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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: via... 

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... 

20 Ways To Enjoy Ginger!

20 Ways To Enjoy Ginger!
. From 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.... 

Sarina’s Cranberry Almond Slaw (recipe)

Sarina's Cranberry Almond Slaw (recipe)
Salads in Trinidad are traditionally a disheartening affair that leaves you wondering why the cook/establishment even bothered. Two wilted lettuce leaves, a force-ripe watery slice of tomato, and some slivers of cucumber served either unadorned, or swimming in some vague mystery oil with specks of pepper flecked throughout. All that’s missing is a headstone for your plate. Most people down it... 

Grated Carrot and Raisin Salad (recipe)

Grated Carrot and Raisin Salad (recipe)
This salad is a nostalgic favourite of mine. It was the only form of vegetables that my Aunt provided on a regular basis when I (and many of her godchildren) would spend part of the school holidays by her. From young I enjoyed the contrast in textures between the smooth creamy mayonnaise, and crunchy carrots… and the occasional burst of sweetness that the raisins provided? Heaven! So imagine... 

Aaron McCargo Jr’s “Simply Done, Well Done” – Review, Salad Recipe & Giveaway!

Aaron McCargo Jr's
Last month I was excited to receive a review copy of Aaron McCargo Jr’s debut cookbook “Simply Done, Well Done”. I even took to Twitter to share my delight 🙂 I am not ashamed to state that I have been a fan of his ever since he competed in (and won) the 2008 run of “The Next Food Network Star”. I have also thoroughly enjoyed each episode of “Big... 

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... 

Ensalada Chuchu (recipe)

Ensalada Chuchu (recipe)
This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Summit Of The AmericasFamous in Brazil We call chuchu christophene Click here to learn more  Read More →

Ensalada Chilena (recipe)

Ensalada Chilena (recipe)
This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Summit Of The Americas Earlier this year when Trinidad hosted the Summit of the Americas, I came up with the idea to try to cook my way through the recipes of the attending nations. That never quite materialized in the timely manner that I had envisioned. This recipe was one of those. This simple tomato and onion salad is a customary accompaniment to meals in... 

Sarina’s Spinach-Ginger Salad (recipe)

Sarina's Spinach-Ginger Salad (recipe)
This quick and simple salad is perked up by the addition of slivered stem ginger. Stem ginger is an ingredient that doesn’t get as much love as I think it should. It’s usually found in the baking aisle, but at times I have seen it hiding rather uncomfortably in the aisles that house ‘international ingredients’ and/or random salad dressings. From the Good Food Channel: Preserved... 

East Indian Chickpea Salad (recipe)

East Indian Chickpea Salad (recipe)
This is a recipe whose origins have become lost to the sands of time (and disorganization), however it is fast, nutritious and never fails to please. It’s a regular part of my Purim menu because of the prominent role that chickpeas play in that festival. In Trinidad cuisine chickpeas are routinely served curried or fried. Rarely do they get to shine, relatively unadorned, as the main star. This... 

Carmen’s Julienned Green Beans and Carrots (recipe)

Carmen's Julienned Green Beans and Carrots (recipe)
The above is one of my favorite vegetable sides dishes and one that my mom can’t make enough, as far as I am concerned. Julienned slivers of green beans and carrots are sauteed in olive oil with cloves of garlic over medium heat until soft and sweet. Sometimes she leaves it on the heat too long and bits caramelized to the point of almost burnt, however this only makes it even more delicious... 

Gub Gub ‘Navy Bean’ Salad with Feta Cheese (recipe)

Gub Gub 'Navy Bean' Salad with Feta Cheese (recipe)
“A navy bean is bigger than it seems put it on and don’t ask what it means Parade around” – Tracy Bonham Am I the only one who remembers Tracy Bonham, that alt-singer/violinist from the late 1990’s? I loved her first CD and really think she should have gotten a lot further. The above quotation from her song ‘Navy Bean’ started my fascination with the idea... 

Sarina’s Spicy Caesar Salad (recipe)

Sarina's Spicy Caesar Salad (recipe)
My last entry to Hay Hay it’s Donna Day went off so well that I’m not exactly sure why it’s taken me so long to submit another concoction. Oh well, this entry remedies that in a healthy veggie way. This month the theme was Caesar Salad, something that I’ve heard a lot about, have even seen first hand, but never tried. Strange, considering that my own eating habits lean towards... 

Fresh Green Bean Salad (recipe)

Fresh Green Bean Salad (recipe)
This light salad is simple enough to assemble in minutes yet elegant enough to serve to company. The lemon juice really gives the beans much needed ‘sparkle’. Be sure to sprinkle liberally with sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper for even more flavour and flair 🙂  Read More →

A Taste of Spring – Broccoli with Orange Sauce (recipe)

A Taste of Spring - Broccoli with Orange Sauce (recipe)
We don’t have spring here in Trinidad but after 5 years in New England I have pretty sniffly memories of that time of year. And I don’t mean sniffly nostalgic, I mean sniffly achoo sniffly… aiaiiai allergies! Other than that it really was lovely to see the earth spring back to life, bringing with it lots of young vegetables and fresh flavours. This recipe seemed perfect for Meeta’s... 

Sarina’s ‘Bang Bang’ Salsa (recipe)

Sarina's 'Bang Bang' Salsa (recipe)
< ?php echo getad('verticalbanner'); ?> This recipe went together so quickly and easily. And boy did it pack a punch 🙂 A punch of yum that is! 🙂 I love how the coolness of the lettuce and tomatoes played off of the scotch bonnet’s heat. The combination reminded me of buljol (but without the saltfish). Feel free to use whatever lettuce you may have on hand. I used romaine this time around,... 

Thanksgiving Recipes – Island Style

Thanksgiving Recipes - Island Style
If I was to host a Tropical Thanksgiving, what would I serve? That question has been in my head with all the Thanksgiving promotions on the US television channels. So, for this post I thought that I would troll the ol blogosphere for Thanksgiving recipes with an ‘island twist’ that all can enjoy! It seems (from the telly) that everyone in the US celebrates Thanksgiving regardless of race,... 

Thai Chicken Salad (San Francisco Chronicle’s Top Recipe of 1986)

Thai Chicken Salad (San Francisco Chronicle's Top Recipe of 1986)
This attractive salad from Bruce Cost has a wonderful interplay of bright, balanced flavors. The recipe calls for 1/2 teaspoon Sa-te oil or Chinese chile oil, but you can add a little more, if you like. Cost wrote for the Food section of the San Francisco Chronicle from 1986-1996. He is the author of Asian Ingredients: A Guide to the Foodstuffs of China, Japan, Korea, Thailand and Vietnam, Ginger... 

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