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Adventures of a Healing Caregiver Who’s Still HAWT – Yummylicious Asian Theme Culinary Exploration

I can hear Pop saying “You got carried away with yourself.” Me: Tee hee!

I’ve always wanted to try my hand at Hong Kong Style Sea Bass, after it being one of my fave dishes at one of my fave restaurants, Carlyle. Well, VOILA!

Yesterday I prepared Hong Kong Style Sea Bass. And, instead of preparing regular white or sticky rice, I zhooshed it up with an Asian Sticky Rice. Similar to a fried rice, but sticky icky.

For the Hong Kong dish, instead of topping the dish with the raw scallions and ginger, I sautéed them (along with peppers and dried shiitake mushrooms) in the sauce. I cooked the fish in butter and put the top on to steam. https://www.food.com/recipe/hong-kong-style-sea-bass-254415

For the Asian Sticky Rice, the dried shiitake mushrooms made the difference. A nice taste and texture. I had to make a special trip to the International Market for glutinous rice or sweet rice. Which isn’t sweet and is gluten free. I see Mango Sticky Rice in my future, which requires the same kind of rice. https://www.chewoutloud.com/asian-sticky-rice/

Mmmm… 😋 Bon Appetit! Cheers! Enjoy! Love! #BeDoLove #SelfCareMatters #FindYourZen #LivingOutLoud #BeDoLoveSAVOR #BonAppetit #IChefToWriteAboutIt #Yummylicious #Yummyliciousness #SeaBass #HongKongSeaBass #AsianStickyRice #FoodieLife #FoodPorn #ExpandYourPalate

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Resurrecting Oneself on This Beautiful Resurrection Day

Interesting that today (repost from 2015) is Easter/Resurrection Day.

Last night I had the pleasure of attending a gathering, where the two beautiful lovelies who invited me to their lovely, beautiful and comfortable DC home were such gracious hostesses. It was one of those older, yet welcoming homes in a quaint DC neighborhood. A home filled with such character and soothing creaking wood floors. It’s the kind of home I sometimes imagine myself creating a life and love in. My funky and cool sanctity where there is comforting stability, endless peace, melodic harmony, unconditional love, and the walls rumble from laughter. Where I curate wonderful meals and sips to enjoy with others. And, I’m gifted with reliable house cleaners, landscapers, and handy-persons.

While there I witnessed the most humongous, bold, and beautiful oak tree in their spacious backyard. That commanding big oak could have been quite intimidating. However, “big oak” calmed me and created such a soothing smile as I stood there in awe and silence observing its spacious beauty, while attempting to take it all in. It’s busting from the seams roots reminding me that regardless of what I’ve experienced through childhood to now, that understanding, healing, grace, compassion, and the art of forgiving are essential. Receiving the message from the mighty oak that there is ALWAYS the opportunity to bloom, stand tall, shine, awe, and inspire me and all whom I encounter.

The bonus of the evening was the lovely couple sharing their wedding video with their guests. It was beautiful witnessing the lovelies still glowing from their recent ceremony as they shared the backstory of their relationship to include wedding day commentary. I found myself having one of my Hallmark movie moments as I watched them both fiercely wardrobe change their way through the video from beginning to the end all while lovingly and attentively engaged with themselves, family, and friends.

While witnessing the doting couples special moment, I was reminded of love. I was reminded of hope. I was reminded of authentic connection. I was reminded of Divine Order. I was reminded of commitment. I was reminded of being open to the possibilities when one of the lovelies spoke of how getting married was not at all on their radar. I was reminded of perseverance and loyalty when they both spoke about the struggles encountered with family, friends, and strangers because of the resistance to their unconditional love. I was reminded of forgiveness. I was reminded of fun. I was reminded of being sexy and sensual. After the emotionally challenging previous night and the current day I was having, I knew at that moment the Universe sent me here to receive all of these uplifting messages. Especially when one of the lovelies looked at me later and said, “I can see in your eyes that you are next.” Now, whether that is true or not (in terms of being next, not that it won’t ever happen), it was just nice to hear and be affirmed. It was nice experiencing life through their love; their way of engaging and desire to inspire others to also have it ALL. To live one’s truth and believe.

