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Bami Goreng (recipe & video)

Bami Goreng (recipe & video)
As a Caribbean girl I am always amazed by how little we know about our neighbours, and how little they know about us in turn. Surprisingly overarching stereotypes and negative assumptions continue to exist in an age where increased travel and interaction should have broadened understanding. This is bad enough when we share a common language, but when we don’t, the divide becomes even wider. Earlier... 

Your Wedding, Your Way Pt. 4: Sandwiches That Are Sure To Please! (recipes)

Your Wedding, Your Way Pt. 4: Sandwiches That Are Sure To Please! (recipes)
This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Your Wedding, Your Way Sandwiches and soup go together so well that I had to mention them in this series. If you are having an evening wedding, sandwiches can form part of your appetizer course (cut as quarters). However, for a breakfast or lunch reception they can share the stage with your soup course, forming a light entrĂ©e all on their own (cut as halves).... 

Afghani Fried Brown Rice (recipe)

Afghani Fried Brown Rice (recipe)
This colorful and aromatic form of fried rice makes an exciting alternative to plain rice or Asian fried rices. The addition of ras-al-hanout makes it highly aromatic, and caramelized onion slices add just the right hint of sweetness. There’s nothing like having access to fresh home-grown ingredients. Case in point, our bayleaf tree (see left). Bayleaf is one of those flavours that I find hard... 

Sarina’s Trinidad-Style Garlic Sauce (recipe)

Sarina's Trinidad-Style Garlic Sauce (recipe)
This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Top Trini Condiments No Trini condiment series would be complete without a recipe for garlic sauce. Garlic sauce is one of those local favourites that can be found everywhere from beachside stands, to popular ‘grill’ joints as well as streetside food vendors. Indeed many street vendors have distinguished themselves solely on having ‘ah bess... 

Bertie’s Mega-Hot Trinidad Pepper Sauce (recipe)

Bertie's Mega-Hot Trinidad Pepper Sauce (recipe)
This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Top Trini Condiments So you want to know how to make Trini pepper sauce? Trinidad Pepper Sauce is no joke peoples. This is liquid fire, forged from the flesh of the hottest scotch bonnet peppers, garlic, onions and other assorted ingredients simmered to perfection. This recipe is for my father’s pepper sauce, something he’s been making for…... 

Caribbean Ketchup (recipe)

Caribbean Ketchup (recipe)
This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Top Trini Condiments Ketchup. You think you know what it is, but if you haven’t tasted true homemade ketchup, well… in the words of MTV Diary, “you have no idea”. Often when friends come down to visit they leave with bottles of local ketchup. Curious about this behaviour I asked one why she did it. “It don’t taste the same... 

Poori (recipe & video)

Poori (recipe & video)
Mmm poori. This was originally intended as part of my Hanukkah 2010 menu series, however time and health intervened. However, better late than never right? Poori is an Indian fried bread that I was first introduced to during my years at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. There it was served, at the amazing India House restaurant, in spectacular fashion. A hollow shimmering bread the size... 

Sarina’s Pigeon Peas and Rice (recipe)

Sarina's Pigeon Peas and Rice (recipe)
This dish of pigeon peas and rice was the perfect accompaniment to the Crispy Lemon Chicken that I made earlier this year. The rice and peas are cooked together in a rich combination of fresh thyme and coconut milk with wedges of tomatoes and (if desired) a scotch bonnet pepper. The final result is quite similar to the scent and flavour of Jamaican peas and rice, a sentimental fave of mine, and should... 

Trinidad Kurma (recipe)

Trinidad Kurma (recipe)
Kurma is one of my favourite Trinidadian snacks. Fried mouthfuls of spiced dough in a sugary glaze, they can be found and purchased throughout the island at school ‘tuck shops’, pharmacies, supermarkets and corner shops. East Indian in origin they are also a staple treat at many Hindu and Moslem functions. Little did I realize however (until doing some research for this post) that the... 

Oven-Crisped Potato Latkes (recipe)

Oven-Crisped Potato Latkes (recipe)
This latke recipe is adapted from one that I saw several years ago in EatingWell Magazine. It has become a perennial favourite and is one that will probably please latke purists/minimalists in the crowd. I particularly enjoy it with sour cream. Technique wise this latke is started in the frying pan with a shallow fry and then is finished in the oven for a purported lighter, healthier result. The... 

