I’m a food lover who lives to cook, bake, eat and explore new foods.  This blog was born as a way to combat boredom and it has blossomed into more than I could have imagined.  I’ve uncovered a deep passion for all things food and an amazing community of like minds.  Originally from Guyana, I chose to blog about cuisine from Guyana and the Caribbean because I felt as though there is a lack of authentic recipes online.   Our Grandmothers and Mothers cooked with a pinch of this and a handful of that; there were no real measurements which made it virtually impossible to recreate the dishes we grew up on.  In an effort to help make our food accessible, I will share both authentic recipes that our Moms would make and as well as modernized versions.

My passion for all things food and the wonderful feedback from my readers keep me inspired.  If I’m not in the kitchen cooking I’m thinking about what to cook next.   From time to time I will share bits and pieces of my life as well as memories of growing up in Guyana.   Currently I am Stay-at-Home Mom; I cook, photograph and write during nap time.   So join me in my little corner of the web.

Where do you find inspiration for your blog?

I find inspiration any and everywhere, from the Internet, grocery store, cook books, my refrigerator and just my imagination.

What is your favorite kitchen gadget that you cannot do without?

My Cuisinart Stand up Mixer without a question!!

I’ve noticed a lot of West Indian dishes on your blog, where are you from?

I am from Guyana, South America originally.  Our cuisine is a mixture of Indian, Caribbean, English, Chinese and African foods.   I came here as a child but I’m still very attached to my culture and food.  Roti and Curry is my soul food.

What kind of camera/equipment do u use?

I use a Kodak MD81 Canon T3 equipped with my trusty tripod.  I highly recommend using a tripod, its the difference between a blurry shot and a perfectly crystal clear photo.  As for lighting, I use only natural light.

How do I contact you if I have any questions?

You can email me at Jehancancook@gmail.com

 

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This article has 41 comments

  1. Rishma Lucknauth

    Hello Jehan,

    My name is Rishma Lucknauth. I am an avid follower of your blog and a writer for Indo-Caribbean World Newspaper in Toronto, Ontario. I am working on a feature about Caribbean dishes that are exclusively West Indian–dhal puri for example. I want to explore the uniqueness of these dishes and learn about where their inspiration comes from and what their role in Caribbean cuisine is.

    I would love to have your voice in the article as I admire your blog and the aesthetic beauty of your dishes. If you are interested, I would like to do a short e-mail interview where I ask just a few questions on Caribbean cooking. I will happily mention your website in the article as a way to acquaint my readers with your work.

    My deadline is Sunday August 23rd. If you are available and would like to participate, please let me know as soon as you can by simply answering the below mentioned questions. Also, if can provide your last name that would be great.

    The questions are as follows:

    1. What is so distinct about Dhal puri in comparison to its sisters—roti and naan? Why is this dish uniquely Caribbean?
    2. What does Caribbean cooking mean to you?
    3. If allotted one word to describe Caribbean cuisine, what would you choose and why?

    Thank you so much for your help and keep blogging!

    Regards,
    Rishma

  2. Lisa Paul

    Hi,
    I am so glad that you have posted these recipes. My husband is from Guyana, South America and these are the foods that he grew up on. I have always wanted to get these recipes but all of his Aunts just throw things together without measuring. I made the cheese rolls the other night and they turned out great and were a big hit at our house. I can’t wait to try out the others.

    Thank you so much,
    Lisa

  3. Nadia Chan

    Hi J,
    How are you? Thanks for the receipt i cant wait to try them out next week, will keep you posted on how things are going. So i’m making the chicken patty and pint tart. So i have one questions. I love flaky crust now are you crust flaky. thanks again will take some pic and send they if have any other great receipt keeping it going. happy holidays

    Nadia

  4. Karin

    Love your blog. My husband is guyanese and I love trying to cook for him. I will be trying some of your recipes and blogging about them…definetly will be using you as a source.

  5. JehanP

    That’s so great to hear! That’s the main purpose of me starting this blog, it was a way to provide recipes of Guyanese foods which are impossible to find online. Our parents never measured anything so they never really had recipes to pass on, it was always a pinch of this and a handful of that. Keep visiting..I will be updating soon.

  6. Shannette

    Hi,

    I’m so glad I’ve found your blog as a fellow Guyanese (who also left at a very young age). I really enjoy cooking and I try to learn as many new recipes as I can from my mother who is an expert cook; unfortunately she does all the cooking and the rest of the family just eats!

    It’s nice to know you’re sharing your recipes and beautiful photographs.

