The Making Of A Belna (Rolling Pin)

>> Thursday, 25 August 2016

A couple of years ago, whilst on a visit to Guyana, I had a belna (rolling pin) custom-made. I wanted a belna with a longer centre making it easy to roll and flatten large pieces of dough, whether for bread, roti, pastry or pasta. While this rolling pin is a little heavier due to its size and type of wood used, I do not have to exude any sort of pressure when rolling. Finally, it is custom-made to comfortably match the stretch of my arms when extended for rolling. My hands rest evenly and comfortably on the handles.

I took photographs of the process from start to finish to share with you. Enjoy.

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Eating My Fill of Fruits

>> Wednesday, 13 July 2016

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It may seem strange to talk about summer when the Caribbean enjoys summer-like weather all-year round. However, we do feel the difference in the atmosphere as it is hotter at this time of the year, and fruits, especially favourites like mangoes, pineapples, and a variety of melons are plentiful.

Friends with fruit trees share their bounty, so too do neighbours. Buying fruits at this time of the year is a bargain. I bought cantaloupe for as little as BDS $1-dollar per pound. This is the perfect time of the year to cook, eat and drink fruits. Don't forget to puree some of it and freeze so that you can make your favourite desserts and drinks until the season comes around again.

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Guyana @ 50 - Cook-Up Rice

>> Thursday, 26 May 2016

Today is Guyana's 50th anniversary of Independence. I deliberately chose to showcase Cook-up Rice today because I think it is a dish that is truly representative of Guyana. In past writings, I have used this dish as a metaphor to describe us - people of various ethnicities, cultural practices and walks of life - coming together in a singularly unique, creative and cohesive way to create a nation of people called Guyanese.

Just as a pot of Cook-up Rice is made up of various ingredients, each with its own distinctive properties such as textures and flavours, so too are we; we're all different and each one of us brings something special to the table. Just as a pot of Cook-up with various "obstacles" needs to have the ingredients staggered in the cooking process, so too do we in getting people to come to see that in order to survive and live well with each other, that we need to come together. Just as a pot of Cook-up requires the knowledge of a skilful cook to marshal the diverse ingredients into a cohesive dish, one where each ingredient offers an inimitable contribution to the taste, so too do we need leaders to move our country forward while making all of us feel equally important to the process and the sharing of the benefits.

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