Tuesday 26 March, 2019

5 traditional Trini recipes to save you $$$ for Christmas

Soca parang queen Marcia Miranda slices up ham for her neighbour in the music video for her 1992 hit 'Bring out de Ham'.

Soca parang queen Marcia Miranda slices up ham for her neighbour in the music video for her 1992 hit 'Bring out de Ham'.

Christmas is less than two months away - 42 days to be exact!

Some of you may already be planning your extravagant Christmas spread, from the honey-glazed stuffed turkey to a sparking bottle of non-alcoholic wine or even champagne.

One agricultural economist, however, is urging citizens to eat local this Christmas.

According to Omardath Maharaj, there are several benefits to consuming locally produced food items:

- An opportunity to focus on personal health and wellness as you move away from processed and flavoured foods to a more diversified and fresh ingredient diet.

- It is more economical, at times. Though some foods are more expensive and scarce locally, families can save by growing and making products and meals for themselves.

- Eating local also brings the sustainability of T&T into focus. When we consume food that is grown locally, we make choices that promote true sustainability.

Here are five dishes that make Christmas truly Trini:

1. Pastelle

What’s a Trini Christmas without pastelles?

Pastelles are easy to make steamed cornmeal pies wrapped in banana leaves filled with meat.

 

2. Black cake

Black cake, also known as rum cake and fruit cake is a Christmas specialty in Trinidad.

The secret to making a good black cake is soaking the fruits in wine or alcohol beforehand.

 

3. Ham

For a true Trini Christmas experience, hops and ham with some chow chow is a must.

Did you know? Long ago in T&T, the ham would be boiled in a pitch oil tin.

 

4. Sorrel

A glass of sorrel on a Christmas day, with a slice of black cake is heaven for a Trinidadian.

The popular sorrel drink is made from the sorrel plant, petals of the plant are boiled in water.

 

5. Ponche De Crème

Ponche De Crème is a great tasting milk drink with alcohol.

 

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