Tastes Like Home

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 .

Antigua’s Raisin Bun

Antigua’s Raisin Bun

Hi Everyone, if you like Raisin Bread, then be prepared to love Antigua’s Raisin Bun .

Ummm… More pancakes

Ummm… More pancakes

Batter up! Part 2

Hi Everyone,After all the pancake-talk last week, did you make any? You know, as a trial run .

Batter Up! It’s Pancake Time

Batter Up! It’s Pancake Time

Hi Everyone,Bring out the pans, the tawahs and the griddles, it’s time to mix the pancake batter and spread it, swirl it or drop it! This week begins a two-part pancake series leading up to that day when we will all go crazy for pancakes .

My heart is beet-ing

My heart is beet-ing

Tastes Like Home

Hi Everyone, I’ve fallen in love, With beets .

Choka in a hurry

Choka in a hurry

Hi Everyone, I have an idea to share with you .

We have a cuisine

We have a cuisine

Hi Everyone, on the morning of Wednesday, November 21, 2007, I received an email from an avid reader of this column and my blog .

An eating pleasure

An eating pleasure

Tastes Like Home

Hi Everyone, Food never fails to surprise .

Keep it fresh

Keep it fresh

Hi Everyone,This is a fresh column .

Holiday baking success  Pt.3

Holiday baking success Pt.3

The Ham

Hi Everyone, This week, we conclude our 3-part Holiday Baking Suc-cess series by discussing the ham .

The Christmas cake

The Christmas cake

Holiday baking success

Part 2Hi Everyone, this week, we continue our Holiday Baking Success series by looking at the all-important Christmas cake .

Holiday baking success

Holiday baking success

Hi Everyone,‘Tis the season the oven gets most fired up .

Bring home the bacon

Bring home the bacon

Hi Everyone, I made bacon! Yep, right in here in my home, I made bacon .



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