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A Spicy Pineapple Salad Inspired by Mangoes.

A Spicy Pineapple Salad Inspired by Mangoes.

One of the things you’d look forward to as a child on the islands is mango season. This is the time of the year when mangoes are mature and starts to ripe on the trees. If you had patience you’d wait for a strong gust of wind to blow the ripe mangoes to the ground […]

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Spreading the culinary culture – Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.

Spreading the culinary culture – Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.

My first experience with “food tv” was many years ago when we had just 2 TV stations on the island (both showed the same programs) and there was a lady name Sylvia Hunt who had a wonderful cooking show showcasing many of the traditional and regional dishes we grew up on. To this day I […]

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A quick pepper sauce when you need a little “zing”.

A quick pepper sauce when you need a little “zing”.

For those of you who’ve been following my updates on FierceSauces.com will know that I have a growing collection of  hot sauces (peppa sauce as we say in Trinidad and Tobago) and I use this affair I have with spicy sauces to write short reviews. Though I purchase new ones every time I come across […]

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Make room for Sada Roti, Pita Bread.

Make room for Sada Roti, Pita Bread.

My early years in Canada saw me falling in love with pita, as it was the closest thing to sada roti that I could get. Hamilton in those days had 1 or 2 Caribbean restaurants, but none of them served any type of roti. The same can be said today, except the two that I […]

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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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