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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... 

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... 

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,... 

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... 

Q&A #3: In Search of Kachourie

Q&A #3: In Search of Kachourie
This entry is part 3 of 13 in the series Q&A Reader’s Question: Hi! I happened upon your blog because I was looking for a Trini recipe. Maybe you can help me. I had a dish that had pureed yellow split peas, cilantro, sliced onions, a little garlic, and some jalapeno pepper. The puree was then rolled into rough balls and fried. It was amazing. Do you recognize the item or know a recipe? TriniGourmet’s... 

Q&A #2: What is the recipe for Rituals’ Double Chocolate Oreo Cheesecake?

Q&A #2: What is the recipe for Rituals' Double Chocolate Oreo Cheesecake?
This entry is part 2 of 13 in the series Q&A Reader’s Question: • Can i get the recipe for the Double chocolate oreo cheesecake from Rituals? TriniGourmet’s Answer: When I first posted this picture of a slice of Double Chocolate Oreo Cheesecake (actually from Vie de France) I never expected to get so many requests for its recipe. Unfortunately I don’t have one… but there are... 

Q&A #1: What is Green Seasoning?

Q&A #1: What is Green Seasoning?
This entry is part 1 of 13 in the series Q&A One of the unexepcted pleasures of running this site is getting a chance to hear and answer your questions. Some of you are Trinis who have lived abroad for some time. Some of you are foreigners who have come to love a certain special Trinbagonian and want to recreate their culinary memories. Others of you are foreigners who have visited our shores and...