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Apr. 2, 2011 6:46 am 
Updated: Apr. 10, 2011 3:10 pm
I finally decided to try my hand at doing something interesting with breadfruit, abundant here in Trinidad. It's so strange-looking, that many don't bother with it.  I'm also told that many "snobbish" people here consider eating breadfruit "beneath them"...as if… MORE
Breadfruit Souffle'
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Jan. 29, 2011 2:51 pm 
Updated: Jan. 30, 2011 6:35 am
I tried a new recipe today for an eggplant lasagna.A friend swore by it, so...I had to see if it was true. Lately I've been trying to limit my wheat, flour, and red meat but I miss my famous lasagna. Well, ┬áit was easy and so tasty, I never missed the meat or the noodles! OK, so I used… MORE
Jan. 23, 2011 3:07 pm 
Updated: Jan. 29, 2011 2:34 pm
We have so many bananas here in Trinidad! Often the heat in the kitchen during the day makes them ripen very fast. Personally, I like bananas at the "just ripened" stage. Once they get too many spots or browned skin, I put them in the fridge and make banana nut bread soon… MORE
Banana Nut Bread
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Dec. 24, 2010 10:44 am 
Updated: Dec. 26, 2010 3:56 pm
Pastelles are a traditional food for a Trini Christmas. Somewhat like the Mexican tamales, they are made from a beef or chicken filling folded into a cornmeal-based dough, wrapped in banana leaves (or foil), then tied and steamed. If you do them entirely from "scratch", the… MORE
Cutting the banana leaves.
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Taking off the waxy coating of the leaves.
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Wiping down the leaves.
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Meat mixture.
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Dec. 23, 2010 6:28 am 
Updated: Jan. 23, 2011 3:09 pm
I normally make the same types of cookies for the holidays, but this year it will be abbreviated. My gingerbread men taste wonderful but it seems not too many others like them, so they're off the list this time. I have a request for my Heavenly Hash and I love Oriental Crunch, a family… MORE
North Coast View
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Dec. 20, 2010 6:04 am 
Updated: Jan. 23, 2011 3:13 pm
In Trinidad there is an abundance of foods from many cultures, in addition to the local Creole dishes. But why not Mexican? I can get the standard mass-market tasteless flour tortillas, salsa, etc. But nowhere is there REAL food like the amazing chimichangas, chorizo, enchiladas, etc. from my… MORE
Dec. 20, 2010 5:56 am 
Updated: Jan. 23, 2011 3:16 pm
Finally bought a little freezer to give my fridge a break. Now I can keep the space-hogging breads, meats, nuts in there and use my fridge freezer for often-used, partially-used things. It takes so much less power than I thought it would and is almost silent. Why didn't I do this long ago?? MORE
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I'm a techie grandma who teaches, cooks, reads, and loves the t.v. series "TrueBlood."
My favorite things to cook
Crockpot meals, baking, Mexican, Thanksgiving dishes, and steak.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Fannie Farmer cookbook recipes, holiday baking
My cooking triumphs
Expert Thanksgiving cook. Continues to learn more Caribbean recipes.
My cooking tragedies
Burning hard-boiled eggs regularly (I forget them.) Dropped the Thanksgiving turkey on the floor, fresh out of the oven! (My mother said "Wipe it off and don't worry about it. They'll never know.")
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