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Pasta with Roasted Grapes, Asiago & Spinach (recipe & video)

Pasta with Roasted Grapes, Asiago & Spinach (recipe & video)
This dish was part of my Valentine’s Day menu for the 7th episode of “Sweet Han': Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”. It combines colors and textures in that multi-layered way that you may have come to realize is a favourite of mine. You get the sweetness of the grapes, tempered with the salty bite of the asiago, all combined with the crisp coolness of baby leaf spinach... 

Trinidad Macaroni Pie (recipe)

Trinidad Macaroni Pie (recipe)
Trinidad Macaroni Pie. I had often wondered if there is such a thing in a definitive sense, however I have gotten so many hits with that as a search term that I now have to believe that there is. Coupled with the fact that my Jamaican mother does not make this dish more than once a leap year (and when she does she does in a -very- different manner) and I have to believe that Trinidad Macaroni pie... 

Pasta with Basil, Tomatoes and Lemon Zest (recipe)

Pasta with Basil, Tomatoes and Lemon Zest (recipe)
I originally made this recipe way back in 2007 for Weekend Herb Blogging (hosted this time around by its founder Kalyn). I loved how the lemon zest really spotlighted the flavour of basil – an herb that we used to grow at home. As soon as we get another plant I will update this post again to reflect a new pic Funny what a difference new cameras and experience have made in my shots, but it’s... 

20 Ways To Enjoy Ginger!

20 Ways To Enjoy Ginger!
. From Epicentre.com: Ginger is one of those ingredients that can be many things to many people. Not only is it used in cuisines around the world, but it also comes in a variety of forms fresh, pickled, dried, and crystallized among them . People who bake may immediately call to mind the ground ginger they use in gingerbread or the jewel-like crystallized ginger they add to holiday cookies and cakes.... 

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... 

Sarina’s Veggie Burger Fettucine (for Macaroni Kid Trinidad)

Sarina's Veggie Burger Fettucine (for Macaroni Kid Trinidad)
For my first post to Macaroni Kid Trinidad, I put my own twist on Pasta Alla Norma. Instead of fried eggplant slices, vegetarian chickpea patties are added to a quick tomato sauce and fettuccine. From start to finish, you have everything you need to feed 4 in under 30 minutes! Want the recipe? Head over to Macaroni Kid Trinidad, and while you are there why not sign up for their... 

TriniGourmet’s Top 3 Pasta Recipes (as of October 2010)

TriniGourmet's Top 3 Pasta Recipes (as of October 2010)
1. Trinidad Macaroni Pie This dish is part of the traditional Trinidadian Sunday lunch and is also offered in cubed form at BBQs and other casual outdoor functions. Feel free to play around with the proportions. – recipe here 2.Gnocchi Pomodoro – recipe Silky, light, buttery, almost melt in your mouth good. “This is really comfort food defined”- recipe here. 3. “You... 

15 Ways To Enjoy Pasta!

15 Ways To Enjoy Pasta!
Top 5 Pasta Recipes on TriniGourmet.com 1. Trinidad Macaroni Pie (recipe) This dish is a stereotypical part of the traditional Trinidadian Sunday lunch and is also offered in cubed form at BBQs and other casual outdoor functions. Feel free to play around with the proportions. A sprinkling of parsley on top after it comes out of the oven, though not traditional, adds a dash of colour and enough... 

Ricotta Gnocchi (recipe)

Ricotta Gnocchi (recipe)
Hey, I’m back! For now at least I think this is the longest I’ve been ‘away’ since getting back into my blogging groove. My profuse apologies but sometimes, offline demands make themselves unavoidable and require all my attention! So this and my next few posts (until the end of June) will be haiku-like in their brevity. This ricotta gnocchi was my first entry towards the... 

