Tastes Like Home

A few reminders

A few reminders

Hi Everyone, With the holiday season now in full swing and the family starting to gather, keep your cool and don’t get flustered in the kitchen .

The Christmas meal

The Christmas meal

Switch sides but keep the main dishes traditional

Hi Everyone, The preparation for the Christmas feast kicks into high gear from this weekend .

Holiday Ham: A Primer

Holiday Ham: A Primer

Hi Everyone, the pièce de résistance at Christmas is the ham – a very large cut of meat, cured, cooked and glazed to glistening perfection .

Conkies – Ole  School Cooking

Conkies – Ole School Cooking

Hi Everyone,There are many old time foods that we can make today using the most modern of appliances and techniques, but Conkies (aka sweet dumplings) is not one of them .

Forbidden Love Bacon

Forbidden Love Bacon

Hi Everyone, Smoky, salty, fatty, crispy, bacon is all that and more .

Steppers, Trotters & Heels

Steppers, Trotters & Heels

Hi Everyone, I love feet, that is, chicken feet, pig’s feet and cowheel .

Okra Slush  – It sweet fuh days!

Okra Slush – It sweet fuh days!

Hi Everyone,  Have you ever had Okra Slush? No? Man you missing out, especially, if like me, you can’t get enough of the slender, green-apple-coloured vegetable called okra (ochroes) .

Coconut Oil Pound Cake

Coconut Oil Pound Cake

Hi Everyone,I’ve been baking and experimenting .

Hot Candy

Hot Candy

Hi Everyone, Hot, spicy, peppery and sweet, candied ginger is a real sweet treat .

Kneading sweetness

Kneading sweetness

Hi Everyone,  Making bread with potatoes is nothing new .

Roll it!

Roll it!

Hi Everyone,  There are many cooking utensils that get passed down from one generation to the next - masala bricks, mortars and pestles, pots, pans and rolling pins too .

Hard-dough Bread

Hard-dough Bread

Fort Lauderdale Soirée Pt. 4

Hi Everyone,It’s been nice sharing with you about the meet-up in Fort Lauderdale with Al, CAG and Observer, along with their wives Mar, Desi and Pat .

Bamboo Fire Café

Bamboo Fire Café

Hi Everyone, Welcome to part 3 of a 4-part series about a gathering of Tastes Like Home friends who met for the first time in July this year .

Al’s Secret Bakes Fort Lauderdale Soirée – Pt. 2

Al’s Secret Bakes Fort Lauderdale Soirée – Pt. 2

Hi Everyone,There are many cooks who cook their hearts out and feed as many people as possible .

Food, Fellowship & Friendship Fort Lauderdale Soirée – Pt. 1

Food, Fellowship & Friendship Fort Lauderdale Soirée – Pt. 1

Hi Everyone,This week begins a 4-part series of a gathering of Tastes Like Home friends that was held in July of this year .

Slow to sweetness Caramelized onions

Slow to sweetness Caramelized onions

Hi Everyone,A couple of weeks ago I was telling you about sweating onions, well this week, it is about caramelizing the alliums .

Foodie Summer Pursuits

Foodie Summer Pursuits

Hi Everyone,  Each summer when I travel for my annual vacation, there is always a foodie pursuit for an ingredient, a tool, a piece of equipment or something kitchen related .

Sweating The Good Stuff

Sweating The Good Stuff

Hi Everyone,  Sweat is one of the least appetizing words when it comes to food and cooking, but sweated onions are a key part to cooking many dishes .

A Generation of Innovative Cooks

A Generation of Innovative Cooks

Grandmothers

Hi Everyone,  Are we in the last age of a particular generation of grandmothers’ cooking? I’m referring to the grandmothers that had few resources but created meals out of simple fare to feed their families, grandmothers that cooked from instinct rather than a written recipe .

A ‘lill sauce with big flavour

A ‘lill sauce with big flavour

Chadon Beni

Hi Everyone,The herb chadon beni is to Trini cuisine what that special fine thyme is to Guyanese cuisine – ever present, a favourite and a signature flavour .

Paratha Roti –

Paratha Roti –

Clap it or shake it?

Hi Everyone, “Long ago, roti used to clap, ply ply… nowadays is share mug shake… sigh .

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 .



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