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A Taste of Trini! …

Thursday 11th August, 0900. We are booked on the “Taste of Trini” bus trip with the famous Jesse James. The tour started right outside the gates of the marina with Jesse hopping off to get us  Fry Bake, Saltfish and Smoked Herring… that was certainly a rude awakening for most of the drowsy cruisers – you have to remember the average age of the 10 guests is well over 55…ahem…perhaps a bit older, but we are 5 hours behind the UK so I think that counts in some strange way.

Jesse BusJesse roars off in his van. As we leave the confines of the two lane, potholed road that connects Chaguaramas to the suburbs of Port of Spain the road widens and turns into a 4 lane freeway. Suddenly the traffic lights ahead change to flashing red, this is the signal for Jesse to put down his phone for a moment, put on his seat belt and accelerate “to beat the red”. You have to get in to the spirit of driving in the islands!…

The day progresses, and Jesse stops at a variety of roadside stalls, huts, cafes, street vendors … all the time trying to surprise and delight his captive audience.

I counted 32 stops during the day and and even greater number of Trinidadian delicacies. Some were fantastic like “Doubles” – a roti filled with curried chickpeas. Some were not too bad…like “Cow Heel Soup” – take a soup and float some gristle in it. Some were a challenge – BBQ’d pigtails. Yet others were absolutely revolting – “Chickens Feet” – served in a cup neatly manicured. Only one of the party managed to get these anywhere near his mouth – he was an old rugby player so that explains it. Jesse informs us that he will take the feet home, apparently this will impress his wife.

Here is the list of what we ate between 9am and 7pm.

Stop Description Link
1 Fry Bake image http://www.cookingwithria.com/2011/05/trini-fried-bake.html
Saltfish image https://www.google.tt/search?q=fry-bake-and-saltfish&oq=fry-bake-and-saltfish&aqs=chrome..69i57j69i58j69i60j0.1489j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8#q=bake+and+saltfish+recipe
Smoked Herring image http://www.simplytrinicooking.com/fry-bake-and-smoke-herring/
Chicken liver image http://caribbeanpot.com/caribbean-style-chicken-livers/
2 Cheesy potato pie image http://www.simplytrinicooking.org/tag/trinidad-cheesy-potato-pie/
3 Trini beef pie image http://www.simplytrinicooking.com/trinidad-beef-pie-pastry/
4 Sada Roti & Baigan Choka image http://www.simplytrinicooking.com/sada-roti-and-baigan-eggplant-choka/
Bitter Gourd image http://ameliawilliams20.blogspot.com/2012/09/caraille-bitter-gourd-or-bitter-melon.html
5 Cow heel soup image http://www.simplytrinicooking.com/cow-heel-soup/
6 Beef pie – pastry image http://www.simplytrinicooking.com/trinidad-beef-pie-pastry/
Chicken pie – pastry image http://www.simplytrinicooking.com/trinidad-beef-pie-pastry/
Fish pie – pastry image http://www.simplytrinicooking.com/trinidad-beef-pie-pastry/
Coconut bake image http://www.simplytrinicooking.com/coconut-bake/
7 Chenet image http://www.hgcaribbean.com/outdoors/chenet
8 Doubles image http://www.simplytrinicooking.com/doubles/
Saheena (Sahina) image http://www.simplytrinicooking.com/saheena-i/
Kachori image http://www.simplytrinicooking.com/kachourie/
9 Pomerac image http://thehealthnutcorner.blogspot.com/2011/07/tropical-fruit-pomerac-or-rose-apple.html
10 BBQ Pigtails image http://www.simplytrinicooking.com/barbecue-pigtail/
Macaroni Pie image http://www.cookingwithria.com/2013/08/cheesy-and-creamy-trinidad-macaroni-pie.html
11 Goat curry image http://www.simplytrinicooking.com/curry-goat/
Green fig

(Green Banana)

image http://www.simplytrinicooking.com/green-fig-pie/
Cassava image https://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=2658630
12 Goolab Jamoon image http://www.simplytrinicooking.org/recipe/goolab-jamoon/
13 Preserved – red mango image http://www.simplytrinicooking.com/red-mango/
Preserved – five fingers (star fruit) image http://www.simplytrinicooking.com/preserved-five-finger/
Preserved – Pommecythere Kuchela image http://www.simplytrinicooking.org/recipe-type/preserves/
14 Drink – Sorrell image http://caribbeanpot.com/traditional-caribbean-sorrel-drink/
Drink – Mauby image https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mauby
15 Roast corn image http://www.simplytrinicooking.com/roast-corn/
16 Mango anchar image http://www.simplytrinicooking.com/mango-anchar/
17 Barfi image http://www.simplytrinicooking.org/recipe/barfi/
18 Kurma image http://www.simplytrinicooking.com/kurma/
19 Coconut finger image http://www.simplytrinicooking.com/coconut-turnover/
20 Fruit cake image http://www.simplytrinicooking.com/sugarless-fruit-cake/
21 Bread pudding image http://www.simplytrinicooking.org/recipe/bread-pudding/
22 Coconut rock cake image http://caribbeanpot.com/coconut-drops-with-your-tea/
23 Star fruit image http://www.whatocook.com/trini-fruits/
24 Chickytoe (baby) banana image http://wiwords.com/word/chickytoe
25 Soursop image http://wiwords.com/word/soursop
26 Pholourie Balls image http://oliveandruby.com/recipes/pholourie-balls-recipe-trini-style
Geera chicken image http://www.simplytrinicooking.com/geera-chicken/
Chicken feet souse

 

OMG !

image http://caribbeanpot.com/how-to-make-caribbean-chicken-foot-souse/
27 Pork cutters image http://caribbeanpot.com/tag/trinidad-cutters/
28 BBQ Chicken image http://www.simplytrinicooking.com/barbecue-chicken/
29 Cocoa pod seeds image http://sweettntmagazine.com/tasty-cocoa-pod/
30 Tamarind balls image http://www.simplytrinicooking.org/tag/trinidad-tambran-tamarind-ball-recipe/
31 Toolum image http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/10610-tooloom-trinidadian-molasses-and-coconut-sweetmeat
32 Fish image http://www.simplytrinicooking.com/fried-fish/
Jerk pork image http://caribbeanpot.com/the-ultimate-jerk-pork-recipe/
BBQ Pork image http://www.simplytrinicooking.com/barbecue-pork/
Macaroni salad image http://www.simplytrinicooking.com/macaroni-salad/
Bhaji rice image http://www.simplytrinicooking.org/recipe/trini-bhaji-rice/
Lentils image http://caribbeanpot.com/stewed-lentils-caribbean-style/
33 Home made ice cream –

Soursop; peanut; vanilla; chocolate

image http://caribbeanpot.com/tag/caribbean-ice-cream/

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