5 Must-tries in Guyana

What’s yours?

Hi Everyone,  If you had to come up with 5 food (food & beverage) items that people visiting Guyana must try, what would they be?

A heartfelt thank you

Hi Everyone, When I first conceptualized this column, Tastes Like Home, I knew what I would be getting out of it and I knew what people living away from Guyana would be getting out of it.

‘Stretch-out’ Breadfruit

Hi Everyone, We have been chatting for several years now, so much so that things have reached the stage where I have to start some of our conversations with one of these phrases: Remember I told you… Last year I shared with you… If you have been reading me for a while… Well this is going to be one of those occasions.

Brasilian Acarajé

An exercise in patience

Hi Everyone, Last week Wednesday, I sat for 4 straight hours engaged in the tedious task of removing the skins off of 4 ½ cups of rehydrated black eye peas.

Staying connected (with) food taunts

Hi Everyone, It’s cruel, unfair and sheer torture. What is? The calling, texting, tweeting, Facebook-ing and instant messaging that many of us are involved in as we tease and taunt our family and friends living overseas with the food of home.

Potato Bake

Hi Everyone, No matter which way you combine potatoes, milk, cream, garlic, fresh herbs and cheese, the result would always be a resounding success.

Freedom and responsibility

Hi Everyone, “We cannot afford to mortgage our palettes to foreign producers” – Freundel Stuart The Barbadian Prime Minister made this remark at the opening of the recently concluded annual local Agricultural Festival (AGROFEST).

Seeing red

Hi Everyone, I’m seeing red, but I’m not angry. On the contrary, I am quite delighted.

Picnic eating

Hi Everyone, Tomorrow is Mashramani and apart from the main event – the parade of costumes and bands in various parts of the country – the number one activity that many will be participating in is some form of picnic.

In support of calypso

To close off three weeks of writing about the local music scene, I am zooming in on a genre that in Guyana at least, seems to have lost its steam.

The less you know…

Hi Everyone, A couple of years ago, no, wait almost 4 years ago (where does the time go?!) I wrote telling you about an amazing cornbread I had at a barbeque restaurant in the United States.

Hot Fluffy Rice

Hi Everyone, Taken for granted though indispensable for many meals, plainly cooked-rice is content and secure in its supportive role.

The hype and being informed

Hi Everyone, There is way too much misinformation about food out there. Those with influence give the impression that one-size-fits-all when it comes to food and making choices.

End of season jam

Hi Everyone,  with the end of the Sorrel season quickly closing in, I wanted to share with you a way in which you can still enjoy the flavour of sorrel beyond the season.

The Cost of Food

Hi Everyone, Fact: food is expensive. Fact: we are spending more and getting very little for the dollar.

Back to basics

Weekday food & weekend food

Hi Everyone,  One of the things about communicating is knowing when to say what, to whom, and how to say it.

A Memorable Year

Hi Everyone, It’s been another memorable year for Tastes Like Home. It was often the simple things that evoked the most memories.

A real boozy pudding

Hi Everyone,  De Trini(s) might never let me back in deh country for what I have done with their beloved Punch de Crème but I think if they stop long enough to taste my Punch de Crème Bread Pudding they might forgive me.

The spice in my rice

Hi Everyone, With the holidays looming large, everyone is looking to spice things up – literally and figuratively.

Bejewelled Bread

Panettone

Hi Everyone, The Italian sweet bread – Panettone – reminds me of the Christmas holidays.

Mayonnaise or Aïoli?

Hi Everyone, I have a friend visiting who is watching her cholesterol intake and so each morning, I make her scrambled egg whites.

Lemongrass: One of a kind flavour

Last week’s recipe of Thai fish cakes – that included a signature ingredient in Thai cuisine, lemongrass – prompted questions from several readers about the use of the lemongrass stalk.

Gone fishing

Hi Everyone, There are many things that the Atlantic hurricane season brings – the need to stock up on canned food, bottled water, batteries, candles, matches, portable radios and then there is the requisite construction work to ensure that roofs are intact, shutters are sturdy, trees trimmed and the yard free of debris.

The Other Five Spice: Panch Phoron

Hi Everyone,  One of the thrilling things about cooking with spices and herbs is that you can use them in many combinations and on each occasion be totally surprised by the flavour.

This Thing Called Bakes

A class of bakes

Hi Everyone, I have an obsession with bakes. Not exclusively with the eating of bakes but with the cultural and historical significance of this food of fried dough found across the length and breath of Guyana, and indeed, up and down the entire Caribbean.

Developing Flavour

Hi Everyone, Developing flavour when cooking is about technique and time. Technique meaning the application or method of cooking used to coax the flavours from ingredients.

Drinking to cool off

Hi Everyone,  Here in the Caribbean we live in a tropical environment that enjoys summer weather all year round but in July and August, it gets even hotter.

Quiche

An open pie

Hi Everyone, Since we’ve been baking sweet cookies for the past two weeks, I thought that it is time that we add something savoury to the table.

Buttery buttons of cookies

Hi Everyone, After all the talk about buttery shortbread cookies last week, I am keeping my promise to share with you the late Urmia Cummings’ butter cookies which she called Teatime Cookies.