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 Caribbean flavors, today's special is mango and coconut-tastic. I'm … [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...]

Menu: Guyana

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I like to live in the moment. Fly free. Laugh. Dance. Cry. Do you ever find yourself doing something fun, like chatting with a friend, instead of the work you're supposed to be doing? I do. I love it. I look forward to it. And why not? I get to have fun and then proceed to do my work twice as fast. When I'm talking to my friend, I don't worry about the work. It'll be there. It's time will come. No, I'd rather live in the moment. It's sweet bliss. As long as I meet my deadlines, no harm … [Read more...]

About the food of Guyana

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Welcome to Guyana - where you can eat a plate of curry [Recipe] with a side of chow mein [Recipe]. What a combination. What a melting pot. What time do we eat? Oh, and did I mention Guyana is in South America? Yep. This rugged country plates up food from halfway across the world thanks to the influence of British colonizers. Take a stroll down her sandy shores - deep tan like crushed graham crackers - or climb the plateaus in the west; either way you'll quickly learn why Guyana is called the … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Ecuador

Keith & I on the California coast, before Ava was born. I am about 5 months pregnant.

Happy Anniversary! This is our 52nd meal for our Global Table Adventure!  Our celebration post will be up in a few hours. THE SCENE: "Hurry!" I muttered to myself, zipping around the kitchen. We had a date. A date! Actually, not just a date. An extravaganza. First, we were scheduled for a couples massage (thanks to a generous gift card from friends) and then, a movie (thanks to my dear brother who sent movie passes with our Christmas card). I can't count the number of times we've … [Read more...]