In Memory Of Karen Nicole Smith, 1972 - 2016

Spreading the culture of the islands.

Friends, I do apologize for this not being a recipe post, but I  hope you can spare me a few minutes of your time to help share some of the culture of the islands with you and the thousands of visitors that come here daily. BTW, thanks for your continued support.  I promise to have a new recipe ready within the next 48 hours (maybe this time I’ll do some baking). As you all know (if you’ve been part of the Facebook Group we were unable to be in Trinidad and Tobago this year for carnival and it was very stressful knowing what we were missing. If you’ve ever had the opportunity to be part of Carnival, you’d know what I mean. And for those of you who’ve not had the pleasure yet, make it one of those things you MUST do in this lifetime.The people, culture, food, music and overall “let loose” fun is truly something to experience, at least once.

If you’d like a little taste of the festivities and live in Canada, you’re in luck. I’m helping  in the distribution of the official “Tribe 2010 Carnival Magazine” but I have limited supplies so you must take action today!

Tribe Cover 2010(2)

About the magazine.

Basically the magazine is produced to showcase the efforts of one of the most popular bands in Trinidad and Tobago carnival, Tribe. It covers all the events they’re associated with, in pictures. The 115 plus pages are packed with hundreds of top quality pictures and is well put together in high quality paper that feels more like a book than an actual magazine. From all the fetes leading up to the big days as well as Jouvert and carnival Monday and Tuesday, you’ll be blown away by the rich colours of the costumes and the sexy nature of the people in the costumes. This is truly a collectors item and would make a great conversation piece on your coffee table or to just show friends and family a bit about the rich cultural heritage of the islands and the wonderful job the people at Tribe does on a yearly basis.

Personally I’ve been collecting these magazines ever since the first edition was published and I now have friends asking me if I got the latest issue when they know it’s carnival time. It just so happens that in the 2009 issue my wife and sisters were included in the magazine, so if you played mas with Tribe in 2010, who knows.. you could see yourself in this years issue.

Cost | Reservations.

As I mentioned above I have limited copies for distribution, so if you’re interested in getting a copy you must contact me quickly (I think I have about 25 copies left). The cost is $20 Canadian and that includes shipping within Canada. Once you contact me I’ll reserve a copy for you and discuss payment arrangements. Local pick-up is also available (so you don’t pay the shipping cost).

I really wish I could show you some of the pictures and the quality of the magazine itself, so you’ll know why I didn’t hesitate in making this recommendation.

To learn more about Trinidad Carnival and the Tribe band itself, see below for links.

Tribe Carnival Band

Carnival Scene (be sure to say hello to Richard for me and mention that I sent you over)

Trinidad Carnival Diary (probably one of the best I’ve come across) Saucy the owner is very comprehensive in the information she provides.

WIN!   WIN!   WIN!   WIN!   WIN!   WIN!   WIN!   WIN!

I’d like to also run a little contest. If you leave me a comment below, your name will be entered to win one of these magazines. YUP! It’s that simple. I’ll cover the cost of the magazine as well as any shipping charges (no matter where in the world you are). All you have to do is leave a comment below and you could win. Feel free to enter (leave comment) as often as you want, since each time you comment your name will be entered. Good Luck. This contest will close April 30 21010

Thanks for your time .

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  1. Bernadette Hinkson
    April 18, 2017 / 10:44 am

    Hi Chris,

    Cakes crack because of too much heat. Instead of baking at the normal temperature of 350 degrees, try 325 instead. Also, a good thing to have in your oven is a temperature gage. This will let you know if your oven is giving you the correct heat/temperature.

    Love all your recipes.



  2. March 18, 2011 / 12:07 pm

    Thanks for the info. I just love learning new receipes and different ways to prepare good meals. Great blog by the way 🙂

  3. Gina
    May 4, 2010 / 11:12 am

    Thanks for all of the great recipes Chris! I love experimenting in the kitchen and trying new caribbean recipes. Keep up the good work! 🙂


  4. Colin
    May 3, 2010 / 9:10 pm

    Thanks for all the spectacular recipes which has helped me to improve my cooking. I wouldn’t hesitate to share this site with my colleagues here in Sao Paulo Brazil.

  5. Maddy
    May 4, 2010 / 1:54 am

    Chris, Thank you so much for your website – you have helped me so much in cooking down home trini food for my husband (newly married and trying to impress). Tonight I made curry chicken and it was delicious! The other night pumpkin and roti….oh yummo…Maddy in Brooklyn, NY

  6. Ant
    May 4, 2010 / 1:47 am

    how did I miss this…darn!

  7. May 4, 2010 / 1:22 am

    I so grateful for everyone who took part in the contest, sadly I can only choose one winner and that person is Tyla. Tyla, can you get in contact with me as soon as you can with your mailing address so I can have the magazine shipped out to you.

