TRINI FRUIT CAKE (NO ALCOHOL)

Fruit cake is one of the main desserts that is popular during the Christmas season in Trinidad. There are many different ways in which fruit cake can be made. Most times, alcohol is added and browning as well to create a black cake or black fruit cake. In this recipe however I’ll be using grape…

PASTELLE

End of year season in Trinidad is filled with menu MUST HAVES such as pastelles! This amazingly delicious item consists of corn flour and meat…and is usually wrapped in banana/fig leaf and then steamed or boiled. YIELD: 14 pastelles approx. INGREDIENTS: DOUGH: 2 cups Promasa yellow corn flour 1/4 lb (4oz) margarine or butter Pinch…

PAIME

Trinidad Holiday Season is known specifically for certain dishes such as sorrel, pastelle, pone, eggnog and more. Paime is also one of those Trini foods that is enjoyed around the end of year season. It’s a sweet item and is prepared with cornflour, grated coconut, raisins etc and wrapped in fig leaf. It can also…

CASSAVA PONE (CASSAVA/YUCA CAKE)

Pone is a classic Trinidad dessert that consists mainly of cassava. There’s also grated coconut and spices in it. It’s one of my favorites but it’s one of those food items that can vary immensely based on a person’s likes/dislikes and sweetness level. For example, some people love and must have pumpkin in it while…

BAKED CHICKEN AND VEG PIE WITH CHOW CHOW

Holiday season is the time to experiment and have some fun in the kitchen. Chow chow is a favorite in Trinidad during the holiday season and so are different types of pies so I thought I’d combine them. In this recipe, I’m simply including some chow chow in a baked chicken and veg pie for…

STUFFED BAKED POTATOES WITH CHOW CHOW

Holiday season = Chow Chow for most Trinidadians. Chow chow is similar to a relish and is mainly enjoyed with meats, homemade bread and pasteles. These potatoes are a great way to put extra chow chow to use! SERVINGS: 3-6 INGREDIENTS: 3 medium potatoes 1 1/2 tbsp chow chow 1 tbsp capers 1 tbsp olives,…

FESTIVE CHICKEN & SHRIMP LINGUINE

With the holiday season here, I thought I’d share this recipe with you. It includes chow chow which is a major part of the holiday season in Trinidad. It’s similar to that of relish and is normally eaten with meats, homemade bread and chicken/beef or on pastelles etc. You can check out the recipe for…

CHIMICHURRI SAUCE

Grab some fresh parsley and get ready to put together this amazing sauce that can be used in just about anything! This is my recipe for Chimichurri sauce! This oil based sauce is used both in cooking and also as a condiment.  INGREDIENTS: 1/2 cup finely chopped parsley 1/4 cup olive oil 1 tsp JGM…

FRIED CATFISH

Fried fish is one of my favorites especially with dhal and rice but it’s also a delightful snack/finger food that can be enjoyed at any event! This recipe uses CINNAMON powder from JGM Products, a manufacturer and distributor of seasonings/spices in Trinidad and Tobago, as one of the spices. Cinnamon in fried fish?? Yes….you will…

KARHEE/KURHI

Karhee/Kurhi is one of the main Divali dishes in Trinidad. It’s one that I certainly look forward. It’s basically split peas powder that has been boiled and cooked in curry and geera and has we what call ‘boulders’ in it. These boulders are made with split peas powder, water, seasoning that have been fried. INGREDIENTS:…