Provincial Trini

While catching up with my brother, an occurrence that happens most times over internet messaging, today I made a well needed international call to Trinidad.  Whether typed out or spoken aloud, our light conversations always start off with “so, what yuh drinking these days?”  It sways back and forth from infrastructure – we joked about…

Trini Food. This is my story

A web designer recently asked me ‘what sets you and your blog apart from others?’  She, a trini and design professional based in Philly, asked many questions in hopes of us working together to ‘pretty up’ d blog nah – yuh know.  Our informal phone call was great; I’ve never had this creative meeting before…

Tea Time at Eloquii

I can’t recall how I got introduced to Eloquii, though I have thick, solid colored sweater dresses for cooler months, wide fashionable belts and comfortable skirts made of printed fabric in my closet more than five years old, or what my first order off the on-line plus-size store was, all I know that I’m a…

Never too much

Sweet Plantains with Sautéed Onions, Tomatoes and Jalapeños To this day I still enjoy eating boiled sweet plantains as a side dish, to accompany many a Sunday brunches.  And with it being packed with Vitamins A, C and minerals like Potassium, I’m left feeling less guilty to indulge.  Kick the naturally sweet flavor up a notch…

Burger Badassness

What kind of burgers do you like?  In passing, this was the question I asked a selective few of my colleagues at the job last week.  Most don’t know my first love–cooking, started in my mother’s kitchen and not in accounting class in Champ Fleurs, Trinidad.  I’m okay with them thinking of me as the…

Sweet Plantain Pancakes

From your view it must look like all I cook is breakfast and brunch food.  Cheddar, Strawberry Crème Fraiche Biscuits; how I use my ‘one cup’ rule to make just enough Fry Bakes for my single life cooking; Shakshuka for hosting brunch at home for friends and Lavender Maple Syrup for simple French Toast.  If…

Trini-Mex!

What better occasion than Cinco de Mayo to have a delicious overlapping of cultures with these Curry Goat Tacos to serve to friends.  Two years ago while still figuring out if blogging was a direction I should go, I wrote a ‘Taco Night’ post on Tumblr.  Three short paragraphs barely painting a picture of how…

The Rule of Three – Mango Margaritas

I don’t drink margaritas often but on the annual occasion I do, I enjoy making a no-fuss cocktail at home.  Originally I set out to make mango basil margaritas for my friends to celebrate this year’s Cinco de Mayo.  Though not an ingredient traditionally used to make this happy-hour must drink, Mexicans use cinnamon to…

Vinateria!

Brunch at Vinateria Restaurant in Harlem, NY. New Yorkers are serious about their brunch.  It’s our last love session with the weekend before heading back to work, our hoorah before the purge that is ‘Meatless Monday’ and the meal that combats the hangover from Saturday night’s endless amounts of tequila shots.  And here in the…

Seasonal spread, all year round

I don’t know which I like more–bread, butter or buttered bread.  Some buy shoes or clothes to release tension built up and to be happier from professional and personal woes, I buy butter.  Like, ‘good’ butter as Ina Garten would say as she cooks up absolute deliciousness using the churned cream for husband Jeffrey to…

Cajun Channa

“Fry Channa” a common savory snack eaten in Trinbago is chickpeas fried to a golden brown and flavored with crushed garlic, hot scotch bonnet peppers, culantro or bandania and chadon beni as it’s locally called, salt and black pepper.  We had no cause to buy snacks back then.  Ma made this crunchy, inexpensive snack for…

Sounds Ital to me

I never understood the name ‘Rasta Pasta’.  A dish birthed in Brooklyn I’m sure, that now allows Caribbean restaurants in the tristate to serve up their version of this pasta dish. A plated dish of Penne and little vegetables cooked in milk and cheese is a hit – trust meh, people just love its flavor…