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Sarina’s Pigeon Peas and Rice (recipe)

Sarina's Pigeon Peas and Rice (recipe)
This dish of pigeon peas and rice was the perfect accompaniment to the Crispy Lemon Chicken that I made earlier this year. The rice and peas are cooked together in a rich combination of fresh thyme and coconut milk with wedges of tomatoes and (if desired) a scotch bonnet pepper. The final result is quite similar to the scent and flavour of Jamaican peas and rice, a sentimental fave of mine, and should... 

Kicking Ice Cream Up A Notch – Trini Style!

Kicking Ice Cream Up A Notch - Trini Style!
Have you tried splashing Angostura bitters on your ice cream? Because Angostura has a light uplifting flavour with some citrusy undertones I find it works better with pale colored icecreams like vanilla and citrus-flavored icecreams like orange and lemon. This post was originally published November 23, 2006. It has been updated once since. Tweet  Read More →

Trinidad Kurma (recipe)

Trinidad Kurma (recipe)
Kurma is one of my favourite Trinidadian snacks. Fried mouthfuls of spiced dough in a sugary glaze, they can be found and purchased throughout the island at school ‘tuck shops’, pharmacies, supermarkets and corner shops. East Indian in origin they are also a staple treat at many Hindu and Moslem functions. Little did I realize however (until doing some research for this post) that the... 

Pesto Latkes (recipe)

Pesto Latkes (recipe)
How cute are these ‘latkes’? I have to put the quotation marks because they are neither fried, nor flat (oh the sacrilege!). But… they are so light, crisp and flavourful that I can’t get too worked up so do ignore my faux outrage Ignoring weighty fillers, this latke recipe (which like yesterday’s Oven-Crisped Latkes comes from EatingWell Magazine) is instead oven-baked,... 

Oven-Crisped Potato Latkes (recipe)

Oven-Crisped Potato Latkes (recipe)
This latke recipe is adapted from one that I saw several years ago in EatingWell Magazine. It has become a perennial favourite and is one that will probably please latke purists/minimalists in the crowd. I particularly enjoy it with sour cream. Technique wise this latke is started in the frying pan with a shallow fry and then is finished in the oven for a purported lighter, healthier result. The... 

Fried Okras (recipe)

Fried Okras (recipe)
Just a few words as I am writing this at 3:10 a.m.and am rapidly fading after a day of automechanical mishaps (ugh!) Ochroes are one of those ingredients that rapidly divide people into one of two camps, the love ‘ems and leave ‘ems. Well, I was hoping that this dish would be the one that could potentially convert its detractors but I suspect it won’t. However , if you are an ochro... 

Sarina’s Curried Potato ‘mini’ Latkes & Bubbly Guava-Ginger Ale

Sarina's Curried Potato 'mini' Latkes & Bubbly Guava-Ginger Ale
How have you been enjoying my Hanukkah 2010 series so far? At the moment I seem to be having a little trouble with my RSS feed so if you have not received the posts so far you can check out the recipe roundup to date here. I first whipped up these curried potato mini latkes two years ago for an installment of my blogger friend Stephanie’s now defunct Blog Party series. Latkes are probably... 

Asian Crisp Fried Noodles and Chili Vegetables (recipe)

Asian Crisp Fried Noodles and Chili Vegetables (recipe)
It may seem odd to launch my Hanukkah menu series with an Asian noodle dish, but scratch the surface and you can see that it is not that far a stretch. Hanukkah after all commemorates a miracle of oil, and this is a fried dish. Not only that, but Judaism has had a long and fascinating history in China spanning well over a thousand years! Did it mention it also tastes great? The most intensive part... 

Broiled Banana Cake (recipe)

Broiled Banana Cake (recipe)
Hey everyone, here’s yet another installment of my ongoing Caribbean Beachcomber 1969 series. This year has all been about rediscovering vintage Caribbean Cookbooks and recipes from eras past. I’ve only scratched the tip of the iceberg so far, and am so excited about what 2011 will bring both for my kitchen, and this blog! This Broiled Banana Cake is so simple and yet it looks as though... 

That Big Fat Banana Is A Plantain! (recipes) – Caribbean Beachcomber July/August 1969

That Big Fat Banana Is A Plantain! (recipes)  - Caribbean Beachcomber July/August 1969
So funny the things we take for granted sometimes. Growing up around plantains all my life it never occurred to me, until recently, that this fruit is almost completely unknown in many parts of the world! It was only through various conversations with people, primarily from Europe, and an episode of the recently concluded MasterChef US, that I realized that it was high time to shed a little light... 

