Memories and Musings


The power of trinity is one that weds the human experience with the divine. In Christian symbolism the use of signs and emblems are used to teach and present religious truths. Words often fail where symbolism succeeds. Three Circles, connected by bands forming an equilateral triangle, symbolize the Holy Trinity. Christ is represented in the form of a lamb; the voice of the Father thunders from heaven; and through the dove the Holy Spirit flies out.

In Hinduism the three principal gods are called the Hindu Trinity. They are Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. Lord Brahma is the creator, Lord Vishnu the preserver and Lord Shiva the destroyer.

In cuisine we find the power of the trinity in more down to earth forms but still, simply by using the term “trinity” we can know that it is of supreme importance to the people who employ it.

The “holy trinity” of New Orleans cooking is green bell peppers, onions, and celery, which make up the base for many dishes. Green onions (or scallions) are used frequently to finish a recipe, using the green portion only.

In Spain the culinary “trinity” is of bread, oil and wine.

Agreeing to a single Latin/Caribbean Culinary Holy Trinity would be impossible to find accord on. The most likely ingredient to split up any congregation would be chilies, yea or nay. For me it is a resounding yea!

My personal Culinary Trinity, which would be used as a base for a host of other ingredients including such ‘apostles’ as olive oil, coconut milk, beans, various fruits, potatoes, rice, corn, garlic and stocks are then; cumin, chilies, and lime juice. Cumin would be the creator; chilies the fire and lime juice the preserver. Amen.

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