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Sweet Hands: Island Cooking From Trinidad And Tobago

Sweet Hands: Island Cooking From Trinidad And Tobago
Sweet Hands: Island Cooking from Trinidad and Tobago – Ramin Ganeshram Book Description Callalloo and Buss Up Shut, Mother-in-Law And Kuchela, Chip Chip and Doubles. The verbiage of Trinidad’s cuisine is both lyrical and mysterious. The variety of foods from this Caribbean nation and their fanciful names tell the story of a rich and eclectic cultural hertiage. A British colony from... 

Calypso in Chestnut Hill: A Taste of Trinidad

Calypso in Chestnut Hill: A Taste of Trinidad
Image: Philadelphia Inquirer Last month the Philadelphia Inquirer ran a piece on a Trinidadian food stand called Calypso in Chestnut Hill’s Farmers Market. Excerpt: “It is time to make the next round of roti. Campbell slides balls of dough made with ground split peas and garlic from under a kitchen towel, flattens them, and rolls them out with a big, wooden rolling pin.... 

Eating “After Dark”: Recipe Books for the Frisky Foodie

Eating
Well, well, well looks like a simple Google search for recipes containing avocado and honey, has led me unknowingly into the seedier side of the Foodie-verse. Yes my dears, did you know that there is a whole section of cookbooks devoted to the goals of seduction and sensual (culinary) surprise? The interplay of food and physical desire are as old as time. Just look at the biblical Song of Songs or... 

Trinigourmet’s Top 10 Posts of 2009

Trinigourmet's Top 10 Posts of 2009
Better late than never, here are the top 10 posts of 2009. 1. Trinidad Corn Soup with Cornmeal Dumplings (recipe) Corn soup is a street food favorite here in Trinidad, especially at carnival time when vendors ply large pots of it that they spoon into styrofoam cups outside of fetes and clubs. It’s also popular as a Saturday lunch. 2. Top 10 Chicken Recipes on Trinigourmet.com You’ve... 

Trinigourmet’s Top 10 Posts over the last 30 days (September 2009)

Trinigourmet's Top 10 Posts over the last 30 days (September 2009)
1. Trinidad Corn Soup with Cornmeal Dumplings (recipe) Corn soup is a street food favorite here in Trinidad, especially at carnival time when vendors ply large pots of it that they spoon into styrofoam cups outside of fetes and clubs. It’s also popular as a Saturday lunch. 2. A Beer Is A Carib (video) Ask any Trinidadian to complete the following phrase. A beer is a … and you’ll... 

Is Your Oven Correct? (Why It’s Important To Calibrate)

Is Your Oven Correct? (Why It's Important To Calibrate)
Do you trust your oven? A lot of times I get questions from readers criticizing how a recipe came out and demanding that I change the instructions or details It always somewhat amuses me that clearly -I’m- the one to blame if -their- attempt comes out wrong One simple suggestion that I make, and I make it from my own experience, is to always keep a thermometer in your oven. “But what... 

Trackback Love: Week ending Saturday, September 5, 2009

Trackback Love: Week ending Saturday, September 5, 2009
• Lighter Portions: Summer Schlop and Some Culinary Fun Kristie at Lighter Portions used my Vegetarian Potstickers as an inspiration for her wonton wrapper surplus. Her results look divine and I’m glad that she enjoyed them She also seems to be interested in more than a few raw recipes, which is always a win for me! Definitely looking forward to following her posts. • Sarah’s... 

TriniGourmet’s Top 10 Recipes over the last 90 Days (February 2009)

TriniGourmet's Top 10 Recipes over the last 90 Days (February 2009)
1. Punch de Creme (recipe) Punch de Creme, is one of Trinidad’s traditional Christmas drinks. It is a rum drink, basically our version of eggnog. 2. Pumpkin Pone (recipe) This recipe for Pumpkin Pone came from the Naparima Girls High School Cookbookand is cited as being Guyanese in origin. 3. Sarina’s Curried Potato ‘mini’ Latkes & Bubbly Guava-Ginger... 

Shandy Carib

Shandy Carib
Everyone who knows me knows that I have the alcohol tolerance of a 5 day old Pomeranian puppy. So, for me drinking a Shandy or two is the furthest I usually go when it comes to flights of intoxication. (Except for the occasional martini or cocktail but that’s pretty rare). It’s my favourite way to unwind, and J usually makes sure to show up with one in each flavour (the trifecta as I call... 

Green Sands

Green Sands
It was some time ago when I learnt via Can Cook Must Cook that one of my childhood faves was back on the block! Growing up, a sip of Green Sands was a really big deal as it was the closest that I was allowed to ‘alcohol’ (not including the thimble-sized portion of red wine that I was allowed at special dinners). In my teens I took to making my own shandies by combining Carib beer and... 

