Pastelle Making (photo)

Pastelle Making

Caption:
President of the Santa Rosa Carib Community, Ricardo Bharath-Hernandez singes a banana leaf over a fireside, as he prepares to make pastelles at the Carib Community Centre in Arima yesterday. The community prepares dozens of pastelles annually for sale.
PHOTO BY AZLAN MOHAMMED

This image and caption appeared on the front page of the Newsday Newspaper (December 20, 2006). Sadly, the website of the Santa Rosa Carib Community no longer appears to be operational however there is still information to be gleaned from their Wikipedia entry. The Caribs are the descendants of Trinidad’s aboriginal peoples.

This post was originally published December 21, 2006. It has been updated once since then.

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  • http://mlaurels.blogspot.com Marsha

    I love pastelles but i always found for some reason people chinks on the meat. When I made pastelles I didnt chinks but i think I put too much hahahahah

  • http://mlaurels.blogspot.com Marsha

    I love pastelles but i always found for some reason people chinks on the meat. When I made pastelles I didnt chinks but i think I put too much hahahahah

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Heee like you making a burrito ? :D
    Long as the pastelle doesn’t have capers I’m cool with it :D
    My mom’s friend brought over a batch of fish pastelles ‘specially made pour moi :D I’ve never had fish ones before! Can’t wait :D

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Heee like you making a burrito ? :D
    Long as the pastelle doesn’t have capers I’m cool with it :D
    My mom’s friend brought over a batch of fish pastelles ‘specially made pour moi :D I’ve never had fish ones before! Can’t wait :D

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    We made pastelles today.

    It had capers in it.

    :-p

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    We made pastelles today.

    It had capers in it.

    :-p

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Lilandra – eeeew caperzzz …. :P why all yuh make pastelles so late? :D

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Lilandra – eeeew caperzzz …. :P why all yuh make pastelles so late? :D

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    what you mean so late?
    you mean instead of for christmas?
    well for christmas we were in guyana
    and we don’t celebrate christmas

    and we only cook when we have the energy! :-p

    it was ground up! you might not have noticed!

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    what you mean so late?
    you mean instead of for christmas?
    well for christmas we were in guyana
    and we don’t celebrate christmas

    and we only cook when we have the energy! :-p

    it was ground up! you might not have noticed!

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Lilandra – lolz :) but people belly full of pastelles alraedy :) i don’t celebrate xmas either but heheh i kinda figure Jan 1 is a code for wrap up lolziez :D where mine? :D ground up is ok :D my mom’s friend made me fish pastelles, never had those before. i like!

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Lilandra – lolz :) but people belly full of pastelles alraedy :) i don’t celebrate xmas either but heheh i kinda figure Jan 1 is a code for wrap up lolziez :D where mine? :D ground up is ok :D my mom’s friend made me fish pastelles, never had those before. i like!

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    well i figure food is for when you want it :-p
    if we ran out of lamb mom and i would’ve considered opening a can of tuna (the flavoured ones…u know lemon pepper, sun dried tomato, the hot one) and using it.

    but we didn’t
    i even bothered her with taking icky cameraphone pictures

    i hungry
    i should go eat

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    well i figure food is for when you want it :-p
    if we ran out of lamb mom and i would’ve considered opening a can of tuna (the flavoured ones…u know lemon pepper, sun dried tomato, the hot one) and using it.

    but we didn’t
    i even bothered her with taking icky cameraphone pictures

    i hungry
    i should go eat

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Lilandra – lamb pastelle? :) all yuh bussin’ style :)

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Lilandra – lamb pastelle? :) all yuh bussin’ style :)

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    well i doh eat beef
    and we had minced lamb
    so we use it!
    go see!

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    well i doh eat beef
    and we had minced lamb
    so we use it!
    go see!

  • Carlyle Joseph

    This is the second christmas that I made my own Pastelles. I gave some to a few of my friends who said they tasted great and are behind my wife and I to get into the catering business. We cook and make many Trini recipes. However, can anyone tell us where we can get a Pastelle Press here in New York? Your help would save me the tedious task of pressing the Pomasa between two iron Tarwas.
    Sincere Thanks. C.J.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      Hi Carlyle, I hope that someone will be able to answer this question for you… if not I’ll move it into a main post… have you tried searching for a tamale press…? you may have more luck searching under that term :)

  • Carlyle Joseph

    This is the second christmas that I made my own Pastelles. I gave some to a few of my friends who said they tasted great and are behind my wife and I to get into the catering business. We cook and make many Trini recipes. However, can anyone tell us where we can get a Pastelle Press here in New York? Your help would save me the tedious task of pressing the Pomasa between two iron Tarwas.
    Sincere Thanks. C.J.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      Hi Carlyle, I hope that someone will be able to answer this question for you… if not I’ll move it into a main post… have you tried searching for a tamale press…? you may have more luck searching under that term :)

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