A nostalgic afternoon 

This week, I am on a little vacation. Although I am in very familiar surroundings, it’s always a pleasure to have foods which remind me of my childhood and home. Isn’t it amazing how food and tastes can take you back to places and situations? So many of our memories are associated with tastes and…

How to use leftovers effectively

I have a pet peeve about wasting… I dislike it immensely. I am a firm believer in getting my money’s worth. I find it abhorrent to waste food, and as such, I have found ways to transform leftover meat, rice, and vegetables into new dishes which can be put together economically. Family members who may groan at the…

A Family Milestone 

Today, my parents celebrate their 50th Wedding anniversary. I have been thinking about this for a while and am awed by this achievement. How many couples today can attain this level of unity? The symbolism of 50 has long been considered as the attainment of “the total man”. It also represents 2 generations and “the…

Coffee Culture in Haiti

Anyone who knows Haiti or Haitians knows that coffee is synonymous with this culture. Arabica Coffee is grown in the Haitian mountains at high altitudes and the beans are roasted artisanally all over the country by locals for consumption by Haitians from all walks of life. “Bonjou, koumen nou ye? Ou vle yon ti kafe?”  “Good morning,…

CocoNut Choco-Oat Bars

If you love the combination of coconut and chocolate, as well as the goodness of oatmeal and the stickiness of a caramel; then you’ll love these bars I came up with a few weeks ago. This recipe contains no flour or eggs but there is dairy involved. I toasted some oatmeal and ground half of…

The Versatility of the Papaya or Pawpaw

Papaya, papaye or pawpaws are found all over the Caribbean and South and Central America as well as in Southeast Asia. If you are lucky to have a tree in your yard , there a bounty of goodness to look forward to at various stages of maturity. I recently had a tree that produced a…

Coconut Culture

My childhood memories growing up in Guyana are ones of family, love, laughter, good food and friends. My homeland is situated in the North of South America, and is the only English-speaking country on the continent. Guyana is an ex-British colony, and gained its independence from Great Britain in May, 1966. Guyana means “Land of…

Homemade Crunchy Granola

Granola is nutritious and a delicious little snack. I love it added to my yoghurt, sprinkled on banana bread before baking, added in cookie dough, or just on its own. It’s also very easy to make. Here is a little recipe I made up this weekend for my homemade yoghurt parfait. They were so pretty…

A Mojito with Passion

Have you ever tasted passion fruit? If you haven’t, then you’re missing out on a flavor which the people of Latin America, South America and the Caribbean have been enjoying for ages. The Passiflora edulis  is a vine fruit and is also known as maracuya, parcha, grenadille, fruit de la passion, maracuja and in Hawaii…

Avocados, the ambrosia of the Americas

How I love Avocados!! Let me count the ways… Rich, creamy, and nutritious. This superfood is calorific but filled with “good fats”. Versatile, tropical, luxurious yet simple; avocados can be used in salads and smoothies or dessert. With so many wonderful options and varieties from which to choose, how can one ever tire of this…

Quiche as easy as pie

PIE CRUST ( PATE BRISEE) INGREDIENTS 2 1/2 cups flour, all purpose 1 tsp salt 1 tsp sugar 1 1/2 stick butter or margarine (6 oz or 3/4 cup), cold 1/2 stick (2 oz or 1/4 cup) crisco shortening 1/4 to 1/2 cup iced cold water METHOD Hand method Mix flour, salt, and sugar with…