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Watch Episode 7 of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”! (video)

Watch Episode 7 of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”! (video)
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and whether you are single or attached I love any reason to make a fuss over oneself. This week I’m preparing a romantic meal that is no-fuss, no-hassle, and definitely Caribbean in flavour! Joining us on-air will be my ‘long-time’ friend, Tobagonian-born pannist, Rony Perry. He’ll be playing us into Trinidad’s world-famous Carnival... 
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Watch Episode 6 of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”! (video)

Watch Episode 6 of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”! (video)
We’ve made it through the first month of 2013 and it’s time to celebrate! We’re going to indulge and we’re going to do it healthily. I’ve prepared a vegan menu that is both filling and luxurious. We’ll start off with a light salad and soup that is bursting with Eastern flavours and Caribbean staples and pairing it with some silky smooth paratha roti. It’s all part of the guilt-free prep... 

Trinidad Floats

Trinidad Floats
I never realised how many memories I had around floats until I forced myself to finally learn how to make them. These were a breakfast staple when I spent holidays by my aunt and were the only place where I really ate them. The moment I started frying that first batch in preparation for my ebook “Glam By Request: 30+ Easy Caribbean Recipes“, my mind flashed back to the same sounds... 

QUICK GINGER BEER Recipe at Epicurious.com

QUICK GINGER BEER Recipe at Epicurious.com
This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Trini ChristmasWell you know how Trinis like how to do everything las’ minute? If you don’t have enough time to try my mother’s ginger beer recipe, here is a Quick Ginger Beer recipe from Epicurious.com that needs only 24 hours fermentation. Best of luck! Click here to read: QUICK GINGER BEER Recipe at Epicurious.com Excerpt: This is the... 

Cassava Latkes (recipe & video) & Other Hanukkah Menu Ideas

Cassava Latkes (recipe & video) & Other Hanukkah Menu Ideas
Cassava latkes, an idea so simple, so obvious, and yet so left-field, that if it wasn’t for a chance comment from Ramin Ganeshram a year ago on Twitter, I may never have thought of whipping up a batch! I had been on a cassava kick, trying to see how many uses I could find for my favourite provision, besides the tried and true. I had made Vichysoisse Creole, and Cassava porridge, and then, as... 

Trinidad Paime (recipe)

Trinidad Paime (recipe)
As promised, here is a recipe for Paime (pron. PAY-me)! Paime is basically a sweet version of the savoury pastelle. I only recently discovered that Paime is also a traditional Xmas dish. Well that explains why it seemed I never could find it lol! No one in my family makes this traditionally, so I have only been offered/given it by acquaintances of myself or my family. It is definitely a favorite... 

Jamaican Sorrel Rum Punch (recipe & video)

Jamaican Sorrel Rum Punch (recipe & video)
This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Trini Christmas When I first made this in 2006 it was my first time using a pack of dried sorrel for a recipe. I was pleasantly surprised. If you allow it to steep overnight the results are pretty good. The below recipe is my adaptation of the Jamaican Sorrel Rum Punch Recipe at Epicurious.com. Because the pack of dried sorrel that I bought already has cloves... 

Punch de Creme (recipe)

Punch de Creme (recipe)
This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Trini ChristmasPunch de Creme, is another of Trinidad’s traditional Christmas drinks. One thing that I really like about punch de creme (as opposed to traditional eggnog) is the use of citrus flavors like lime and Angostura bitters (which has orange extract). This gives the ‘nog’ a fruity lightness that alleviates the sweet creaminess (which... 

Trinidad Pastelles (recipe) now with Delicious Vegan Option!

Trinidad Pastelles (recipe) now with Delicious Vegan Option!
This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Trini ChristmasOne of Trinidad’s seasonal delights, pastelles are a steamed cornmeal pie wrapped in banana leaves and filled with stewed meat, olives, and raisins. I’ve been told that they are very similar to Latin American tamales, and indeed Venezualan foodblogger Tomasnomas has a link to the exact same dish, referring to it on his blog as Tamal... 

Sorrel Drink (recipe & video)

Sorrel Drink (recipe & video)
Christmas in Trinidad is a diverse multicultural affair. Not just for the Christian population, but also through the secular participation of the nation at large through the enjoyment of our local christmas songs (called parang) and especially the creation and consumption of our traditional Christmas foods. No Christmas in Trinidad would be complete without some rum-soaked black cake cold thick Punch... 

