Tastes Like Home

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 .

Sweet balls of  coconut laddoo

Sweet balls of coconut laddoo

Hi Everyone,While Phagwah is all about savoury snacking, Diwali is about sweet meats – sweet snacks and desserts .

Know your food - Gone bananas

Know your food – Gone bananas

Bananas are the world’s most popular and best-selling fruit, outranking the apple and orange .

You can dial my number

You can dial my number

Hi Everyone, We talk about life, work, relationships, and God, among other things .

Sunday lunch: Easy like Sunday morning

Sunday lunch: Easy like Sunday morning

Hi Everyone, Sunday lunch is one of the most looked-forward to meals of the week .

Mayonnaise or Aïoli?

Mayonnaise or Aïoli?

Hi Everyone,I have a friend visiting who is watching her cholesterol intake and so each morning, I make her scrambled egg whites .

Lemongrass:  One of a kind flavour

Lemongrass: One of a kind flavour

Last week’s recipe of Thai fish cakes – that included a signature ingredient in Thai cuisine, lemongrass – prompted questions from several readers about the use of the lemongrass stalk .

Gone fishing

Gone fishing

Hi Everyone,There are many things that the Atlantic hurricane season brings – the need to stock up on canned food, bottled water, batteries, candles, matches, portable radios and then there is the requisite construction work to ensure that roofs are intact, shutters are sturdy, trees trimmed and the yard free of debris .

I see. I cook. I share

I see. I cook. I share

Hi Everyone, I have this monologue with myself each Saturday that I go to the market:“You have the list right? No deviating from it (the list) today .

The Other Five Spice: Panch Phoron

The Other Five Spice: Panch Phoron

Hi Everyone,  One of the thrilling things about cooking with spices and herbs is that you can use them in many combinations and on each occasion be totally surprised by the flavour .

This Thing Called Bakes

This Thing Called Bakes

A class of bakes

Hi Everyone, I have an obsession with bakes .

Developing Flavour

Developing Flavour

Hi Everyone, Developing flavour when cooking is about technique and time .

Audrey’s Chicken Spread

Audrey’s Chicken Spread

Hi Everyone,A few weeks ago I was visiting some friends up North .

Drinking to cool off

Drinking to cool off

Hi Everyone,  Here in the Caribbean we live in a tropical environment that enjoys summer weather all year round but in July and August, it gets even hotter .

Quiche

Quiche

An open pie

Hi Everyone, Since we’ve been baking sweet cookies for the past two weeks, I thought that it is time that we add something savoury to the table .

Buttery buttons of cookies

Buttery buttons of cookies

Hi Everyone, After all the talk about buttery shortbread cookies last week, I am keeping my promise to share with you the late Urmia Cummings’ butter cookies which she called Teatime Cookies .

Buttery Shortbread Cookies

Buttery Shortbread Cookies

Hi Everyone,I always say, if you’re going to have a cookie, then have a cookie .

Cooking with pressure – Part 2

Cooking with pressure – Part 2

Hi Everyone, This week I conclude the 2-part series looking at cooking with pressure cookers .

Cooking with pressure – Part 1

Cooking with pressure – Part 1

Hi Everyone, I have a new baby – a Futura Pressure Cooker, from the makers of the world-class Hawkins cookers! The addition of the Futura now brings the count to 4 .

A sweet memory

A sweet memory

Hi Everyone,I hung around my aunt Betty’s kitchen a lot when I was growing up .

Plantain-Coconut Rolls

Plantain-Coconut Rolls

Hi Everyone, There is very little if anything that needs to be done to fried sweet ripe plantains .



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