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Mauby – an overview

Mauby - an overview
Mauby is one of my favorite Trini drinks. It is especially popular during this, the Carnival season. I grew up drinking it at my Aunt’s house where it seemed she always had a full pitcher waiting for the arrival of me and her 101+ godchildren. Cool and refreshing, sweet and yet bitter, it’s definitely an acquired taste. When I lived in the US the closest I could find to it was root beer... 

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... 

Sarina’s Caribbean Rice and Peas (recipe)

Sarina's Caribbean Rice and Peas (recipe)
The genesis of this recipe came about when Nandita at Saffron Trail asked me to come up with a dish that could theoretically represent the West Indies Cricket Team at this year’s Cricket World Cup, for an article she is developing. Caribbean cooking is so varied and nuanced that I struggled for a while to find a piece that really brought us together. The best I could come up with was Rice and... 

The Ultimate Stew Roundup

The Ultimate Stew Roundup
The Ultimate Stew Roundup is now available online. My submission was Trinidad Stew Beef with Herbed Dumplings Do check out the many other entries from around the world Unfortunately the roundup page does not display properly on my system. I have written the blog owner about it. Hope you have better luck than me Tweet  Read More →

Sarina’s Miniature Hot Pepper Soufflés (recipe)

Sarina's Miniature Hot Pepper Soufflés (recipe)
I have always been intimidated by soufflés. No, that’s not quite true. I had never thought of a soufflé� as something that should intimidate me, until I saw the horrors that Lucy Liu’s character had with them in one of the Charlies’ Angels movies. Ever since then, I had been intimidated by soufflés. As one of my resolutions for 2007 was to overcome my fear of dishes that deal... 

Sarina’s ‘Bang Bang’ Salsa (recipe)

Sarina's 'Bang Bang' Salsa (recipe)
< ?php echo getad('verticalbanner'); ?> This recipe went together so quickly and easily. And boy did it pack a punch A punch of yum that is! I love how the coolness of the lettuce and tomatoes played off of the scotch bonnet’s heat. The combination reminded me of buljol (but without the saltfish). Feel free to use whatever lettuce you may have on hand. I used romaine this time around, because... 

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... 

Trinidad Barfi (recipe)

Trinidad Barfi (recipe)
Barfi is one of those traditional Indo-Trinidadian sweets that one consumes when attending many a Hindu or Moslem celebration. I have seen it referred to (on websites) as an East Indian fudge or Indian cheesecake. Maybe these descriptions accurately capture the East Indian version, however they fall short of capturing the taste and feeling of Trinidadian barfi. Here in Trinidad, barfi has a distinctly... 

Trinidad Rum Punch (recipe)

Trinidad Rum Punch (recipe)
The strains are still somewhat faint, but once the tinsel of New Year’s has been brushed away the tempo of Trinidad life begins to quicken to the crescendo that is Carnival. From now until Carnival Tuesday I’ll be sharing the sights, sounds and TASTES of this annual celebration which some have called ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’. Unlike Fit4Mas or SaucyTrini I won’t be... 

Corn, Callaloo and Sorrell

Corn, Callaloo and Sorrell
A true inter-generational feast. My aunt’s sweet corn casserole, my mother’s callaloo, and my sorrel rum punch. All together on the same stage Tweet  Read More →

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... 

Curried Pumpkin and Rice (recipe)

Curried Pumpkin and Rice (recipe)
This dish came up as a whim on my part. I quite like it and think it makes an attractive side to a meat entree. It’s also great all by itself (as I sometimes have it) Because it’s vegetarian in nature I think it may also be a great addition to the menus of any of you who may be planning Tu B’Shevat seders. I’ll be featuring more vegetarian dishes in the run-up to this fun... 

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... 

Ole Year Offerings (2006): Moroccan Eggplant Salad

Ole Year Offerings (2006): Moroccan Eggplant Salad
Here in Trinidad the eggplant has way more names than I think any one vegetable should have. We call it eggplant, aubergine, melongene and baigan. My mother, being of Jamaican stock also calls it garden egg. Now why should this funny purple thing illicit so many references? I have no clue, but I do know that whatever name it goes by it is one of my favorite ingredients! This vegetarian eggplant... 

Ole Year Offerings (2006): Trinidad Goolab Jamoon and Sarina’s Passionate Mint Tea

Ole Year Offerings (2006): Trinidad Goolab Jamoon and Sarina's Passionate Mint Tea
So far I have only shared savory dishes for New Year’s so I thought it was time to mix it up with something sweet! Especially since the theme of this month’s Sugar High Friday was Sugar Art! Goolab jamoon is a sweet finger food that is commonly served at Indian weddings, pujas and other celebrations here in Trinidad. It is made from a creamy fragrant dough that is deep fried and then... 

Ole Year Offerings (2006): Roasted Garlic White Pizza with Garlic Sauce

Ole Year Offerings (2006): Roasted Garlic White Pizza with Garlic Sauce
Pizza is the ultimate crowd pleaser and this ‘up-scale’ vegetarian version is sure to be a hit with whatever crowd you have over for the New Year. I replaced the fontina with cheddar (much cheaper and also the traditional pizza cheese here in Trinidad :D), I don’t think it was any the worse for the wear. I also replaced white flour with wholewheat (in the sauce and in some of the... 

Ole Year Offerings (2006): Sarina’s Mint Tea Cocktail

Ole Year Offerings (2006): Sarina's Mint Tea Cocktail
Welcome to the first in my ‘Ole Year Offerings’ Series. In Trinidad ‘Ole Year’s’ is how we refer to New Years Eve. Much as it is around the world it is a time for gathering, celebration and anticipation. Hopefully the recipes that I’ll be sharing all this week will help you to organize an ‘Ole Year’s’ that is both entertaining and stress-free.... 

How To Create The Perfect Cheese Plate

How To Create The Perfect Cheese Plate
Trini blogger (and apparent Carnival addict) Fit4Mas recently posted a guide to creating a Cheese Plate. I love cheese plates and have never known how to go about putting one together! Were there dos? Were there don’ts? Well.. now I know! And now you will too! Continue reading: Creating The Perfect Cheese Plate Tweet  Read More →

Macaroni Pie, Callaloo and Ginger Beer

Macaroni Pie, Callaloo and Ginger Beer
Mom’s macaroni pie, callaloo and ginger beer Tweet  Read More →

Samosas

Samosas
As I had promised earlier, here are the samosas that I made as my Sephardic contribution to my local Hanukkah potluck Tweet  Read More →