Carmen’s Jamaican Ginger Beer (recipe)

Carmen's Jamaican Ginger Beer (recipe)
This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Trini Christmas mom’s ginger beer brewing in the sun The above scene and bottle feel as though they have always been with me, they occur with such comforting regularity. Ginger beer is something that is enjoyed by both Trinis and Jamaicans however in my experience many Trinis enjoy theirs much weaker than my mother makes hers. Many people can’t... 

Trinidad Black Cake (recipe)

Trinidad Black Cake (recipe)
Like sorrel, Black Cake in Trinidad is a Christmas institution. Made predominantly of alcohol drenched prunes, currants and raisins, variations abound (and I love taste testing when we make the visiting rounds). Still, the best black cake is always the recipe that one grew up with. In this case my black cake comes from my aunt, who also uses this recipe to make grooms’ cakes for weddings (in... 

Catch My Second Appearance on “Learning To Cook Caribbean With Larry Fournillier”! (video)

Catch My Second Appearance on
Well the days are counting down to the December 6th launch of my G+ series “Sweet Han': Caribbean Cooking With Sarina”! But before that happens, I made one more guest spot on Larry Fournillier‘s show “Learning To Cook Caribbean”. Conducted on Sunday, November 18, I whipped up a vegan Divali-inspired spread, dare I say feast? The Menu: • Buss-up-shot/Dhal puri rotis •... 
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Trinidad Butter Loaf

Trinidad Butter Loaf
Butter loaf has been a Trini staple for more generations than I can count. It certainly was already the de facto sandwich bread when my 80+ year old father was a boy. Stories of neighbours passing fresh loaves over fences to each other is something firmly in our past now, however the bread remains both as a fixture in local bakeries and in supermarkets as well. The quality of bakery versions varies,... 

Vegan Mashed Potatoes and Shiitake Mushroom Gravy (recipe)

Vegan Mashed Potatoes and Shiitake Mushroom Gravy (recipe)
Ever since watching the documentary FForks Over Knives last year I have actively been conscious of keeping my animal protein intake (both meat and dairy) to a minimum. It’s been quite a revelation for both my mother and myself in terms of the improvements that we have found in our overall well-being. As a result my enthusiasm for raw and vegan recipes (which have already been highlighted on... 

Jamaican ‘Tun Cornmeal’

Cornmeal based dishes are common fare in the Caribbean. Although their popularity is often challenged by rice and wheat-based compositions many are turning back to them for the added benefit that they are naturally gluten-free. ‘Tun Cornmeal’ is a rich polenta-like Jamaican recipe, which transforms into the similar themed ‘Coo-coo’ the further East one travels in the Caribbean. Traditionally,... 

Trinidad Corn Soup with Cornmeal Dumplings (recipe & video)

Trinidad Corn Soup with Cornmeal Dumplings (recipe & video)
Corn soup is a street food favorite here in Trinidad, especially at carnival time when vendors ply large pots of it that they spoon into styrofoam cups outside of fetes and clubs. It’s also popular as a Saturday lunch. Chopped pieces of corn on the cob are often included, however in the variation I prepared below I have left them out. Feel free to add them back in though if you want the added... 

Trinidad Macaroni Pie (recipe)

Trinidad Macaroni Pie (recipe)
Trinidad Macaroni Pie. I had often wondered if there is such a thing in a definitive sense, however I have gotten so many hits with that as a search term that I now have to believe that there is. Coupled with the fact that my Jamaican mother does not make this dish more than once a leap year (and when she does she does in a -very- different manner) and I have to believe that Trinidad Macaroni pie... 

Shavuot: Festival of Milk and Honey (menu)

Shavuot: Festival of Milk and Honey (menu)
Gnocchi Pomodoro (recipe linked below) Shavuot is an annual Jewish festival of dual significance. Agriculturally, it commemorates the time when the first fruits were harvested and brought to the Temple, historically, it also celebrates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. To mark Shavuot I always prepare a dairy-based menu that incorporates honey in some form or fashion. This year Shavuot is... 

Chocolate Sablés (recipe)

Chocolate Sablés (recipe)
These sablés are dangerous! No, it’s not because of their bittersweet chocolatey goodness. And no it’s not because of the chocolate chips strewn throughout that provide bursts of sweet creaminess. And no, it’s not even their brownie-like denseness that makes me issue this indictment. No, what makes these chocolate sablés so worth of a public warning is their miniature bite-sized... 

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