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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... 

French Onion Soup (recipe)

French Onion Soup (recipe)
I was unable to handle solid food the other night and instead of Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge, this time around I was in the mood for French Onion Soup. I usually make mine using a recipe from Cooking with Three Ingredients: Flavorful Food, Easy as 1, 2, 3, however since I am still going through my copy of the Good Home Cookbook I thought I would use the recipe in there this time around. As I’ve... 

BBM 2.0 – Jacques Pure Chocolate Hagelslag Granules

BBM 2.0 - Jacques Pure Chocolate Hagelslag Granules
This was the last item in my Blogging by Mail package. I bet you thought that box was bottomless! I thought these ‘Jacques Pure Chocolate Hagelslag Granules‘ were just ‘sprinkles’ but they’re not! They melt in your mouth! (All the sprinkles I have ever tasted were firm, these are soft). I was very confused (and slightly grossed out) by the cover image which promoted... 

Trinidad Pow (recipe)

Trinidad Pow (recipe)
Pow is something that is familiar and loved by most, if not all, Trinis. They are basically steamed buns filled with a savory filling (usually pork, but chicken and vegetarian variations also exist). I found them impossible to find when I lived in the US, but some of that may have to do with the fact that at the time I didn’t realize that over there they are called ‘bao’ or ‘baozi‘... 

Brother’s Bread (recipe)

Brother's Bread (recipe)
Well it’s been a while since I have posted a bread recipe. With rising bread prices here in Trinidad my mother and I have now committed to making our own bread on a full time basis rather than occasionally. Although my ciabatta bread recipe has been really popular don’t think that I don’t have a huge backlog of other recipes that I want to try. This one here (Brother’s Bread)... 

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... 

Steamed Cho-Cho (Christophene Pudding) (recipe/video)

Steamed Cho-Cho (Christophene Pudding) (recipe/video)
This recipe comes from the GraceFoods.com website and is my contribution this week to Weekend Herb Blogging (hosted this time around by What Did You Eat?) Tweet  Read More →

Eggplant-Potato ‘Surprise’ (recipe)

Eggplant-Potato 'Surprise' (recipe)
So what is the ‘surprise’? Probably the pack of heat that this recipe delivers I used a whole scotch bonnet this time but would probably reduce that to 1/2 the next time I make this. It was a hit with my mom tho Unfortunately my digital camera has officially passed away so I have had to use my cameraphone to take shots As I clear out my backlog of recipes you’ll see a mix of... 

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... 

Vegetable Curry In A Hurry (recipe)

Vegetable Curry In A Hurry (recipe)
This has to be one of my favorite recent recipes. Its twist (for me) comes from the addition of mango chutney near the end. This really gives it a sweet n savoury kick that is hard for others to put their finger on. Since this recipe I’ve taken to adding a spoonful of chutney into my curry dishes as a matter of course Because I used chive from our little herb garden (see below), I have also... 

Great Garlic Galette (recipe)

Great Garlic Galette (recipe)
At the time that I am writing this Passover is a little less than 24 hours away from ending*, and I’m starting to daydream about all sorts of leavened goodness. For those who don’t already know Passover is an 8 day period in the Jewish calender where observers remember and relive the Hebrew exodus from Egypt. Although most attention is spent on the seders (ceremonial dinners) that mark... 

BBM 2.0 – Thai Kick Hot Sauce

BBM 2.0 - Thai Kick Hot Sauce
This post was originally published on April 8, 2007. It has been updated once since then. I love hot sauce but I never had a hot sauce like this! Eva said that she picked it up on her latest trip to SE. Asia, which instantly made it doubly OOOOO to me From the minute I saw it’s cloudy brown colour I knew it had to have tamarind, and reading the list of ingredients showed I was right (from... 

BBM 2.0 – Tagliatelle with Mushrooms

BBM 2.0 - Tagliatelle with Mushrooms
In my Blogging by Mail package was a package of odd looking brown noodles. I wasn’t sure at first what they were. From the italian text I could figure out it was pasta, but with mushrooms? Was i reading it wrong? Turns out I wasn’t! This package comes from a pasta house called Morelli, you can visit their website here (it’s only in Italian at the moment though but really gorgeous... 

BBM 2.0 – Le Saunier Fleur de Sel de Camargue (French Sea Salt)

BBM 2.0 - Le Saunier Fleur de Sel de Camargue (French Sea Salt)
Sea Salt! I love Sea Salt! I started buying it a few years ago after TruValu stopped stocking kosher salt. I loved its coarse texture, intense flavour and of course, being the health hippy that I was raised to be, its trace mineral goodness. Normally I buy Celtic Sea Salt at HiLo -at an obscene price- but lately Cuisine (a local brand) has been producing a sea salt that is very affordable. I don’t... 

BBM 2.0 – Petits Calins de Pont-Aven: Dark chocolate wafers filled with Mint cream

BBM 2.0 - Petits Calins de Pont-Aven: Dark chocolate wafers filled with Mint cream
I’ve never been a big fan of ‘thin mints’. My only memories of them were in the boxes of US Girl Guide cookies that would appear from time to time in the dorms during college. I believe I’ve also had them locally but I don’t think they are very popular. I’ve never been a big fan of mint in candies, and always thought it felt clashed with the chocolate coating. So... 

BBM 2.0 – Bovetti Savory Artisan Chocolate

BBM 2.0 - Bovetti Savory Artisan Chocolate
Bovetti Artisan Chocolate! I had never known about this company (surprise surprise) so I went online and found Bovetti.com You know you are dealing with a French website when you click on “English” and the language is still French Fortunately some of my CXC (high school) French was still rolling around my head and I was able to navigate to some pages that were actually in English! Here... 

BBM 2.0 – Dolfin Dark Chocolate with Cinnamon from Ceylan

BBM 2.0 - Dolfin Dark Chocolate with Cinnamon from Ceylan
This chocolate bar was as divine to unwrap as it was to consume. It came in a plastic sealed package that reminded me of my father’s old school tobacco pouches I am a huge lover of dark chocolates, so I was in 7th heaven with this bar! What was most peculiar about this bar was that although the cinnamon smell was intense, you didn’t actually taste the cinnamon until the chocolate had... 

BBM 2.0 – Belle Vue Extra Appel-Kers

BBM 2.0 - Belle Vue Extra Appel-Kers
“There is a small can of Belgian cherry beer – another thing Belgium is famous for.” With that one line, Eva’s letter attempted to prepare me for a new taste experience. I had never had cherry beer and had no idea what to expect! The can was tall and narrow (like Red Bull) and the packaging looked more like a soft drink to me than ‘beer’. I’m not a fan of... 

BBM 2.0 – Chocolate Eggs

BBM 2.0 - Chocolate Eggs
These eggs were so rich and decadent and delish! Some were dark chocolate, some were white. All had what seemed to be a creamy hazelnut filling. I couldn’t tell the name of the brand, it seemed to start with R, but I was too busy peeling the wrappers off YUM!!!! UPDATE: Thanks to Eva for letting me know that the chocolates are Easter eggs from a company called Galler! Tweet  Read More →

Trinidad Callaloo (vegetarian)

Trinidad Callaloo (vegetarian)
Callaloo is a fond memory for many Trinidadians, myself included, however I did not know that many foreigners consider it to be our national dish! My mother told me that the first thing she often did for visiting friends (her first 10 years in Trinidad) was take them for some of this dish. She says that even though Jamaica has a dish called callaloo with basically the same ingredients the final result... 

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