Trinidad Buljol (recipe)
Salted codfish, tomatoes and the hottest peppers known to man. Probably not the most scintillating combination on paper, but believe me one taste and you -will- be hooked! Buljol is without a doubt one of my favorite breakfast foods. I love the way that the saltiness of the dried shredded cod plays off the cool... 
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... 
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... 
Macaroni Pie, Callaloo and Ginger Beer
Mom’s macaroni pie, callaloo and ginger beer πŸ˜€  Read More →
Trinidad
Chicken with za’atar, shankleesh, basil, tomatoes and sumac oil on a bed of couscous. – Battimamzelle Restaurant (Trinidad) Photo taken by the lovely and generous Chennette πŸ˜‰ American Eagle Latitudes, (the inflight magazine of American Eagle) has a great article called Trinidad “Sweet Hand”... 
Blogging By Mail (Sweets from Trinidad) - Part 1
OOOO! My Blogging By Mail assignee received her package today πŸ™‚ I was worried that she would not get it before Xmas day so that’s a big smile on my face πŸ˜€ Typical! Even Trini packages have to wait til the last possible moment to arrive πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€  Read More →
Gifts for the Wine Geek On Your List
From the Northshore Outlook comes the following gift suggestions for that Wine Geek in your life πŸ™‚ Recommended suggestions include: The Danby 30 Bottle Wine Cooler Excerpt: One of the best wine gifts I ever received was a Danby Wine Fridge. It holds approximately 40 bottles. The temperature-controlled shelves... 
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A Las' Minute Lagniappe
This morning I woke up to some fabulous news! My post “Six Moments that Changed my Foodie Life in 2006” had actually won a prize! Congratulations Sarina, you are one of the winners of the ProBlogger Group Writing Project. You’ve won $100 cash or $500 in advertising credit from bloglinkr The sponsor... 
Six Moments That Changed My Foodie Life in 2006
My happy jar of homemade Ras-Al-Hanout Based on the Butterfly Effect Meme, and the ProBlogger Writing Project, I thought that it would be an interesting idea to share those Food Items/Events that changed my Foodie Life in 2006! Feel free to add to the discussion by sharing your own ‘foodie epiphanies’... 

Global Goodness (#1)

// Dec 21st, 2006
Global Goodness (#1)
Woodford Square – Trinidad As you can imagine I spend a good bit of time surfing the net for my ‘foodie fix’ πŸ™‚ I thought it would be a good idea to occasionally share some of my finds with y’all in a series I’ll call ‘Global Goodness’ πŸ˜€ Why wait until I get around... 
Discover Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad - Eating out
Blondie – Ruby Tuesdays (Trinidad) Photo taken by the lovely and generous Chennette πŸ˜‰ The tourist guide “Discover Trinidad and Tobago” has a guide to eating out in the North-West. Because of its geographic focus the only establishments mentioned are those in and around the capital (Port of... 
Found this clip on YouTube on how to make a basic roti skin (sada? paratha? join the discussion!). Thought I would share it with everyone πŸ™‚ I have never seen a Trini roti so small yet though! πŸ˜€ Any differences that you all have when making roti? Do share! πŸ™‚ ?’‚Η¨¬’ Eating In Guyana courtesy Chennete, explains... 

