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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... 

TriniGourmet on The New Jewish Table (video)

TriniGourmet on The New Jewish Table (video)
On March 5, 2013 I was thrilled to participate in Zagat’s roundtable launch of The New Jewish Table: Modern Seasonal Recipes for Traditional Dishes. Written by Todd Gray and Ellen Kassoff Gray (owners of Washington D.C.’s ‘Equinox’ restaurant) they call it “a story of love and lox”.  Read More →
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Cumin Potato, Orange & Spinach Salad with Mango Chutney Dressing (recipe & video)

Cumin Potato, Orange & Spinach Salad with Mango Chutney Dressing (recipe & video)
I came up with this recipe for Episode 6 of “Sweet Han': Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”. All who had it dubbed it an instant fave from the very first bite. It combines all the elements that I consider essential to successful salad, color, contrasts and texture. In this case, highly seasoned potato ‘croutons’ dance on a bed of baby spinach, accompanied by juicy mandarin orange... 

Curried Lentil Soup (recipe & video)

Curried Lentil Soup (recipe & video)
This curried lentil soup is a good introduction to lentil soups for those who have considered them dull and uninspiring. With creamy chunks of eddoes and sweet bites of plantain, the spicy heat of scotch bonnet and the sharp accents of lime juice and chadon beni (culantro), it has something for everyone! Watch me make it below on the 6th episode of “Sweet Han': Caribbean... 

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,... 

5 Questions with Collis Duranty (video)

5 Questions with Collis Duranty (video)
From the moment I first heard Collis Duranty’s voice I was instantly drawn by its soulfulness and sweet, soothing quality. Combine that with introspective, uplifting lyrics and a stylish stage presence and you have a rising star who has caught the attention of media outlets such as Metro Magazine as well as local audiences. this Collis Duranty cat has presence… dunno... 

Watch Episode 6 of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”! (video)

Watch Episode 6 of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”! (video)
We’ve made it through the first month of 2013 and it’s time to celebrate! We’re going to indulge and we’re going to do it healthily. I’ve prepared a vegan menu that is both filling and luxurious. We’ll start off with a light salad and soup that is bursting with Eastern flavours and Caribbean staples and pairing it with some silky smooth paratha roti. It’s all part... 

5 Questions with a_phake (video)

5 Questions with a_phake (video)
Yes, Virginia, there is an alternative Trinidadian music scene. Over the last few weeks it’s been my hope to bring to light the reality that when it comes to musicians in Trinidad one size doesn’t fit all. Although homogeny may be the name of the game on the airwaves (especially at this time of the year), on the ground, the young and not-so-young, continue to give expression to their soul’s... 

Watch the debut of “Sweet Han': Caribbean Cooking With Sarina”! (video)

Watch the debut of
Can you believe this time last week I was a nervous wreck counting down the moments until the debut of my new Google+ Hangout on Air series “Sweet Han': Caribbean Cooking With Sarina”? Now it’s all over and done with, the replay exists for all to view at their own leisure, and I’m hard at work on what will be Episode 2. Thanks so much to those of you who... 

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... 
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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... 
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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... 
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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... 

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.  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... 

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.  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... 

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