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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 […]

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 […]

Eid on the Beach

I am convinced that all Caribbean Muslims should have Eid salaah (prayers) on the beach. It’s in our blood and our essential island nature after all. What could be better? Those are the women’s shoes on the sand of Cornwall Beach in Montego Bay, Jamaica, where a group of about 50 men and women gathered […]

Eid Mubarak, from Montego Bay

Eid Mubarak from Jamaica! Yup, that’s the sunset for the end of Ramadan, out of my hotel window in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Gorgeous isn’t it? And yes, I’ll be spending Eid here…at least the first day (don’t you know it’s a 3 day celebration?) Part of my job involves travel. This is not news to […]

Black Eye Peas Googni (Boil and Fry) Recipe

Since the blackeye peas featured heavily in my last post, I thought perhaps I should post the ‘recipe’ for this simple and popular Ramadan dish (well, popular in Trinidad, would love to hear if others know about it). When I called it googni on Facebook last week, I got a couple queries about the name, […]

Ramadan: A Week of Fasting

I have now completed 6 fasts, and tonight began the 7th day* of Ramadan. For the last couple years, Lilandra has blogged regularly during Ramadan, sharing the family’s meals for Suhr (last meal at dawn before beginning the fast) and Iftar (meal to break the fast) as well as stories of some of the traditions […]

Za’atar, Sumac and a Recipe

One of the memorable successes of my Eid menu (and yes I am still talking about Eid ul Fitr, although in the intervening period since…there has already been another Eid, Eid ul Adha) is finally making my own za’atar.  Za’atar (zahtar, Arabic ????)* is a Middle Eastern spice mix, that like any other spice “mix” […]

Falafel Recipe

Falafels are that ubiquitous Middle Eastern item – savoury, crunchy, fried balls of beany-goodness. Some may say falafels are Israeli, there may be other countries laying claim to the source of these delicious vegetarian protein-packed treats, but I am no food historian, so I won’t get into the debate. You can check out Wikipedia. Falafels […]

Sawine Rules (Eid Recipe)

My mother has Sawine Rules. They are not very many, but she is very firm about them. Other people don’t follow these rules and their sawine is doomed. Doomed? you ask. Yes, doomed. Destined to spoil quickly, for the milk to “split” or sour, for it to be too gloopy to be Trini sawine, but […]

It’s ‘Id ul Fitr!

Eid Mubarak everyone! Ramadan has come to an end, and at least I caught the beginning and the end on the blog 😀 Never fear though, I was at least trying to fulfil the requirements of the month, fasting, prayers etc…not a whole lot of focus on food (that’s what happens when you balance work […]