Cynthia Nelson

Cynthia Nelson

Tastes Like Home – Maintaining your skills

Hi Everyone, A couple of months ago as I was in the kitchen finely chopping some onions and herbs in preparation for a dish, a friend of mine visiting looked at me with a mixture of alarm and exasperation and said, “Why don’t you just use the food processor?” I explained to her that that would take too much time for me to do that and besides I want to maintain my chopping skills.

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Jam versus jelly versus marmalade Hi Everyone, “Would you please pass the jelly?” Remember that line from one of the old Polander All-Fruit commercials?

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Describing our cuisine Hi Everyone, What is your answer when someone asks you to describe our cuisine or asks you what type of cuisine we have?

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Eureka’s  green thumb … expanding our palates Hi Everyone, Very early on Saturday mornings just as the sun rises to embrace the day, there, at the Cheap Side Market, you’ll find Eureka Carver and Dazzle Blackman proudly standing behind their stall with an array of fresh herbs, some potted and some parcelled out for sale.

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Home: A memory is just a taste away Hi Everyone, As I sat on a plane bound for the United States of America, I contemplated what to write about in this week’s column.

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Jug Jug: No longer a tradition? Hi Everyone, Though it is a traditional Barbadian Christmas dish, it does not make an appearance on feast-laden tables throughout the island.

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Precious thyme Hi Everyone, Given that long ago thyme was used for its antiseptic properties and medicinal uses, and in ancient times some bathed in its water to renew their energy while others used it for embalming, we should really feel fortunate, to be able to get three varieties of this herb while many the world over only get one variety and I’m not talking about flavours here but rather, thyme in general.

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I rise to bake Hi Everyone, Fraught with unpredictability, temperamental partners, atmospheric conditions that I cannot control and sometimes a shaken confidence, why then you may ask, would I venture into such an arena?

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Can soup unite? Hi Everyone, Whenever my friend Adele mentions that she is making soup, I see her husband, Ivan, get a worried look on his face.

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One man’s Poison is another man’s Feast Hi Everyone, “Try and don’t poison the people.” This remark stopped me, my knife suspended over the banana blossom I was frantically chopping and tossing into the bowl of waiting yogurt to prevent oxidization (discolouration).

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A familiar ingredient in unfamiliar ways Hi Everyone, Like you, I buy the same ingredients weekly, like you, I prepare the same dishes every week and like you, I am always looking for new ways to prepare these familiar ingredients that I buy often, that is why when I came across Brandade de Morue and Salt Fish Fried Rice, I knew I had to share it with you.

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Oh Sweet Callaloo Hi Everyone, If you’re from Guyana, Callaloo refers to all varieties of spinach (bhaji) but if you’re from Trinidad and Tobago, then Callaloo is the beloved, must-have, soul food dish of the twin island republic.

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Macaroni pie – definitely not ordinary Hi Everyone, Here in Barbados, the ability to make a “proper” dish of Macaroni Pie is testament to your ability to cook and some say it even makes you eligible to be a good wife.

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Too much liming Hi Everyone, Lime and salt are two ingredients that give us so much flavour and taste but when we unwisely let them overstay their welcome, they rob us of those exact qualities – flavour and taste.

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I clean my plate for Dirty Rice Hi Everyone, Dirty Rice, don’t let the name of the dish fool you, it is one of the best tasting rice dishes you will ever eat.