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Welcome to Simply Trini Cooking! I’m Felix Padilla, and I absolutely enjoy writing about Trinidad and Tobago’s rich cuisine and culture. As an avid foodie online, I am pleased to bring out what I consider to be the true reflection of the home cooked meals we in the Caribbean enjoy on a day-to-day basis. The focus of my blog is to present the diverse and traditional, everyday type of foods eaten here in Trinidad and Tobago, and to show how culture and life in general are intertwined with the food and its preparation. In other words, I just want to tell it like it is.

The reason I say our cuisine is rich, is that it has numerous influences ranging from European, to Chinese, to East Indian, to African and because of these influences, over time, the food has been transformed and taken on a life of its own.

This blog is also meant to be an archive for the cuisine from my country so that the recipes will not be lost and possibly be a source of inspiration to all for years to come. The recipes are simple to follow with step by step directions, lots of pictures and plain language for everyone, such as the busy housewives, foodies, novice cooks, and chefs.

Other than the recipes, visitors to the site can also enjoy a number of other added features to the blog:

(1) Places to visit – Ever so often I may visit a beach or other places of interest to show what a beautiful country Trinidad and Tobago really is. I’m always updating the page with picturesque scenes from my travels around the country.

(2) The Trini Dictionary – A collection of words and phrases in our dialect which will enlighten visitors on our peculiar twist to the English language.

(3) Folklore – Want to know what is a Douen or a Soucouyant? This is the place to find out. Our folklore is just as interesting as our food.

(4) Other general thoughts. From time to time I delve into some of my philosophy on food and related topics as I see it (just my way of sharing).

As for my personality, well!! it comes out in my writing; just normal, down to earth, and no frills. If you want you can follow me on twitter or join my group on facebook where we could talk, discuss and share even more. Alternatively, you can get my recipes by subscribing via my rss feeds or email. Do enjoy the recipes :^)

P.S. In trying to reflect the authenticity of the Trini dishes I have decided to write the titles using the trini creole – the dialect that we speak. So if you see something looking grammatically incorrect in the recipe names, don’t be too worried about it; it’s the “creole”.


  1. says

    Felix, Thank you for commenting on my blog. I’m so glad you did as I have discovered yours! I’m so excited to learn about Carribean food! I will definitely add you to my list of cultural food blogs.

    Thanks again and I’m looking forward to following you!

    A Little Bit of Spain in Iowa

  2. says

    Hi Felix,

    I’m so happy to have discovered your blog. As a Canadian born to Trinidadian parents, I’ve always wanted to learn more about T&T cuisine. Your recipes are great…thanks for sharing.


  3. says

    Hi Felix,

    As I told you before, keep up the wonderful work! I love checking in on your blog and making some of these things that make my mouth water and remind me so much of home. Could you post a recipe for linseed punch?

  4. says

    I love this site sooo much, it has my mouth watering! I grew up really close to a large trini family (one of the women i call my 2nd mom), and I miss the food that I used to have all the time as a kid. It’s hard to find trini recipes that seem like what I used to eat, but these definitely seem like it!!
    I can’t wait to get home this weekend and make some dhal roti and curry beef, or maybe some fry bakes! yummmmm

  5. says

    Felix i absolutely love ur site which i found by accident, best accident ever. I been trying to cook all my favorites from when i was a child. Ur receipes bring back so much memories of the good ole days. Food that brings the family together, an put smiles on faces.

    Thank u

  6. says

    Dear Felix,

    I just happened upon your site yesterday and I just wanted to comment to say what a wonderful site you have. It is so simple to use, words and picture are the best way to learn. The format you have chosen works extremely well and the recipes are simply divine . I will be using it frequently and will definitely recommend it to family and friends.

    Keep doing what you are doing.

  7. says

    Hello Felix,
    I came across your website when I did a google search for a coconut bake recipe. My husband and I live and work in Qatar and the only trini food we get is what we cook! You have done a wonderful job of compiling all these recipes for yummy trini cuisine. I especially love how you have pictures of all the steps, makes it so easy to follow along. All my friends and family are going to hear about Simply Trini Cooking!
    Have a great 2011!!!

  8. says

    Hello, Felix. Looks like my first transmission didn’t go through. Just wanted to take a minute to thank you profoundly for posting those recipes. As a fellow Trini and expatriate American, I welcome them since Trini cooking other than my own is sadly non-existent in these parts. Never fear for I’m rapidly making our cooking known here in South America. I can’t wait to make sawine, buss up shut and paynuse. Appropriate considering that Diwali is upon us. And so, in the short time that formality separates us, I offer you a hearty handclasp albeit a distant one. Take care, Felix and happy early Festival of The Lights

  9. lisa young says

    I found your site recently while I was searching for a corn pie recipe, Thank you so much, it came out so great, my family could get enough. I can’t wait to try other recipes. Keep up the GREAT work.

  10. says

    Mr. Felix,

    How are you? Great recipes.
    Is it possible to get some recipes with tofu and soya. e.g tofu in a hot sauce, chinese style tofu. I am vegetarian.
    Thank you!

  11. v's says

    Mr. Felix,

    jus checking any luck with the tofu recipes esp in a hot sauce, chili garlic. i love tofu but need to know how to use it correctly.

    Thanks a mill!!!

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