Ramin Ganeshram’s Take on Holiday Christmas Cookies (article)

I love checking out the various culinary stories from around the world that show up both in my Trinigourmet Times and via iGoogle. They give me a glimpse into cultures and traditions from places I’ll probably never see, as well as spots right next door!

This week I stumbled across a story, published on NPR, from Ramin Ganeshram, author of the extremely popular Sweet Hands: Island Cooking from Trinidad and Tobago, that I thought you would enjoy 🙂 In it she talks about combining her Trini and Iranian heritages with the American tradition of holiday cookies.

Excerpt:” A marriage of flavors from my West Indian heritage and homey methods traditional to the country of my birth, my Caribbean Christmas cookies have become a holiday ritual in my home. Now that my 5-year-old daughter is old enough to help, we make our tropical-flavored delights together. In fact, I already have the recipe cards all written out for her to pass down to her own children.”

Check out the full interview: Kitchen Window — Christmas Cookies Win A Trip To The Caribbean : NPR.

Like Ramin, I have not grown up with any tradition of ‘holiday cookies’ outside of picking up a tin of Danish Butter Cookies (which is non-negotiable!) so her fusions, which include Caribbean Sugar Cookies, Tropical Jam Thumbprints and Cocoa Tea Cakes look and sound divine beyond belief. I definitely know I’ll be giving them a try in 2011! 🙂

Check out the full interview: Kitchen Window — Christmas Cookies Win A Trip To The Caribbean : NPR.
Visit her blog at CookingTheCaribbean.com