A Goblet is an earthen ware jar used for storing water long time. It would be in an accessible but safe place in the kitchen only to be bent over to pour out the cool rain water. Many years ago, when my grandmother was alive, I could remember her giving me water from this same [...]

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Tawa (Tawah)

A Tawa (tawah) or Platin is similar to a griddle. It is another cast iron cooking utensil that a Trini cannot do without. It is used for making bake and roti (and for me a good substitute for baking pizza). They come in various sizes as well. The larger ones are used for making buss-up-shut [...]

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A Bailna or rolling pin is used to roll out doughs to make roti or bake. Yes, even pizza doughs. It is also handy for making crumbs easily. Just place crackers or toasted bread in a paper bag or wax paper and crush it with the rolling pin.This utensil is made of wood, but nowadays, [...]

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Mortar and Pestle

A Mortar and pestle (pilón) is used to crush, grind, and mash ingredients.  The conventional mortar and pestles were used to grind spices and food products. Different Uses of a mortar and a pestel Long ago, the larger version was also used to pound cocoa and coffee (this tradition is still alive in some communities).   [...]

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Pastelle Press

A pastelle press is available in many sizes and is made of wood or plastic. It is inexpensive as well. These wooden pastelle press can help you save a lot of time in the kitchen as well.  The only substitute for it is a rolling pin or bailna, but it would take a lot longer [...]

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Cooking Utensils We Use in Trini Cooking

In every kitchen there are a number of basic cooking utensils that are necessary for everyday cooking. Traditional cooking utensils were made from clay, stone or wood.  Today, we have a variety of cooking utensils  that influence our cooking and the flavor of the dish prepared. Pots and Pans We qualify a good cooking utensil [...]

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Iron Pot

The heavy cast iron pot (cooking) is also called a caldero or caldron. This main pot is similar to the Dutch Oven. Most times they come with a heavy lid, other times you get the pot and cover separate to buy (those smart businessmen). They come in various sizes, the largest I’ve seen measures some [...]

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Hops Bread

Hops bread is a common bread made in Trinidad and Tobago. It is loved for its crusty top, especially when hot. Hops bread must be eaten within two days of baking or it can get rather firm. It tastes great hot, with melted cheese or butter. It also makes a great lettuce and fried fish [...]

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Dumplings are a favorite because it is versatile and goes with just about anything: curried cascadura, curry fish, lentil peas, curry crab, saltfish, smoke herring, etc. The dumpling is usually shaped larger and boiled in water. It can also taste great when cooked in soups, especially cow heel soup. Dumplings in Soups The dumpling made [...]

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Cow Heel Soup

Cow heel soup is another of the Traditional dishes that every Trini knows (or should know) how to cook. Everyone has their own variation to the soup according to their taste. Different vegetables and ground provisions may be added, some people add dumplings while others don’t, others may even add split peas to thicken it [...]

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