    Thanks,

    SB

  7. JehanP

    Thank you so much SB, I was once in that position where I did all the eating and my mom did all the cooking but when I got married and moved away it forced me to learn to make some of those dishes.

  8. Lily

    Hi,
    Jehan,thank you for the salara recipe.I made it and it came out perfect,my husband and my kids loved it.Thank you so much!

  9. Cheezy

    Hi,

    Thank you soo much for your recipes. Do you have a recipe for Pine Tarts and Cheese Balls? My husband is from Guyana and I would love to surprise him with his favorite treats.

  10. JehanP

    You’re welcome, I have a recipe for pinetart already on the site and it can be found here As for the cheese balls I’ve never heard of Guyanese Cheese balls, if you mean cheese straw I have a recipe already posted also and you can find that here

  11. Cheezy

    Sorry, meant Egg Balls (I just confirmed with the man (smile). Thanks again… I’m about to tempt my hand at the pinetarts.

  12. JehanP

    lol…oh k. I do have an eggball recipe on my site. Feel free to go through the recipes and see what I have posted. You can find the eggball recipe here.

  13. Justine

    Hi Jehan my fiance is guyanese and I am trying to learn to cook some of the foods he loves. You have amazing recipes on here but I wanted to know if you had his favorite,a recipe for Rum cake(Black cake) with marzipan? Thanks!

  14. Quessa

    Love your blog, I’ve been meaning to make a blog but there are too many blog sites that I don’t know who to chose from. I can relate to you a lot, I am 22 yrs old and from Trinidad but now live in the United States and I am trying to open a bakery and dessert business with lots of unique taste and styles. Wish you all the best and success. This is my at home bakery page if you have a face book http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/pages/BAKERY-BUSINESS-SOON-TO-COME/223886641492?ref=sgm

  15. Janet

    Your blog is awesome =) Recipes were easy to follow and pictures are gorgeous!

    I’ve tried the pine tart recipe and they were a hit. Next on the hit list, Cheese Roll!

    Thank you!

  16. Brian

    Today my Polish wife sent me your web page. She said “I’ve sent you something that you will like”. No , I love it. I live in Poland and thank god for you. I’ll do a lot of improvising though. lol.
    Brian

  17. sheeren

    Hello.
    Is there a cake called Fat Top in Guyana. so please gave me the recipes.

    Thanks.
    Sheeren

  18. JehanP

    Shereen I’m not familiar with that cake. Sorry..

  19. yonette

    Jehan, happened across your blog today….love it!!

    I was searching for a patty recipe (although i thought i knew how to make it, I still wanted to check). I skimmed through quickly today but I will return as I find your blogs well written and pics fabulous.

    Will let you know how they turn out!

  20. Leslye

    Hi Jehan,

    Happened across your website the other day and was so excited! Your blog is fabulous! I am Guyanese as well and realized a couple of years ago that I needed to learn how to cook all the wonderful dishes that my parents, aunts and uncles make. So I recently created a blog to document my journey, I am enjoying it so far. I hope you don’t mind me picking your brain from time to time. Good luck with all your endeavors.

  21. JehanP

    Hi Leslye, glad to hear there’s another Guyanese Blog out there. Feel free to ask away, I will do my best to answer you questions.

  22. DavidPugh

    Love your blog! My best friend is Guyanese and I loved the food culture ever since going to his mom’s for dinner one Christmas. I actually went to your Guyana as well and spent about 8 days in Georgetown. I had some of the classics but not many. I am really impressed by blog and pics. Your a blessing to the recipe impaired all across the internet. Also, you’re not a bad photographer either. Keep up the amazing work!!!! From DC, God Bless and Good luck!!! David

  23. JehanP

    Awww..thank you so much for the kind words David. Comments like these keep me blogging, thanks for visiting!

  24. Morgan

    Friendly hello! My dad is a cargo pilot, and he worked in the Dominican Republic for a while. He would bring us shells and treats when he’d come home to visit. My favorite is the one I can’t find the name of. I was really hoping you would be able to help me figure it out. Okay, here goes. It came in block form roughly the size of a hand. It was a light tan color. Its texture was a perfect balance between creamy and flaky. The flavor was creamy and sweet like condensed milk, full of coconut flakes, with a hint of some spice like mace. It seemed like a type of white fudge without the white chocolate, if that makes any sense. Anyway, I’ll be thrilled if you can help. Thanks so much.

  25. JehanP

    Sorry Morgan, I’m not familiar with confections from the Dominican Republic.

  26. Nisha

    Hi Jehan,
    I saw the photos on Pinterest. I was born in Guyan too and enjoy making Guyanese food. I love your blog and food ideas and photos.

