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During our last trip to Trinidad, Rebecca and I had the good fortune to be invited out for a day of racing. It turned out to be a very pleasant experience, and a welcome respite from our work in the boatyard. As is commonplace, when the race was over, everyone gathered in the yacht club bar to enjoy a few celebratory drinks. At some point during this exchange, one of the women who was sailing with us passed around a jar of spicy mango, what we later learned was a very popular dish in Trinidad called Chow. With Google and Youtube at your fingertips, pretty much any recipe can be within your grasp, and so, since it’s been raining so much here, and we’ve been near boat-bound, Rebecca and I decided to take a shot at making our own version.

Mangos, the fruit that is traditionally used in this dish (that, and pineapple), are plentiful here right now. In spite of this, we opted to make our Chow with apples as they are a bit lower in carbs (it’s a diet thing that I won’t bore you with at this moment). Trinis might scoff at that, but we think the dish turned out fantastic, and we loved the mixture of sweet and spicy. We shared the snack with our friends Carrie and Carl during sundowners last night, but I’m not sure they were quite so taken with it. You’ll have to try it yourself to let me know your thoughts.

Chow recipe:

  • 4 apples – sliced
  • 1/2 Tbsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp hot sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves – chopped
  • juice of one lime
  • 1/4 tsp red peper flakes*
  • 1/4 tsp thyme

Mixed the ingredients all together and enjoy!

*We would have used some type of fresh hot pepper in the recipe instead of the hot pepper flakes but Rebecca couldn’t find any at the store on the day that she went shopping.


  1. No scotch bonnets available?

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