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Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 9 – Ash Wednesday

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 9 - Ash Wednesday
This entry is part 9 of 9 in the series Trinidad and Tobago CarnivalAfter the frenzied crescendo of Carnival Tuesday all merriment and debauchery ends (or is supposed to end) with the ushering in of Ash Wednesday and the start of the Roman Catholic observance of Lent. My father tells me that ‘back in the day’ all sound stopped at midnight and no calypso would play on the radio with the... 

Trinidad & Tobago Carnival: Part 8 – Road March

Trinidad & Tobago Carnival: Part 8 - Road March
This entry is part 8 of 9 in the series Trinidad and Tobago CarnivalAs Carnival Tuesday draws to a close one song, and one song alone will be crowned as the “Road March” winner. To win “Road March” one’s song needs to be one the played most often over the two day Carnival period, at the various judging points throughout both islands. In many ways the “Road March”... 

5 Questions With Sunrise Bakery’s CEO Errol Drummond & Our January Giveaway!

5 Questions With Sunrise Bakery's CEO Errol Drummond & Our January Giveaway!
Last month, Sunrise Bakery a UK-based Caribbean food firm, celebrated their 45th birthday by launching an authentic Caribbean Rum Cake based on their original recipe. Founded in 1966 by Herman Drummond and William Lamont, to service the demands of the growing Caribbean community in Birmingham and the surrounding area, Sunrise Bakery has expanded significantly within recent years. Their full product... 

TriniGourmet Q&A #14 : What’s That White Stuff At The Bottom Of My Ginger Beer?

TriniGourmet Q&A #14 : What's That White Stuff At The Bottom Of My Ginger Beer?
Reader’s Question: I made ginger beer but there was a milky paste at the bottom of the jar. Whatcha know about that? Trinigourmet’s Answer: Great question! Although it looks a little ‘spooky’ that milky paste is perfectly natural and inevitable. It’s a mixture of the solids that have settled, and the fermentation that has occurred to create the ‘beer’. Similar... 

Indian Arrival Day Menu 2011

Indian Arrival Day Menu 2011
May 30th is Indian Arrival Day, a public holiday here in Trinidad and Tobago. Indian Arrival Day commemorates the arrival of the first East Indian labourers to our shores. From the National Library Website: Indian Arrival Day, celebrated on 30th May, commemorates the arrival of the first Indian Indentured labourers from India to Trinidad, in May 1845, on the ship Fatel Razack. The Fatel Razack brought... 

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 8 – Machel Montano

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 8 - Machel Montano
No Carnival writeup would be complete, especially this year without mention of the ever-popular yet ever-controversial Machel Montano. From an earlier incarnation of his MySpace page: Machel Montano began his career in 1982 at age seven. As early as 1984, he formed his band Panasonic Express now called XTATIK. Machels debut album TOO YOUNG TO SOCA, released in 1985, was an instant hit which earned... 

Trinigourmet Q&A #13 – Can You Help Me Find These “Chinese Cakes”?

Trinigourmet Q&A #13 - Can You Help Me Find These
This entry is part 13 of 13 in the series Q&A Dear Readers, Today is one of those days when I get to turn the tables and pose the questions to -you- You see, last month Alana, a fellow reader, asked me about “Chinese Cakes”. I’m looking for a recipe called chinese cake but it looks like a cookie and is very soft and melts in your mouth, can you please help? My mom loves those... 

Trinigourmet Q&A #12: Can frozen peppers be used to make pepper sauce?

Trinigourmet Q&A #12: Can frozen peppers be used to make pepper sauce?
This entry is part 8 of 13 in the series Q&A Reader’s Question: Have you ever used peppers (for Trinidad Pepper Sauce) that you had previously frozen? I have a bunch of peppers from last season that I steamed, ice bathed, and then shrink wrapped & froze. Looking for a good use for them. Plus, 2 1/2 pounds is a lot of peppers to gather when you only have one plant! Thanks! TriniGourmet’s... 

Trinigourmet Q&A #11 – How to get ‘the pocket’ in my fry bakes?

Trinigourmet Q&A #11 - How to get 'the pocket' in my fry bakes?
This entry is part 7 of 13 in the series Q&A Reader’s Question: Hey, I have been trying to get the "pocket" in my bakes since I began making them. I cannot figure out what I am doing wrong? I have tried your recipe (maybe they were too large), tried margarine, tried butter, tried yeast and still no pocket. What am I doing wrong? Could it be the size? TriniGourmet’s Answer: Hi... 

Trinigourmet Q&A #10: Can I Use Polenta in place of Cornmeal?

Trinigourmet Q&A #10: Can I Use Polenta in place of Cornmeal?
This entry is part 5 of 13 in the series Q&A Reader’s Question: Anyone used polenta (in Trinidad Corn Soup with Dumplings) instead of cornmeal? Former more common in Europe, but both made from corn. TriniGourmet’s Answer: Polenta grade cornmeal can be a good bit coarser. I would suggest grinding it more finely in a blender or food processor, but after that is done it can be used in... 