  27. Heather

    Hello, i wanted to say, i love your site! I was born and raised in a small farm town in iowa, but then i joined the military and married a man that was born and lived most of his life in trinidad before he came here to the U.S. his family is all scattered around the U.S. but we live here in Iowa with our 2 children… his mom and grandmother have tried to teach me some of their recipes, but as you said, they cook a pinch of that, just dump some of this in here, and i have never been able to reproduce it just right… and i always wanted to be able to do it for my husband and so my children can know that side of their heritage also… i am good at curry chicken and 2 kinds of the roti, but i’m still not very confident yet, and i am just browsing your blog, and getting ideas, and i think there are some things on here i can use.. it’s wonderful! i was starting to think i would never find a good site for carribbean recipes!

  28. Julie

    I just want to say thank you for all your hard work putting this blog and all the recipes together! The food comes out amazing! You are right about there being a lack of Caribbean recipes out there, so thank you so much for sharing! I love a lot of your recipes and how simple they are to make!

  29. JehanP

    Thank you for the kind words Julie, it’s my pleasure and it makes me happy to hear that my blog is a great help to others.

  30. Skyy

    Hi Jehan,
    I have been looking for Guyana recipes for a very long time. Your blog is fantastic. Keep up the great work and don’t stop doing what you love.
    Can’t thank you enough :)

  31. Lucia

    Hello Jehan,

    Thank you lord that I have located your website! My husband is from Guyana and I have been trying to get all of these fav down packed. As you have mentioned about portions, getting these recipes from his mom and sister are not easy since they do a pinch of this and a pinch of that lol.. being Italian and doing the same to them when asked for traditional recipes, I understand :-)

    I am excited to now be able to make these dishes that my husband,(and family) love without having to continue to bother his mom.

    Your website is amazing, not only for the recipes but fun posts. I hope to keep seeing great recipes.

    Thanx much.

  32. Susan

    Thank you for the traditional Guyanese cookup recipe you’ve posted. I was searching for the wiri wiri peppers and will check to see whether you’ve posted any recipes for dhal puri.

  33. ANDREA

    love your blog .
    i wanted to do something similar for Trinidad cooking but i’m not
    that much of a techie ,so i never got started.
    hats off to you though!!!

  34. JehanP

    Thanks Andrea and thank you for supporting my blog.

  35. Jenny

    I just discovered your site. Absolutely endearing, brilliant, creative and many more similar descriptions! I love the way you write also, one can almost ‘smell’ the foods in your recipes! Somebody asked for a “fat top” recipe. If you need it, I have one. Thanks for all that you do.

  36. Jenny

    Jehan, you sound like me – we both love to eat GOOD food! This is a dessert my mother made for us when we were small children, and I remembered how I loved this – it is sooooo GOOD and good for you! We stopped making it for years, I’m not sure why. I think you will like this. I suggest you try this recipe and please let me know if you like it. Please email me your response.

    ps: be sure to not over-bake this, you want the “fat top” to be ‘soft’. As it is baked in the oven, a delicious, flavorful, soft layer forms at the top, which is why it is known as “fat top”. Over baking will result in an overdone crust and you don’t want that. I use organic cornmeal and organic coconut milk/cream. The cornmeal I use is “Bob’s Red Mill” which is organic.

    FAT TOP RECIPE

    1 can coconut milk
    1 cup brown sugar
    1 tsp salt
    1/2 lb coarse cornmeal

    Mix all ingredients together in medium size pyrex dish. Add 2 cans of water and mix thoroughly. Bake in 350 degree oven for about 45 mins to 1 hour or until the top is cooked to a SOFT consistency. Then remove from oven and allow to cool.

  37. keith bennett

    hello from Kenton,manitoba,Canada.
    made the beef and okra today.it was
    super.the ingredients blended to make
    the comfort food list.served it over
    steamed rice.
    it was 25F.below zero today,so a hot
    stew like dish was in order.
    thanks Keith

  38. Carla

    Hi, I just migrated to the US (by just I mean 2 years) from Guyana and I didn’t realize the things I took for granted, like always having the pastries and snacks and black and white puddings at my fingertips. I have begun to become nostalgic and decided to try making some of the Guyanese delicacies I used to love. Google led me to your page multiple times and I have already made the plait bread and pinwheel. Looking for pine tart and cheese roll recipes I am once again guided to your page. I also can relate to going to aripiama, and given there is no Demico around the corner I find comfort making the foods following your recipes.
    I always loved cooking but was never one to bake, now I am baking.
    My husband and kids are loving it.

    Thank you :)

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