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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... 

Catch My Second Appearance on “Learning To Cook Caribbean With Larry Fournillier”! (video)

Catch My Second Appearance on
Well the days are counting down to the December 6th launch of my G+ series “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking With Sarina”! But before that happens, I made one more guest spot on Larry Fournillier‘s show “Learning To Cook Caribbean”. Conducted on Sunday, November 18, I whipped up a vegan Divali-inspired spread, dare I say feast? The Menu: • Buss-up-shot/Dhal puri... 
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Learning To Cook Caribbean With Larry Fournillier featuring Sarina – Watch The Replay! (video)

Learning To Cook Caribbean With Larry Fournillier featuring Sarina - Watch The Replay! (video)
It’s with great pleasure that I’m announcing that I made my Google+ debut last week on the weekly Hangouts program “Learning To Cook Caribbean With Larry Fournillier”. Larry is a local Trinidadian chef and online media wizard. I’m also excited to state that starting December 6th I’ll also be hosting my own cooking series on Google+ Hangouts and HangoutNetworks.com... 
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REVIEW: Marilyn Tausend’s La Cocina Mexicana: Many Cultures, One Cuisine (video)

REVIEW: Marilyn Tausend's La Cocina Mexicana: Many Cultures, One Cuisine (video)
My Verdict:4/5 (1 point deducted for recipe complexity, niche ingredients, lack of vegetarian friendly recipes) Buy from Veni Mange – The Trinigourmet Amazon Store! I first became aware of Marilyn Tausend’s work in the early days of TriniGourmet, when I posted about her Mexican Culinary Tours. In the years since then however her name fell off my radar and my awareness of Mexican cuisine... 

Nothing Like A Trini Xmas (video)

The following article appeared in the 24th December, 2006 issue of the Trinidad Express. It’s hard to believe that BWIA was still active then! Will you be spending the holidays where you want to be this year? I hope so! If not, hopefully the recipes posted so far (and still to come) will help HOME is best for the holidays, at least judging from the number of Trinis flying in for Christmas... 

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 8 – Machel Montano

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 8 - Machel Montano
No Carnival writeup would be complete, especially this year without mention of the ever-popular yet ever-controversial Machel Montano. From an earlier incarnation of his MySpace page: Machel Montano began his career in 1982 at age seven. As early as 1984, he formed his band Panasonic Express now called XTATIK. Machels debut album TOO YOUNG TO SOCA, released in 1985, was an instant hit which earned... 

Caribbean Beachcomber July/August 1969 – Bridgetown Market, Barbados (video)

Caribbean Beachcomber July/August 1969 - Bridgetown Market, Barbados (video)
Transcription: Wayside market in Bridgetown, Barbados. (Photo/Barbados Tourist Board) Back In Time Barbados Style This post was originally published October 7, 2010. It has been updated once since then. Tweet  Read More →

1987 Malta Carib Commercial (video)

Malta Carib has been a staple in my home since I was a child. Growing up I felt like quite a ‘big woman’ drinking it from the bottle (I had no idea it was non-alcoholic ). During the 80′s it was promoted not just as an energy booster, but also as an aid for students preparing for exams! From CaribBeer.com Malta Carib is a full-bodied, refreshing non-alcoholic malt beverage that... 

Malta Carib Commercial “Learning” (video)

As previously mentioned, Malta Carib was actually posited as an integral ‘educational aid’ I don’t know if it ever helped me in my exams, but I certainly loved (and still love) the taste. Yum! Please visit my earlier post for more information on Malta Carib. Amazon.com Widgets This post was originally published October 3, 2009. It has been updated once since then. Tweet  Read More →

A Beer is a… Carib (video)

A Beer is a... Carib (video)
Carib Brewery, Eastern Main Road, Champs Fleurs Ask any Trinidadian to complete the following phrase. A beer is a … and you’ll instantly hear a loud uproarious ‘Carib’. For over 50 years the Carib Brewery has been producing Carib beer to the delight of Trinis both at home and abroad. I know that for myself seeing a Carib sign in a pub or a bar abroad was enough to make me... 

Lion’s Baking Powder Commercial (video)

Lion's Baking Powder Commercial (video)
Call it nostalgia but it’s hard to convince me that the local commercials of the 80′s and 90′s didn’t have a certain ‘something’ that the current set lacks. There was something very magnetic about the hooks and taglines back then. Lion’s Baking Powder had a long running advertising campaign that really drilled home that not only would they make your breads... 

