Tastes Like Home
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
Hi Everyone, There was a period of time when I was going to secondary school that chickpeas (aka channa, garbanzo beans) were scarce .
Hi Everyone, I am not a perfectionist but I get my sense of perfection from my mother .
Hi Everyone,It’s cruel, unfair and sheer torture .
Hi Everyone, I have never used coconut oil before, until now .
Hi Everyone, I am always on the hunt for recipes that use familiar ingredients in new ways .
Hi Everyone,No matter which way you combine potatoes, milk, cream, garlic, fresh herbs and cheese, the result would always be a resounding success .
Hi Everyone, I have an obsession with baking scones .
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) .
Hi Everyone, It’s the season of Lent and, as usual, my inbox is full of requests for vegetarian and meat-free recipes .
Hi Everyone, I’m seeing red, but I’m not angry .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
Hi Everyone, Taken for granted though indispensable for many meals, plainly cooked-rice is content and secure in its supportive role .
Hi Everyone, The secret to a good Trini Pelau or Stew is burnt sugar .
Hi Everyone,There is way too much misinformation about food out there .
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 .
Hi Everyone,Fact: food is expensive .
Hi Everyone, One of the things about communicating is knowing when to say what, to whom, and how to say it .
Hi Everyone,It’s been another memorable year for Tastes Like Home .
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 .
Hi Everyone, With the holidays looming large, everyone is looking to spice things up – literally and figuratively .
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 .
Hi Everyone, The Italian sweet bread – Panettone – reminds me of the Christmas holidays .
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 .
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 .
Hi Everyone,While Phagwah is all about savoury snacking, Diwali is about sweet meats – sweet snacks and desserts .
Bananas are the world’s most popular and best-selling fruit, outranking the apple and orange .
Hi Everyone, We talk about life, work, relationships, and God, among other things .
Hi Everyone, Sunday lunch is one of the most looked-forward to meals of the week .
Hi Everyone,I have a friend visiting who is watching her cholesterol intake and so each morning, I make her scrambled egg whites .
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 .