Tastes Like Home

A Big Pot of Stew

A Big Pot of Stew

Hi Everyone,There are certain dishes when made and eaten just set your soul at ease .

Tender Cheesy  Biscuits or Scones?

Tender Cheesy Biscuits or Scones?

Hi Everyone, There are subtle differences between a country style biscuit (think KFC and Pillsbury) and a scone .

Fresh fish. Frozen fish

Fresh fish. Frozen fish

Hi Everyone,The one particular aspect about food in Guyana that I miss the most is fish .

The other kind of chutney

The other kind of chutney

Hi Everyone, For us here in the Caribbean, chutneys are hot, spicy, tangy (acidic) condiments .

Treats - the Milky Way

Treats – the Milky Way

Hi Everyone,I remember a time when dessert was a very simple affair – right out of a box and sometimes a can or tub .

Lap Cheong, it’s special Chinese Pork Sausage

Lap Cheong, it’s special Chinese Pork Sausage

Hi Everyone, Porky, meaty, sweet – that’s Lap Cheong (in Cantonese) .

Swank (aka Lime Water)

Swank (aka Lime Water)

Hi Everyone, Lime + water + sugar = swank .

Tablemanners

Tablemanners

Book review

Hi Everyone, Antigua & Barbuda beat out front runners Italy, France and Germany to cop first place and the title of Best Design in the recently concluded prestigious Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in their nominated category! Writing that sentence and reading it aloud is such sweet pleasure .

Little bites  that complete  a meal

Little bites that complete a meal

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 .

Giving thanks

Giving thanks

St Anthony’s Bread

Hi Everyone, Often we grow up following and maintaining traditions without knowing or fully understanding why we do so .

A nice long drink

A nice long drink

- my enamel cup

Hi Everyone,I have many cups in my cupboard, small and large, expensive and economical .

Hope @ Independence

Hope @ Independence

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 .

Jamaican hard-dough bread

Jamaican hard-dough bread

Hi Everyone,There are 3 men in particular who read this column and comment every week .

Another  easy  bread

Another easy bread

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 .

Stuff it if you love it …Okra, that is

Stuff it if you love it …Okra, that is

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 .

Shhhhh, Just one more time… please

Shhhhh, Just one more time… please

Hi Everyone, I couldn’t possibly reveal the subject of this column in the headline for fear that you might not buy the paper .

Flavourful heat

Flavourful heat

Hi Everyone,I beg of you .

Easter Spice Bun

Easter Spice Bun

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 .

Good Friday rebellion

Good Friday rebellion

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 .

Overheard… Foodie things

Overheard… Foodie things

Hi Everyone,Last week, within a 48-hour period, I heard some food related things that I thought I’d share with you .

Plantain obsessed

Plantain obsessed

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 .

What I’m eating: Pumpkin & Eggs

What I’m eating: Pumpkin & Eggs

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 .

Lenthen food thoughts

Lenthen food thoughts

Hi Everyone,friend: What food and drink have you given up for Lent?Me:       Nothing .

Chinese Five-spice Powder

Chinese Five-spice Powder

- the Yin-Yang of flavor

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 .

Dutch Baby Pancake

Dutch Baby Pancake

Hi Everyone, I once read that if a popover and a pancake had a baby it would be Dutch .

Proper Bajan Coconut Turnovers

Proper Bajan Coconut Turnovers

Hi Everyone,Bajans (Barbadians) use the word ‘proper’ to signify that some thing, place or person is of the highest standard, quality and calibre .

Offending dried herbs

Offending dried herbs

Hi Everyone, Last week Friday my palette was brutally assaulted by the taste of dried herbs in the food I was eating .

Making Dough – Pt. 2

Making Dough – Pt. 2

The imprecision of water to flour ratio

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 .

Making Dough – Pt. 1

Making Dough – Pt. 1

The imprecision of water to flour ratio

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 .

The taste of water

The taste of water

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 .

Feel up your food

Feel up your food

Hi Everyone,Happy New Year!Today is the 6th birthday of this column! My, we have been chatting for a long time .

My memorable 12

My memorable 12

Hi Everyone,I cooked this year but not as much as you would think, due to a rather hectic travel and work schedule .

Feasting at Christmas

Feasting at Christmas

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 .

Serve a different meal this holiday

Serve a different meal this holiday

Shake up the routine

Hi Everyone,Though the holidays are all about traditions, as they should be, there is nothing wrong with shaking things up .

Garlicky Pork

Garlicky Pork

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 .

Pat & Yohann’s Potato Salad

Pat & Yohann’s Potato Salad

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 .

The market meet-up pt. 2P

The market meet-up pt. 2P

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 .



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