Guyanese Mithai or Kurma

I have a weakness for this delicious sweet treat. In Guyana, it is very common to find Mithai everywhere. Our Indian heritage has brought this gem to us collectively and we just consider it a “Guyanese” thing. Who can resist the thin, crunchy, sweet pieces of fried dough? The grated coconut and mild spices all…

The Magic of the Mountains 

Originally posted on Guyanese Girl Haitian Soul:
I feel at home with mountains here in Haiti. I was awe struck the first time I saw them as they were uncommon to me coming from Georgetown, Guyana. For 18 years of my life, I had lived in an area which was below sea level. My native…

Old Fashioned Vanilla Fudge

Isn’t it amazing how we can conjure up something delicious with just a few ingredients? I am always awed by different combinations of raw ingredients and how they can can be transformed through cooking, into things vastly different from their original form. It’s alchemy and the reason why I love cooking so much. Fudge is…

Happy New Year and Haitian Independence

It’s a New Year…out with the old, in with the new. At midnight, all around the world people celebrate the passing of the old year and happily welcome the beginning of a new year. The calendar year is based on the Earth’s 365 day cycle around the Sun. This journey around the sun enables the…

Season’s Greetings

Christmas is a bustling and happy time. Synonymous with family, good friends and happy moments, the month of December is usually a busy one. As the year winds down to an end, I always find that preparing a meal whether elaborate or simple, and sharing the moments with family and friends is one of the…

Festive Sugar Cookie Cutouts

Pretty festive cookies are inviting and synonymous with the Christmas season. I love to make these and dress them up in different styles, each being a unique piece of edible artwork. This cookie dough recipe is easily mixed and is very delicious. It is an extremely versatile dough which can be used in several ways…

Christmas Traditions Then and Now

December is a busy month of family traditions. Many of you are likely to be planning Christmas celebrations and parties as it is traditionally a month of festivities. For me, the season is usually a busy and happy one. Christmas has always been my favorite season. My traditions are a mixture of Guyanese and Haitian…

Porcini Mushroom Risotto and Shrimp

This is a lovely dish to prepare for a few people. It takes time and should not be done on a day when you have to multi task in the kitchen. Risotto is a creamy rice dish made with a short plump grain which absorbs liquid well and has a high starch content. Unlike regular…

The Joy of Crêpes

My daughter loves crêpes, and as such, I make them quite frequently. When I make a batch, she knows that she will not just be happy eating them once, but rather that there will be a fresh stock of frozen ones put away for another breakfast or snack. Although I love cooking and baking, I…

Sugarcane Field Memories of Greenfield Park

When I think of Guyana, I am automatically drawn back to my home in Providence. Growing up in Greenfield Park, on the East Bank of the Demerara river in Guyana, was an unforgettable part of my childhood. The compound housed a few original colonial plantation style homes which were once built for the British staff…

Coconut Swirl Bread, Salara

I must admit that I have a weakness for all things coconut. The fact that I live in the Caribbean and coconuts are synonymous with island life, may have something to do with that. I always have a stock of coconut products on hand for cooking and baking. Essentials are coconut water and coconut milk….