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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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Some BBQ tips and techniques for chicken.

Some BBQ tips and techniques for chicken.

With major holidays in Canada (July 1) and the US (July 4) coming up soon, I thought I’d share a few tips on working with chicken on the grill. These are from my experiences and though I don’t claim to be an expert… I do have guests licking their fingers when they’ve had the opportunity […]

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Mango chow – the pleasure and the pain.

Mango chow – the pleasure and the pain.

One of my favorite snacks when mango was in season as a kid on the islands was mango chow. Even today, whenever we meet at family gatherings, there’s usually a bowl of chow in the midst.  I can still recall eating away at this piping-hot combination of tart fruit, garlic and herbs… balanced with the […]

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Shado Beni explained.

Shado Beni explained.

Shadow beni is a leafy herb native to the West Indies and Central America. It is widely used in the cuisine of these regions, and it also appears in Asian foods. This herb can sometimes be difficult to obtain outside these regions; sometimes specialty stores will stock it frozen or in cans. If shadow beni […]

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