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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 […]

‘Id Mubarak!

It’s ‘Id ul Fitr once again, the Muslim celebration that comes after the month of fasting, Ramadhan. I haven’t posted in a while but what else is new 😉 Rest assured that there are cookings and plannings going on in the household, particularly as this year I am in la casa familial in Trinidad. Even […]

Halaal Trini Black Cake? (recipe)

A few months ago I got a request for a Halaal Trini Black Cake recipe. Those of you familiar with the permutations of the traditional Caribbean Christmas black cake (whether you call it black cake or great cake) will know that this cake is generally viewed as inextricable from its alcohol content. In fact, a […]

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 […]

Ramadan Mubarak!

Tonight is the first night of Ramadan for most of the Eastern Caribbean.* Tomorrow will be the first day of fasting, but as the Islamic months start with the sighting of the new moon at sunset, the “day” is counted from the beginning of the night! Ramadan is a month where Muslims try to be […]

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” […]

Bakra Eid!

Eid Mubarak! It’s that time of the Islamic calendar again – Eid ul Adha, the Festival of the Sacrifice. It falls on the 10th day of Dhul Hijjah, which is the month in which Hajj falls (hence name, if you recognise the root syllables). So today (or yesterday, as we are behind over here) the […]

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 […]