Tastes Like Home
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 .
Hi Everyone,So I felt like eating pancakes .
Hi Everyone,Cooking is simple .
Hi Everyone,All rice is not created equal .
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 .
Hi Everyone, When it comes to food, I do not have secrets .
Hi Everyone, people the length and breath of the Caribbean have a serious love for smoked Herring aka red Herring .
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 .
Hi Everyone,A few weeks ago, I received a request for a recipe for Cheese Pie, “the kind that sells at Salt and Pepper .
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- .
Hi Everyone, the recipe I get the most requests for is dhal puri .