Love – in a lunchbox

A friend sent me a link for household space-saving.  One idea–a cut apple, held together with an elastic–made me think those four special sad words: I miss my mummy. Okay, well, of course I do.  I’m on Canada’s west coast.  She’s in the Bahamas.  But it’s not just the distance; it’s the life stage.  I…

Perfect peaches are sweeter

Stolen fruit, goes the saying, is sweetest.  I beg to differ.  These peaches win that prize. Tasty treats… Okay, I get the concept.  Mango snatched from the neighbour’s yard.  Shouting “Who’s that over there?” then snagging a forkful of somebody’s pie.  The gloriousness of an hour scheduled for work, but savoured in bed.  Actual pleasure,…

Adventures in Poundcakeland: Excursions 1 and 2

I have many favourite desserts.  Rum cake, guava duff, and cheesecake reign supreme.  Anything featuring a decadent, flaky pastry is a winner.  But one of my favourites has always been pound cake, a thick-n-solid, don’t-drop-that-on-your-toes, Brick House kinda girl. Pound cake is not plain cake.  It is not yellow cake.  It is not white cake. …

Vegan Macaroni, Bahamian Style

So here goes, my first Five Pound recipe.  I post this recipe with mild trepidation.  See, for Bahamians, Macaroni and Cheese is somewhat sacred.  An eatery isn’t serious if there’s no macaroni on the menu.  Every steak-out, cook-out, potluck, and “proper” buffet has a pan of macaroni, heavy with cheddar and deep seasoned with onion, sweet…

Those Five Pounds

Ten years ago, when I moved from the Bahamas to Western Canada, I started meeting all kinds of people.  It wasn’t the first time–as a child, I travelled with my family to the UK,  US, and spots in the Caribbean.  At school, though most of us were Black Bahamians, there were White Bahamians, Chinese Bahamians,…

Chickpea Curry/Story Stew

Food,  like identity, is constructed in layers.  Multiple influences, multiple ingredients, create unique dishes, unique tales.  A meal is both a history and a personal news report.  Where did we come from?  Where did we learn to cook?  Who were our people and where did they travel and what did they bring home to us? …