Thursday, July 30, 2015

Guyanese-style Chow Mein

Chow mein is a popular noodle dish in Guyanese cuisine and is given to us by the Guyanese people of Chinese descent.  Chinese cuisine has an important place in Guyanese food culture as there are many wonderful ingredients and products that we use to make our food, our food.  Over time we have adjusted flavors and sourced local ingredients to make it our own unique fusion.  There's nothing else that tastes like a Guyanese-Chinese fried rice or chow mein, it just has its own special flavor.  I suppose what makes this chow mein Guyanese-style is the inclusion of bora beans and five spice.  I haven't seen too many non-Guyanese chow mein recipes that include these two ingredients. If you have any more insight on this topic, please feel free to comment below. 

Chow mein is versatile in its ingredients and diverse in where it can be served.  Whenever my family had any sort of gathering, this was one of our go-to dishes.  We would order one large tray of fried rice and chow mein from a local Guyanese-Chinese restaurant then cook all the meats on the side.  Like rice, noodles can feed many and it goes a long way.  Everyone has their own version of chow mein and the ingredients vary based on what you have on hand.  My mom would change up the vegetables and meat in the dish, but for her, some ingredients were a must; sesame oil, soy sauce, ginger, bora, and Chinese five spice powder.  It really created some foundational flavors for the dish.  One of my complaints when buying chow mein from a roti shop is that the noodles are never seasoned. They tend to taste bland, while the meat and vegetables carry all the flavor.  In my version which is really my mom's version, the noodles are seasoned prior to pan-frying with the vegetables and meat. 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Red Lobster's Cheddar Biscuit Recipe + An Update

The last year and half has been filled with lots of change.  My husband and I became new parents and we also moved all the way south to Florida.   I had my son in New Jersey and then moved when he was just a month old. Now he is a bustling and rambunctious 15-month old toddler. Where did the time go.  My husband's job brought us to Florida.  It has been a wonderful experience so far, but adjusting to a new area while getting used to the challenges of being a first-time mom left no time for blogging.  Not to mention, we don't have any family members around to help, who knew this would be such a challenge without the help of family! We have made a few friends in the area that help to make things feel like home, which I am grateful for.  Having a child definitely changes the game when living away from your loved ones.  My parents live about 3 1/2 - 4 hours away from us so we try to visit once a month.  Motherhood has been such a joy.  Since moving to Florida I have become a stay-at-home-mom.  It's been really great to see my son grow and develop in ways I never thought I'd see.  He is such a fun and affectionate little guy with a great sense of humor.  Parenthood isn't quite the way it looks on T.V though, you spend most of your time being tired and cleaning the house is constant work.  And just forget about laundry.  I still wouldn't have this any other way especially because he won't stay at this age forever.  I'm enjoying it while it lasts.

Thursday, December 11, 2014