Jamaican Sorrel Rum Punch (recipe)

Jamaican Sorrel Rum Punch (recipe)

This entry is part 4 of 9 in the series Trini Christmas

    When I first made this in 2006 it was my first time using a pack of dried sorrel for a recipe. I was pleasantly surprised. If you allow it to steep overnight the results are pretty damn good. The below recipe is my 

Sorrel Drink (recipe & video)

Sorrel Drink (recipe & video)

This entry is part 3 of 9 in the series Trini Christmas

Christmas in Trinidad is a diverse multicultural affair. Not just for the Christian population, but also through the secular participation of the nation at large through the enjoyment of our local christmas songs (called parang) and especially the creation and consumption of our traditional Christmas 

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 

Banana-Papaya Smoothie (recipe)

Banana-Papaya Smoothie (recipe)

Since 2009 I have actively incorporated more raw and vegan dishes into my regular diet and have found the benefits to be multifold. For one my body hasn’t succumbed to flus the way it regularly did in the past and I have found that many 

Sarina’s Trinidad-Style Garlic Sauce (recipe)

Sarina’s Trinidad-Style Garlic Sauce (recipe)

No local condiment series would be complete without a recipe for Trini Garlic Sauce. It’s just one of those local favourites that can be found everywhere from beachside stands , to popular ‘grill’ joints as well as streetside food vendors. Indeed many street vendors have 

Sarina’s Pigeon Peas and Rice (recipe)

Sarina’s Pigeon Peas and Rice (recipe)

This dish of pigeon peas and rice was the perfect accompaniment to the Crispy Lemon Chicken that I made earlier this year. The rice and peas are cooked together in a rich combination of fresh thyme and coconut milk with wedges of tomatoes and (if 

Sarina’s Coconut Rice With Lentils and Cashews (recipe)

This recipe is a staple side dish of mine that I’ve adapted and modified at length through the years. Both colorful and flavourful I think it creates a texturally interesting background for spicy curries and other East Indian flavoured entrees. Coconut Rice with Lentils and 

Green Olive Tapenade (recipe)

Tapenades are one of my entertaining ‘secret weapons’. Blend a few ingredients, add a drizzle of olive oil, some salt and pepper and people think you have been slaving for hours 😆 This one for Green Olive tapenade is one of my favourites. Because there 

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 

Oven-Crisped Potato Latkes (recipe)

Oven-Crisped Potato Latkes (recipe)

This latke recipe is adapted from one that I saw several years ago in EatingWell Magazine. It has become a perennial favourite and is one that will probably please latke purists/minimalists in the crowd. I particularly enjoy it with sour cream. Technique wise this latke 

Fried Okras (recipe)

Fried Okras (recipe)

Just a few words as I am writing this at 3:10 a.m.and am rapidly fading after a day of automechanical mishaps (ugh!) Ochroes are one of those ingredients that rapidly divide people into one of two camps, the love ’ems and leave ’ems. Well, I 

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 

Asian Crisp Fried Noodles and Chili Vegetables (recipe)

Asian Crisp Fried Noodles and Chili Vegetables (recipe)

It may seem odd to launch my Hanukkah menu series with an Asian noodle dish, but scratch the surface and you can see that it is not that far a stretch. Hanukkah after all commemorates a miracle of oil, and this is a fried dish. 

Easy Vegan Spicy Peanut Soup with Fresh Mung Bean Sprouts (recipe)

Easy Vegan Spicy Peanut Soup with Fresh Mung Bean Sprouts (recipe)

Made on a rainy night, this spicy vegan peanut soup was a cinch to throw together. The flavours of peanut and ginger combine to create a spicy, sweet and silky texture and the crisp, cool crunch of the bean sprouts prevents the overall flavour profile 

Carrot, Ginger and Cumin Salad (recipe)

Carrot, Ginger and Cumin Salad (recipe)

The following is my take on a very popular Middle Eastern salad. The parsley and lemon juice give the carrots much needed brightness, while the cumin deepens all the flavours, creating an exotic side that complements most dishes 🙂 In 2007 I submitted this recipe