Christmas Traditions Then and Now

December is a busy month of family traditions. Many of you are likely to be planning Christmas celebrations and parties as it is traditionally a month of festivities. For me, the season is usually a busy and happy one. Christmas has always been my favorite season. My traditions are a mixture of Guyanese and Haitian…

Porcini Mushroom Risotto and Shrimp

This is a lovely dish to prepare for a few people. It takes time and should not be done on a day when you have to multi task in the kitchen. Risotto is a creamy rice dish made with a short plump grain which absorbs liquid well and has a high starch content. Unlike regular…

The Joy of Crêpes

My daughter loves crêpes, and as such, I make them quite frequently. When I make a batch, she knows that she will not just be happy eating them once, but rather that there will be a fresh stock of frozen ones put away for another breakfast or snack. Although I love cooking and baking, I…

Sugarcane Field Memories of Greenfield Park

When I think of Guyana, I am automatically drawn back to my home in Providence. Growing up in Greenfield Park, on the East Bank of the Demerara river in Guyana, was an unforgettable part of my childhood. The compound housed a few original colonial plantation style homes which were once built for the British staff…

Coconut Swirl Bread, Salara

I must admit that I have a weakness for all things coconut. The fact that I live in the Caribbean and coconuts are synonymous with island life, may have something to do with that. I always have a stock of coconut products on hand for cooking and baking. Essentials are coconut water and coconut milk….

Brazilian Gluten-Free Cheese Puff

If you’ve ever been to a Brazilian Steak House restaurant, chances are you have tasted these delicious little cheese “breads”. This recipe came to me via a good friend Lauretta who has lived in Brazil. They are made with tapioca flour and are gluten-free. These little balls of deliciousness puff up beautifully while in the…

The Story Behind Guyanese Girl Haitian Soul  [PART 1]

Living in Haiti these last 27 plus years has been a blessing as well as a test of the strength of my character. I remember the early days after I got married when I did not speak the language and missed my family and familiar things so much. It was not the era of FaceTime…

Caribbean Style Floats and Saltfish Buljol

If you are from the English speaking Caribbean and particularly Guyana and Trinidad, you will be fond of this typical meal. For many it’s a Sunday morning breakfast or a family dinner. There really is no absolute right or wrong time to enjoy this combo. I grew up loving my Mother’s delicious bakes and saltfish…

How Tending to My Garden Became The Metaphor For My Life

 I have always enjoyed cooking and baking since I was very young. I come from a family of great cooks for several generations, so  it was pretty natural that the heart of the home revolves around the kitchen and dining table. I also love nature and my garden very much. Initially in the early…

Accra: Haiti’s Favorite Appetizer

In Haiti when you’re waiting for dinner and the hunger pangs are being aroused, the most delightful and welcome “amuse-bouche” which can be served is a plate of piping hot crisp Accra. This hors d’oeuvre transcends all others and is the perfect bite to accompany drinks, both alcoholic or non-alcoholic. These little golden fritters are…

The Best Belgian Waffles

Breakfast is one of my absolute favorite meals. During the week however, the morning rush in my house does not allow for leisurely breakfasts. I have found myself quite disappointed after getting up early to make a cooked breakfast; only to be told that there is simply no time to eat. I can whip up…

8 Tips for Living Your Best Life Everyday

If you were diagnosed with an incurable illness and were told that you had 6 months to live, would you change anything about the way you lived? Are there things that we consciously or subconsciously put off everyday thinking that there will be plenty of time to do them some other time? Sometimes I feel…