CALLALOO AND SALTFISH

CALLALOO AND SALTFISH

My Jamaican mother in law came to town a few weeks ago and brought not one, but two huge bags of callaloo.  Every culture has their version of green leafy vegetable and in Guyana and the Caribbean that is callaloo.  There are many varieties of what is considered callaloo – what we call callaloo in Guyana is different from the Jamaican callaloo which is different from Trinidadian callaloo.   It is difficult to find any of those in the States unless...Read more …
TRAVEL: LAGOS, NIGERIA

TRAVEL: LAGOS, NIGERIA

    Recently I was invited to Lagos, Nigeria to teach a Master Class at the GT Bank Food and Drink Fair.   I was beyond excited for many reasons – I was headed to Africa for the first time, I would be doing my first live demo and it was before 450 people and I was beyond proud to represent our culture and to take our cuisine across the globe.    My husband took a few days off so that I...Read more …
SHRIMP AND SAUSAGE JAMBALAYA

SHRIMP AND SAUSAGE JAMBALAYA

As a mom of two, one being a newborn I’m always looking for solutions to make life easier.  Anything that makes helps me to complete any task in record time is a winner in my book and one pot dishes usually does the trick.   I love one pot dishes and have shared a few in the past, like my Guyanese Black Eye Peas Cook Up, Chicken, Shrimp and Chorizo Pelau, One Pot Pesto Pasta and Arroz Con Pollo; some are...Read more …
SPROUTS + COOK’S WAREHOUSE

SPROUTS + COOK’S WAREHOUSE

Over the years I’ve developed a relationship with Sprouts Farmer’s Market and Cook’s Warehouse, a kitchen supply store here in Atlanta and had the pleasure of attending their events geared towards bloggers.  A few weeks ago myself and a select group of bloggers were invited to a hands on cooking class with Chef Tregaye Fraser, host of Food Network’s Kitchen Sink and winner of the twelfth season of Food Network Star. We dined on Crab Cakes with a Cajun Remoulade,...Read more …
CHICKEN FOOT SOUP

CHICKEN FOOT SOUP

When my husband asked for Chicken Foot Soup he was very specific – he wanted his mother’s soup.  I wasn’t offended, I’m a good cook but I know the connection between food and memories and nothing can compete with that.  He clearly had fond memories of his mom’s soup so I called her up and asked how she made her chicken foot soup.   I was glad that I decided to call her rather than make it on my own because...Read more …
GUYANESE BEEF PATTY [VIDEO INCLUDED]

GUYANESE BEEF PATTY [VIDEO INCLUDED]

The most popular patty from the Caribbean is the Jamaican beef patty, it is quite famous.  We have our beef patty which is a bit different in shape as well as flavor.  The Guyanese beef patty has a more buttery crust and the meat filling is seasoned differently but it’s just as good.  I love Jamaican beef patties but the Guyanese beef patty definitely has my heart.     This recipe completes the trio of guyanese pastries, which are cheese roll,...Read more …
GUYANESE BAKED CUSTARD

GUYANESE BAKED CUSTARD

Baked Custard is a popular dessert in Guyana.   Guyana does not have a lot of desserts in its cuisine but this is certainly one of my favorite.   This classic needs just a few ingredients to produce a silky decadent dessert.  Baked custard can be served at room temperature or straight out of the fridge, either way it’s just as good.  I like a thicker, richer custard so I added more eggs than typically used – it’s less watery...Read more …
FIVE-SPICE CHICKEN WINGS

FIVE-SPICE CHICKEN WINGS

I felt like I’ve lost the last week.  I’ve been sick and both of my sons have been sick.  You know how it goes- the preschooler brings homes a virus and it makes its way through the family.   We are all better now but all the things that I’ve had planned for the past week has been tossed to the side and I’m trying to play catch up this week.  First up are these five-spice chicken wings that I was...Read more …
SWEET AND SOUR RIB TIPS

SWEET AND SOUR RIB TIPS

Rib tips have a fond place in my heart that stems from living in New York City during my teens and early 20s.    I had the nearest Chinese restaurant on speed dial.  I ordered so often that they knew who I was and what I wanted.  They would answer the phone by saying my order then promptly hang up; if I wanted to try something different, I would have to call back to change my order.  Pork fried rice with...Read more …