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Ramadan Mubarak! And an Interview

Courtyard UmbrellasI have just completed the first fast of Ramadan this year. I had my worries about focusing properly on this month, and trying to maximise the benefits so that it’s not just about avoiding food and drink for the day. But apparently having Ramadan starting Friday night is a good thing – I have all weekend to get focused. Starting with making whole wheat sada roti Friday night so I’d have something to eat for Suhr (meal at the beginning of the fast-before dawn). Actually getting up for Suhr (which is usually very hard for me when I am alone – I get up, but I just drink some water) and eating a couple pieces of that roti. And then I made it out the door to go get fruits and food (where my pesky debit card actually worked! first swipe too) and then cooked!

Yes, I know, this is primarily a food blog, and people might think I spend a lot of time cooking, or getting food supplies, but recently, not so much. And to actually get out there on a Saturday!! Saturdays I am not usually sure I am alive, much less active. So I hope and pray insha Allah (God willing) that the focus continues. I’ve found over the years, that focus during this month makes me more efficient at work too – getting things done more quickly and getting OUT the door and home. So we can all hope for some more food talk on this blog during this month too :) as it relates to Ramadan of course.


Red Flag means DangerSpeaking of good happenings, several weeks ago the ever-so-kind people at Amazing Trinidad Vacations contacted me to interview Chennette for their site. I took a while, but they were patient thankfully, and the interview is now live on their blog. I am very flattered that they asked me – one of the previous interviewees was David Rudder!!  The site is intended to be a vacation guide to Trinidad and Tobago, starting with the personal experiences of the hosts (a family affair, Trinis and Trini by marriage) and providing information on the destination, culture, food etc – it’s a good online resource to refer people to as a starting point. Even for locals – especially those who missed out on the family’s Maracas trips :(

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13 Comments so far (Add 1 more)

  1. I am about to read the interview but just wanted to congratulate you. I knew about the site for some time and had my issues (minor) with Amazing Trinidad Vacations but it’s not so bad. I am enjoying the pizza crust photos as well. 50mm?

    1. aka_lol on August 23rd, 2009 at 4:51 pm
  2. yup – the new 50mm. I have some flower photos from last week in Trinidad that I need to get off the camera – I really like using this lens now.

    2. Chennette on August 23rd, 2009 at 10:33 pm
  3. I read the interview and it was very well done (no pun intended) :). Maybe you can include the interview as a blog post.

    I was looking at the photos used in the interview and got hungry just looking. You compose food very well 😉

    It is so true what you said about pelau and they are like snow flakes or fingerprints since no two are alike and even different on different days. I think I will put up my pelau recipe since it’s the one thing I think I make well enough to publish.

    3. aka_lol on August 24th, 2009 at 12:44 pm
  4. I read first your blog and then the interview and heard you coming right through – oh how I miss our culinary trips to epicurean delights – when next you on this side, or I by you, we have to pick up where we left off!
    Take care, TB

    4. Tamarind Ball on August 25th, 2009 at 11:43 am
  5. thanks people :-) Aka – would love to see your pelau recipe. Everyone always has a couple rules that must absolutely be done for good pelau…except it’s never the same rules :-) I love to see how other people do it, since I often feel for pelau that doesn’t taste like mine, or Mom’s.

    TB – we are so overdue for a culinary trip. At this rate we should have a list 😀

    5. Chennette on August 25th, 2009 at 8:11 pm
  6. Lovely interview… makes me homesick and hungry!

    6. Chris De La Rosa on August 25th, 2009 at 10:23 pm
  7. Ramadan Mubarak! I hope that this month and always is filled with many blessings for you and your family.

    Off now to read the interview :)

    7. Cynthia on August 26th, 2009 at 4:24 pm
  8. Just finished reading the interview and all the pics used (from your blog) has made me crazy hungry! Thoroughly enjoyed the read.

    8. Cynthia on August 26th, 2009 at 4:28 pm
  9. Hey Cynthia! Thanks much :-) Glad my photos are functional!

    9. Chennette on September 2nd, 2009 at 7:31 pm
  10. Hi,
    Found you via Vegan in the sun’s blog. Congrats on your interview. Great blog.

    10. Wizzythestick on September 11th, 2009 at 10:44 pm
  11. Hi Wizzy – thanks for dropping by and the nice comment :-)

    11. Chennette on September 11th, 2009 at 11:10 pm
  12. Great interview Chennette! :)

    12. The Trinigourmet on September 12th, 2009 at 3:29 am
  13. thanks – you might have recognised bits of it… :-)

    13. Chennette on September 12th, 2009 at 12:19 pm

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