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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... 

Trinidad Paime (recipe)

Trinidad Paime (recipe)
As promised, here is a recipe for Paime (pron. PAY-me)! Paime is basically a sweet version of the savoury pastelle. I only recently discovered that Paime is also a traditional Xmas dish. Well that explains why it seemed I never could find it lol! No one in my family makes this traditionally, so I have only been offered/given it by acquaintances of myself or my family. It is definitely a favorite... 

Trinidad Saltfish Accra (recipe)

Trinidad Saltfish Accra (recipe)
I see plenty of recipes for accra in West Indian Cookbooks but often they bear little resemblance to Trinidad Accra. My Jamaican mother tells me that what she knows as accra is a saltfish fritter, flat, fried brown. Here in Trinidad however accra is a puffy fried dough ball, made of a highly seasoned dough into which shredded saltfish has been mixed. I’ve had it at weddings, gatherings, and... 

Dasheen Balls (recipe)

Dasheen Balls (recipe)
I have a confession to make. I have grown up utterly hating ‘provisions’. You know what I’m talking about. Yams, eddoes, dasheen… I always had a fondness for cassava so that was granted a pardon, but the others? I wanted nothing to do with them. The antipathy began from childhood and stretched without interruption into my adult years. Memories of fist sized cubes of starch... 

Your Wedding, Your Way Pt. 4: Sandwiches That Are Sure To Please! (recipes)

Your Wedding, Your Way Pt. 4: Sandwiches That Are Sure To Please! (recipes)
This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Your Wedding, Your Way Sandwiches and soup go together so well that I had to mention them in this series. If you are having an evening wedding, sandwiches can form part of your appetizer course (cut as quarters). However, for a breakfast or lunch reception they can share the stage with your soup course, forming a light entrée all on their own (cut as halves).... 

Sarina’s French Toast Tuna Sandwiches (recipe)

Sarina's French Toast Tuna Sandwiches (recipe)
It often happens that culinary inspiration hits me late at night. Although this is great for my confidence, it’s not so great for my waistline The other night, as I was relaxing to a new episode of Jersey Shore (don’t judge me!) I started to get a craving for fried goodness. Maybe it was the boardwalk scenes, maybe it was the platters of home fries, but before I knew it I started to... 

Trinidad Kurma (recipe)

Trinidad Kurma (recipe)
Kurma is one of my favourite Trinidadian snacks. Fried mouthfuls of spiced dough in a sugary glaze, they can be found and purchased throughout the island at school ‘tuck shops’, pharmacies, supermarkets and corner shops. East Indian in origin they are also a staple treat at many Hindu and Moslem functions. Little did I realize however (until doing some research for this post) that 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... 

Carmen’s Carrot Muffins (recipe)

Carmen's Carrot Muffins (recipe)
This post was originally published August 10, 2007. It has been updated once since then. This recipe is one of many to be found in mom’s homemade scrapbooks. She’s been compiling them since the 1970′s and as a toddler I would occupy myself on the kitchen floor by flipping through them, amazed at the colours and scribbles contained within. Some of that must have rubbed off on me... 

Vegan No-Bake Peanut Butter Fudge (recipe)

Vegan No-Bake Peanut Butter Fudge (recipe)
No-bake fudge? I had never heard of such a thing before and was skeptical that this recipe would actually work. But it did and the final result was very satisfying! The only thing I’m not sure of is whether the squares would stay firm at room temperature here in the tropics so I’ve kept them in the fridge. That way I don’t have anything to worry about. If you’re looking for... 

Trinidad Pholourie (recipe) – Saveur Magazine “Best Of The Web”!

Trinidad Pholourie (recipe) - Saveur Magazine
July 5, 2010: Sometime between when this post was originally written in 2007 and now it appears Saveur Magazine selected this recipe as one of its ‘Best Of The Web‘, and Trinigourmet.com as one of its ‘Sites We Love’. I can’t explain how much this means to me as it has always been my hope and aim to disseminate Trinidadian cuisine to the wider world. It really makes the... 
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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... 

Hummus (recipe)

Hummus (recipe)
Hummus is a never-fail crowd pleaser and so deceptively easy to prepare! I love to offer hummus as a starter at Purim because chickpeas figure so prominently in the Purim story. This recipe comes from one of my favourite cookbooks The Sephardic Table: The Vibrant Cooking of the Mediterranean Jews (you can read my review here). Although I have tried many hummus recipes and am not opposed the occasional... 

Curried Potato Chips (recipe)

Curried Potato Chips (recipe)
Blog Party #43 is here! The theme this month is “Spice It Up”. According to the event’s host Stephanie of Dispensing Happiness: The chill of February has definitely gotten to me. I’m cold. I’m tired of being cold. I want warmth…but it looks like the only place I can find that is in the kitchen! Well there are definitely no chills here in Trinidad, unless you count... 

Pumpkin Pone (recipe)

Pumpkin Pone (recipe)
First of all, thanks so much for all the kind comments and messages from those of you who took a moment to send my mom your support as she adjusts to her new gluten-free life. We were all quite surprised and happy Thanks also to Johanna who let me know that many brands of cornflakes contain malt extract, a no-no for those with celiac disease. I had no idea about this, and as always knowledge is... 

Falafel (recipe)

Falafel (recipe)
Falafel is an item that depending on your part of the world is either par for the course, or an unheard of oddity. Growing up here in Trinidad falafels were not part of my culinary experience, however in the last few years, Syrian-Lebanese eateries have become more and more popular and Middle Eastern fare has become well-loved outside of their original ethnic communities. The falafels that I’ve... 

Sarina’s Vegetarian “Krabby Patty” Burgers (recipe)

Sarina's Vegetarian
I normally don’t enter one of my recipes to multiple events but I’m in a bit of a time crunch and I really wanted to take part in Food In Film, as well as “Waiter There’s Something in my… Meatless Barbecue”. Having been a Film Major in college my eyes really lit up when I learned about the Food in Film event, there were so many great films I could choose from,... 

Spiced Orange Mold (recipe)

Spiced Orange Mold (recipe)
Wow, this has really been a year of confronting, and overcoming, my culinary fears! Who knew I had so many? So far this year I have created soufflés, tackled British food, baked several successful cakes, and combined peanuts with chicken. You’d think at this point I could rest on my laurels and smile over a job well done. But no sirree… not when I saw that this month’s Retro Recipe... 

Coconut Rock Buns (recipe)

Coconut Rock Buns (recipe)
Coconut rock buns are a nostalgic treat for me. I vividly remember saving up my allowance, as a child ,to buy them from the lady who sold baked goods out of the back of her station wagon every Wednesday afternoon at my prep school. Now and then I would stray from my old standby and purchase a sugar bun or currant roll, but invariably I always returned to my faithful friend, the coconut rock bun. I... 

Scallion Pancakes and Sarina’s Sparkling Green Tea (recipe)

Scallion Pancakes and Sarina's Sparkling Green Tea (recipe)
Several months ago, Canadian food blogger kslobodian (who was also the subject of my second Nyam interview) posted a recipe for Green Onion pancakes. Green onion pancakes (or scallion pancakes as I know them) were something that I was introduced to during my college years in Massachusetts. They quickly became a staple of each visit that I (and my good friend Shyama) would make to our town’s...