The Best Of (May 2007)

Here is a compilation of my most popular posts so far this year, as broken down by category 🙂 Enjoy!


Trinidad Saltfish Accra – recipe
(#1 Appetizer, #1 Brunch, #1 Fish recipe)

In Trinidad accra is a puffy fried dough ball, made of a highly seasoned dough into which shredded saltfish has been mixed. I??????ve had it at weddings, gatherings, and of course bought it from street vendors.

You can view the recipe here.

Machel Montano

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Part 8 – Machel Montano
(#1 Article)

Machel Montano HD and his band Xtatik have been the premier soca band in the Caribbean for more than a decade and have established themselves as the leading draw at major events in New York City , Miami , Toronto , and London and throughout the Caribbean Diasporas. Machel is recognized as the leading performer in the soca music genre and is highly regarded as well as a songwriter, producer and band leader.

You can read this post here.

Trinidad Stewed Beef with Herbed Dumplings

Trinidad Stewed Beef with Herb Dumplings – recipe
(#1 Beef recipe, #1 Entrée, #1 Meat recipe, #1 Stew)

Trinidad Stewed Beef exemplifies the multicultural fusion nature of Trinidadian cooking. From the African influence of initially caramelizing meat, to the European addition of beer, to the presence of Asian soy sauce this dish has something for everyone!

You can view the recipe here.

Coquito Coquito (eggless) – recipe
(#1 Beverage)

What is Coquito you ask? Well it is basically Puerto Rico’s version of Trinidad’s Punch de Creme, the main difference is that they add coconut cream (thus the name)! IT’S SO YUM!

You can view the recipe here.

Trinidad Hops

Trinidad Hops Bread – recipe
(#1 Bread)

Hops is the most basic of breakfast breads/buns here in Trinidad. I have no idea how it got its name, maybe it has to do with the lengthy yeast development stage before flour is added? Its distinctive smell, taste and shape I think are some of the earliest memories of morning for many a Trini child.

You can view the recipe here.


Trinidad Doubles – recipe

(#1 Breakfast, #1 Multimedia post, #1 Pareve post, #1 Snack, #1 Vegetarian recipe)

Trinidad doubles is the ultimate local street food. It’s cheap. Usually hot/warm. Hearty. Filling.

You can view the recipe here.


Trinidad Macaroni Pie – recipe
(#1 Cheese recipe, #1 Dairy recipe, #1 Pasta recipe, #1 Side recipe)

This dish is a stereotypical part of the traditional Trinidadian Sunday lunch and is also offered in cubed form at BBQs and other casual outdoor functions.

You can view the recipe here.


Upside Down Chocolate Pudding – recipe
(#1 Chocolate recipe, #1 Dessert)

This is a great recipe for anyone entertaining on short notice (or on a budget), as well as for those who consider themselves “baking challenged”. The recipe was a cinch to put together and seems to be practically foolproof in nature with results that are so decadent and beautiful that no one has to be any the wiser 🙂 The pudding had a thin biscuit crust that covered a cake like fluffy layer that gradually got denser as it reached the thick creamy fudge like frosting on the bottom. YUM!

You can view the recipe here.


Naparima Girls’ High School Cookbook – order online
(#1 Cookbook, #1 Review post)

For almost twenty years the Naparima Girls’ High School Cookbook has been an integral part of Trinidadian homes, both locally and abroad.

You can read more about it here.

Sarina’s Caribbean Rice and Peas – recipe
(#1 Rice recipe)

The genesis of this recipe came about when Nandita at Saffron Trail asked me to come up with a dish that could theoretically represent the West Indies Cricket Team at this year’s Cricket World Cup, for an article she was developing.

You can see the recipe here.

Trinidad Corn Soup

Corn Soup with Cornmeal Dumplings
(#1 Soup recipe)

Corn soup is a street food favorite here in Trinidad, especially at carnival time when vendors ply large pots of it that they spoon into styrofoam cups outside of fetes and clubs. It’s also popular as a Saturday lunch.

You can view the recipe here.