Bitter Love

Hi Everyone,   Karaila (bitter melon/bitter gourd), like okra, is one of those vegetables that you either love or hate.

When only white rice will do

Hi Everyone, On a daily basis we can choose from a variety of starches to accompany the protein part of our meal that may consist of meat, seafood, vegetables, or legumes.

Request for Milk Bread

Hi Everyone, As I told you last week, my mother is visiting and, over the period of time that she’s been here, there have been several requests for specific things that she would like to eat and drink.

Changed hands

Hi Everyone,   It didn’t just happen but it is only now that I have come to fully understand how much arthritis has affected and changed the use of my mother’s hands in the kitchen.

How do you like your eggs?

Hi Everyone, There is a golden rule when entertaining, particularly for small gatherings – that we cook to suit the tastes of our invited family and friends and not exclusively to our likes.

Cou-cou and Guyanese fish

Hi Everyone,   This column was written on Thursday, April 28, 2016. I heard the following exchange on the radio today in Barbados between a moderator and a 90-year-old Barbadian woman, as they talked about people through the years who have done remarkable things for their communities without ever seeking the limelight.

One sauce, many uses: Marinara

Hi Everyone, Are you interested in a sauce that you can make in large batches that stores well; a sauce that can be used all year round for a variety of dishes – meat and meatless – and even serve as dip?

Stock Up

Hi Everyone, You can enrich your meals, reduce salt, and save money by making and using your own homemade stock.

Madeira’s Malasadas

Hi Everyone, Bear with me as I tell you, in a rather roundabout way, how I ended up making the best doughnuts I have ever eaten.

Lead Pipe

Hi Everyone, There is something indescribable about the combination of freshly grated coconuts, flour, sugar, a little butter, ground cinnamon, grated nutmeg and a few drops of essence, all brought together by milk or water.

A year of discovery

Hi Everyone, We’re still in January (barely) but it means that I can still wish you a very Happy, and blessed New Year!

An Edible Crown

Hi Everyone, Make way for a princely cut of meat that will impress the heck out of everyone at your holiday table – a crown roast of pork.

Blackened not burnt

Hi Everyone,   We like bun-bun but not burnt food. Blackened dishes can often end up looking burnt but they aren’t.

Deliciously Cool

Hi Everyone, Skin on, skin off; with or without seeds; sliced, diced, smashed or pureed, cucumbers are cool and tasty!

Roes of Pleasure

Hi Everyone, The heated oil shimmers. Onions, fresh herbs and chopped hot peppers hit the pan and sizzle.

The Other Parts

Hi Everyone,  Ewww… Gross! Yuck! These sounds plus expressions of scorn and disgust are usually the reaction of many people when they are offered the other parts of meat, poultry or seafood.

‘Sweet hands’

Hi Everyone, “Sweet Hands means that a person is so talented in the kitchen that anything he or she makes… is like manna from the Gods.” That is how American journalist, chef and cookbook author, with roots in Trinidad, Ramin Ganeshram, explained the title of her book back in 2010 when it was published.

Have a cookie

Hi Everyone, This cookie ain’t gonna crumble. This cookie ain’t hard. This cookie is soft and chewy.

Taming & Emulsifying

Shrimp in Garlic Butter Sauce

Hi Everyone,   I had a craving for shrimp, and like most Guyanese, it takes no effort to convince me to make a curry.

Iron: An Essential Micronutrient

Hi Everyone, Last month, an article was published in Stabroek News (Friday, August 14) written by Guyana’s former Director of the Government Analyst Food & Drug Department, Marilyn Collins, titled – ‘Food Fortification & The Health of the Guyanese Population.’ In the article Ms Collins referenced the statistics of the most recent survey conducted in Guyana (in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization PAHO) on iron deficiency anaemia.

Going Country

Hi Everyone, The August holidays are over and it’s time to get back to ‘reality’.

Handmade

Hi Everyone,   For decades now, electrical devices have been conceptualized, designed and manufactured to make our lives easier in the kitchen.

Pan-tastic Cooking

Hi Everyone,  Like many people, when I travel overseas, I like to shop for electronic gadgets, fine jewellery, clothing and shoes.

Pickled Breadfruit Bajan eats part 2

Hi Everyone, This week we continue with another weekend favourite among Barbadians. Last week we talked about Bajan pudding, but a serving of pudding and souse would not be complete without pickled breadfruit.

Pudding

Bajan Eats Pt. 1

Hi Everyone, This week begins a 4-part series featuring a few weekend favourites among Barbadians (Bajans).