Tastes Like Home
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 .
Hi Everyone,The salt war has come home .
Hi Everyone,“A lot of people don’t realize that there is a difference between bunjal and curry you know,” declared the winner of last year’s Duck Curry Competition put on by the Guyanese Association of Barbados (GABI) .
Hi Everyone,I have a confession to make .
Hi Everyone,I think that anyone would be hard-pressed to find a Caribbean person who does not like fried ripe plantains .
Hi Everyone,There are many pork buns and pork sandwiches out there, each with its own legion of worshippers and adoring fans, but there is one that has stolen my heart, rendered me helpless and always desperate with longing - Momofuku’s Pork Buns .
Hi Everyone, I love peppers - of all varieties, shapes and heat level .
Hi Everyone, I receive a lot of emails from people crying out in frustration wondering why their once soft, fluffy, hot roti has gone dry or hard by the afternoon .
Hi Everyone, last August when I was in Guyana and on the hunt for Chinese food, pastries, etc, you know, a taste of home, everyone kept telling me that I must try the Yangzhou fried rice .
Hi Everyone,A good Fried Rice is a dish that many of us aspire to perfect .
Hi Everyone, bearing your soul .
Hi Everyone,Green is the number one colour when it comes to food .