GOURMET MEAL AT HOME: TARTIFLETTE RECIPE

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On Sunday 29th December I departed Trinidad and Tobago to attend the Global Landscapes Forum’s Youth in Landscapes Initiative in Paris carded for 1st – 7th December 2015. This event was my second international travel opportunity but my first trip to Paris, France. On arrival, I secured my luggage and immediately sort to acquaint myself with the atmosphere of the conference, making preparations to contribute as much as possible to the team. While most attendees were solely focused on networking, I was dual minded; both networking and satisfying my foodie cravings by searching for the best French restaurants. I was keenly interested in the composition of the everyday French breakfast table. At the end of the conference, I had three extra days of stay in the country.  Continue reading

Have you ever had a Plantain Ball?

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In the village, in Trinidad where I grew up fried plantain was one of my breakfast favorites while broiled plantain always added an extra something to the dinner menu. For the readers who have never had a plantain, a plantain is a large, angular and starchy type of banana used in cooking .

For someone who loves plantains so much, it came as a little shock to me that I could make other dishes with it apart from the traditional method of slicing it for frying or broiling.

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Today, I decided to make something different. I went to Google in search of recipes and found Cheese Stuffed Yellow Plantain BallsI immediately knew I had to try this but did not want it fried (I am trying to be more health conscious). After doing some searching and experimentation in the kitchen I finally developed a recipe that both delicious and healthy. What I am about to present to you is my Healthier version to Cheese Stuffed Yellow Plantain Balls. Continue reading

Eat Insects !!!

Now, despite what he says in the picture, I am sure we can all agree that eating the bird was kitty’s plan from the get go.  Instead in the picture he tries to insinuate that the bird caused his own demise. Either way birdy looks yummy and If Mr. Cat doesn’t save me a piece that will be the last time he messes with my taste buds. Just joking ……. or am I………. Continue reading

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Foodie with Benefits

I am always excited about creating an original recipe. There is something invigorating when you can view a product and from that manipulate it into any form imaginational.

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities. ~Theodore Geisel Continue reading

Carambola (five finger) Crumble {Video}

I intriguing introductory video promoting the above recipe

Best carambola recipe ever

Carambola Recipe – Carambola Crumble

When it comes to cookery I am very inventive. My housemates and friends are always asking me how I come up with these recipes, my usual response is that I was hungry and saw the items in the fridge or I was under some stressed and I used this as my method of dealing with the situation. To be completely honestly I do not know why I like to create recipes like this one. It’s just natural for me to make things or revamp an old recipe.

Therefore, it was not a shock to anyone when I saw some five fingers in the fridge that a friend had dropped off and decided to try something different with it.  The results are what you will see in the slideshow below but first feel free to give the recipe a try I am sure you will not regret it.

Required Ingredients

  • 4 Carambola (Five Fingers), washed, cored and cubed
  • 250g brown sugar
  • 200g whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup of oats
  • 1/3 cup of cranberries
  • 120g butter
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon

Method – Carambola Recipe

  1. Put the cubed carambola into a pan; add three quarters of the sugar, the cinnamon and cover. Allow to stew gently for half an hour, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon. Keep checking as they can easily burn at the beginning.
  2. Check that the fruit is cooked by mashing it a bit with a wooden spoon. The carambola should be soft but not puréed.
  3. Put the carambola into the serving dish and allow to cool. Set the temperature of the oven to 350 C.
  4. Mix the whole wheat flour, cranberries, oats , remaining sugar and the butter with your fingers in a bowl until it becomes like a breadcrumb consistency. Cover the stewed carambola with the crumble topping, without pressing down.
  5. Bake for approximately 30-40 minutes or until the crumble is golden brown and crunchy. Spoon a helping of crumble into a dish.

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Local Flavor

Check out the video its in introduction to the Food Blog http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/13627313/local-pitch

Great News……its a Muffin

My Muffin Adventures

When you can’t sleep after a very active day there are many things you can do but the last thing most people would do is what I did …..bake…… yea I said it. I guess my creative juices were following or I was just to haunted for my own good but either way after 8pm on a holiday I felt an urge to bake. Continue reading

GOURMET MEALS AT HOME: MOUSSAKA & MINI CHEESECAKE RECIPE

At least once a month I like to treat myself to something special just because I am such an amazing person :). Last month I choose to make dinner instead of going out to a restaurant or buying pizza and ice cream. Fortunately what followed not only saved me cash but  was more satisfying to my taste buds than the other choices I previously considered.

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