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Spinach in Coconut Sauce (recipe & video)

Spinach in Coconut Sauce (recipe & video)
This recipe was prepared for Episode 12 of “Sweet Han': Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”. If you are familiar with the Caribbean dish of Callaloo you will no doubt have realized where my inspiration was derived. This quick side offers a hint of callaloo flavour in an accompaniment that works attractively alongside meat, fish and vegetarian entrées. Watch me make it below and then give... 

Petra’s Stewed Pigeon Peas (recipe & video)

Petra's Stewed Pigeon Peas (recipe & video)
For Episode 11 of “Sweet Han': Caribbean Cooking with Sarina” I was joined by Petra Laptiste, founder of Carifrique.com. She whipped up an amazing menu of Macaroni Pie, Callaloo and these Stewed Pigeon Peas. Everything looked so good I couldn’t wait to recreate her recipes. I soon did and was not disappointed. One thing that I love about having guest cooks on my web-series, is seeing... 

Bodi in Garlic Sauce (recipe & video)

Bodi in Garlic Sauce (recipe & video)
Green beans and garlic are a classic French combination that I re-interpreted, using the very Trinidadian staple of bodi, on Episode 10 of “Sweet Han': Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”. Also known as yard long beans, locally bodi is more traditionally curried or prepared in tomato-based sauce. This preparation however is one that is surprisingly delicate and really allows the true flavour... 

Cassava Latkes (recipe & video) & Other Hanukkah Menu Ideas

Cassava Latkes (recipe & video) & Other Hanukkah Menu Ideas
Cassava latkes, an idea so simple, so obvious, and yet so left-field, that if it wasn’t for a chance comment from Ramin Ganeshram a year ago on Twitter, I may never have thought of whipping up a batch! I had been on a cassava kick, trying to see how many uses I could find for my favourite provision, besides the tried and true. I had made Vichysoisse Creole, and Cassava porridge, and then, as... 

Vegan Mashed Potatoes and Shiitake Mushroom Gravy (recipe)

Vegan Mashed Potatoes and Shiitake Mushroom Gravy (recipe)
Ever since watching the documentary FForks Over Knives last year I have actively been conscious of keeping my animal protein intake (both meat and dairy) to a minimum. It’s been quite a revelation for both my mother and myself in terms of the improvements that we have found in our overall well-being. As a result my enthusiasm for raw and vegan recipes (which have already been highlighted on... 

Jamaican ‘Tun Cornmeal’

Cornmeal based dishes are common fare in the Caribbean. Although their popularity is often challenged by rice and wheat-based compositions many are turning back to them for the added benefit that they are naturally gluten-free. ‘Tun Cornmeal’ is a rich polenta-like Jamaican recipe, which transforms into the similar themed ‘Coo-coo’ the further East one travels in the Caribbean. Traditionally,... 

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... 

Sarina’s Coconut Rice With Lentils and Cashews (recipe)

Sarina's Coconut Rice With Lentils and Cashews (recipe)
This recipe is a staple side dish of mine that I’ve adapted and modified at length through the years. Both colorful and flavourful I think it creates a texturally interesting background for spicy curries and other East Indian flavoured entrees. Why not try it with Tridoshic Dal, Coconut Chicken Curry, or Vegetable Curry in a Hurry? Coconut Rice with Lentils and Cashews INGREDIENTS: 1/2 lb.... 

Plantain (or Moko) Baked In Orange Juice (recipe)

Plantain (or Moko) Baked In Orange Juice (recipe)
My mother first made this recipe in 2008 and it was a hit! Plantain is rarely showcased this formally on dinner tables and it really is a shame. In this case, lengths of ripe plantain are oven-baked with orange juice and zest. The result is creamy, with a slightly caramelized exterior. My personal suggestions with this recipe are to 1) make sure the plantain is adequately ripe i.e. that the skin... 

Sarina’s Ochro Rice Recipe & Thoughts On Umoja/Unity: As Mentioned on NPR

Sarina's Ochro Rice Recipe & Thoughts On Umoja/Unity: As Mentioned on NPR
Last month I was invited to participate in the blogging collective “Kwanzaa Culinarians“. Linking writers throughout the African diaspora it includes such heavyweights as Chef Bryant Terry, as well as known foodies like Sanura of “My Life Runs On Food“, Courtney of “Coco Cooks” and Chrystal & Amir of “The Duo Dishes“. Needless to say, I took it... 
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Stuffed Melongene (recipe)

Stuffed Melongene (recipe)
Whether you call it melongene, eggplant, aubergine or garden egg, you’re referring to one of my favorite ingredients. And when you are talking about Stuffed Melongene you are definitely referring to one of my favorite dishes. It’s such a favorite that my mother makes it for me every birthday. I look forward to it more than the cake! Creamy, buttery, chewy on the outside from the charred... 

