trinidad is my specialty! either the african or indian or fusion food, or the creole stuff (european and native indian)
roucou is achiote or anatto
they use that to give a yellow color and the aroma taste.
its what latinos use too
but as stated it was probably recao anyway!
shadon beni is the archetypal trini green seasoning. it is the same as culantro and cilalntro is a good substitute. use more cilantro than the ammount of chadon beni or culantro called for.
as culantro is more pungent than cillantro
green seasnoning is one special aspect of trin i cooking... almost always has cillantro/culantro/shadon beni in it
the other popluar herbs are chive, thyme and parsley. and garlic is almost always in there
every now and then a blend with oregano can be used.
thyme u have to be careful with in a chicken curry, a little goes a long way.
u can be more liberal with hte parsley and chive.
i like a good ammount of shadon beni/cilantro, but too much is too much, although u can be freerer with it than thyme.
so what recipes is she giving you?
ask her about dal puri and phulourie if u can!!!
make sure to ask her about sahina/saheena, doubles, katchourie and gulab jamoon (which are trini versions of gulab jamun)
other things to try are kurma, jalebi, cassava pone, pelau (pulao), kareli/careli (kalounji), curry cascadura, saltfish accra, aloo pie, fry aloo and sada roti, mango kuchela, mango chutney, ladoo/ladu, curry mango, callaloo and crab, halva, parsad, ras mittai, ras malai, barfi, kulfi, ponche di creme, pump di creme, sweet breead, chinese pow, chow har look, tamarind fish, buss up shut (pratha), bake and shark, shadon beni sauce, trini pepper sauce, oxtails, curry goat, curry opossum, curry iguana, (!!!!!!) fish puffs (choux pastry), beef pies, pastels, shrimp patties, aloo talkarie, black cake, yam pie, stew chicken and pigeon peas, green fig pie, sugar cake, soursop juice, stew beef, curry channa, souse (pig parts or chicken foot), split pea rice, ochro rice, baigan choka, smoked herring choka, fish broth, corn soup, dal with rice, sawine, sea moss punch, green fig punch, ginger beer, cow heel soup, tamarind sauce, currant rolls (awesome desert), fry bake, coconut bake, geera pork, cheese straws, garlic pork,
trinidad food is AMAZING!