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CUISINE: Guyanese and Barbadian food things – By Cynthia Nelson

Do you think we will finally see some movement and concrete action on the food security and nutrition partnership that is being talked about between Guyana and Barbados? I hope so. We like to talk nuff in this region and as the Bajans would say, we like to use ‘a lot uh pretty words’. But here is the thing, this is not the time for ‘no lotta long talk’. Am I being naïve in thinking that Barbados’ Prime Minister Mia Mottley being a straight talker and a doer, coupled with President Irfaan Ali’s delight that PM Mottley “…came with the intention to do personal, intentional and direct work…” that things will happen? We shall see.

As we await this much talked about partnership, I thought that this week I would share with you some Guyanese and Barbadian foodie things.            Continue reading

Jamun or Jamoon – a very useful fruit

It’s purple, it’s grape-like – it’s Jamun!

Posted By Cynthia Nelson On October 17, 2009 –  Stabroek News |  Comments

According to Hindu tradition, Rama subsisted on the Jamun fruit in the forest for 14 years during his exile from Ayodhya. Because of this, many Hindus regard this as the ‘fruit of the Gods’ especially in Gujarat, India page1&8C(NEW):pg3&6c.qxdHi Everyone, from the bark, to the leaves, to the fruit and its seeds – the Jamun tree is another of nature’s wonderful gifts. I had not eaten Jamun in over a decade, until last week. And, it took my friend Sonia who is visiting from overseas, to point me to a Jamun tree here in Barbados where I could have Jamun to my heart’s content. Located on a stretch of road behind the Pine housing area and where parking is almost non-existent, I pulled off the road and together we walked over to the Jamun tree.   Continue reading

Eating a ‘lil Garlic Pork by Cynthia Nelson

Eating a ‘lil Garlic Pork

Posted By Cynthia Nelson On February 2, 2013 – In Tastes Like Home,The Scene | 

20130202cynthiaHi Everyone,  A little over two weeks ago when I shared my Holiday Bits, with you, I mentioned that I did not make any garlic pork for Christmas. Well, shortly after writing the column I could think of nothing else but eating garlic pork. A full week later, I opened the glass jar in which the Garlic Pork was curing and inhaled deeply, filling my lungs with the heady aroma of garlic and thyme.

I had the first eating all planned. I got up early the morning and made fresh artisan homemade bread. Sliced up some cucumbers and tomatoes, bought fresh from the market the same day, and tore large swatches of crisp, leafy green lettuce. I pan-fried the garlic pork, cooked 2 eggs sunny side up, stilly runny. A big mug of bay leaf and lemongrass tea completed the meal. I lingered long and leisurely over my breakfast. I was in food heaven.   [read more]

Book: “Tastes Like Home” – by Cynthia Nelson

Book:   “Tastes like Home” by Cynthia Nelson

Tastes Like Home – My Caribbean Cookbook is more than just a book of recipes.

The book “Tastes like Home” is a conversation about food and how it connects and forms part of the Caribbean identity.

The book is divided into two sections – a memoir section and a recipe section.

Cynthia shares personal memories and helps us to understand Caribbean food and lifestyle.  Some of the memories focus upon food, some on events or special festivals, while others are recollections of life in the Caribbean.

In the recipe section, readers are treated to step-by-step guides on how to make Caribbean dishes like  roti, the perfect baked ham, Dhal-puri, Christmas cake and coconut drops, just to name a few.

You can read more about the book on Cynthia’a Blog.

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The book is also available at major bookstores in the Caribbean and elsewhere.

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Guyanese Cuisine – “Tastes Like Home”

Guyanese Cuisine – “Tastes Like Home”

This entry by Cynthia Nelson was published in the May 2010 edition of the Guyanese Online Newsletter

Hello!!   Welcome to Tastes Like Home, my virtual din-ing table! I’m Cynthia.
I was born and raised in the only English-speaking country in South America – Guyana. Guyana is a multi-cultural society and you will see that reflected in the food I make. Guyanese trace their heritage to every corner of the world, but especially Africa, India, China, Portugal, and to the indigenous popu-lations for whom the region has always been home.
I’ve been living in Barbados now for more than a decade and so when I speak of home these days, I do not only refer to Guyana as home but also Barbados as both places contribute in different and significant ways to who I am.
I am a trained media practitioner and teach Broadcast Journalism. As a food writer, I write a weekly newspaper column, Tastes Like Home which is published in print and online at Guyana’s leading newspaper, http://www.stabroeknews.com/.
Apart from my column, I also write freelance for a variety of publica-tions regionally and internationally. I am a regular contributor to Carib-bean Belle (Trinidad) and City Style & Living (Canada). I also Contrib-ute to U Magazine (a new Health Magazine produced and published in Trinidad & Tobago.
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