Restaurant Review: The Food Sermon

Nestled in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, passed the many storefront churches that line Rogers Avenue like an open gate welcoming, holding the hands of food enthusiasts down the cool walk to the corner of Sullivan place to bear witness to The Food Sermon of Chef Ralston Williams. This new addition to the catalog…

Thanksgiving Leftovers: Sweet Potato Pie Waffles 

I hosted Thanksgiving dinner at my home for the first time this year.  For the past eight years I’ve spent this day at my friend’s homes – where the hospitality was at its highest, the tastiest mix of traditional Trinidadian & American dishes was on show and a genuine togetherness amongst family was present.  But…

Lavender Maple Syrup

Like, who doesn’t like maple syrup.  Poured over the popular breakfast sandwich of chicken and waffles.  By adding double the amount, maple syrup is a great substitute for sugar in tons of today’s baked goods and in alcoholic drinks.  One of favorite cocktails is the “Old Fashioned” traditionally made with sugar, I like to muddle…

Comfort Food: Pumpkin Shrimp Curry

As a child, and my mother can testify, I was not as excited to eat the food she prepared as I’ve grown to be in my adolescent/adult life.  I can name dishes my Ma would cook I flat out didn’t want near my lips.  Curried Pumpkin and Shrimp or as I’m calling it Pumpkin Shrimp…

Jerked Chicken Pizza

Summer, I love it – longer days, seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables, and the always welcomed street fairs that seem to happen every weekend till September.  They bring out all the yummy street food I haven’t eaten since last summer.  And well, summer in NYC wouldn’t be complete without short dresses, painted toes, warm weather…

Semi-Homemade

By now you guys know I’m obsessed with easy cooking at home.  And again, easy doesn’t mean bland or mediocre but simple good ingredients and knowledge of the cooking method resulting in a meal prepared in a couple hours. Using store bought sauces makes the creation of food at home way easy, with no chopping…

Roasted Tomato Bisque

What is bisque?  Is it a fancy name for soup or is it a seafood soup made with dairy, and if so what is tomato bisque?  Those were the questions my friend posed a couple weeks ago.  From our text conversation I assured him that a bisque is a creamy soup made with the concentrated,…

Cod Fish Fritters

It’s one of my go-to appetizer options whenever I go out to eat, and if it appears on the restaurant’s menu, I’m getting it.  My Grand-ma Lucilla, which I got everyone to start calling Grammies, made it for my family all time.  It was our kind of “Friday night fried food” thing.  Back then, she…

Meatless Mondays!

Love it, hate it, participate or not, Meatless Mondays are here to stay for a while. Founded in 2003, the Meatless Monday initiative came about to encourage Americans to make healthier choices at the start of the work week.   It’s not only wallet-friendly, but it’s believed to help reduce the risk of many diseases….

Keen-WoW

Healthy food should not only look appetizing but taste good, too.  I recently had lunch with a good friend and while I downed a lunch special portion of delicious prawns in black bean sauce,she chose a healthier option of a Quinoa bowl. Delivered straight to her with loads of vegetables and tossed in a fragrant…

Lasagna, a Christmas tradition

To some, eating lasagna means more than comfort food. A ‘one dish’ dinner choice of warm meat sauce made with ripe tomatoes, garlic, fresh basil and ground meat spooned between layers of galvanized pasta and creamy cheeses like ricotta and mozzarella.  It means tradition; most times a tradition of the family’s matriarch perfecting a recipe,…