Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 10th 2013 Contents "In those days clay ovens were
common, everybody used it. The
bread has a smokey flavour when
you bake in the clay oven and
when you use banana leaves to
cover it adds to it as well. The
bread tastes sweeter, almost as
though there is meat in it already,"
Using the clay oven requires
precision. The oven must be at the
right temperature--too hot means
burnt bread--not hot enough
means uncooked bread. She does-
n't use a thermometer to check
the oven's temperature because
she been at this for quite some
time. Experience is her gauge, and
by standing in front of the oven
she is able to determine when the
right time to insert her dough. The
fire is fuelled by dry coconut shells
and wood. But never the wood
from cedar or pine trees because
the scent created when burnt
spoils the taste of whatever is in
Though she has always been in-
volved in the culinary arts, Zelda,
started her bakery business last
December. Prior to this she and
her mother ran their restaurant
which featured a variety of local
dishes. However, after her
mother's sudden passing and
upon the advice of her doctor she
decided to take some time off to
rest a bit. But being accustomed
to the hustle and the financial re-
wards of her restaurant, she de-
cided to do landscaping on a
morning and soon started working
with the Unemployment Relief
Program. The money wasn't the
same there, so she decided to
start a bakery out of her own
kitchen with her clay oven outside
of course. Although, as far as local
treats are concerned she needed
no formal training she decided to
take a short baking course at UWI
to formalise, challenge and add to
her existing skill set.
"I've been baking most of my
life and I can make all kinds of
things but I wanted to get quali-
fied because I have plans to con-
duct workshops with the youths
OFFER EXPIRES 13TH SEPT, 2013
Something happens when you walk into
Time To Wine. Step out of the warm humid-
ity of Bon Accord, into the cool dry atmos-
phere of a chic boutique that would not be
out of place in London or Paris.
Zelda's clay oven baked goods are a tasty, aromatic,
experience. She's been baking since adolescence
and she still remembers using a clay oven under the
supervision of her mother and grandmother.
This small rustic wine store is a real gem with some of
the best wines prices in Tobago and Trinidad and great
wine information. And talking of gems, another little sur-
prise is the stunning African jewellery from the Sahara
and West Africa on sale here.
As a bonus the shop also offers an extensive selection
of miniatures, liqueurs, rums, whiskies for the tasters and
The calm and friendly atmosphere encourages you
browse the extensive information about the wines on the
hand written labels which symbolise the personal touch
and warm friendly service. The labels and the shop atten-
dant will tell you how to choose your wine according to
your tastes, which food to best compliment it with, and
how it is best drunk.
With 200 varieties of wine you are spoilt for choice:
Spain, Portugal, Argentina, France, Italy, Germany, Amer-
ica, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, Chile are all rep-
resented here so there's something for all tastes.
Conveniently located on the main road in Bon Accord,
five minutes from the airport, Time To Wine say they aim
to "introduce Tobago to the wonderfully rich world of
wine and offer good wines at very competitive prices. To-
bagonians are fed up with the high "tourist prices on the
Time To Wine also offers wine knowledge sessions,
tastings for groups or individuals and will research partic-
ular wines and spirits and source speciality items.
Time To Wine also stocks spirits, wine accessories and
speciality gift baskets and will do deliveries.
in the community soon. I also want to
do the same for tourists," said Zelda.
From that oven she produces orders
of potato pone, cassava pone, white
bread, whole wheat bread, sweetbread,
coconut bake, coconut drops and other
baked treats. She prides herself on the
taste and quality of her bread.
"You get light bread in the grocery.
My bread is not light, it's more solid,
and you're not just eating bread for
eating bread sake. My bread tastes
good and it's very filling," said Zelda.
For more information on Miss Zelda's
treats call (868) 701-4058/639-9722.
Photo Credits: Derek Chung
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