    Again, thanks to everyone.

    happy cooking


  8. Raina
    April 29, 2010 / 12:55 pm

    I love this website and look forward to all of the recipes…..Thank you for inspiring all of us and bringing the caribbean culture into our daily lives…..Love your recipes!!

  9. Stephanie Stewart
    April 25, 2010 / 2:52 pm

    Thanks a lot I would love to win a magazine and I think the recipes are really great. Thanks again.

  10. Pamela
    April 19, 2010 / 2:24 pm

    Your recipes are the bomb. There is nothing more rewarding than the smell and taste of Caribbean food. It warms the heart and soul. When I lived in Miami I tasted some rice and peas that seemed
    to have some tomatoes or tomato sauce in them. I know for sure they were made with Congo
    peas. They were different compared to what I was used to eating, but they were quite good.
    Any ideas?

  11. Tyla
    April 19, 2010 / 1:26 pm

    Congrats on aking it to 1000 members on your Facebook fanpage. I use the Naparima Girl's cookbook whe I cook, but whenever I a lost I look up the recipie on this site; what I love about your recipies is the pictures that you include. I am always like "Oh that is how it's suppose to look!".
    Would you be making a cow heel soup anytime? I am really interested in learning that one.

  12. Christine Sidifall
    April 19, 2010 / 12:36 pm

    Hey Chris, it's me Chris… Thanks for the info on finding a pan to make Roti. I forward your emails to all my friends and tell them to sign up to get them for themselves. You make it so easy to cook all these great meals. I consider myself a decent cook but I still double check w/ ur receipes to make sure I 'GOT IT RIGHT"… Thanks and please keep them recipes coming!

  13. April 18, 2010 / 6:02 pm

    I truly enjoy your recipes,and just like you and your daughter I love to smell local seasoned chicken for stew before it is cooked.My Mom used to be a great cook. Keep up the good job your are doing. I think men who can good is great. I would love to win a magazine.

  14. Kathy
    April 18, 2010 / 9:35 pm

    I truly enjoy your recipes,and just like you and your daughter I love to smell local seasoned chicken for stew before it is cooked.My Mom used to be a great cook. Keep up the good job your are doing. I think men who can good is great. I would love to win a magazine.

  15. April 6, 2010 / 1:43 pm

    As a Newbie, I am always researching online for articles that can help me get further ahead.

  16. ruth phillips
    March 31, 2010 / 1:32 pm

    Thanks a lot I would love to win a magazine and all the recipes are great. The pics do a lot to enhance!!!!!!

  17. March 31, 2010 / 11:32 am

    Keep the comments coming in people.. and THANK YOU VERY MUCH for all the kind words.

  18. Megadon
    March 31, 2010 / 2:38 am

    Hey Chris ,
    Love the site love the recipes Toronto is in tha house!!! Caribana soon come Big up Trinidad n Japan !!!


  19. Cheryl
    March 28, 2010 / 10:07 pm

    Wonderful website. Keep up the great work with the step by step recipes. I am a Trinidadian missing all this great food. At least this is a site that my sons could go to if they want to sample "mom's" cooking in their own homes.
    Some baking is a good idea so I am looking forward to the next post.

  20. Ernesta alleyne
    March 27, 2010 / 4:27 pm

    It's a wonderful site,especially for people like mewho love to cook caribbean food.continue the good work.

  21. Ernesta alleyne
    March 27, 2010 / 4:27 pm

    It's a wonderful site,especially for people like mewho love to cook caribbean food.continue the good work.

  22. Suzanne
    March 27, 2010 / 6:54 am

    My wife is a Trini (and a Bishops' girl!) so I usually take your recipes back to her and ask about them. She thinks it's pretty funny, but I get some yummy food out of the deal.

  23. Nicole Riggi
    March 27, 2010 / 4:00 am

    Just wanted to say I enjoy your recipes very much. They are always easy and flavorful and help me introduce my family to foods/spices they might not try otherwise.

  24. claudia henderson
    March 26, 2010 / 10:52 pm

    My husband is from Dominica and I am from El Salvador so I really try to cook with both cultures so it’s great receiving your e-mails. The first recipe I tried was the oxtail stew and I always thought that it would be difficult to make but with your recipes showing step by step pictures it was so easy. My husband was sooooo impressed!!!! Since then I have made it a few times and it”s always a hit. I truly enjoy your recipes and I’m happy that my husband can have a little bit of home away from home. Thanks!

  25. Carolanne
    March 26, 2010 / 7:45 am

    I really have to congratulate you on your website and the weekly recipes which land in my mail box. I’m a Trini by birth, now resident in the UK, and I was really delighted to find your site and subscribe to your newsletter and recipes. Keep up the good work.

