Cocoa Tea

Cocoa Tea

Who doesn’t love a warm mug of “cocoa tea”? Especially on overcast or rainy days! Made by grating bars of compressed spice-infused cocoa and simmering with full-cream milk (plant mylks should be as full-bodied as possible) and sugar before straining, the final result is both 

8 Bright & Nutritious Salads From Our Archives!

8 Bright & Nutritious Salads From Our Archives!

Here are 8 of our most popular salads posted through the years. Fom fresh salsas to lightly steamed vegetables, you are sure to find something to enjoy! 1. East Indian Chickpea Salad In Trinidad cuisine chickpeas (channa) are routinely served curried or fried. Rarely do 

Chocolate & Banana “Nice Cream” [RECIPE]

Chocolate & Banana “Nice Cream” [RECIPE]

A delicious treat, this Chocolate & Banana “Nice Cream” uses only three vegan ingredients for its base. Add in all the mix-ins and toppings you want! When I made this on-stream last month, I polled my chat as to what mix-ins they wanted. I just 

Instant Pot Ice Cream Bread [RECIPE]

Instant Pot Ice Cream Bread [RECIPE]

We’ve made it to the end of the week! Let’s celebrate with some Instant Pot Ice Cream Bread! If you’re asking yourself “What on earth is Ice Cream Bread?” don’t worry! You’re not alone! I had never heard of this concoction before a month or 

Quick & Easy Flan [RECIPE]

Quick & Easy Flan [RECIPE]

  OK! Not being biased but I think that this “Quick & Easy Flan” is the best flan I’ve -ever- made! Okay, it’s also the -only- flan I’ve ever made but let’s not dwell on such little details! This recipe for “Quick & Easy Flan” 

Paneer Butter Masala (recipe) & Life Update!

Paneer Butter Masala (recipe) & Life Update!

Creamy and spicy Paneer Butter Masala is a fave Indian dish of mine and it’s even better when made with homemade paneer!

Punch de Creme (recipe)

Punch de Creme (recipe)

This entry is part 9 of 9 in the series Trini Christmas

Punch de Creme, is another of Trinidad’s traditional Christmas drinks. One thing that I really like about it (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 

Trinidad Black Cake (recipe)

Trinidad Black Cake (recipe)

This entry is part 2 of 9 in the series Trini Christmas

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 

In Trinidad, Christmas is Parang! (video & holiday recipe roundup)

In Trinidad, Christmas is Parang! (video & holiday recipe roundup)

This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series Trini Christmas

What is Parang? Well Parang is the soundtrack to Christmas here in Trinidad. More than that however Parang is also a culture, a way of life that sweeps through my island after the lights of Eid and Divali have been put away. The What is 

Sarina’s Vegetarian “Paramin Surprise” Sandwich”  (I’m on to the Semi-Finals!) (recipe)

Sarina’s Vegetarian “Paramin Surprise” Sandwich” (I’m on to the Semi-Finals!) (recipe)

“And the winner is…” My breath froze as I waited to hear the next words from Joel Villafana, host of the popular morning program “Cup of Joe”. When he said “Sarina Bland of TriniGourmet.com” I was just about ready to pass out! That day had 

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 

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 

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 🙂 

Cassava Porridge (recipe)

Cassava Porridge (recipe)

As long-time readers of Trinigourmet would know, I am something of a porridge junkie. My own particular affinity is for cornmeal porridge, however that doesn’t mean that there aren’t a wide array of others that are familiar to the Caribbean home. In recent months I 

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 

Salmon “Kalia” (recipe)

Salmon “Kalia” (recipe)

I have 3 large folders of cutouts y’all. You know the folder I’m talking about. The one where you have stashed all those pages you’ve torn out of magazines through the years. All the recipes you’ve clipped out of the newspaper. Yeah that one. I