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RECIPE: Chocolate-Dipped Rum Balls | Julie’s Kitchenette

RECIPE: Chocolate-Dipped Rum Balls | Julie's Kitchenette
Although the recipe may look a touch complicated, it couldn’t be simpler. The key is to have cake crumbs ready to go. I thawed cake slices from my freezer and pulsed them in the food processor. You can also use a white or chocolate cake. Either would work well. Other than that, you can alter the booze you use, although after making a few batches, I like them better with a strong booze (high alcohol... 

Jamaican Rice & Peas

Jamaican Rice & Peas
via Instagram instagram.com/p/xKUXtDuI3_/ This is one of my ultimate go-to comfort dishes. For as long as I can remember my mother has made Jamaican rice and peas as a special side at most major holiday dinners. It is also part of her traditional Jamaican Sunday Roast lunch. If it sounds like I’ve had this dish a lot it’s because I have, and I still can’t get enough! Get the recipe (and many... 
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BEHIND THE SCENES: Making Tomato Choka (video)

via Instagram ift.tt/16xsnxe Behind the scenes of my Divali inspired spread of RANI Chips & Assorted Dips, filmed last November and perfect year round! This was my first introduction to Rani’s flatbread line and I have to say that I love the coconut one. Look for them in supermarkets nationwide. Check out the final video below. I’ll be posting the recipes in coming weeks.    Read More →
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Eddoes In Coconut Sauce

via Instagram ift.tt/1wqUnr3 Eddoes in Coconut Sauce This recipe is a great substitute for mashed potatoes. Eddoes, like potatoes, are a tuber. Along with cassava, dasheen and sweet potatoes, they form a family known as ‘ground provisions’. Look for them in West Indian markets as well as Latin American ones where they go by the name malangas. If you’re unable to locate them however feel free... 
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Sorrel Drink (recipe & video)

Sorrel Drink (recipe & video)
Christmas in Trinidad is a diverse multicultural affair. Not just for the Christian population, but also through the secular participation of the nation at large through the enjoyment of our local christmas songs (called parang) and especially the creation and consumption of our traditional Christmas foods. No Christmas in Trinidad would be complete without some rum-soaked black cake cold thick Punch... 

Trinidad Black Cake (recipe)

Trinidad Black Cake (recipe)
This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Trini ChristmasLike sorrel, Black Cake in Trinidad is a Christmas institution. Made predominantly of alcohol drenched prunes, currants and raisins, variations abound (and I love taste testing when we make the visiting rounds). Still, the best black cake is always the recipe that one grew up with. In this case my black cake comes from my aunt, who also uses this... 

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... 

Cumin Potato Orange Spinach Salad with Mango Chutney Dressing (via Instagram)

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 a successful salad – color, contrasts and texture. Get the recipe: http://www.trinigourmet.com/index.php/cumin-potato-orange-spinach-salad-with-mango-chutney-dressing-recipe-video/ via... 
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Mustard Batons (recipe & video)

Mustard Batons (recipe & video)
I’m a big believer that soups can be an entire meal on their own, especially when paired with a side of bread. My own preference is to make the combo of soup and bread one of a meeting of opposite. The lighter the soup, the heavier the bread, and vice versa. Case in point, these mustard batons, procured from this recipe by Dorie Greenspan (it is also available in her extremely excellent “Around... 

Spinach in Coconut Sauce (recipe & video)

Spinach in Coconut Sauce (recipe & video)
This recipe was prepared for Episode 12 of “Sweet Han': Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”. If you are familiar with the Caribbean dish of Callaloo you will no doubt have realized where my inspiration was derived. This quick side offers a hint of callaloo flavour in an accompaniment that works attractively alongside meat, fish and vegetarian entrées. Watch me make it below and then give... 

Banana-Papaya Smoothie (recipe)

Banana-Papaya Smoothie (recipe)
Since 2009 I have actively incorporated more raw and vegan dishes into my regular diet and have found the benefits to be multifold. For one my body hasn’t succumbed to flus the way it regularly did in the past and I have found that many autoimmune responses that I had in the past to stress have become a lot more manageable. With many of my favourite fruits and vegetables currently back in season,... 

Petra’s Stewed Pigeon Peas (recipe & video)

Petra's Stewed Pigeon Peas (recipe & video)
For Episode 11 of “Sweet Han': Caribbean Cooking with Sarina” I was joined by Petra Laptiste, founder of Carifrique.com. She whipped up an amazing menu of Macaroni Pie, Callaloo and these Stewed Pigeon Peas. Everything looked so good I couldn’t wait to recreate her recipes. I soon did and was not disappointed. One thing that I love about having guest cooks on my... 

Bodi in Garlic Sauce (recipe & video)

Bodi in Garlic Sauce (recipe & video)
Green beans and garlic are a classic French combination that I re-interpreted, using the very Trinidadian staple of bodi, on Episode 10 of “Sweet Han': Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”. Also known as yard long beans, locally bodi is more traditionally curried or prepared in tomato-based sauce. This preparation however is one that is surprisingly delicate and really allows the true flavour... 

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... 

Q’s Liquid Cheesecake Cocktail (recipe)

Q's Liquid Cheesecake Cocktail (recipe)
Isn’t alchemy amazing? On Episode 5 of “Sweet Han': Caribbean Cooking with Sarina” Trini food blogger QD Ross of “Bring It To The Table” mentioned a concoction called a ‘liquid cheesecake cocktail’ that was amazingly enough dairy-free. Even more surprising, it only required two components. Seriously? I thought he had to be pulling my leg.... 

Spicy Guava Glazed Tofu (recipe & video)

This recipe for Spicy Guava Glazed Tofu was the centerpiece of my menu for Episode 4 of “Sweet Han': Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”. Tofu is an ingredient that many people have had unpleasant experiences with. Too often, this is because they have had it prepared without much fanfare or seasoning. You see tofu is an ingredient that benefits immensely through proper pairing, both in terms... 

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... 

Kheer/East Indian Rice Pudding (recipe & video)

Excerpted from Glam By Request: 30+ Easy Caribbean Recipes. Although not as popular as other Indo-Trinidadian treats such as barfi, kurma and parsad, kheer is a recipe that I thought deserved sharing for its ease of preparation and elegant presentation. Sweet and nutty with aphrodisiac properties, I especially enjoy it chilled on warm days and/or nights. Variations abound so I highly recommend replacing... 

Watch Episode 8 of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”! (video)

Watch Episode 8 of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”! (video)
“How is everyone? I hope well! I’m back and relaxed after a week off enjoying the madness that was Trinidad & Tobago Carnival. Now, it’s back to the kitchen, but I’m not feeling for anything too heavy or time-consuming. This vegan menu fits the bill for when you want something elegant and easy to enjoy, either on your own, or with others! We’ll start off with... 

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