Welcome to my blog. Here Is where I share vegan recipes and hope to inspire you to embrace plant-based diet. My recipes have been featured in Purely Delicious Magazine and online on websites such as Vegetarian Living and Dr. Oz.
On the map, Barbados is a tiny dot, but our culinary history has a depth that cannot be measured. Early settlers from Spain, Portugal, West Africa, and England brought their cuisine over with them. Done right, Bajan food—a savory blend of different lands—is always full of spice and flavor. Our national dish is Cou Cou & Flying Fish; it resembles a soft polenta. Picnics at the beach are a frequent occurrence and snacks like tuna sandwiches and fish cakes all add to the fun. The Caribbean Christmas table is almost always adorned with rum-soaked black cake, macaroni pie, sorrel, and ham with clove and pineapple. One of Barbados’s major commodities is sugar. It’s used to create traditional pastries like coconut turnovers, sweet bread, sugar cakes, and jam puffs. Food plays a big part in Caribbean culture, and these traditions have never left me. I am pleased to share a taste of it with you.
I grew up in a small chattel home with no indoor bathroom in Black Rock, Barbados. My great aunt who raised me was my second mother. She was a short, thin, dark-skinned woman with enough integrity to fill all of Trump’s buildings. She was strong and tender. Auntie only wore pants when she climbed the breadfruit tree; her usual attire was a pleated skirt, a button-down shirt, and loafers. She walked Black Rock and took the minivan to town with the same urgency and gusto as someone on a world mission. My little feet shuffled as fast as I could to keep up. People would ask, “Miss Olga, dat is you daughter?” and without skipping a beat she would say yes. I would look up knowing she wasn’t my mother, but knowing she was. I knew when we went to town I wasn’t getting anything but a pack of peanuts and a bus ride. I didn’t care, I went with love and I came back with it too.
In life, we all go through “Raw Experiences.” Raw experiences means trying times, struggles, situations that force us to look within ourselves and become better human beings. Rather it’s a physical raw experience like cancer or high blood pressure just to name a few, or mental, like a bad breakup, molestation or depression. These experiences force us to grow and remake ourselves for the better. Without these raw experiences, we will have a very shallow character and an inability to truly connect and help other people.
In life, we are meant to go through trials and tribulations for many reasons. One major reason we go through trials and tribulations is for us to learn from our mistakes and grow. We are not able to grow and develop a strong character if we haven’t made mistakes. Mistakes also serve us as guides to lead us in the right direction. We learn that we can conquer and control our lives for the better; just as we made the wrong choices, we can turn it around and make the right choices for a positive result.
I believe that vegan food should be for every body,not just the thin.
I also believe in simple, straight forward vegan recipes. I’m kind of known for that.
I’m a vegan chef,well really a vegan cook and author.
So, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Welcome.