Tastes Like Home

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 .

Real Bajan Privilege

Real Bajan Privilege

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 .

Bread made easy

Bread made easy

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 .

Get a grip and show me your motion

Get a grip and show me your motion

Hi Everyone, I love my rubber spatula .

A celebration of simplicity: Egg Fried Rice

A celebration of simplicity: Egg Fried Rice

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 .

A cooking and eating dilemma

A cooking and eating dilemma

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 .

Let’s meet-up

Let’s meet-up

Market cook-shops

Hi Everyone,“This is a cultural thing, you know .

Devilishly   Delicious eggs

Devilishly Delicious eggs

Hi Everyone, Mention Devilled Eggs (aka Stuffed Eggs) for the menu of a social gathering these days and some people roll their eyes .

Impromptu cooking

Impromptu cooking

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 .

Take sea salt health claims with a grain of salt!

Take sea salt health claims with a grain of salt!

Hi Everyone,The salt war has come home .

Let’s discuss: Bunjal versus Curry

Let’s discuss: Bunjal versus Curry

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) .

A fire-roasted smash up

A fire-roasted smash up

Upar Gaar – another Choka

Hi Everyone,I have a confession to make .

Guilt-free ‘Fried’ Ripe Plantains

Guilt-free ‘Fried’ Ripe Plantains

Hi Everyone,I think that anyone would be hard-pressed to find a Caribbean person who does not like fried ripe plantains .

A pork bun homage

A pork bun homage

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 .

Sweet heat

Sweet heat

Hi Everyone, I love peppers - of all varieties, shapes and heat level .

Roti - Eating at its best

Roti – Eating at its best

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 .

Yangzhou Fried Rice

Yangzhou Fried Rice

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 .

Fried rice primer

Fried rice primer

Hi Everyone,A good Fried Rice is a dish that many of us aspire to perfect .

The vulnerability of cooking for others

The vulnerability of cooking for others

Hi Everyone, bearing your soul .

Green: The Colour of Food

Green: The Colour of Food

Hi Everyone,Green is the number one colour when it comes to food .

It’s Pancake turned Tarte Tartin turned Upside Down Cake

It’s Pancake turned Tarte Tartin turned Upside Down Cake

Hi Everyone,So I felt like eating pancakes .

Simple, easy, quick

Simple, easy, quick

- It’s all relative

Hi Everyone,Cooking is simple .

About cooking rice

About cooking rice

Hi Everyone,All rice is not created equal .

Nice fluffy dumplings

Nice fluffy dumplings

Hi Everyone, last month, I received an email from my editor at Stabroek News, in which she relayed the contents of a letter sent to the newspaper .

No secret: Boiled Ripe Plantains

No secret: Boiled Ripe Plantains

Hi Everyone, When it comes to food, I do not have secrets .

Move over smoked Herring

Move over smoked Herring

…there are other smoked fish in town

Hi Everyone, people the length and breath of the Caribbean have a serious love for smoked Herring aka red Herring .

A Lesson on Bake and Shark

A Lesson on Bake and Shark

Hi Everyone,If there is one thing that you must have when you make a trip to the land of the humming bird, Trinidad and Tobago, it is bake and shark .

Guyanese Cheese Pie

Guyanese Cheese Pie

Hi Everyone,A few weeks ago, I received a request for a recipe for Cheese Pie, “the kind that sells at Salt and Pepper .

A Boil & Fry

A Boil & Fry

Hi Everyone, a plate of boil and fry of any ground provision or a combination thereof is so satisfying that all you need is one meal of it and you are set to go for a very long time – sometimes an entire day!Cassava and green plantains are my favourite single-  .

Notes on dhal puri

Notes on dhal puri

Hi Everyone, the recipe I get the most requests for is dhal puri .



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