Afghani Fried Brown Rice (recipe)

Afghani Fried Brown Rice (recipe)
This colorful and aromatic form of fried rice makes an exciting alternative to plain rice or Asian fried rices. The addition of ras-al-hanout makes it highly aromatic, and caramelized onion slices add just the right hint of sweetness. There’s nothing like having access to fresh home-grown ingredients. Case in point, our bayleaf tree (see left). Bayleaf is one of those flavours that I find hard... 

Oven-Crisped Potato Latkes (recipe)

Oven-Crisped Potato Latkes (recipe)
This latke recipe is adapted from one that I saw several years ago in EatingWell Magazine. It has become a perennial favourite and is one that will probably please latke purists/minimalists in the crowd. I particularly enjoy it with sour cream. Technique wise this latke is started in the frying pan with a shallow fry and then is finished in the oven for a purported lighter, healthier result. The... 

Fried Okras (recipe)

Fried Okras (recipe)
Just a few words as I am writing this at 3:10 a.m.and am rapidly fading after a day of automechanical mishaps (ugh!) Ochroes are one of those ingredients that rapidly divide people into one of two camps, the love ‘ems and leave ‘ems. Well, I was hoping that this dish would be the one that could potentially convert its detractors but I suspect it won’t. However , if you are an ochro... 

Asian Crisp Fried Noodles and Chili Vegetables (recipe)

Asian Crisp Fried Noodles and Chili Vegetables (recipe)
It may seem odd to launch my Hanukkah menu series with an Asian noodle dish, but scratch the surface and you can see that it is not that far a stretch. Hanukkah after all commemorates a miracle of oil, and this is a fried dish. Not only that, but Judaism has had a long and fascinating history in China spanning well over a thousand years! Did it mention it also tastes great? The most intensive part... 

Tridoshic Dal (recipe & video)

Tridoshic Dal (recipe & video)
This Tridoshic dal comes from a cookbook that I’ve been using for years called The Ayurvedic Cookbook. I’m always interested in learning about the culinary traditions and philosophies of other cultures. Eastern cuisines in particular often fixates on the concept of warming and cooling foods. Maintaining a balance of the two within a meal, or strategically stimulating or calming ones... 

Arabian Vegetable Medley (recipe)

Arabian Vegetable Medley (recipe)
Don’t you just love vague ‘ethnic’ recipe titles? Coming from the American Turkey Federation I’m not sure exactly how ‘Arabian’ this recipe actually is, but despite that grey area all you really need to know is that it is very very good! Arabian Vegetable Medley SERVINGS: 16 SOURCE: National Turkey Federation INGREDIENTS: 2 Pounds eggplant, Cut in 1-1/2 cubes 2... 

Kelewele (recipe)

Kelewele (recipe)
One of the things that I love about operating Trinigourmet is the wealth of knowledge and experiences that readers bring to the table. Whether it’s commenting on other’s questions left in posts, participating in the #caribbeancooks hashtag on Twitter, or contributing to my Facebook presence, I am always left inspired. Case in point. Recently I asked fans of the Trinigourmet Facebook page,... 

Meatless Cassava Oiled-Down (recipe)

Meatless Cassava Oiled-Down (recipe)
Oiled down (also more commonly referred to as ‘oildown’) is one of those truly transcendent West Indian delights. As I wrote, in one of this blog’s first entries: “Oil Down, is a colloquial Caribbean name for any dish of starchy vegetables cooked in coconut milk until all the milk is absorbed and the ingredients have turned into a creamy mush (or have ‘oiled down’). The... 

Fried Eggplant (recipe)

Fried Eggplant (recipe)
You know one of the unexpected discoveries of having a food blog is realizing how much our parents keep from us about -their- culinary pasts. Before I started TriniGourmet I thought it was reasonable to assume that the foods my parents made were accurate reflections of their respective heritages (Trinidad and Jamaica respectively), and as such included faves from their own childhoods. Not so. It has... 

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