Conjuring Guyana, Embracing the World

My mom, grandma, and aunts were all wonderful chefs. I grew up in Guyana, South America where daily cooking was the norm and eating out was a rare family outing. My mom baked bread and other treats every Sunday and made legendary roti, bakes, and plantain chips. All of this was done with tools that…

Succulent, Flavorful Meat and Seafood. Delicious Veggie Dishes.

Spontaneity is a core value in my kitchen. Let’s talk about one of my most indispensable tricks that make spontaneity and delicious results possible EVERY TIME! FRESH HERBS: Save time, save money. Flavor guaranteed. In my mom’s kitchen the idea of seasoning meat and fish with only salt and pepper was sacrilege. It was absolutely…

Tender, Juicy Baked Chicken Thighs

By popular request. I posted these chicken thighs on social media as the supporting actors in a drama starring sweet potatoes, which here in the USA are called “Japanese sweet potatoes.” Well the chicken caught the attention of a few friends and a request for a recipe resulted. Now since this is one of the…

Cooking Like My Granny

Photos of my Granny are rare. Ebony hued and diminutive with high cheekbones that show up 3 generations later in my daughter’s face, Granny is seen here hatted and bejeweled at my mother’s wedding holding her glass for a toast and smiling. This blog post is dedicated to the dear and fond memories I have…

Shindy’s 2021 Urban Container Garden

Growing a garden with food to eat is an experience that is humbling and joyful. Growing an entirely container garden on a 22 ft * 22 ft concrete patch in Brooklyn, cultivates patience and gratitude right alongside your produce. I started this blog during the early stages of the COVID 19 pandemic in 2020. My…

Stuffed Lasagne Noodles

I am trying to add vegetarian options to our weeknight dinners. I decided to look up an old tried and true recipe that was a regular with us years ago when the kids were quite little. I hadn’t made this dish in some time. The recipe is called Italian Veggie Rolls and is found on…

Nutty Sourdough Bread: By Diana Son

Baking sourdough bread is a 2-day process from the time you feed your starter to when you pull a loaf of beautiful bread out of your oven. I learned how to bake by following other bakers, professional and home cooks, over social media. It took me many years of trying this and that to come…

Double Take: Chocolate Chip, Coconut, Pecan Cookies

When Kiyomi was in kindergarten, I was chatting in the hallway with a parent about my absolute love for and obsession with chocolate. He casually mentioned that he was a “chocolatier” and promised to bring me a few copies of a magazine that he edited – Chocolatier: A Taste of the Good Life. Ah Michael…

Cauliflower: For all the Vegetarians I’ve Loved Before…

Cauliflower is one of those humble vegetables that is easily overlooked. I urge you not to. Especially for my Guyanese and Caribbean friends who did not grow up eating this vegetable – try these recipes and you will be sold. I promise. Cauliflower is very sensitive to temperature and prefers cool (not cold) climates. It…

Cheese Scones: Versatile, Savory, Yum!

SAVORY SCONES IN THE “LAB” I have so much fun experimenting with cheese scones…. AND I’M NOT DONE YET! Before I came to America, I thought the word “scone” was synonymous with cheese scones. The only type of scones my mom baked were cheese scones. I did not even think you had to specify “cheese”….

Shindy’s Chicken Curry

There is a lively debate about who in the caribbean says “chicken curry” vs who says “curry chicken.” Having lived in the US for more than half my life, my memory is a bit blurred regarding which one I grew up saying, so I called my Auntie Faye. “Chicken curry”, she said. Curry dishes are…

“Never a Dull Rice!”

CONFESSION: I am not great at making salads. I usually put so much time into preparing my main course that when I think of the washing and chopping that a salad entails I just feel exhausted. I love eating salads but not making them. To compensate for my salad deficiencies at the dinner table I…