Tastes Like Home

Freeze it!

Freeze it!

Hi Everyone,  Daylight breaks earlier and the sun sets later, summer is here .

Buying Black Pudding

Buying Black Pudding

– it is a backdoor affair

Hi Everyone,  This week’s column concludes the 2-part look at Black Pudding .

Making Black Pudding

Making Black Pudding

– it’s not about a recipe

Hi Everyone,This week begins a 2-part series about Black Pudding .

What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?

Telling it like it is

Hi Everyone,We are people who are at once sophisticated and simple .

Let’s  fry some chicken

Let’s fry some chicken

Hi Everyone,What is it about fried chicken that is so alluring? It’s a favourite of almost everyone, (well except vegetarians of course) .

5 Must-tries in Guyana

5 Must-tries in Guyana

What’s yours?

Hi Everyone,  If you had to come up with 5 food (food & beverage) items that people visiting Guyana must try, what would they be?As I sat on a LIAT flight to Guyana, I picked up ZING (the in-flight magazine), which is always a good read .

A heartfelt thank you

A heartfelt thank you

Hi Everyone,When I first conceptualized this column, Tastes Like Home, I knew what I would be getting out of it and I knew what people living away from Guyana would be getting out of it .

Food in Guyana Overwhelming and appreciative

Food in Guyana Overwhelming and appreciative

Hi Everyone, Every time I come back home for a visit I have to readjust my senses to the abundance of food, especially at the markets .

‘Stretch-out’ Breadfruit

‘Stretch-out’ Breadfruit

Hi Everyone,We have been chatting for several years now, so much so that things have reached the stage where I have to start some of our conversations with one of these phrases: Remember I told you… Last year I shared with you… If you have been reading me for a while… Well this is going to be one of those occasions .

Brasilian Acarajé

Brasilian Acarajé

An exercise in patience

Hi Everyone, Last week Wednesday, I sat for 4 straight hours engaged in the tedious task of removing the skins off of 4 ½ cups of rehydrated black eye peas .

Thank you, Black-Eye Peas

Thank you, Black-Eye Peas

Hi Everyone,  There was a period of time when I was going to secondary school that chickpeas (aka channa, garbanzo beans) were scarce .

A sense of perfection ~ Thanks Mommy

A sense of perfection ~ Thanks Mommy

Hi Everyone, I am not a perfectionist but I get my sense of perfection from my mother .

Staying connected (with) food taunts

Staying connected (with) food taunts

Hi Everyone,It’s cruel, unfair and sheer torture .

Kitchen experiment: Coconut oil pastry

Kitchen experiment: Coconut oil pastry

Hi Everyone, I have never used coconut oil before, until now .

Trippa alla Romana  (Tripe in the style of Rome)

Trippa alla Romana (Tripe in the style of Rome)

Hi Everyone,  I am always on the hunt for recipes that use familiar ingredients in new ways .

Potato Bake

Potato Bake

Hi Everyone,No matter which way you combine potatoes, milk, cream, garlic, fresh herbs and cheese, the result would always be a resounding success .

Butter-less Scones?  Oh Yeah! But Not For Me

Butter-less Scones? Oh Yeah! But Not For Me

Hi Everyone, I have an obsession with baking scones .

Freedom and responsibility

Freedom and responsibility

Hi Everyone,“We cannot afford to mortgage our palettes to foreign producers” - Freundel StuartThe Barbadian Prime Minister made this remark at the opening of the recently concluded annual local Agricultural Festival (AGROFEST) .

Caribbean and meatless? It is possible

Caribbean and meatless? It is possible

Hi Everyone, It’s the season of Lent and, as usual, my inbox is full of requests for vegetarian and meat-free recipes .

Seeing red

Seeing red

Hi Everyone, I’m seeing red, but I’m not angry .

Picnic eating

Picnic eating

Hi Everyone,Tomorrow is Mashramani and apart from the main event – the parade of costumes and bands in various parts of the country – the number one activity that many will be participating in is some form of picnic .

Add zing with zest

Add zing with zest

Hi Everyone, Looking to brighten and perk up your food and beverage? Add a little zest!  I don’t mean enthusiasm, zeal and passion – although those won’t hurt – I am talking about citrus zest .

In support of calypso

In support of calypso

To close off three weeks of writing about the local music scene, I am zooming in on a genre that in Guyana at least, seems to have lost its steam .

The less you know…

The less you know…

Hi Everyone,A couple of years ago, no, wait almost 4 years ago (where does the time go?!) I wrote telling you about an amazing cornbread I had at a barbeque restaurant in the United States .

Hot Fluffy Rice

Hot Fluffy Rice

Hi Everyone, Taken for granted though indispensable for many meals, plainly cooked-rice is content and secure in its supportive role .

Burnt Sugar. Brown Food

Burnt Sugar. Brown Food

Hi Everyone,  The secret to a good Trini Pelau or Stew is burnt sugar .

The hype and being informed

The hype and being informed

Hi Everyone,There is way too much misinformation about food out there .

End of season jam

End of season jam

Hi Everyone,  with the end of the Sorrel season quickly closing in, I wanted to share with you a way in which you can still enjoy the flavour of sorrel beyond the season .

The Cost of Food

The Cost of Food

Hi Everyone,Fact: food is expensive .

Back to basics

Back to basics

Weekday food & weekend food

Hi Everyone,  One of the things about communicating is knowing when to say what, to whom, and how to say it .

A Memorable Year

A Memorable Year

Hi Everyone,It’s been another memorable year for Tastes Like Home .

A real boozy pudding

A real boozy pudding

Hi Everyone,  De Trini(s) might never let me back in deh country for what I have done with their beloved Punch de Crème but I think if they stop long enough to taste my Punch de Crème Bread Pudding they might forgive me .

The spice in my rice

The spice in my rice

Hi Everyone, With the holidays looming large, everyone is looking to spice things up – literally and figuratively .

The peas of good fortune Black-eye Cook-up Rice

The peas of good fortune Black-eye Cook-up Rice

Hi Everyone,Could it really be?In my research into our foods - where they came from, how we prepare and consume them - I came across some information that gave me an “ah ha” moment .

Bejewelled Bread

Bejewelled Bread

Panettone

Hi Everyone, The Italian sweet bread – Panettone – reminds me of the Christmas holidays .

 Inspired baking Namilco’s Cookbook Calendar

Inspired baking Namilco’s Cookbook Calendar

Hi Everyone,Have you seen the 2014 Cookbook Calendar put out by the National Milling Company (Guyana Inc)? I received a couple of copies a few weeks ago and have been ticking off which recipes I want to make .

Who are we? Heritages & Connections

Who are we? Heritages & Connections

Hi Everyone, Two Saturdays ago, the Guyana Cultural Association of New York, held its annual symposium, and this year the theme was: Who are we?The theme asks a timely question and one that certainly gives us pause .



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