Fried Okras (recipe)

Fried Okras (recipe)
Just a few words as I am writing this at 3:10 a.m.and am rapidly fading after a day of automechanical mishaps (ugh!) Ochroes are one of those ingredients that rapidly divide people into one of two camps, the love ‘ems and leave ‘ems. Well, I was hoping that this dish would be the one that could potentially convert its detractors but I suspect it won’t. However , if you are an ochro... 

Sarina’s Curried Potato ‘mini’ Latkes & Bubbly Guava-Ginger Ale

Sarina's Curried Potato 'mini' Latkes & Bubbly Guava-Ginger Ale
How have you been enjoying my Hanukkah 2010 series so far? At the moment I seem to be having a little trouble with my RSS feed so if you have not received the posts so far you can check out the recipe roundup to date here. I first whipped up these curried potato mini latkes two years ago for an installment of my blogger friend Stephanie’s now defunct Blog Party series. Latkes are probably... 

Asian Crisp Fried Noodles and Chili Vegetables (recipe)

Asian Crisp Fried Noodles and Chili Vegetables (recipe)
It may seem odd to launch my Hanukkah menu series with an Asian noodle dish, but scratch the surface and you can see that it is not that far a stretch. Hanukkah after all commemorates a miracle of oil, and this is a fried dish. Not only that, but Judaism has had a long and fascinating history in China spanning well over a thousand years! Did it mention it also tastes great? The most intensive part... 

Carrot, Ginger and Cumin Salad (recipe)

Carrot, Ginger and Cumin Salad (recipe)
The following is my take on a very popular Middle Eastern salad. The parsley and lemon juice give the carrots much needed brightness, while the cumin deepens all the flavours, creating an exotic side that complements most dishes In 2007 I submitted this recipe to Gluten Free By The Bay‘s “Cooking for Karina“, a food event that focused on cooking around her friend’s food allergies.... 

Tridoshic Dal (recipe & video)

Tridoshic Dal (recipe & video)
This Tridoshic dal comes from a cookbook that I’ve been using for years called The Ayurvedic Cookbook. I’m always interested in learning about the culinary traditions and philosophies of other cultures. Eastern cuisines in particular often fixates on the concept of warming and cooling foods. Maintaining a balance of the two within a meal, or strategically stimulating or calming ones... 

Arabian Vegetable Medley (recipe)

Arabian Vegetable Medley (recipe)
Don’t you just love vague ‘ethnic’ recipe titles? Coming from the American Turkey Federation I’m not sure exactly how ‘Arabian’ this recipe actually is, but despite that grey area all you really need to know is that it is very very good! Arabian Vegetable Medley SERVINGS: 16 SOURCE: National Turkey Federation INGREDIENTS: 2 Pounds eggplant, Cut in 1-1/2 cubes 2... 

Aromatic Angostura Coffee

Aromatic Angostura Coffee
Why not try a few dashes of Angostura bitters in your cup of coffee today? Amazon.com Widgets This post was originally published December 8, 2006. It has been updated once since then. Tweet  Read More →

Pan Fried Snapper with Tomato Salsa (recipe)

Pan Fried Snapper with Tomato Salsa (recipe)
This post was originally published on August 25, 2007. It has been updated once since then. A simple fish dish. The flavours weren’t as assertive as I would have ordinarily liked but the relative mildness means that it can be paired with bolder side dishes that may not usually see the light of day. The inclusion of cilantro in the salsa provides the only real ‘zest’. I often... 

Carmen’s Carrot Muffins (recipe)

Carmen's Carrot Muffins (recipe)
This post was originally published August 10, 2007. It has been updated once since then. This recipe is one of many to be found in mom’s homemade scrapbooks. She’s been compiling them since the 1970’s and as a toddler I would occupy myself on the kitchen floor by flipping through them, amazed at the colours and scribbles contained within. Some of that must have rubbed off on me... 

Sarina’s Independence Day Coconut Sugar Cakes (recipe)

Sarina's Independence Day Coconut Sugar Cakes (recipe)
This post was originally published September 1, 2008. It has been updated once since then I call these my Independence Day Sugar Cakes because I have foregone the traditional colors of pink and white, for our national colours of red, white and black. Despite the name I dare say they’ll be great for Republic Day, any day of national celebration, heck, year-round! The results were so beautiful... 

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