Remembering Taste T&T 2008 (video)

Remembering Taste T&T 2008 (video)
As I continue sorting through the 297 photos and videos that I took at this weekend’s wonderful Sauté Trinbago, I thought I would allow you the chance to glance through bits and pieces of Taste T&T 2008. For 3 years it was Trinidad’s premier culinary festival, before being unceremoniously pulled without announcement. Although Sauté Trinbago did not compete with it in scale, it definitely... 

Trinigourmet Q&A #9: Pholourhie Making Tips

Trinigourmet Q&A #9: Pholourhie Making Tips
This entry is part 5 of 13 in the series Q&A Reader’s Question: When I fry pholourie on my own it falls apart in the oil but when my students do it it comes out perfect! Help please! TriniGourmet’s Answer: Hi there! There are many different possibilities. The top ones that come to mind are your batter may not have sat long enough, be dense enough or the oil may not be hot enough. Send... 

Trinigourmet Q&A #8: Where to buy Ramin Ganeshram’s “Sweet Hands” in Trinidad?

Trinigourmet Q&A #8: Where to buy Ramin Ganeshram's
This entry is part 4 of 13 in the series Q&A Reader’s Question: I live in Trinidad and would like to purchase a copy of the book “Sweet Hands: Island Cooking from Trinidad and Tobago”. Can you tell me if this is possible and if it is where? Regards, TriniGourmet’s Answer: Ramin Ganeshram’s “Sweet Hands: Island Cooking from Trinidad and Tobago”has been... 

Trinigourmet Q&A #7: Where to buy wholewheat roti in Tampa, FL?

Trinigourmet Q&A #7: Where to buy wholewheat roti in Tampa, FL?
This entry is part 3 of 13 in the series Q&A Reader’s Question: Where can I find some whole wheat roti…thats my question! I’m in Tampa, Fl TriniGourmet’s Answer: Hi readers. I am handing this request over to you, please answer in the comments so that all your answers are archived for future reference. Thanks! Tweet  Read More →

TriniGourmet Q&A #6: Do you know of anyone in Brooklyn or the Bronx who frosts black cakes?

TriniGourmet Q&A #6:  Do you know of anyone in Brooklyn or the Bronx who frosts black cakes?
This entry is part 6 of 13 in the series Q&A Reader’s Question: I came across your recipe (for Trinidad Black Cake) just last month. I baked the cake and by a turn of events I gave one to a colleague who is getting married in June. Her fiance tasted it and is now hinting that he wants me to make his groom’s cake and a sheet cake to feed 250 guests. I have no problem baking the cakes,... 

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Pt. 9: Brian MacFarlane

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Pt. 9: Brian MacFarlane
Sitting here on a Carnival Tuesday night, watching Brian MacFarlane’s opening presentation for his band this year “Resurrection the Mas” By this time tomorrow we should all know if he has been able to achieve an unbelievable 4 consecutive “Band of the Year” titles. MacFarlane is currently my favourite band designer. I am not a fan of the generic beads and feathers style... 

TriniGourmet Q&A #5: Where to buy Doubles in NYC?

TriniGourmet Q&A #5: Where to buy Doubles in NYC?
This entry is part 5 of 13 in the series Q&A Reader’s Question: I used to work in St. James where there were at least half a dozen doubles stands in less than a quarter mile. I had 2 Every Morning. Now I’m in New York City– does anyone know where I can get my doubles fix? I’m too scared to make them myself, and I’m dying without them! TriniGourmet’s Answer: Although the recipe... 

TriniGourmet Q&A #4: Where to find Promasa and Punch de Creme in the UK?

TriniGourmet Q&A #4: Where to find Promasa and Punch de Creme in the UK?
This entry is part of 13 in the series Q&A Reader’s Question: II live in Sutton, Surrey, U.K. and I am having problems locating ‘Promasa’ yellow cornmeal. Can you advise me, if you know, of any market/delicatessen in the London area that I can purchase Promasa, for my Trini Christmas pastelles? I know it is the best because I used it in Florida when I lived there. Also poncha de creama/poncha... 

Taste of T&T 2008 – A Fabulous ‘Taste’ (article)

Taste of T&T 2008 - A Fabulous 'Taste' (article)
Hey everyone Taste TnT was a blast! I’m still going through and assembling all the pictures and videos that I took. Until then enjoy this 3rd party account The following appeared in the Trinidad Express and is being archived here for posterity in case the original link ever expires. A fabulous ‘Taste’ Thousands flock to food festival by Kristy Ramnarine Monday, May 26th 2008 HOT... 

Taste of T&T 2008 – We Does Eat Nice (article)

Taste of T&T 2008 - We Does Eat Nice (article)
The following appeared in the Sunday Express and is being archived here for posterity in case the original link ever expires. Interestingly it mentions a budgetary decrease for the entity that organizes the Taste… could this be part of the reason for the relative lack of promotion this year (along with a change in Tourism Ministers)? Hmmm…. We Does Eat Nice by BC Pires With the fourth...