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Author Archives: Chennette

Hops Bread with Cheese Paste

I have been trying to make my own bread more regularly, because the local bread in Guyana tends to be on the sweet side, and soft, never crusty. My mother’s hops bread recipe (posted here by Lilandra and previously blogged by me) hits the spot always, and uses no oil or shortening, yet is fluffy […]

Coucou Pie (Recipe)

You may recall that coucou has appeared on this blog before. Back then, this traditional Trini (and Bajan) cornmeal dish appeared as part of a Sunday lunch with red beans and stew chicken. Coucou is generally regarded as a bit labour intensive, similar to polenta, requiring one to stir cornmeal into hot liquid etc constantly […]

Ramadan: Lure of the Fried Goodness

Ramadan Mubarak! It‘s always this time of year that I am prompted to post at least once, not surprisingly since the blog is travel and food oriented, and during the Muslim month of fasting, one’s mind tends to turn to food… and also not surprisingly, if one has grown up in Trinidad, fried foods, specifically […]

Brimstone Hill Fortress, St Kitts

Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, is a UNESCO World Heritage site in St Kitts and Nevis. It is actually on the island of St Kitts, or St Christopher. It’s a pretty big compound, and you can imagine it would have been bustling when occupied. There are forts and barracks and extra forts on bits of […]

Tea on the Mount

I visited Mount Saint Benedict, and more particularly had tea at Pax Guesthouse  in December 2010. This is part of that tour of Trinidad I was conducting with friends of mine from the US…clearly I never got around to completing the account! “Mount Saint Benedict, or the Abbey of Our Lady of Exile, is a Benedictine […]

The Emperor Valley Zoo

The Emperor Valley Zoo in Trinidad is managed by the Zoological Society of Trinidad and Tobago, which has been around since 1947. The Zoo itself was opened in November 1952, which means it is in 60th year of operation, in its lovely location opposite the Savannah. From the website: “The Emperor Valley Zoo (EVZ) is […]

Coconut Sweet Rice, An Experiment

Now regular readers of this blog (which may be an extinct species since I have only posted a couple times a year recently)… One-time regular readers of this blog would recognise that while I speak about my food experiences and specific dishes, I am not consistent recipe writer. So, please accept this disclaimer. For Eid […]

Fresh Carite!

“FRESH CAAAAAREEET, FRY-DRY, CRO-CRO, BIG BIG SHRIMP!!!” Does that sound familiar? One of the benefits of living on an island is the availability of fresh fish. In Trinidad and Tobago, even if you live 10 minutes from the coast and a fish market, the fresh fish will come to you, straight from the sea. Fish […]

Ramadan musings: I miss coffee

It’s the 5th day of fasting and as I approach the lunch hour, I am not hungry but I do miss having coffee in the office. I spent the first 20 years of my life not liking coffee at all unless it was heavily sugared and milky a la wake-coffee (you know the huge vats […]

It’s Ramadan!

I know. It’s been almost a year since I last posted. Since Eid ul Fitr, at the END of the last Ramadan. And here we are, again at Ramadan. I am not sure at this point I have any of my regular readers still but welcome to you if you are here. If you are […]