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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!  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... 

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  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  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 creamy... 

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...