Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 30th 2013 Contents A37
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Tis the season for parties and they
do happen at all different times,
from cocktail hour to late-night
liming, parang parties, and of
course, formal holiday dinners and
Whatever the occasion, appetisers
or finger foods are welcomed at any
time as they are easy to eat and
If you are looking at hosting a
catered event it is important that
you hire the right caterer for your
needs. Very often, the caterer would
have set menus, with "exotic"
sounding dishes. Be certain that you
know exactly what those so-called
"exotic" dishes are made up of so
that you get what you pay for. I
have realised that some caterers are
incorrectly naming dishes. So be
sure that the fancy names given to
dishes match the reality of that dish.
CAKES WITH ORANGE
12 ozs cassava, peeled
12 ozs Crabmeat, picked over
1 cup grated red onion
1/2 cup finely chopped parsley
1/2 cup chopped chadon beni
1 cup breadcrumbs
1 tsp pepper sauce
1 tsp grated ginger
1 tsp minced garlic
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 egg, lightly beaten
Salt to taste
Vegetable oil to fry
Grate cassava very finely to
release some of the starchy juices
as well, this will help the mixture
Combine all the ingredients except
the oil and mix well.
Heat oil in a non-stick frying pan,
form cakes with your hand about
2 to 3 inches in diameter.
Gently pan fry until golden and
cooked through on each side.
Makes about 15 cakes.
• You can also bake these, preheat
oven to 550F oil a baking sheet,
place crab cakes onto sheet and
bake for 5 minutes, until crisp at
the bottom. Turn and place oven
to broil, broil until golden, brush
with oil again and remove. Serve
with ginger orange dip.
GINGER ORANGE DIP
1/2 cup good quality English
2 tbsps Chinese chili sauce
1/2 tsp grated ginger
2 tbsp rice vinegar
Combine all the ingredients and
Makes about 1/2 cup
1 lb shrimp, peeled and de-veined
2 tbsps cornstarch
1 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsps minced chives
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 one-inch piece of ginger
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1/2 cup water chestnuts
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1/2 tsp white pepper
Vegetable oil for deep-frying
In a food processor combine
shrimp, cornstarch, soy sauce,
chives, garlic, ginger, salt, pepper,
and sesame oil.
Process to a smooth texture, add
chestnuts and process only until
Taste mixture and adjust
Form the shrimp mixture into one
inch balls, dredge in flour, then egg
and finally bene seeds.
Deep fry until golden.
Makes about 15 to 20
Serve with plum sauce.
• Deep-frying these
appetisers is better for
even browning of the
• Bene seeds are
quite popular in
Tobago and other
parts of the Caribbean
they are much the
same as sesame seeds.
IN CREAM CHEESE
2 cups flour
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup milk
2 ozs cream cheese
Combine all dry ingredients; rub in
butter, then cream cheese to fine
Add milk and gently knead,
refrigerate to firm up.
Roll out to 12 by 8 inch rectangle.
Cut into 3-inch squares.
Place about one teaspoon of filling
onto the lower half, fold over and
seal to make a triangular shape.
Pinch to seal, bake 375F for 15
Drizzle with powdered sugar
glaze if desired.
2 cups freshly grated
2 cups granulated sugar
4 pieces clove, ground
1 tsp cinnamon
In a medium sized
saucepan, add coconut and
sugar, cook on medium heat
until mixture begins to bubble,
the mixture should water a
Add spices and continue
cooking stirring frequently
until mixture comes together,
about 10 to 15 minutes.
Add a small amount of water
if needed to prevent sticking.
Remove coconut when it is
cooked and still juicy. Do not
dry your mixture out.
Angela Lansbury is to appear on the
London stage for the first time in
almost 40 years in a new production
of Noel Coward s Blithe Spirit.
She will reprise the role of Madame
Arcati, which she first played on Broad-
way in 2009, winning a Tony Award.
"Coward is the essence of a Britishness
long gone," she told the Daily Mail,
adding she felt in "terrific shape" for
the high-energy production.
The production opens at the Gielgud
Theatre on March 18, 2014.
Previews will run from March 1,
directed by Michael Blake---who helmed
the US production, and a Tony Award-
winner for Copenhagen and Kiss Me,
Best known for crime drama Murder
She Wrote, Lansbury was born in Poplar,
East London, in 1925.
After moving to the US during World
War II, she signed as an actress with
MGM in 1943. (BBC)
Angela Lansbury to make West End return in Blithe Spirit
Fete de Noel
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