Carrot, Ginger and Cumin Salad (recipe)

Carrot, Ginger and Cumin Salad (recipe)
The following is my take on a very popular Middle Eastern salad. The parsley and lemon juice give the carrots much needed brightness, while the cumin deepens all the flavours, creating an exotic side that complements most dishes In 2007 I submitted this recipe to Gluten Free By The Bay‘s “Cooking for Karina“, a food event that focused on cooking around her friend’s food... 

Tridoshic Dal (recipe & video)

Tridoshic Dal (recipe & video)
This Tridoshic dal comes from a cookbook that I’ve been using for years called The Ayurvedic Cookbook. I’m always interested in learning about the culinary traditions and philosophies of other cultures. Eastern cuisines in particular often fixates on the concept of warming and cooling foods. Maintaining a balance of the two within a meal, or strategically stimulating or calming ones... 

Arabian Vegetable Medley (recipe)

Arabian Vegetable Medley (recipe)
Don’t you just love vague ‘ethnic’ recipe titles? Coming from the American Turkey Federation I’m not sure exactly how ‘Arabian’ this recipe actually is, but despite that grey area all you really need to know is that it is very very good! Arabian Vegetable Medley SERVINGS: 16 SOURCE: National Turkey Federation INGREDIENTS: 2 Pounds eggplant, Cut in 1-1/2 cubes 2... 

Top 3 Vegetarian Recipes on TriniGourmet.com

Top 3 Vegetarian Recipes on TriniGourmet.com
1. Trinidad Doubles – recipe Trinidad doubles is the ultimate local street food. It’s cheap. Usually hot/warm. Hearty. Filling. You can view the recipe here. 2. Ciabatta Bread – recipe This recipe for Ciabatta Bread creates a very light loaf, soft and chewy on the inside with a thin crunchy rustic crust. I made it for my mom’s birthday and it was a huge hit. I hope... 

Carmen’s Carrot Muffins (recipe)

Carmen's Carrot Muffins (recipe)
This post was originally published August 10, 2007. It has been updated once since then. This recipe is one of many to be found in mom’s homemade scrapbooks. She’s been compiling them since the 1970′s and as a toddler I would occupy myself on the kitchen floor by flipping through them, amazed at the colours and scribbles contained within. Some of that must have rubbed off on me... 

Vegetarian Sukkot Menu 2010

Vegetarian Sukkot Menu 2010
Sunset in Maraval Wednesday evening marks the start of Sukkot. Traditionally harvest foods are eaten, as well as dishes that feature stuffed components. It is the theme of stuffed foods that really shaped my menu this year. Omelettes (my new obsession), and stuffed baked apples hopefully won’t disappoint In the past I have traditionally made cabbage rolls, but I felt like ‘shaking... 

Sarina’s Independence Day Coconut Sugar Cakes (recipe)

Sarina's Independence Day Coconut Sugar Cakes (recipe)
This post was originally published September 1, 2008. It has been updated once since then I call these my Independence Day Sugar Cakes because I have foregone the traditional colors of pink and white, for our national colours of red, white and black. Despite the name I dare say they’ll be great for Republic Day, any day of national celebration, heck, year-round! The results were so beautiful... 

Yom Kippur Break-The-Fast Menu 2010

Yom Kippur Break-The-Fast Menu 2010
In keeping with a ‘tradition’ that I began last year I am once again focusing on no-cook and ‘quick’ recipes for my ‘break-the-fast’ Yom Kippur menu. Cardamom Spiced Coffee Trinidad Saheena Open-Faced Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Sandwiches Crunchy Bran Muffins Not only does this approach relieve a lot of post-fasting stress and preparation on my part, it also... 

Vegan No-Bake Peanut Butter Fudge (recipe)

Vegan No-Bake Peanut Butter Fudge (recipe)
No-bake fudge? I had never heard of such a thing before and was skeptical that this recipe would actually work. But it did and the final result was very satisfying! The only thing I’m not sure of is whether the squares would stay firm at room temperature here in the tropics so I’ve kept them in the fridge. That way I don’t have anything to worry about. If you’re looking for... 

Vichysoisse Creole (recipe & video) – Caribbean Beachcomber July/August 1969

Vichysoisse Creole (recipe & video) - Caribbean Beachcomber July/August 1969
As promised, I am currently cooking my way through a 1969 Food issue of Caribbean Beachcomber. For much of this year I have been privately delving into older cookbooks, both West Indian in nature, as well as International. In many ways I have found that they have increased my love of cooking and my understanding of ingredients more than many contemporary publications. Many of the combinations and...