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Vegetable Fried Rice (recipe & video)

Vegetable Fried Rice (recipe & video)
Fried rice. It’s something that I’ve grown up on as my mother usually makes it at least once a week. Sometimes as a side dish, other times as the main occasion. It is really interesting to me how versatile it is and how it never tastes the same from cook to cook. Even when my mother and I approach the same recipes the results are slightly different I have posted various Fried Rice recipes... 

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... 

Carmen’s Julienned Green Beans and Carrots (recipe)

Carmen's Julienned Green Beans and Carrots (recipe)
The above is one of my favorite vegetable sides dishes and one that my mom can’t make enough, as far as I am concerned. Julienned slivers of green beans and carrots are sauteed in olive oil with cloves of garlic over medium heat until soft and sweet. Sometimes she leaves it on the heat too long and bits caramelized to the point of almost burnt, however this only makes it even more delicious... 

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... 

Sarina’s Spicy Ochro/Okra Melee (recipe)

Sarina's Spicy Ochro/Okra Melee (recipe)
When I heard that this month’s theme of Meeta’s Monthly Mingle was “Earth Food” I smiled. You see, I have been interested in the preservation of the environment from a very young age. Where I got this passion for conservation I’m not quite sure, but I attribute some of it to Charlie. Who is Charlie you ask? Well he was a cartoon mascot in the early 1980’s for the... 

Banana Coconut Custard (recipe)

Banana Coconut Custard (recipe)
A light simple dessert for a breezy summer afternoon. The banana and coconut flavours play off each other nicely, and the custard is mildly sweet, extremely soft, and surprisingly refreshing. I tried the coconut but warm and cold and prefered it warm. As I was serving myself I left it unadorned, however if I was serving this at a dinner I would dress it up with some whipped cream, drizzled chocolate... 

Greek Frappé (recipe)

Greek Frappé (recipe)
I first learnt about Greek Frappés on a travel show. The picture that was painted of leisurely camaraderie, united by a cold iced coffee on a sunny day was one that triggered every romantic bone in my body Curious to learn more I consulted the web and discovered that this ‘tradition’ is a relatively new one with a rather amusing ‘birth’ From Wikipedia: Frappé dates back... 

Banana Bread (recipe)

Banana Bread (recipe)
So I’m down to the wire, poised like a racehorse at the starting gate, determined to meet the deadline of this month’s Bread Baking Day. So what if I waited til the last possible moment, it still counts right? This month the theme is ‘Bread with Fruit’. Well what could be more tropical, and more classic, than banana bread? So far to date I’ve had luck with the recipes... 

Get Your C Ginger-Lime Tea (recipe)

Get Your C Ginger-Lime Tea (recipe)
A rainy day. A warm cup of ginger-lime tea. Bliss. This recipe for Ginger-Lime tea comes from Everyday With Rachael Rayand is chock-full of goodness. Fresh lime/lemon juice provides a boost of vitamin C, and grated ginger brings powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents. The combination of citric sweetness and spicy heat is not just good for chilling out on an afternoon but the health benefits... 

Mango Cake (recipe)

Mango Cake (recipe)
This month’s theme of Sugar High Friday is “tropical paradise“. Well seeing as I live on the very tropical island of Trinidad this should be a cinch! Currently, mangoes are in season and we are buried under several bags of the good stuff (courtesy of friends and neighbours) so I have been trying to use them in as many ways as possible. So far I have made my Coco-Mango smoothie,... 

Sarina’s Caribbean Cooler (repost)

Sarina's Caribbean Cooler (repost)
As part of my summer drink series I thought I’d pull a quintessential West Indian cocktail, the Caribbean Cooler, straight from the TriniGourmet archives. This recipe originally came from my mother’s retro copy of Jamaican Cuisine (1964) and can be seen here. Feel free to replace the alcohol with soda water or a fruit juice of your choosing for a ‘virgin’ cooler  Read More →

Mom’s Curried Eggplant, Curried Pumpkin and Rice

Mom's Curried Eggplant, Curried Pumpkin and Rice
Just a photo of a random lunch mom made recently. She also made curried chicken but I wasn’t in the mood for any  Read More →

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... 

Army Of Chocolate Biscotti

Army Of Chocolate Biscotti
Like most food bloggers I have amassed a huge set of backlinks to recipes that I want to ‘try’ one day In fact, I would not be hurt if no one believes me anymore when I comment on their blog that I have bookmarked their recipe to try, as it appears that I never seem to get around to it. Well I have set a challenge to myself to become more proactive when it comes to actually putting these... 

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... 

Coco-Mango Smoothie (recipe)

Coco-Mango Smoothie (recipe)
I gotta tell ya. I’m feeling really left out of the foodie blogsphere right about now. It seems all everyone is talking about is summer salads, strawberries, blueberries, peaches light dinners and OMG it’s so hot they can’t eat ‘real food’ … and I’m sitting here in my tropical yard where it’s the same high temperatures the year round trying to figure... 

Strawberry-Coriander Cake with Coconut Glaze (recipe)

Strawberry-Coriander Cake with Coconut Glaze (recipe)
I can’t believe it’s already been a month since the last installment of They Go Really Well Together. This time around the challenge was to come up with a recipe that combined the elements of strawberry and coriander, and boy do I think this was the most successful pairing to date! I decided that I would try my hands at a strawberry jam cake, and blend the coriander in that way. Coriander... 

Herbed Square Bread (recipe)

Herbed Square Bread (recipe)
When I saw that Zorra at Kochtopf had decided to start a monthly bread challenge I knew I had to take part. I love to make bread and I don’t make as many varieties as I would like This would be an opportunity to really challenge myself and put to use some of the many tips and tricks I’ve been absorbing through osmosis via The Fresh Loaf For this first challenge Zorra wanted us to make... 

Sarina’s Vegetarian Potstickers (recipe)

Sarina's Vegetarian Potstickers (recipe)
It’s been several months since I’ve taken part in a “Waiter There’s Something in my…” challenge. So, it was with great excitement that I saw that this month’s theme was dumplings. Who doesn’t love dumplings?!? And I have tons of variations on the theme!… Then I read the rules more closely… oh my… the definition of dumpling was being... 

Cinnamon-Apple Streusel Muffins (recipe)

Cinnamon-Apple Streusel Muffins (recipe)
Hearty, dense, earthy, wholesome. These are the words that I traditionally associate with muffins, thanks to years of my mom’s bran-carrot-raisin concoctions. As good and nutritious as those are they are also the polar opposite of everything that this recipe was. Yet another slam-dunk from The Good Home Cookbook: More Than 1000 Classic American Recipes, these muffins were light, airy, and delicately...