Lasagne of Emilia-Romagna (Lasagne Verdi al Forno) (recipe)

Lasagne of Emilia-Romagna (Lasagne Verdi al Forno) (recipe)
I did it! I finally bit the bullet, pushed through my fear and made pasta! That’s right, thanks to Daring Bakers, I have finally achieved something that I’ve wanted to do since starting this blog in 2006 With the late showing of this post you would never believe that I actually made this lasagna over a week ago. What can I say? It’s been one of those weeks (for the past few weeks)!... 

‘Raw’ Tomato & Macadamia Mozzarella Linguine (recipe)

'Raw' Tomato & Macadamia Mozzarella Linguine (recipe)
When I first learnt about Chef Spotlight Dinners organised by Joelen of Joelen’s Culinary Event I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to showcase another raw dish and to learn about those chefs who specialise in preparing (and popularizing) raw cuisine. Among the key names that I came across (and whose work really resonated with me) were Chad Sarno, Sarma Melngailis, and Roxanne Klein.... 

“You Won’t Be Single For Long” Vodka Cream Pasta (recipe)

I first learnt about this Rachael Ray dish on Oprah and I won’t lie, as a single girl, the name roped me right in A dish that practically guarantees a proposal? Where can I sign up?! Sadly I have not had a chance to try it on any prospective suitors but after making it for my family I got many sated mumbles and murmurs. Puzzled, as the recipe itself is pretty simple and basic I realized that... 

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 →

Gnocchi Pomodoro (recipe)

Gnocchi Pomodoro (recipe)
I did it! I finally did it! I made gnocchi!! If you have been a reader of TriniGourmet since its early days you’ll know that making homemade pasta has been one of my biggest desires and one of my biggest fears. I still don’t have a pasta machine but having now made gnocchi I’m one step closer to crossing that hurdle I’ve heard many times that homemade pastas surpass supermarket... 

Bagna Romano (recipe)

Bagna Romano (recipe)
My anchovy fixation continues and everyone in my home is loving it! This recipe for Bagna Romano couldn’t be any simpler. Pasta, anchovies, garlic and cheese. That’s it! The pasta is so delicious it is a meal in itself! From: Cooking with Three Ingredients: Flavorful Food, Easy as 1, 2, 3 This sauce runs over with the complex salty fermented richness of oil-cured anchovies and garlic.... 

Baked Ziti with Cauliflower: Ziti Gratinati (recipe)

Baked Ziti with Cauliflower: Ziti Gratinati (recipe)
There is something about the dishes that I’ve tried so far from America’s master chef Mario Batali. Something very clean, simple and almost spartan. I really appreciate how his recipes allow the flavours of his ingredients to shine, and how he creates an interplay of textures that never seems forced or contrived. My admiration for his food philosophy only increased after watching his... 

Penne with Broccoli, Garlic, and Pecorino (recipe)

Penne with Broccoli, Garlic, and Pecorino (recipe)
Anchovies? Anchovies?!? I can’t believe I’m cooking with anchovies! I had sworn them off years ago after a disastrous pizza suggestion in the US (my first encounter with them). However over the last few months repeated viewing of the Food Network and Rachael Ray started to wear down my resistance. ‘Don’t fear, they’ll cook down to a paste and just add flavour’,... 

BBM 2.0 – Tagliatelle with Mushrooms

BBM 2.0 - Tagliatelle with Mushrooms
In my Blogging by Mail package was a package of odd looking brown noodles. I wasn’t sure at first what they were. From the italian text I could figure out it was pasta, but with mushrooms? Was i reading it wrong? Turns out I wasn’t! This package comes from a pasta house called Morelli, you can visit their website here (it’s only in Italian at the moment though but really gorgeous... 

Making Homemade Pasta (excitement and trepidation)

Making Homemade Pasta (excitement and trepidation)
Ever since I read a memoir about homemade noodles in Bridges journal several years ago I have been enthralled by the idea of making my own pasta. Still, I am yet to do so. Why? Mainly intimidation. what if I bomb? What if i make a mess of it aiaiaiai… can you tell I have a perfectionist streak? Recently a channel here in Trinidad began showing programs from the Food Network for between 90 minutes... 

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