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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 .

The root of the golden powder

The root of the golden powder

Hi Everyone,Have you ever seen what that golden powder, also known as turmeric and dye looks like in its fresh form?Here’s what it looks like – slender and ginger-like but with orange hues emanating from the deep, profoundly rich colour of its flesh .

Not blooming  but just as good

Not blooming but just as good

Hi Everyone,  It’s been almost 13 years since my first taste of fried onions and the memory is still as fresh as if it were yesterday .

The Magic Tree

The Magic Tree

Hi Everyone, I’m a huge fan of the Harry Potter series and Tolkien’s Lord Of the Rings trilogy, so last year when I read an article about Cuba mass planting the “Magic Tree”, I quickly wondered if it was the ‘tree of life’ Gandalf referred to in the Lord Of The Rings… just kidding! But then again, if one is to carefully study all the health benefits of the Moringa tree, not to mention its use in certain parts of the world to help poor nations fight food insecurity and malnutrition,  .

Fluffy stuffed duff

Fluffy stuffed duff

Hi Everyone, I’m sure that many of you have had stuffed duff before .

Bazodee about Cassava

Bazodee about Cassava

Hi Everyone, It does not take much convincing for me to try a new or different recipe when certain ingredients are involved .

A kitchen weapon of mass use Ginger-Scallion Sauce

A kitchen weapon of mass use Ginger-Scallion Sauce

Hi Everyone, Want a sauce that you can use with rice, noodles, ground provisions, seafood, poultry, meat and vegetables? And the best part? No cooking is involved! Read on .

 Pretty little things...Cucumber Sandwiches

Pretty little things…Cucumber Sandwiches

Hi Everyone,Cucumber sandwiches are often described as dainty and delicate, rarely are they thought of in the realm of eye candy, unless they are prepared as open-face sandwiches .

A serious miss

A serious miss

Eating at German’s Restaurant

Hi Everyone, Disclaimer: I am not a food critic nor do I aspire to be one .

Arrogant about fish cakes

Arrogant about fish cakes

Hi Everyone, Serve a Guyanese a fish cake that doesn’t look like the fish cakes they are accustomed to and they fight hard to hide their shock as they reluctantly reach for it .

Limiting ourselves… not just with food

Limiting ourselves… not just with food

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Hi Everyone,THE SCENE:Time –early Saturday morning .

Roast Pork Cracklings - Rap, snap & pop (into your mouth)

Roast Pork Cracklings – Rap, snap & pop (into your mouth)

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Hi Everyone, One of the main reasons I like to cook roast pork is just so that I can make and eat the cracklings .

Garlic Butter… it’s not just for bread

Garlic Butter… it’s not just for bread

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Hi Everyone, There is no doubt that garlic butter is magnificent on warm bread .

Baigan & Aloo: Having it my way

Baigan & Aloo: Having it my way

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Hi Everyone, I’ve lamented about it often enough but just in case your memory fails you, let me offer a refresher .

Bottoms, corners, edges and ends

Bottoms, corners, edges and ends

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Hi Everyone, the fight for crusty, overcooked, highly flavourful bottoms (bun-bun), corners, edges and ends of cooked food and baked items can be fierce .

Beer Battered Banga (mary)

Beer Battered Banga (mary)

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Hi Everyone, there are several ways to prepare fish to fry: seasoned, and dusted with flour, breadcrumbs, cornmeal or some other type of dry breading .

Drizzling flavour

Drizzling flavour

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Hi Everyone, Pancake Day is just a few days away… what’s the syrup plan this year for drizzling your pancakes? Often taken for granted, the syrup is just as important as the pancake .

Eating a ‘lil Garlic Pork

Eating a ‘lil Garlic Pork

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Hi Everyone,  A little over two weeks ago when I shared my Holiday Bits, with you, I mentioned that I did not make any garlic pork for Christmas .

Tender liver, sweet onions

Tender liver, sweet onions

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Hi Everyone, There are certain dishes that just make your day .

Desperately seeking cassava puffs

Desperately seeking cassava puffs

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Hi Everyone, I was planning to hopefully recreate a treat I’d eaten a few times from a snack lady while at secondary school .

Sharing some Holiday Bits

Sharing some Holiday Bits

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Hi Everyone, Think of this week’s column as one of those dishes you prepare with scraps of ham left over from the holidays .

My approach to eating

My approach to eating

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-Everything in moderation Hi Everyone, No food is bad or unhealthy .

Foodie reactions of 2012

Foodie reactions of 2012

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Hi Everyone, One of the many things I like about writing this column is that it offers me the opportunity create old time favourites and discover new tastes and flavours .

A taste of comfort at Christmas

A taste of comfort at Christmas

Hi Everyone, Regardless of how much searching we do for new recipes to make at Christmas, it is always the old favourites that win our hearts and taste buds .

Roast low & slow this Christmas

Roast low & slow this Christmas

Hi Everyone,Cooking for the holidays can be a royal pain .

So nice when baked twice Potatoes

So nice when baked twice Potatoes

Hi Everyone,  There are many ways to cook potatoes – boiled, stewed, curried, sautéed, fried, steamed, grilled, microwaved, baked and roasted .

Mmmm… Stuffing

Mmmm… Stuffing

Hi Everyone, After all the talk about roast chicken over the past two weeks, it begs that we address stuffing – a most flavourful, savoury accompaniment to roasts of any kind .

Roast Chicken – Pt. 2...Facing fear and feasting

Roast Chicken – Pt. 2…Facing fear and feasting

Hi Everyone, This week we conclude the 2-part series on roast chicken .

Roast Chicken – Pt. 1 Facing fear and feasting

Roast Chicken – Pt. 1 Facing fear and feasting

Hi Everyone, This week we begin a 2-part series on roast chicken .

In the spotlight: Shine Rice

In the spotlight: Shine Rice

Hi Everyone, Say the words Shine Rice and the responses would range from nostalgia to longing to hunger .

Johnny cakes

Johnny cakes

For the love of fried doughHi Everyone,Do you like fried bakes of any kind? Then prepare to cheat on them with Johnny Cakes .

Take your pick of fried green plantains: Chips, fries, tostones, arañitas

Take your pick of fried green plantains: Chips, fries, tostones, arañitas

Hi Everyone, Please don’t roll your eyes .

A skillet for all reasons

A skillet for all reasons

Hi Everyone,It is excellent for baking, roasting, toasting, frying, searing and sautéing .

Pão de  Queijo

Pão de Queijo

(Brazilian Cheese Bread)Hi Everyone,  Is it bread, a bun or a roll? Does it really matter? Especially when you can’t seem to stop yourself from eating at least 3 at one go?One of the many things I like about South American cuisine is the abundant use of root and tubular vegetables .



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