REVIEW: Paradis de la Creme, MovieTowne, Invaders’ Bay

REVIEW: Paradis de la Creme, MovieTowne, Invaders' Bay
MovieTowne is turning into quite a culinary hub for those in North-West Trinidad. When it first opened it was a bit of a wasteland (outside of the cineplex). The biggest non-movie attraction for the longest while was ‘Shakers’, an outdoor pub/bar. However over the last 12-18 months there’s been an explosion of eateries, representing everything from sushi (Hanami’s), to... 

REVIEW: Vegetarian Express : Easy, Tasty, and Healthy Menus in 28 Minutes(or Less!)

REVIEW: Vegetarian Express : Easy, Tasty, and Healthy Menus in 28 Minutes(or Less!)
Well there you go. I normally don’t post pictures of myself as I am a rather private person, however YumSugar’s “Show us your cookbooks” online event was just the thing for me to ‘momentarily’ come out of hiding The book that I am holding up is Nava Atlas’ “Vegetarian Express : Easy, Tasty, and Healthy Menus in 28 Minutes(or Less!)“one of my... 

TriniGourmet’s Most Popular Post over the last 90 days is…

TriniGourmet's Most Popular Post over the last 90 days is...
1. Trinidad Aloo Pie (recipe) Is there a Trini who hasn’t chomped on an aloo pie? It seems that I’ve been eating them as long as I can remember. They were a staple in both my primary and secondary schools’ cafeterias (or as we call them ‘tuck shops’). They are also easily found in the bakeries and eateries in and around Port-of-Spain should I want a cheap and filling... 

TriniGourmet’s Top 3 Posts (as of July 2007)

TriniGourmet's Top 3 Posts (as of July 2007)
1. Trinidad Doubles Trinidad doubles is the ultimate local street food. Cheap. Hot. Hearty. Filling – recipe here 4. 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 3.Trinidad Saltfish Accra –... 

Kyocera’s Perfect Peeler?

Kyocera's Perfect Peeler?
I love seeing what kitchen gadgets are hot on the market. I freely confess that if I had the budget I would buy and try every single one of them! This month the Food Network featured a product called Kyocera Perfect Ceramic Peeler that really caught my eye. You see peeling vegetables is one of the most boring and annoying tasks that I have to do in the kitchen. Grating cheese and carrots is up there... 

The Nut Roaster

The Nut Roaster
Yet another find that I thought I’d share, it’s been getting some good reviews! The Back to Basics PCNR Nut Roaster gives you the ability to quickly and easily create a favorite snack in your own kitchen. Intended for glazing a variety of hard nuts, the stove-top Nut Roaster’s unique and durable design enables the glazed nuts to mix evenly by a simple turn of the top-mixing handle.... 

Top 3 Posts on TriniGourmet over the last 30 days (June 2007)

Top 3 Posts on TriniGourmet over the last 30 days (June 2007)
1. Gub Gub ‘Navy Bean’ Salad with Feta Cheese (recipe) Filling. Nutritious. Flavourful! – recipe here 2. Fudgy Chocolate Cake ‘Brownies’ (recipe) This recipe wins on every front. It calls for very simple basic ingredients (most of which should already be in your pantry), it takes no time to put together, cleanup is minimal and the taste is OUT OF THIS WORLD. Amazingly... 

REVIEW: Häagen Dazs – Ellerslie Plaza, Maraval

REVIEW: Häagen Dazs - Ellerslie Plaza, Maraval
I was first introduced to Häagen Dazs when I lived in the US so it was with great joy that I received the news several years ago that Häagen Dazs would be distributed locally via local supermarkets! Although the prices were astronomical, the quality of texture and flavour made it the perfect occasional indulgence for my palate. Then, in 2003, Hadco (the local distributor for Häagen Dazs) opened... 

REVIEW: The Good Home Cookbook

REVIEW: The Good Home Cookbook
Last November Richard J. Perry, the author of The Good Home Cookbook: More Than 1000 Classic American Recipescirculated a request to foodbloggers to review his new cookbook in exchange for a free copy. Being someone who loves cookbooks, as well as freebies, I merrily threw my hat into the ring. When my copy arrived I was beyond psyched! The Good Home Cookbook is a compilation of more than 1000 classic... 

S.Pellegrino’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants

S.Pellegrino's World's 50 Best Restaurants
Several months ago I was excited and surprised to be asked to join the Caribbean panel for The S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants survey. Of course I said yes! Two weeks ago my official thank you letter, and the issue of Restaurant magazine that presented the final top 100 candidates, arrived. Sadly (but not surprisingly) no Caribbean locations made the cut. There simply isn’t enough...