Trini Recipes and Street Food
Bajan Fish Cakes are a local snack commonly associated with Breakfast or as an appetizer at parties. They are also known as Saltfish Fritters or Saltfish Accra throughout the Caribbean. These fluffy fried morsels are made from a batter of salted cod mixed with fresh local herbs and seasonings to create a mouthful of savory goodness. Fish Cakes are also another excellent vesle for dunking into your favorite local condiment, especially pepper sauce.
Passion Fruit Sauce is a great condiment for any grilled or steamed fish dish. This syrup-like sauce is made from the pulp of fresh Passion fruit and seasoned with local Caribbean green seasoning. Impress your guests at your next dinner party with this tangy Passion Fruit Sauce drizzled on top of a beautifully grilled Salmon fillet.
Hot Crossed Buns are a popular traditional treat served during the Easter Celebration for most christians. This dish is another example of the cultural melting pot that is Trinidad where we as a people enjoy celebrating our cultural and religious differences through great tasting foods. The story behind Hot Crossed Buns came to the Caribbean with European settlers during the colonial days. As part of the christian calendar of events, Easter marks the end of Lent which is a time of fasting and prayer.
The Sorrel flower is a species of Hibiscus Flower originally found in Africa that has spread across to the Caribbean and Asia during colonisation. Its dark red burgundy flowers are boiled and or steeped in hot water to create a tangy juice or tea. You can find the flavor of this flower being used in flavored lagers, carbonated beverages and dried for use in tea bags.
Soursop is a green oval shaped fruit with small spikes on the surface similar to Pineapple. It's common to the tropical regions of the world and other names for this fruit include Graviola, Guyabano and Guanábana. The flavor is unique but can best be described as a mixture of strawberry and apple with a citrusy sour tang. The pulp is a white fibrous texture that is soft similar to that of a banana. The nutrient profile makes it an excellent source of vitamin C and potassium. In the Caribbean we also use the leaves in tea as a sleep aid.
Trini Guava Cheese is another multicultural dish that can be traced to Portuguese colonialists. These sweet chewy nuggets of Guava came from an over abundance of Guava Fruits in season and cane sugar. Calling it cheese describes the thick solid blocks that are sliced like a soft cheese for sandwiches, pastries or crackers. This recipe is a perfect addition to any afternoon tea when Guavas are in season.
Christmas in Trinidad would not be complete without a glass of Ponche-de-Creme. This cocktail is the Caribbean sister to Eggnog and homemade versions are known for being especially potent when it comes to how generous they are with the Rum. Trinidad Ponche-de-Creme is a smooth creamy spicy and spiked drink that is an unmistakable part of the December Holiday season. Make this recipe for your next seasonal holiday lime and please remember to be safe and choose a designated driver.
Taking a break from your busy day with a soothing cup of tea can be an excellent way to relax and recharge. However, have you ever considered a caffeine free alternative like Lemongrass? With an earthy aroma and light citrus flavor this versatile herb can be served hot or cold. Although it's commonly known for its culinary uses the Medical and Scientific communities agree that the health benefits are worth researching. This is probably because of the numerous historical uses that the herb is known for.