang Salsa’, and Caribbean Rice and Peas

Trinidad Hot Baked Fish, 'Bang Bang Salsa', and Caribbean Rice and Peas
This is what I made for dinner last weekend Trinidad Hot Baked Fish, “Bang Bang’ Salsa (kudos to Marsha for putting me back into a Dave Koz frame of mind, and Caribbean Rice and Peas (from a recipe that I developed for Nandita at Saffron Trail). My parents loved it. I will upload the relevant pics and link to all the recipes in the coming days This was how I put it together though.... 

Corn, Callaloo and Sorrell

Corn, Callaloo and Sorrell
A true inter-generational feast. My aunt’s sweet corn casserole, my mother’s callaloo, and my sorrel rum punch. All together on the same stage Tweet  Read More →

Mom’s Curry Chicken and Saim

Mom's Curry Chicken and Saim
Mom’s Curry Chicken and Saim Aaaah, there’s nothing like cooking in harmony with the seasons. Currently one of my favorite vegetables, saim (a type of broad bean), is in season and like Chennette’s mom, my mother has been going a bit buckwild with it I certainly don’t mind! HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! Tweet  Read More →

Ole Year Offerings (2006): Coquito and Black Bean Hummus

Ole Year Offerings (2006): Coquito and Black Bean Hummus
Here it is, the last in my Ole Year Offerings series. And it is the ultimate in ‘last-minute’ entertaining. Neither of the dishes requires any cooking! That’s right, just combine and serve! It doesn’t get any easier than this In keeping with the ‘ ‘still secret’ Black & White Theme of January’s Blog Party I decided I would make 2 bottles of creamy... 

Ole Year Offerings (2006): Trinidad Goolab Jamoon and Sarina’s Passionate Mint Tea

Ole Year Offerings (2006): Trinidad Goolab Jamoon and Sarina's Passionate Mint Tea
So far I have only shared savory dishes for New Year’s so I thought it was time to mix it up with something sweet! Especially since the theme of this month’s Sugar High Friday was Sugar Art! Goolab jamoon is a sweet finger food that is commonly served at Indian weddings, pujas and other celebrations here in Trinidad. It is made from a creamy fragrant dough that is deep fried and then... 

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