Tastes Like Home
Hi Everyone,Have you ever found yourself sitting down to a plate of food and saying, “You know what this (fill in the blank) needs? Some pepper sauce, achar…” I’m not just talking about a condiment here, I’m referring to little bites created to accompany the food .
Hi Everyone, Often we grow up following and maintaining traditions without knowing or fully understanding why we do so .
Hi Everyone,I have many cups in my cupboard, small and large, expensive and economical .
Hi Everyone, Happy Independence to brilliant, beautiful, bountiful Guyana!Five years ago, I wrote about an ‘Independence food dream’ I had – one in which there was a table with a veritable feast of the foods of my country .
Hi Everyone,There are 3 men in particular who read this column and comment every week .
Hi Everyone, Back in 2007, I shared with you, what The New York Times’ Mark Bittman (aka The Minimalist) and Jim Lahey served up bread-loving folks the world over, No-Knead Bread .
Hi Everyone,There is one particular vegetable that I buy every week when I go to the market – Okra - even when it is selling for BDS$6 (GUY$540) a pound .
Hi Everyone, I couldn’t possibly reveal the subject of this column in the headline for fear that you might not buy the paper .
Hi Everyone,I beg of you .
Hi Everyone,When Easter comes around many homes come alive with the fragrance of spices – in the cakes, buns, cookies and fruit breads that are the order of the day .
Hi Everyone, last week my broadcast students and I were discussing programming plans for the College’s radio station, for Holy Week – the week from Palm Sunday leading up to Easter Sunday .
Hi Everyone,Last week, within a 48-hour period, I heard some food related things that I thought I’d share with you .
Hi Everyone,You may recall, that is, if you have been reading me that long, a column that I wrote a few years ago about my obsession with plantains; particularly green plantains .
Hi Everyone,After declaring last week that I had not given up any food or beverage for Lent, and that I tend to be a weekday vegetarian and weekend meat-eater, I received several emails, asking for vegetarian meal ideas from persons who have given up meat for Lent .
Hi Everyone,friend: What food and drink have you given up for Lent?Me: Nothing .
Hi Everyone, Every West Indian familiar with Chinese cuisine, refuses to make any of their favourite Chinese dishes without a few sprinklings of Chinese Five-spice powder added to their food .
Hi Everyone, I once read that if a popover and a pancake had a baby it would be Dutch .
Hi Everyone,Bajans (Barbadians) use the word ‘proper’ to signify that some thing, place or person is of the highest standard, quality and calibre .
Hi Everyone, Last week Friday my palette was brutally assaulted by the taste of dried herbs in the food I was eating .
Hi Everyone,Last week, in this 2-part series looking at the required water content for creating dough, I explained that there was no definitive answer as to how much water is needed to make dough .
Hi Everyone,We’ve all been there – trying to make dough for breads, roti(s) or bakes and being frustrated by not knowing exactly how much water to use, or, following the suggested amount of water stipulated in a recipe only to end up with an overly sticky mass or with loose dry bits of something far removed from dough .
Hi Everyone,Ever wonder why you love the Coca Cola in one country but can’t stand the taste of it elsewhere? Ever wonder why you prefer certain beers? Ever wonder why the pizza in one place tastes different from another place? Ever wonder why the same international brands of items taste different from one country to another? Read on .
Hi Everyone,Happy New Year!Today is the 6th birthday of this column! My, we have been chatting for a long time .
Hi Everyone,I cooked this year but not as much as you would think, due to a rather hectic travel and work schedule .
Hi Everyone,By the time you read this, the Pepperpot would have been made, the garlic pork set, the ham defrosted and possibly baked, the sorrel and ginger beer made and the Christmas cake, baked .
Hi Everyone,Though the holidays are all about traditions, as they should be, there is nothing wrong with shaking things up .
Hi Everyone, It is traditional at this time of the year that we have large hunks of meat as roasts, especially for the large family gatherings .
Hi Everyone,A Sunday afternoon in the kitchen with my sister, Pat, and my cousin, Yohann, was an occasion where too many cooks did not spoil the broth, or in this case, the potato salad .
Hi Everyone, You will recall last month (October), I invited you to a meet-up so that we could go eat at the Stabroek Market Cook Shops and show support for this vibrant part of Guyana’s street-food culture .
Hi Everyone,If you haven’t yet, then I urge you to pick up a copy of Barbadian Austin Clarke’s food memoir, Pig Tails ‘n Breadfruit: Rituals of Slave Food .
Hi Everyone, ● Do you like making bread?● Are you intimidated by the traditional process of having to knead and proof the dough twice?● Do you want to be able to make bread in an hour?If you answer is yes, yes and yes .
Hi Everyone, I love my rubber spatula .
Hi Everyone,Let me start with a cliché – with apologies to all English teachers the world over – “The more things change, the more they stay the same .
Hi Everyone,When I originally came up with the concept of Tastes Like Home, it was because I was missing the foods from home – Guyana .
Hi Everyone,“This is a cultural thing, you know .
Hi Everyone, Mention Devilled Eggs (aka Stuffed Eggs) for the menu of a social gathering these days and some people roll their eyes .
Hi Everyone, have you ever noticed how great food tastes when it’s a dish you didn’t plan or don’t quite have the ingredients for it, or you just threw it together on the spur of the moment? And have you ever noticed that if you try to replicate it, the dish itself or the flavour, it never comes close to what you remember? When this happens it is so disappointing I tell you .