Samosas

// Dec 18th, 2006
Samosas
As I had promised earlier, here are the samosas that I made as my Sephardic contribution to my local Hanukkah potluck πŸ™‚  Read More →
Best of the Worst #1: Trinidadian Christmas Cake or Blackcake - Katy Carruthers
Oh you know it had to happen! The official launch of my “Best of the Worst” series is upon us. Think of this as a Consumer Reports of Island Cuisine if you will. It really bothers me that people seem to think that 3rd World Cuisine has any less stringent standards for the bestowing of a title on a dish.... 
deVine Saturdays @ MoreVino
Learnt about the following from Island Spice πŸ™‚ deVine Saturdays: Get in the spirit. Complimentary pastelles with every bottle of wine. Live Parang from Los Parranderos de UWI. @ MoreVino, Ariapita Avenue, Port of Spain (Trinidad) I have mixed feelings about MoreVino. I love the location and the ambience, however... 
Blog Party #17: Aloo Tiki (with Mango Chutney) & Sarina's Sparkling Ginger-Lime Shandy
Today’s Blog Party theme was Hollywood (Lights! Camera! Action!). So, inspired by the movie “A Passage to India” I decided to make a batch of Aloo Tiki. But I didn’t know what alcoholic beverage to serve them with. I had read that beer goes well with Indian food however I’m not a huge... 
Knife Sharpening 101 (video)
A sharp knife is essential to the preparation of most any meal. Not only does a dull knife make cooking more arduous and stressful, it also increases your odds of getting cut! Fortunately one of my best friends, Lynn of RedSheepCrafts.com, has generously made some videos for TriniGourmet.com on how to correctly sharpen... 
Trinidadian Cooking at Epicurious.com
As I’ve mentioned earlier in this blog, I’m a HUGE fan of Michael Lomonaco’s Epicurious over on the Travel Channel. Thanks to that show I became aware of the Epicurious.com website which is also the database of Gourmet and Bon Appetit magazines. I only have one issue of Gourmet magazine, that I bought... 
Trinidadian Holiday Bread Traditions?
Double chocolate oreo cheesecake (and yes those are marshmallows under the topping!) – Vie de France,Trinidad So perusing the old ‘interwebz’ I came across this press release from the Atlanta Bread Company. They were issuing their holiday bakery offerings and it made me think. Hmm I don’t... 
Sugar High Friday #25: Truffles
Can I just say how surprised I am that “ciabatta bread” and “trinidad black cake” are now both tied as the most popular search terms used to find this site? πŸ™‚ Maybe I should not be as surprised by the Black Cake searches (this being Xmas time and all) but the popularity of my Ciabatta post... 
Fodors Travel Wire | Epicurean Caribbean: 10 Restaurants Worth the Splurge
Profiteroles with vanilla icecream and chocolate sauce with almonds – Battimamzelle Restaurant (Trinidad) Photo taken by the lovely and generous Chennette πŸ˜‰ Fodor’s Travel Wire has come out with their list of Ten Best Caribbean restaurants, and sadness of sadness there isn’t a Trini name among... 
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Trinidad Hops Bread (recipe)
Oh sweet sweet blogosphere. Does my devotion have no end!? It’s the middle of the night and I have a sudden hankering for Hops! Now what is hops? I am sure for most of you you are thinking about some kind of grain and the beermaking process. No no no no no no. Hops is the most basic of breakfast breads/buns... 

Rumprint Cookies

// Dec 7th, 2006
Rumprint Cookies
I made these cookies for my mother’s birthday several weeks back. They are a first place winning recipe from the 1994 Chicago Tribune Annual Food Guide Holiday Cookie Contest. Made with really trashy rum they really packed a punch. Since there are not many ingredients I really recommend using a high quality... 
Quick Coconut Chicken Pelau (recipe)
Pelau is one of Trindad’s signature national dishes and I would argue its also our definitive one-pot meal. This is the meal that we make whenever we have informal gatherings (‘limes’) either at home, at a river or on the beach. It also feeds hungry revellers at Carnival time and provides a comfortable... 
The Sephardic Table - Pamela Grau Twena
The Sephardic Table: The Vibrant Cooking of the Mediterranean Jews So with all these Christmas recipes that I’ve been posting you probably think that Christmas is the main holiday that is coming up in my life. Nothing could be further from the truth, you see I don’t even celebrate Christmas, but since... 
An Evening At The Chef's Table - Woodlands Inn, South Carolina, USA
Does anyone else here like to watch Michael Lomonaco on the Travel Channel’s Epicurious? Oh he’s such a delight! I adore him! πŸ™‚ Well right now they’re showing old episodes with a very annoying female sidekick so I’ve stopped watching, but when it’s just him I definitely set aside time... 
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