Menu: Haiti & Honduras

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Hi friends. I have something to tell you. There were some questions yesterday about why I was combining Haiti and Honduras this week. I told you it was because I was building in sick time and vacation. That's true. What is also true is that my mom is coming this weekend, all the way from Boston. She'd like to help with our Hungarian menu. I'd like her to help with our Hungarian menu. It's our heritage. Hungary¬†runs through our veins. We're also hungry all the time, but that's a story for … [Read more...]

About the Food of Haiti & Honduras

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This week we're tackling Haiti and Honduras so as to build in a little vacation time later this summer. First up, Haiti. I have a new neighbor. His name is Jonathan. Five minutes into our first conversation I learn that he has been to Haiti. A pretty great stroke of fortune, if you ask me - right up there with the lady from Belarus working at Dillards, the door-to-door salesman from Bulgaria, and Ava's playmate who's daddy has been to Ghana. Most excellent. Well, the first Hatian … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Guyana

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THE SCENE From across the store I could see them - orange habaneros, piled high, glowing like the summer sun. They were small and tender in appearance but, I knew all too well, scary hot on the inside. ¬†Like a crab, I sidestepped across the room, handling several cases of produce before I made my way to the peppers. "Ouch," I thought, thinking of the meal to come. "This is gonna hurt." I scooped up three small beauties, reasoning that if they can eat six in Guyana, surely I can stretch … [Read more...]

Recipe: Curried Caribbean Chicken Kabobs

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Serves 4 Guyanese love a good curry. Since we're in the middle of intense summer, I've adapted a traditional curry recipe for the grill. Instead of stewing the chicken with the curried Green Seasoning, I simply marinated the chicken in it and threw it on the grill. An easy way to get the heat out of the kitchen, although you'll still feel it in your mouth. Big time. P.S. To eat this like you're in Guyana, serve with Chow Mein. Seriously. Ingredients: 4 chicken breasts, sliced into … [Read more...]

Recipe: Caribbean Green Seasoning

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Makes about 1 1/2 cups Ouch and yum. This seasoning blend should feel like molten lava as it slides down your throat; Guyanese use up to six habaneros in a recipe like this one. However, if you don't have Caribbean friends coming over for dinner - or the time to replace your throat - feel free to make a mild version. For example, mine (certainly laughable to Caribbeans), uses only a 1/4 of a habanero. In my defense I have a two year-old. Call me crazy, but I don't have the heart to feed … [Read more...]

Recipe: Chilled Coco-Mango Soup

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Serves 4 Hello summer, nice to see you again. This year let's stay cool, no overheating, no frustration, no sweaty t-shirts. I have to admit I don't think you're playing fair - soaring above 100F in June, but I'll take drastic measures to keep the peace, if need be. I can curl up in an ice bath. Thankfully, however, there's something better and tastier: cold soup. Inspired by the Guyanese in South America and their love of Caribbnean flavors, today's special is mango and … [Read more...]

Guyana for the win (w/ poll)

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For a long time now I've wanted live with goats. But it doesn't end there. I want to eat thick, hearty cheese sandwiches made with rustic, country bread. I want to eat them every day. All day. While smelling wildflowers and wearing a frock. It all started when I read Heidi, the story of a little girl who does, well, almost exactly that. Enter Guyana. They do it. They eat cheddar-cheesy bread sandwiches for snacks. For dinner. Whenever, really. Winning. Just imagine this after school … [Read more...]

Recipe: Guyanese Chow Mein

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Serves 4 Hello. I realize it's summer, but let's shut our eyes for a moment and daydream about winter. In Guyana. Are you ready for Christmas? Shall we deck the halls? (do people really do that?). Ready or not, today's recipe is going to take you to December 25th, Guyanese-style. Read this: The kids got their little presents, got their pictures taken on my lap, and everyone ate fried rice, chow mein, and chicken curry. You know, traditional Christmas food. From Mark Hejinian's travel blog … [Read more...]