Muffins recipes

National dish of Trinidad & Tobago

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  • Independence: 1. 8. 1976
  • Capital: Port of Spain
  • Official language: English
  • Population: 1 346 350
  • Area: 5 131 km2
  • International code: TT
  • Currency: Trinidad and Tobago dollar (TTD)
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Pelau

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Rice
  • 2 lbs chicken or beef (preferably seasoned overnight with garlic, lime and onions)
  • 2 table spoons extra virgin olive oil 4 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 table spoon Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tin or cup pigeon peas
  • 1 table spoon of sugar or 1 table spoon of caramel browning (more for desired colour)
  • 1/4 cup minced onions 1 clove garlic (cut into small cubes or diced)
  • 1/4 cup celery stalks (cut into small cubes)
  • 1/4 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 hot pepper (green)
Pelau is national food (dish) of Trinidad & Tobago

Instructions:

Heat oil - Add sugar, and heat while stiring until near black or brown according to taste (or use caramel browning for the better control of the browning process if unsure). Add seasoned chicken as soon as sugar is correct or suitable brown colour. Stir at first and then cook for 10 minutes in covered saucepan over medium or low heat. Add olive oil, tomato paste, pigeon peas (red kidney beans can be substituted), onions, celery, finely chopped garlic, and rice. Stir. Add tomatoes last. Add water, and hot pepper (whole, do not cut!) or pimento pepper. Bring to a boil. Cover saucepan and leave to cook on low flame, about forty minutes until the rice dries. NOTE: this dish can be used for going to the beach or river, for carnival day or just a picnic in the park. It is quick and easy to make, so enjoy.

Info:

If one has the unique chance of knowing Trinidad Tobago’s cuisine will be surprised how many things it can learn about this country’s culture, people and traditions. Nowadays, restaurant business in Trinidad Tobago is blooming becoming something more like a business card of the country and getting satisfied many tourists during their staying there. Besides big restaurants you can find all over the country local fast food chains, but international chains also. Due to a multiethnic society Trinidad Tobago’s gastronomy is in many ways unique. Starting with the influences brought on this land by the Amerindian peoples and continuing with all the immigrants that followed them, Trinidad Tobago’s cuisine changed and evolved becoming this way unique in the world and very fascinating. Besides the traditional food that you can find it every where such as Bacon, eggs or toast, there are many dishes made after special recipes and in ingenious ways. They usually have some of the finest flavors and exotic names like Buljol, which is a great dish to start your morning with. Besides that, while in a restaurant you can always ask for a Double, but you have to know that ordering this dish doesn’t mean u will get two. Another famous dish made by people from Trinidad Tobago is called Creole, a fantastic mixture of stewed peas, rice, meat that forms a perfect lunch along with some macaroni pie.

 
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