During that made for me evening, as I navigated in and out of various conversations, dined on deliciously seasoned and nicely spicy African food of curried rice and fish stew, sipped on tasty lemon drop cocktails, and witnessed their wonderful wedding video, I was reminded about love, reinventing myself, and how it’s never too late to have what I desire. I must believe. Remain hopeful. Keep the faith. Forgive always. I must continue resurrecting my life, heart, spirit, and soul.

I was reminded that “I am the prize.” And, one of the many messages I was sent to tell you today is that you are too. That in all of the complexities and imperfections of our lives and being, that we are perfect in who we are and are deserving of it ALL.

Resurrection is a rebirth. It’s a “New Moment! New Opportunity!” It is the birth of a new vision, a new way of looking at things, and a new way of being. There is a gift when resurrecting oneself. The gift is getting back to the basics of love while being open to the newness of life. So today and ALWAYS continue to resurrect and rebirth yourself and flow through life and experiences with confidence, grace, authenticity, openness, respect, a colossal sense of humor, beauty, forgiveness, sexiness, sensually, trust, honor, and unconditional LOVE!!! YOU will, in turn, attract to your life, what you truly desire and what the Universe knows that will nourish and resurrect you in your truth. BELIEVE you WILL be resurrected to the essence of your being and beingness. Repeating, “ALL THINGS ARE ABUNDANTLY POSSIBLE AND DESERVING!” Peace be with YOU! Ase!

L&S, may God continue to bless and blanket you both with love, light, and fun. Thank you so much for last night and being such gracious messengers and torchbearers of BeDoLove. I dedicate this blog to you both and all who are inspired by their committed love.

Namaste! kcb

Update: This is a repost from Easter 2015. Rest in Peace “L.” We love and miss YOU! 💜🙏🏾💜 #BeDoLove #FindYourZen #LivingOutLoud #NewMomentNewOpportunity #BirthAndLiveYourSoulFULLPurpose

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Adventures of a Healing Caregiver Who’s Still HAWT – Yummylicious Shrimp & Polenta Cakes

I’ve always wanted to prepare a dish with polenta. I finally purchased some brainstorming on my first dish with lamb. Well, I had a bag of shrimp in the freezer and voila. We have a spin on Shrimp & Grits instead with Polenta Cakes. The shrimp is made with Cajun seasoning (Slap Yo Mama and others), onions, bell peppers, shiitake mushrooms, tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, bacon mmm…, half & half, tomato paste, and Parmesan cheese. It may have more ish… 🤷🏽‍♀️

The main course was accompanied by Spinach w/Golden Raisins, Shitake Mushrooms, Onions, etc. – One of my signature dishes, which I love for its sweet and savory spin.

Video of the culinary creations.

And, my sip of choice is a Bourbon Spiced Pear Brunch Punch.

Mmmm… 😋Bon Appetit! Cheers! Enjoy! Love! #BeDoLove #SelfCareMatters #FindYourZen #LivingOutLoud #BeDoLoveSAVOR #BonAppetit #IChefToWriteAboutIt #Yummylicious #Yummyliciousness #PolentaCakes #ShrimpAndPolentaCakes #Foodie #FoodieLife #FoodPorn #ExpandYourPalate

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Adventures of a Healing Caregiver – Swaggalicious Spring “Feeling Myself” Alert

🎶When I wake up in the morning love. And the sunlight hurts my eyes…🎶 https://youtu.be/bEeaS6fuUoA

Self-care and self-love are necessary for your physical and mental health, especially in these pandemic streets. So yesterday I did a swaggy thing during the beautiful first day of Spring. And, I’m feeling myself with a 🎶new attitude.🎶

Vonetta, Owner of Signature Image Salon
Carolyn taking care of me.

Remember my DIY Cleo-Covid braids post? 🤪Well my dear friend Rosa immediately called and was like “heck nah sis!” Followed by her rounding up two of our TBS sisters’ Kathryn and Tyra for love offerings. And, next thing you know I had money from each of them in CashApp. Because they really didn’t have to do that, a friend asked if was going to accept it. I was like, “YEAH! They’re gifts that I’m blessed and grateful for.” This just means I get to pay it forward. So thank you SisTAUs for a good belly laugh and for hooking up ya gurl. Mission accomplished.

