Divali Menu

Divali Menu

Learn about Divali in Trinidad

Purim Menu (video)

Purim Menu 2011 • East Indian Chickpea Salad • Hummus • Pasta Puttanesca • Broccoli Gratin • Haman’s Ears/Orejas de Haman • Sarina’s Rum and Raisin Hamantsachen It always tickles me how close Purim and Carnival fall most years. I especially enjoy Purim because it’s 

Republic Day Menu

Republic Day Menu

Trinidad & Tobago celebrates its Republic Day on September 24th. This day is usually quieter and more understated in celebration than Independence Day, but equally looked forward to for it is a respite from the work week 🙂 Here is a menu suggestion for your 

Labour Day Menu & History

“June 19, Sir, is a day which, in the minds of the workers, marks a landmark in the history of the working class movement.” – Adrian Cola Rienzi June 19 is Labour Day in Trinidad and Tobago, a public holiday Labour Day marks the labour 

Xmas 2010 Holiday Tablescape

Xmas 2010 Holiday Tablescape

It’s December 22nd, and the sounds of parang are filling the air around the clock. The streets are jam-packed and people have that frenzied look that comes with too much shopping still to do, and not enough time. We don’t actively celebrate Christmas in my 

Hanukkah 2010 Tablescape Ideas

Hanukkah 2010 Tablescape Ideas

Ever since reaching out to readers on this site on a regular basis (both on Facebook and Twitter), I’ve found myself the welcome recipient of requests and suggestions on an ongoing basis. I am very grateful for these so keep ’em coming! Today’s post is 

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 

Hanukkah 2010 Menu Ideas

Hanukkah 2010 Menu Ideas

(Hanukkah celebration, San Fernando 2008) This year Hanukkah falls from sundown December 1 – December 8. Many people know this holiday as the Jewish ‘Festival Of Lights’ however it is also often mistakenly thought of as a Jewish equivalent of Christmas causing me to field 

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 

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 

Eid Menu 2010

Eid Menu 2010

Image courtesy Chennette Eid-Ul-Fitr will be observed in Trinidad & Tobago with a public holiday on September 10th (date subject to change). Like most religious holidays in Trinidad it is marked not just by strong community observance but also with warm interfaith participation. Because so 

Rosh Hashana Menu 2010

Rosh Hashana Menu 2010

Rosh Hashana Community Dinner 2007 This year the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana begins at sundown on September 8. Normally at Rosh Hashana I have a rather fixed menu, sneaking in one or two new dishes for variety. Last year however I decided to shake 

Shavuot: Festival of Milk and Honey (2010 menu)

Shavuot: Festival of Milk and Honey (2010 menu)

Gnocchi Pomodoro (recipe linked below) Shavuot is an annual Jewish festival of dual significance. Agriculturally, it commemorates the time when the first fruits were harvested and brought to the Temple, historically, it also celebrates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. To mark Shavuot 

Passover Menu 2010

Passover Menu 2010

Passover 2010 falls this year on the evening of March 29th. Even though it is some time aways I have already receiving requests for recipes, as well as for local seders. At the moment I am not sure if my health currently allows me to 

Tu B’Shevat (New Year For The Trees) Menu 2010

Tu B’Shevat (New Year For The Trees) Menu 2010

Chive Blossoms – our garden Tonight marks the start of Tu B’Shevat, one of my favourite holidays on the Jewish calendar. There’s something whimsical and life-affirming about having a New Year’s celebration for the environment and the seder (religious) service which accompanies it has a 

Sarina’s Rum and Raisin Hamantaschen (recipe)

Sarina’s Rum and Raisin Hamantaschen (recipe)

Mmm hamantaschen. In this part of the hemisphere, hamantaschen is probably the most recognizable symbol of Purim. These three-cornered pastries are usually stuffed with jams and sweet pastes of various flavours. My favourite base recipe comes from Joan Nathan’s Jewish Cooking in America,however my own