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…

Sorrel – The Festive Guyanese Christmas Beverage

About 10 years ago I hosted a “ladies only” potluck dinner party. At the party I served sorrel – a drink which is a favorite in my family but most often made during the Christmas Season. I wanted to share a uniquely cultural non alcoholic beverage with my friends. The drink was SUCH A HIT…

Banana Bread

One of the best, most delicious transformations of produce from “eww put it in the compost bin” to “Mmmm” has GOT to be turning overripe, blackening bananas into banana bread. They say “when life gives you lemons…” but I like lemons… However, when life gives me rotten bananas… Mmmm Banana Bread! This recipe has been…

Orange Scones with Homemade Pineapple Preserves

My maternal grandmother, Dorothy Scotland (Granny), is the inspiration for this recipe. Granny always said “Waste not, want not.” This saying plays in my mind every time I am called on to throw some produce or food out of my fridge. This saying also inspired me to start composting. I was looking sideways with a…

Tomatoes For Fadya: An End of Summer Tribute

Sharing food with my friends and family is something I really enjoy. One drawback of the pandemic is that I am hardly seeing friends so I have mostly been unable to share my garden bounty except through facebook and instagram. But this past week, I had a brief, spontaneous meetup with one of my dearest…

Pumpkin Grits with Spicy Jumbo Shrimp

It was just a regular pandemic weekday. I was trying to figure out how to stretch the leftovers of a vegan dinner of the previous night into a meat centric dinner with minimal effort. I decided on the old go-to: Herb Roasted Chicken Legs. I set the oven to preheat and asked my 14 year…

Bora: An Ode to the Long Green Bean

Growing bora has been one of the many highlights of this summer’s gardening adventure. It’s deeply satisfying to grow something so definitively Guyanese hundreds of miles away from home and to prepare a meal with it that your family can’t get enough of. This is bliss. In this post I give you three ways to…

Backyard to Table

Today I am sharing with you, one of my favorite ways to prepare and eat eggplant – one of the most popular veggies to grow during the summer here on the east coast. It is also one of the most well liked dishes in our home – because, really, who can resist a dish that…

Mango, Quinoa, Avocado Salad

Summer brings so many delights – warm weather, ice cream and most of all an explosion of fruits and vegetables. A hearty, delicious summer treat, this mango, quinoa, avocado salad pairs well with Blackened Cod, my Baby Back Ribs, Whole Herb Roasted Chicken and most grilled meats. There are many variations of this salad some…