POTATO OIL DOWN

Oil down is a popular dish across in the Caribbean and is usually made with breadfruit and salted meat cooked in coconut milk. Dasheen bush leaves are also used in this dish. I unfortunately don’t have any breadfruit, dasheen bush or salted meat on hand so I making use of what i have available in…

HOMEMADE FLATBREAD FOR WRAPS/GYROS WITH CHICKEN & TZATZIKI SAUCE

This flatbread recipe is super easy to follow if you are out of wraps and would like to make gyros or chicken wraps. INGREDIENTS: 3 cups all purpose flour 3 tsp yeast 1 1/4 tsp salt 2/3 cup warm water 1/2 cup warm evaporated milk 1 tbsp brown sugar 2 tbsp olive oil DIRECTIONS: Combine…

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,…

CHICKEN FRIED RICE

If you have extra boiled rice on hand, this is the perfect recipe for you! Transform plain cooked rice into a delicious chicken fried rice. YIELD: 4 PREP/COOK TIME: 15 minutes INGREDIENTS: 4 cups cooked rice 2 chicken breasts cup into small pieces 1 cup peas and carrots 1 tsp grated ginger 4 cloves garlic,…

SHEPHERD’S PIE

Shepherd’s pie is an amazing comfort dish that consists of layers of minced meat and potatoes. In this recipe I’m going to use minced chicken but you can use minced beef if you like. YIELD: 8×8 dish INGREDIENTS: For potato layer: 2 lbs potatoes (approx 7 small/medium potatoes) 1 large egg 2 tbsp margarine or…

GREEN FIG (GREEN BANANA) PIE

Most Trinis and Caribbean people love pies. Examples of some include macaroni pie and corn pie. In today’s blogpost, we’re going to make a delightful green fig (green banana) pie, an easy and delicious dish to put together. Just to be clear, we refer to bananas as figs. I know many of you may know…

BHAGI RICE WITH CHICKEN

Bhagi Rice is a classic one pot dish that is packed with flavor! The main ingredients include coconut milk and dasheen bush or taro leaves. YIELD: 5 – 6 persons INGREDIENTS: 8 dasheen bush leaves and stems, chopped 1 cup parboiled rice 1 cup coconut milk 1 large onion, chopped 1/4 cup pumpkin, chopped 4…

BEEF PELAU

Pelau is a classic Trini dish. It’s basically a one pot cook that involves ‘stewing’ a meat then adding rice, coconut milk and vegetables. INGREDIENTS: For Beef: 1 lb beef, cut into small pieces 2 pimentos(flavour peppers), chopped Hot pepper (as you like) 1 tomato, chopped 2 tsp ginger, grated 1 small onion, sliced 2…

COLESLAW

Coleslaw is a side dish that complements many dishes. In Trinidad, we enjoy it with pelau, callaloo and other main foods. As with most dishes, there are different variations. Here’s my version. INGREDIENTS: 3 cups cabbage, grated 1/2 cup carrots, grated 1/2 tbsp brown sugar 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1 tsp Apple cider vinegar Salt and…

CORN SOUP

A good ole hearty corn soup is something I cannot resist. I remember back in the days (not that it was that long ago lol), going to St James in Trinidad randomly at night with my parents and sisters for hot corn soup! That used to be awesome an a great adventure with the family….