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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... 

Born To Rum (video)

Born To Rum (video)
My Mint Tea Cocktail So… continuing on my previous thoughts on the culinary association of the Caribbean with rum I did some internet trolling. Among my finds (which are now merrily archived for later reference) was an article by Ramin Ganeshram (author of Sweet Hands: Island Cooking From Trinidad And Tobago) on Epicurious.com. Titled ‘Born to Rum‘ it is a look at the genesis... 

Commenter Spotlight #1

Commenter Spotlight #1
In an effort to continue sharing the culture and cuisine of Trinidad and Tobago beyond the limits of this digital confine I’m gonna be sending out little thank-you packages to my Top 5 Commenters to date. These people have made logging onto TriniGourmet a joy for me on a daily basis and I look forward to their (and your!) feedback more than they may realize I realize that for some a blog... 

Tins and Things

Tins and Things
As I had mentioned last year (oh it feels surreal to say that!) every year my Aunt brings over her famed Trinidad Black Cake in the same tins that she has kept them in since I can remember. That is one of the tins above. We have not opened it yet, as we eat all the other Black Cakes that have been brought over to us by friends before we deign to touch hers Once we do I’ll update this post... 

Wine Clubs in Trinidad and Tobago?

Wine Clubs in Trinidad and Tobago?
I am clueless about wine. Utterly clueless. In fact I only just realized that some is red and some is not…. (ok not -that- bad but believe me I’m pretty bad). Last year there seemed to be an explosion of niche wine stores and wine clubs here in Trinidad. I almost began to feel that maybe I could get the hang of this wine thing. Start saying things like ‘an insolent bouquet’... 

Poll Results: How Familiar Are You With Caribbean Cuisine?

The results are in! 164 votes were counted, and this is how they broke down! Which Alternative Pastelle Filling Should I Add To Trinigourmet? Fish Vegan View Results  Loading ... At first I was surprised but then I realized that the majority of people who found TriniGourmet (especially in the last month) were Trinidadians searching for traditional Trinidadian Christmas... 

The Naparima Girls’ High School Cookbook

The Naparima Girls' High School Cookbook
Wow how would one describe the Naparima Girls’ Cookbook? This book has become -the- defacto Trinidadian cookbookfor Trinis both locally and abroad. It’s given to brides and to students preparing to go overseas (that’s how I got mine). In fact it’s such an institution that it’s easy to forget that it only began in 1987! Conceived as a fundraising tool for the Naparima... 

Blogging By Mail (Sweets from Trinidad) – Part 1

Blogging By Mail (Sweets from Trinidad) - Part 1
OOOO! My Blogging By Mail assignee received her package today I was worried that she would not get it before Xmas day so that’s a big smile on my face Typical! Even Trini packages have to wait til the last possible moment to arrive Tweet  Read More →

A Las’ Minute Lagniappe

A Las' Minute Lagniappe
This morning I woke up to some fabulous news! My post “Six Moments that Changed my Foodie Life in 2006” had actually won a prize! Congratulations Sarina, you are one of the winners of the ProBlogger Group Writing Project. You’ve won $100 cash or $500 in advertising credit from bloglinkr The sponsor of this prize will be notified of your email address for you to arrange for it... 

Six Moments That Changed My Foodie Life in 2006

Six Moments That Changed My Foodie Life in 2006
My happy jar of homemade Ras-Al-Hanout Based on the Butterfly Effect Meme, and the ProBlogger Writing Project, I thought that it would be an interesting idea to share those Food Items/Events that changed my Foodie Life in 2006! Feel free to add to the discussion by sharing your own ‘foodie epiphanies’ Tweet  Read More →

Global Goodness (#1)

Global Goodness (#1)
Woodford Square – Trinidad As you can imagine I spend a good bit of time surfing the net for my ‘foodie fix’ I thought it would be a good idea to occasionally share some of my finds with y’all in a series I’ll call ‘Global Goodness’ Why wait until I get around to actually making (or buying) these things myself right? 1. Retrofood.com has a delicious... 

