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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... 

Jamaican Cornmeal and Cheese Cakes (recipe)

Jamaican Cornmeal and Cheese Cakes (recipe)
Most of the recipes that I post here have been made on a Friday for Shabbat dinner, however there is a significant amount of recipes that are also made around 7p.m. when I get the ‘munchies’. This recipe for Jamaican cornmeal and cheese cakes is just one of those. My mother said she’s never heard of them but she also only likes cornmeal in porridge so I have no idea if this recipe... 

Sarina’s Chocolate Saturns & Ginger Trigs (recipes)

Sarina's Chocolate Saturns & Ginger Trigs (recipes)
Spaced out by the title of this post? You should be! I’ve been bit by the Sci-Fi bug just in time for this month’s Blog Party Inspired by The Happy Sorceress’ theme requirements, and some leftover ginger ‘hard candy’ that I had made on Friday, I put the following together… Chocolatey, creamy, with a sneaky rum assault, I named this cocktail after the ringed planet... 

Fried Plantain (recipe)

Fried Plantain (recipe)
Fried Plantain is a simple snack that appears to be common on tabletops across the Caribbean. I’ve grown up eating them my father’s way which is to wait for the plantain skins to turn almost black before panfrying them on high heat, until they are slightly charred on the outside. Then, when done, immediately sprinkle the slices with brown sugar. YUM! Tweet  Read More →

TGRWT #2 – Savoury Banana Fritters (recipe)

TGRWT #2 - Savoury Banana Fritters (recipe)
Although this is the first time that I am sharing an entry to They Go Really Well Together (TGRWT) this is actually not the first time that I’ve created a recipe for this ongoing ‘Molecular Gastronomy Project’. Unfortunately my first creation was so ghastly, so toxic, that I could barely swallow one bite and promptly attempted to discard it when my mother’s frugality exploded... 

Batter-Fried Zucchini (recipe)

Batter-Fried Zucchini (recipe)
Fried vegetables in a light, almost meringue-like, batter. Delicious! Although this recipe calls for squash or zucchini I used up veggies that I had on hand (cauliflower, potatoes, mushrooms and more!) The results were just as excellent. This is -the- perfect beer food Tweet  Read More →

Friendship Cookies (recipe)

Friendship Cookies (recipe)
There are three things that are always in stock in my mom’s pantry, onions, garlic and ginger. We use ginger in so many dishes it’s not funny! I suspect it’s a holdover from the Chinese part of her heritage Most recently I used ginger in a sweet, rather than savoury, recipe when I made my mom a batch of Friendship Cookies for Mother’s Day. As a result, I thought that this... 

Trini-Style Hamburgers (recipe)

Trini-Style Hamburgers (recipe)
I love burgers and I’ve made no attempt to hide my belief that Trini street burgers are extremely special So, when I saw that Writing At The Kitchen Table was having a burger challenge I knew I had to throw my hat into the ring and represent the ol’ Red, Black and White The only problem… I had never made a Trini street burger from scratch before! No problem, I have certainly eaten... 

Lag B’Omer – Picnics are Fun!

Lag B'Omer - Picnics are Fun!
One thing that many people (both Jewish and non-Jewish) don’t know is how many holidays and festivals there are in the Jewish calendar. Although the best known celebration is Hannukah (because of the proximity it shares at times to Christmas), Hannukah is actually a relatively minor holiday. For a full list of holidays in the Jewish calendar look here, some involve fasting but even more involve... 

Trinidad Aloo Pies (recipe)

Trinidad Aloo Pies (recipe)
Is there a Trini who hasn’t chomped on an aloo pie? It seems that I’ve been eating them as long as I can remember. They were a staple in both my primary and secondary schools’ cafeterias (or as we call them ‘tuck shops’). They are also easily found in the bakeries and eateries in and around Port-of-Spain should I want a cheap and filling lunch or breakfast. So what are... 

Scottish Oatcakes (recipe)

Scottish Oatcakes (recipe)
When I first read about Beck ‘n Posh’s British food challenge (titled Fish n Quips) I was immediately filled with curiousity, excitement and fear. You see, and I hope I don’t offend too many, most of my memories of eating in England are far from fond. Outside of fish n chips nothing really appealed to me or was anything that I wanted to taste a second time. Some of this may have... 

BBM 2.0 – Doitung Macadamia Nuts with Wasabi

BBM 2.0 - Doitung Macadamia Nuts with Wasabi
Although this is one of the last of the items in my Blogging by Mail package to be written up it actually was the first item to be opened. My mother is a nut addict and I had never tasted macadamia nuts before so it seemed like a no-brainer. Plus there was wasabi, and I haven’t had anything wasabi-related in years I really enjoyed these nuts because they reminded me of Brazil nuts (though lighter... 

Trinidad Doubles (recipe)

Trinidad Doubles (recipe)
As I’ve written in the past Trinidad doubles is the ultimate local street food. It’s cheap. Usually hot/warm. Hearty. Filling. The below video, from the bookmann, is for the old skool style of doubles with 2 bara that form a ‘chickpea sandwich’. These days doubles vendors more often will make one large bara that is then folded over to enclose the curried channa filling. You... 

Ole Year Offerings (2006): Coquito and Black Bean Hummus

Ole Year Offerings (2006): Coquito and Black Bean Hummus
Here it is, the last in my Ole Year Offerings series. And it is the ultimate in ‘last-minute’ entertaining. Neither of the dishes requires any cooking! That’s right, just combine and serve! It doesn’t get any easier than this In keeping with the ‘ ‘still secret’ Black & White Theme of January’s Blog Party I decided I would make 2 bottles of creamy... 

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