  26. March 25, 2010 / 4:31 pm

    I have tried a few of your recipes, and I enjoy receiving your maill
    because I can;t use too highly seasoned meats,but the ones I tried are quite goog as well as the desserts and son. They are excellent Caribbean recipes.

  27. sher
    March 25, 2010 / 4:11 pm

    hi chris i do enjoy your site a lot living here in venezuela but still love the trini culture and food hope u can send lots of recepit for me thanks

  28. March 25, 2010 / 2:08 pm

    Luv the roasted pork recipe took two tries to get it right but loved it. I have no problems helping spread the Trini culture. i ave friends at work that I introduced to roti and doubles. Hey, Does anyone know where to buy “doubles’ in Hamilton. I tend to go to Toronto to get it. Thanks

  29. Dawn
    March 25, 2010 / 12:48 pm

    When I emigrated to the USA from Trinidad 20+ years ago, I thought missing Carnival would be the hardest thing about living here. Then I went through my first winter, and I changed my tune real fast! As time has gone by, what I’ve missed most has been the food. Your site and the recipes you share makes me feel that much closer to Trinidad. Thanks for your the great recipes and your passion for Caribbean cooking.

  30. glenn
    March 25, 2010 / 11:56 am

    Ron i must say that u are doing a fantastic job of providing eveyone on your website with super and mouth watering receipes. I must say i am unable to partake of anyof these receipes because of health reasons. Nevertheless i am a Trinidadian like yourself and we are always experiementing with all kinds of dishes and come to the ultimate taste of tastes. Thank u for sending those receipes via the web and thanks in advance for your magazine i wish u the best of the bests.

  31. MARLON
    March 25, 2010 / 11:34 am

    Hi Chris to date, i have enjoyed all the recipes that have been sent. I believe the magazine would be a huge sucess. Best of luck and keep those recipes coming.

  32. Brian alleyne
    March 25, 2010 / 11:30 am

    Chris I love your presentations.I encouraged my children to subscribe to Caribbean pot. It will save many phone calls to mom asking how to prepare many caribben dishes that they like and want to prepare now that they are on their own. The accompanying videos are very realistic.
    P.S. If your blender works keep it.

  33. Katherine Wolfe
    March 25, 2010 / 11:17 am

    I love this website and look forward to all of the recipes. Would love to win the Carnival magazine! Thanks for bringing the islands a little closer to me when i can’t be there!

  34. Susan Franklin
    March 25, 2010 / 11:11 am

    I love this site!!! Great recipes, good information – a great read!! My husband and I honeymooned in Negril and we were addicted to the jerk chicken and the grouper!!! We have wonderful memories of that gorgeous place.

  35. March 25, 2010 / 10:33 am

    Chris… this site is amazing!!! And I love the fact that you are promoting all the different cultures encompassed on the islands..
    Being that my family is from Trinidad & Tobago.. CARNIVAL=TRINIDAD.. I’m upset I missed it as well!! If anyone is going to carabana in Toronto.. hit me up I am a travel agent!!

    Blessings eveyone!
    ~Janine 🙂

  36. Donna
    March 25, 2010 / 10:21 am

    Carnival in Trinidad is the best cultural art show you can come across in the world. Its the beauty of colours, races and music.

  37. Karen
    March 25, 2010 / 10:13 am

    I have tried the recipe for jerk pork and it was so……..
    delicious.Thanks for a great site.

    PS. I would enjoy some Trini Chinese dishes. Just a suggestion.

  38. March 25, 2010 / 9:54 am

    I am so happy with all of the yummy recipes..I refer all my friends to check out all the goodies.


  39. March 25, 2010 / 9:54 am

    One day I’ll get to Carnival but in the meantime, the magazine looks fantastic. I’m looking forward to my trip to Trinidad & Tobago this summer. Already dreaming about the doubles.
    .-= Abigail @ Sugar Apple´s last blog ..Cheesy Grits Casserole =-.

  40. March 24, 2010 / 6:50 pm

    Hi Chris,
    I am all in support of spreading the culture beyond the country’s border. No apologies needed for this post since culture and food are inseparable.
    We hope to attend the carnival someday.

  41. Cindy Loeckler
    March 24, 2010 / 12:45 pm

    This would be so cool! I lived in Trinidad on my boat for 2 years. Their Carnival is the best party I have ever been to! Boy do I miss the Caribbean! Thank you “Caribbean Pot” for bringing it back to me.

  42. Stacy R
    March 24, 2010 / 12:28 pm

    Mmmm!!! This is such a great site! The recipes… YUM!

    and i CANT WAIT for caribana 2010!

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