Best of the Worst #1: Trinidadian Christmas Cake or Blackcake – Katy Carruthers

Best of the Worst #1: Trinidadian Christmas Cake or Blackcake - Katy Carruthers
Oh you know it had to happen! The official launch of my “Best of the Worst” series is upon us. Think of this as a Consumer Reports of Island Cuisine if you will. It really bothers me that people seem to think that 3rd World Cuisine has any less stringent standards for the bestowing of a title on a dish. The weird things that I see on websites calling themselves pelau, black cake, jamaican... 

deVine Saturdays @ MoreVino

deVine Saturdays @ MoreVino
Learnt about the following from Island Spice deVine Saturdays: Get in the spirit. Complimentary pastelles with every bottle of wine. Live Parang from Los Parranderos de UWI. @ MoreVino, Ariapita Avenue, Port of Spain (Trinidad) I have mixed feelings about MoreVino. I love the location and the ambience, however the last time I was there the baba ganoush was ice cold and they brought the wrong drink... 

Trinidadian Cooking at Epicurious.com

Trinidadian Cooking at Epicurious.com
As I’ve mentioned earlier in this blog, I’m a HUGE fan of Michael Lomonaco’s Epicurious over on the Travel Channel. Thanks to that show I became aware of the Epicurious.com website which is also the database of Gourmet and Bon Appetit magazines. I only have one issue of Gourmet magazine, that I bought while at the Miami International Airport on my last visit to the US in 2004, but... 

Trinidadian Holiday Bread Traditions?

Trinidadian Holiday Bread Traditions?
Double chocolate oreo cheesecake (and yes those are marshmallows under the topping!) – Vie de France,Trinidad So perusing the old ‘interwebz’ I came across this press release from the Atlanta Bread Company. They were issuing their holiday bakery offerings and it made me think. Hmm I don’t think any of the bakeries around here offer anything different at Xmas time. But maybe... 

Sugar High Friday #25: Truffles

Sugar High Friday #25: Truffles
Can I just say how surprised I am that “ciabatta bread” and “trinidad black cake” are now both tied as the most popular search terms used to find this site? Maybe I should not be as surprised by the Black Cake searches (this being Xmas time and all) but the popularity of my Ciabatta post definitely caught me off guard I hope that it makes your home as happy as it made mine!... 

Fodors Travel Wire | Epicurean Caribbean: 10 Restaurants Worth the Splurge

Fodors Travel Wire | Epicurean Caribbean: 10 Restaurants Worth the Splurge
Profiteroles with vanilla icecream and chocolate sauce with almonds – Battimamzelle Restaurant (Trinidad) Photo taken by the lovely and generous Chennette Fodor’s Travel Wire has come out with their list of Ten Best Caribbean restaurants, and sadness of sadness there isn’t a Trini name among them! Now why is this? After the obligatory outburst of anger and eventual resignation... 

The Sephardic Table – Pamela Grau Twena

The Sephardic Table - Pamela Grau Twena
The Sephardic Table: The Vibrant Cooking of the Mediterranean Jews So with all these Christmas recipes that I’ve been posting you probably think that Christmas is the main holiday that is coming up in my life. Nothing could be further from the truth, you see I don’t even celebrate Christmas, but since the food is non-denominational like the rest of the country I consider it part of... 

An Evening At The Chef’s Table – Woodlands Inn, South Carolina, USA

An Evening At The Chef's Table - Woodlands Inn, South Carolina, USA
Does anyone else here like to watch Michael Lomonaco on the Travel Channel’s Epicurious? Oh he’s such a delight! I adore him! Well right now they’re showing old episodes with a very annoying female sidekick so I’ve stopped watching, but when it’s just him I definitely set aside time to see what’s up. About two months ago he showcased the historic Woodlands Inn... 

Trinidadian Food (through other culture’s eyes)

Trinidadian Food (through other culture's eyes)
It’s always fun and amusing to see yourself (and your culture) through another’s eyes. I have over this weekend had this opportunity, not one but, two times! Firstly I was mentioned by one of my favorite food bloggers Cooking With Amy! There are no words for how awesome I found that Secondly, my recipe for Trinidad Black Cake was mentioned in the Festive Food Fair roundup (along with... 

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