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Cooking dhal, I bet you didn’t know it was this easy!

Cooking dhal, I bet you didn’t know it was this easy!

Growing up in Trinidad, dhal meant salted meats like pig tails or beef and either curry chicken or tomato choka on the side with rice. My mom would put pieces of salted pig tails or beef into the dhal as it slow cooked that gave it a very unique taste. However, traditional split peas dhal […]

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Spreading the culinary culture of the Caribbean.

Spreading the culinary culture of the Caribbean.

Very rare will you find a post on here that’s not a recipe, but after speaking with Chris from Food & Drink Caribbean I felt compelled to share the amazing work they’re doing promoting the cuisine of islands such at Antigua, St Kitts & Nevis and Dominica. I always tell people that if when I […]

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A sensational pepper choka for the grown.

A sensational pepper choka for the grown.

I recall my mom making something similar as a young fella and being warned that I/we should not touch it due to the high pepper content. Like everything your parents didn’t want you to do.. you did. The overwhelming heat was simply unbearable as a youth and I did learn my lesson, however that was […]

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Red Mango – Spicy Preserved Fruits of Trinidad and Tobago.

Red Mango – Spicy Preserved Fruits of Trinidad and Tobago.

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of taking the drive over the Northern Range to the most popular beach in Trinidad, there’s no way you could miss the lookout stop where everyone stops for pictures and to enjoy some of the preserved treats that are sold by local vendors. If you’re lucky (we’ve not seen […]

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A savoury and explosive mango talkari.

A savoury and explosive mango talkari.

Talkari or talcarie is a term used to describe a curry or side dish on the islands, and is East Indian in origin. Mango talkari (my mouth still waters as I recall my school boy days) or Mango Amchar was sold by vendors just outside the gates of my primary and secondary school. At breaks […]

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A simple mango chutney for pholourie.

A simple mango chutney for pholourie.

I’ve been having a serious craving lately for some hot-from-the fryer-pholourie, the kind that you get when you’re invited to Divali celebrations at your friend’s home (the multiculturalism on the islands is amazing). How I miss those days! There I was strolling through the grocery this morning when I saw some green mangoes (not the […]

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Vienna sausages to compliment your eggs at breakfast.

Vienna sausages to compliment your eggs at breakfast.

One of the first things you learn to cook as a kid growing up on the islands is Vienna sausages for breakfast or a snack. I don’t recall when I first started making this but I ‘v gone and passed this simple recipe on to my cousins and now our daughters. Kieana was in love […]

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A rustic fry bake recipe.

A rustic fry bake recipe.

Last week while briefly helping my sister in the kitchen at the King and Queen of Caribana event, I saw how easy it was for my mom to make up batches of fry bake to stuff with saltfish and/or shark. She made it seem so effortless I was convinced that I could easily master this. […]

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Some BBQ tips and techniques for finger licking ribs.

Some BBQ tips and techniques for finger licking ribs.

Since the post I did a couple weeks back went over so well (Some BBQ tips and techniques for chicken) I thought I’d share some pointers with you on achieving tender and juicy ribs. The biggest mistake I ‘ve ever made in my brief cooking avocation, is when I purchased ribs in one of those […]

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An insane hotsauce for the brave and daring!

An insane hotsauce for the brave and daring!

Looking to spice things up a bit in your life? I have the “recipe”. This one was inspired by my “mango chow” post a few weeks back. I remembered the days when as a kid I would chase down the doubles man on his bike for hot steamy “doubles” These vendors reinvented what we know […]

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