Ackee

Ackee
Ackee is one of my favorite ingredients, however it is not something that I think most Trinidadians (or people worldwide) know or have tasted. In fact if it wasn’t for my Jamaican mother I probably would never have tasted it all! I often see Western cookbooks comparing ackee to scrambled eggs, a comparison that I believe is more visual than taste-related. Ackee has a very creamy texture and is... 

Caribbean Beachcomber July/August 1969 – Pepperpot at the Barbados Hilton

Caribbean Beachcomber July/August 1969 - Pepperpot at the Barbados Hilton
Transcription: Pepper pot soup as served at the Barbados Hilton (photo/William Alleyne) The “Hilton Barbados” Today (is any form of the above elaborate pepperpot display still in existence? ) p.s. Is it just me or does the Caribbean map in the above video depict Tobago as located below Trinidad?! OUT NOW! GLAM BY REQUEST: 30+ Easy Caribbean Recipes – $6.95 USD A compilation of... 

Where oh where have the Buffalypso gone? (video)

Where oh where have the Buffalypso gone? (video)
Image Credit: NIGO If, like me, you were a TTT baby (i.e. you grew up only knowing one channel that signed off at noon, and signed back at 2:30 p.m. with the call of “Caribbean Vibration”) then you probably also remember government promos touting the benefits of the mysterious locally-designed ‘Buffalypso’. Part Water Buffalo and part uh… Calypso? this breed, national... 

20 Interesting Pie & Tart Recipes (video)

20 Interesting Pie & Tart Recipes (video)
Trinidad Macaroni Pie is the #1 pie recipe here on Trinigourmet.com Is it a pie? Is it a tart? The answer may more lie in the recipe’s country of origin and it’s final presentation, than in the ingredients and composition themselves. From Baking911.com A pie is American in design and can be both sweet or savory and is served directly from its pan. Most pies are usually baked with a layer... 

Playing with the Tuile of Hearts (video)

Playing with the Tuile of Hearts (video)
This post was originally published on January 29, 2009. It has been updated once since then. So here it is, right on the heels of my first Tuesdays with Dorie entry, my very first Daring Bakers challenge! I first learnt about Daring Bakers in 2006 shortly after starting this blog. Back then the pool of participants was quite small and invitation-only. I would read their entries and ooh and aah over... 

Emancipation Village 2010: African Food Fair Part 3 – Official Food Court (video)

Emancipation Village 2010: African Food Fair Part 3 - Official Food Court (video)
This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Emancipation Village 2010After about half an hour of casual conversation and enjoyment of the musical offerings of the ‘Village Radio’ the rain eventually lessened into a drizzle. This seemed to be the right moment to wander through the official ‘Village Food Court’. Curious as to what I would find, I quickly realized that the offerings... 

Emancipation Village 2010: African Food Fair Part 2 – Cassava Fries & Kelewele (video)

Emancipation Village 2010: African Food Fair Part 2 - Cassava Fries & Kelewele (video)
This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Emancipation Village 2010 After passing through the entrance it was time to head straight to the food court. Food was served in 2 main areas, one officially designated “Food Court” where most of the vendors were still absent or trying to keep dry beneath white tarpaulin, and the area shown above, which was close to the DJ Sound System and seemed to... 

Emancipation Village 2010: African Food Fair Part 1 – Arrival (video)

Emancipation Village 2010: African Food Fair Part 1 - Arrival (video)
This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Emancipation Village 2010 August 1st was Emancipation Day here in Trinidad & Tobago. A public holiday since 1985 its definition has recently been expanded as a recognition of the struggles of all the ethnic groups who came here in servitude. At its heart though it remains essentially a time of remembrance of the African Slavery Experience. For several years... 

Pholourie & Chopsticks: When Tokyo and Trinbago Collide! (video)

I am constantly amazed by what a mobile and adaptable people we Trinis are. Over on Twitter I converse with locals who have ventured to all corners of the world and while comfortable in their new lives, still want that little taste of home to ‘show off’ to others or to just give them small private comfort. One such person who I have come into regular contact is Petra, a.k.a TokyoTrinbago....