Take sea salt health claims with a grain of salt!

Hi Everyone, The salt war has come home. Last week, Canadian Professor of Nephrology, Euan Carlisle, while responding to a question about the possible cause of the large number of renal failure cases in Guyana (at the opening of The Doobay Renal Centre), said that a contributing factor might be that our diets are loaded with too much sodium.

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

Upar Gaar – another Choka

Hi Everyone, I have a confession to make. I’ve known about this choka for several months now but I’ve been reluctant to share it with you.

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.

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

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

Hi Everyone, A good Fried Rice is a dish that many of us aspire to perfect.

Simple, easy, quick

- It’s all relative

Hi Everyone, Cooking is simple. Cooking is easy. Cooking is quick. Yeah, only if you are adept at what you are doing!

About cooking rice

Hi Everyone, All rice is not created equal. Therefore, all rice is not cooked with the same water to rice ratio or using the same cooking methods.

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

Hi Everyone, When it comes to food, I do not have secrets. If you want to know how I’ve made something, I’ll gladly tell you.

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

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

Hi Everyone, A few weeks ago, I received a request for a recipe for Cheese Pie, “the kind that sells at Salt and Pepper.” The request came from a regular reader of this column.

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!

My heart is beet-ing

Tastes Like Home

Hi Everyone, I’ve fallen in love, With beets. Food can be like people sometimes – you see them often, but never pay attention.

Choka in a hurry

Hi Everyone, I have an idea to share with you. While it may not be original, I think I can safely say that perhaps many of you never thought of doing it.

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

Tastes Like Home

Hi Everyone, Food never fails to surprise. You could have been eating a particular dish over and over again throughout your life and yet every time you eat it, new flavour dimensions are discovered.

Keep it fresh

Hi Everyone, This is a fresh column. It is the first for 2011 but I do not plan to bandy words such as vegetables, vegetarian, diet and healthy.

The Christmas cake

Holiday baking success

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

Holiday baking success

Hi Everyone, ‘Tis the season the oven gets most fired up. ‘Tis the season baking takes centre stage in the cooking arena.

Patiently making Peera (Peda)

Hi Everyone, Making Peera (Peda) from scratch is no simple task. It requires patience and determination, traits I felt I possessed, but I did not know to what extent until I made Peera.

A rant: an appeal for the ordinary

Hi Everyone, I am all for creating new tastes and flavours. And I am all for convenience, but I draw the line when things have reached a stage where I am being told, “We no longer stock (insert the name of an item) in that plain form.

Meat, rice & spice = Tatbileh

Hi Everyone, Trust me, no matter how creative you are in the kitchen, when you are constantly busy with work, you always find yourself making the same dishes over and over again.

Raisin bread for mom

Hi Everyone, last weekend, during my weekly telephone conversation with mommy, she expressed a desire to have a slice or two of raisin bread.

What is Allspice?

Hi Everyone, over a month ago, whilst I was in Guyana, I went in search of allspice because I needed some to put into the apple crostata I was going to make for dessert one evening.

Love at first bite

Jamaican Beef Patties Hi Everyone, The first time I ate a Jamaican Beef Patty was not in Jamaica it was in Guyana.

Vermicelli and Vermicelli Cake

– they’re not so different

Hi Everyone, One main ingredient, with very similar modes of preparation, creates two dishes that represent two different religious foods in Guyana.