Wendy Ann Alexander has done it again with her tantalising dishes made out of tamarind. Local readers might just be saying how much they love “tambran” balls, “tambran” stew, and “tambran” sauce. All these delicacies are made with the sweet tamarind fruit that is also eaten straight out of the shell.
Visit any parlour in Trinidad and Tobago and have a sugary tamarind ball from the large bottle probably made by the shopkeeper. A perfect one will have enough pepper for you to suck the seeds dry while blowing for relief.
Don’t forget tamarind stew
The tamarind stew will have you licking your fingers and eating the paper on which it was served in the parlour. The fusion of flavours is simply irresistible.
Local cooks use tamarind sauce as a kitchen helper to season peas, chicken, and almost any dish that can do with a tamarind twist.
August 2016 www.sweettntmagazine.com
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When we cook we seldom follow a recipe, the meal is cooked with time acquired know-how, we taste as we go along and add a pinch here and dash there… you know we put lots of love into it and we imagine our loved ones enjoying it and that in itself propels us forward to want to make it even yummier.
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I consider myself a bit of a “Chow Connoisseur”. I have made chow with almost every fruit you can think of, both local and foreign fruits. There are many different methods that Trinis use to make a good chow. I have tried most of these variations but I always gravitate back to my favourite recipe.
So now I share with you my time honoured and very delicious and simple method for making a Trini Chow. Now remember you can use any fruit of your choice from mangoes, plums, guavas, green paw-paw, cherries, etc… the list can go on for miles.