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Ten Do’s & Don’ts For Perfect Muffins

Ten Do's & Don'ts For Perfect Muffins
Carmen’s Carrot Muffins (recipe linked below) I’ve been making a lot of muffins lately. Largely in part because of my newfound obsession with making bento boxes for myself and J. They are a surprisingly exciting way to lower the cost of daily lunches while exercising portion control (all those with weight-loss/financial New Year resolutions). Muffins freeze extremely well and thaw effortlessly.... 

Storing Wine: Answers to your Frequently Asked Questions

Storing Wine: Answers to your Frequently Asked Questions
Over at SupermarketGuru.com you can find answers to frequently asked questions about storing wine. Questions include: • Should I be storing the wine I drink everyday in a special way or place? • Where should I store wine I don’t plan to drink immediately? • Where should I store wine after it is opened? • How long will an open bottle of wine keep? Thanks to their answers I have decided... 

Kicking Ice Cream Up A Notch – Trini Style!

Kicking Ice Cream Up A Notch - Trini Style!
Have you tried splashing Angostura bitters on your ice cream? Because Angostura has a light uplifting flavour with some citrusy undertones I find it works better with pale colored icecreams like vanilla and citrus-flavored icecreams like orange and lemon. This post was originally published November 23, 2006. It has been updated once since. Tweet  Read More →

Aromatic Angostura Coffee

Aromatic Angostura Coffee
Why not try a few dashes of Angostura bitters in your cup of coffee today? Amazon.com Widgets This post was originally published December 8, 2006. It has been updated once since then. Tweet  Read More →

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... 

Frustration: A Baking Haiku

Frustration: A Baking Haiku
My first attempt sits Trinidad Butter Loaf, sigh How do you make yours? Tweet  Read More →

Thinking About Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Thinking About Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
The first time I gave grilled cheese sandwiches serious thought as a culinary rallying force was when I initially came across Kalyn Denny’s South-Beach centered blog ‘Kalyn’s Kitchen’ some time in 2006. In it she posted a passionate response to columnist Pete Well’s article in Food & Wine “In the Belly of the Blog” where he stated that the major of food... 

Floating Island/Île Flottant

Floating Island/Île Flottant
It’s time again for another Tuesdays with Dorie, and I’m starting to feel rather warm and nostalgic now towards my ‘recent’ acquisition. Although the sheer volume of Baking: From My Home to Yoursis intimidating (over 400 pages!), the style of writing, and step by step directions make each recipe approachable and almost effortless. This time around the assignment at hand was... 

How To Grow Your Own Bean Sprouts!

How To Grow Your Own Bean Sprouts!
Sprouted Lentils with Black Olives, drizzled with a little olive oil, salt and pepper and black olives. Simple and perfect. Fresh sprouts. There is nothing like them. They are crunchier, sweeter, more vibrant in flavour than anything you can buy on a supermarket shelf. Up until last month I never wondered too much how bean sprouts came about and figured it was too complicated a process for a home... 

Zucchini Pasta with Marinara Sauce (recipe)

Zucchini Pasta with Marinara Sauce (recipe)
Today’s post was inspired by Kochtoph’s Food-O-Graphie event where food bloggers talk a little about the technical preferences that they have behind the photos that they share. As I sometimes get asked what camera I use for my shots I thought it may be helpful for some of you out there The pic above is of a raw zucchini pasta with marinara sauce that I made as a quick lunch this New Year’s... 

Setting the Fruit

Setting the Fruit
My fruit jar for this year’s December black cakes is slowly but steadily rising. Whenever I buy dried fruits I set aside half of what is leftover into the jar and top it up with rum or cherry brandy (depending on what I have on hand). The fruits are so macerated that they almost melt on my tongue upon contact. This is the first time that I am soaking my fruits this far in advance and I’m... 

I had never seen a Green Eggplant Before! Pt. 2

I had never seen a Green Eggplant Before! Pt. 2
Mom and I have been very surprised and pleased at all the curiousity and interest that y’all have shown at our market find! We are pleased to now show you the conclusion of the Saga of the Green Goddess, as Monday morning she met her fate! By the time I reached the kitchen the prep work had already began, however Mom had thoughtfully left some bits aside for me to take pictures of The interior... 

Trini Cooking Classes @ The Institute of Culinary Education (New York City)

It appears that from time to time the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City, USA has a recreational cooking course on the cuisine of Trinidad and Tobago! Titled “Aloo Pie, Pelau, and Accras: The Multi-Cultural Cuisine of Trinidad” it is taught by Ramin Ganeshram, author of the very excellent Sweet Hands: Island Cooking From Trinidad And Tobago. The Institute of Culinary Education... 

6 Weird Food Facts About Me!

6 Weird Food Facts About Me!
Ever since I started trolling food blogs I would notice writers responding to ‘being tagged’ and ‘tagging others’. It seemed so fun and cute, grade school and cliquey. As someone who was always picked last in P.E. (gym class) and was never much of a social butterfly, I would often sigh and think, “gee it sure must be fun to be ‘tagged'”. So you can imagine... 

Five Fingers a.k.a Carambola a.k.a Star Fruit

Five Fingers a.k.a Carambola a.k.a Star Fruit
Carambola is a fruit that was not very popular in my life until recent years, possibly a casualty of the flood of foreign fruit imports that became popular in the Nineties. Now however, with everyone tightening their belt, local produce is once again taking center stage in local supermarkets. As this is my first entry in Weekend Herb Blogging (hosted this time around by its founder Kalyn) I thought... 

How to Cook Guyanese Roti (video)

Found this clip on YouTube on how to make a basic roti skin (sada? paratha? join the discussion!). Thought I would share it with everyone I have never seen a Trini roti so small yet though! Any differences that you all have when making roti? Do share! ?Ǩ Eating In Guyana courtesy Chennete, explains that small rotis are the norm in that country Tweet  Read More →

Knife Sharpening 101 (video)

Knife Sharpening 101 (video)
A sharp knife is essential to the preparation of most any meal. Not only does a dull knife make cooking more arduous and stressful, it also increases your odds of getting cut! Fortunately one of my best friends, Lynn of RedSheepCrafts.com, has generously made some videos for TriniGourmet.com on how to correctly sharpen a knife! Isn’t technology amazing? She’s all the way in San Francisco,... 

No Veal on hand? Use Chicken!

No Veal on hand? Use Chicken!
Chicken is a meat that can be substituted easily for veal in dishes calling for this “baby” meat. You will be surprised how you won’t really tell the difference in your recipes and the substitute will also save on you pocketbook. Source: Chicken replaces veal in piccata dish, The Valley Independent Tweet  Read More →

Ten Secrets of Slow Cooker Success

Ten Secrets of Slow Cooker Success
I love my slow cooker! I can prep early in the day, clean up the kitchen and just go about my normal routine knowing that come evening I’ll have something hearty and HOT to fill myself (and my parents) with. However slow cooking is not as instinctive as I would have thought. There are quite a few little mistakes that I’ve made along the way and there are still some dishes I’m trying... 

The Ultimate Curry Chicken – Trinidad Style (video)

Few chicken recipes are as embedded into a Trinidadian’s culinary psyche as curry chicken. In the following video Chef DEX offers an entertaining and informative approach to his “Ultimate Curry Chicken” dish. Watch and become a pro as you follow his very spirited step-by-step guide to preparing this local specialty in your home! (Oh how I love YouTube!). I will be providing my own... 

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