Guyana: Three Riverain Meals – By Peter Halder


 by Peter Halder


Also known as Bush Food, All-in-One is a kind of Cook-Up Rice or One-Pot. It is a variety of items cooked in one large iron pot.

The ingredients included rice with green plantains, hog tannia, oku yams, cassava and ochro cut up into small pieces, dried pigeon-peas, cut up eddo leaves, broad leaf thyme, onions, tomatoes to add colour, and red and yellow wirri- wirri pepper. Meat included both fresh and smoked labba, wild cow, wild hog, smoked hymara (fish) and cut up salted pigtails and pig snout. It was cooked with lots of coconut milk and broth from boiling the bones and gristle of wild animals.   [Read more]

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  • Dmitri Allicock  On 10/07/2013 at 10:43 pm

    Many Bushmen of old would trade the accepted meals of the city for wild meat, Tacuma or other foods of the forest. I had some relatives and still do that would go crazy with delight to enjoy a Tacuma right out of the frying pan. I guess it must taste like shrimp to them. Thanks for sharing

    • Peter Halder  On 10/11/2013 at 9:08 pm

      It was a pleasure.

  • George Culley  On 10/09/2013 at 6:15 am

    RE: Bushman Cook-up is reminiscent of my father(John Culley/ Uncle John) coming home at the end of the day from the farm. In his small iron pot there must be some left-over food. He will never hand over the pot to us until the vegetables, coconuts ,mangoes were taken into the house and the boat was washed. What a treat. MEMORIES

  • detow  On 10/11/2013 at 9:50 pm

    Just keep on sending reminders of what life was like in Guyana in the old days. I often sit and reminisce about my youth in the country of my birth and am amazed about how little I really knew about it when I read articles such as the ones that you, and others submit via this media. Keep up the good work; thanks for the memories.

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