Video 1 of it going down.
Video 2 of it going down.

Fast forward to almost a month later from my DIY post, first thing yesterday morning my hair person extraordinaire Vonetta of Signature Image Salon (where I go for all of my natural hair care needs) called and invited me to have my braids done by Carolyn. And, because I’m comfortable in her shop, off I went with first stopping to buy hair 😳. I choose the Stitched Braids style because I thought they would look cute. And, they doooooo. Thank you Carolyn for having pride in your work and doing a great job. And, Vonetta thank you for your continued exceptional customer service with reaching out, supporting your stylists (Until now Vonetta’s the only person that’s touched my hair in YEARS!), checking in afterwards, and for offering a comfortable and safe space with my first braids experience. Oh, and the shop renovations look wonderful. Enjoy the flowers that you are so deserving of. I know this past year has been extremely challenging. And, you’ve navigated it with grace and style.

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Spring’s like, “I got this Winter your work is done, my turn.” Today we are once again greeted to the newness of Spring with birds chirping and a beautiful and sunny blue sky. The birds sound so sweet and beautiful, singing gently with the message for us all of “New (Look) Moment New Opportunity!” Take time to do something good for YOU in this new rebirthing season. Allowing hope, faith, and love to be your guides. Pause! Breathe Deeply! Exhale Long! Repeat! Enjoy! Namaste Loves! PS: I got my scarf and olive oil spray cause these babies gonna last long time. 🤷🏽‍♀️😆 PSS: I missed walking in with my new hair style and Pop going “OOOHHHH!” RIP Pop!

“When was the last time you did something for the first time?” — unknown

#BeDoLove #FindYourZen #LivingOutLoud #LiveAndBreatheYourSoulFULLPurpose #SwaggaliciousAlert

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Adventures of a Healing Caregiver Who’s Still HAWT – Yummylicious Tiger Fork Friday “Treat Night”

Tiger Fork (a contemporary Hong Kong kitchen) has one of the best fried rice dishes I’ve had. The texture of the rice reminds me almost of sticky rice, but not too sticky. And, the flavor is explosive. Everything I ordered was delicious, but I can’t stop thinking about the fried rice. Truly a satisfying Friday “Treat Night.”First time caller and I’ll definitely be back.

I’m too far for delivery so I did a pick up. The crazy thing is the restaurant is located in DC in an alley, which is across the street from my very first N Street, NW apartment after graduating from Howard.

My “Friday Treats” were:

Combo Fried Rice (chinese sausage, prawns, egg, scallions, garlic, rice)

Pork Ribs (soy, ginger, happy lady spice) – Tender, juicy, finger licking good.

Smashed Cucumber Salad (garlic, chili, sesame) – This dish is not your normal your cucumber salad.

Crab Rangoon Nachos (lump crab meat, chili cream cheese, sweet and sour sauce, scallions, fried wonton chips)

The Backstory:

Prior to Pop living with me, I practiced a special pleasure ritual that if I wasn’t out and about on a Friday night, it was my “treat night.” Meaning I‘d pick up or have something really satisfying delivered to indulge in the comfort of my home while exhaling from the work week.

Well, it took Pop no time to take great joy in “treat night.” Of course he didn’t shy away from throwing out his random food cravings. And, I did my best to balance and honor his requests as well as my out of the box palate. It was cute when I’d serve Pop and he’d excitedly sing 🎶Treeeeat!🎶 Followed by, “Can I have a drink, please?” 🥃 But, don’t let me skip “treat night” as he seemed to anticipate it more than me. Pop would say “No treat night?” At times I’d give him that side eye look, thinking he’s so spoiled. However, I enjoyed and was grateful for this special me time turning into our time. But, guess what? I get to continue spoiling me, especially during this healing grieving time. And, hopefully you’re taking time to love up on you in whatever way you desire.

Pop having a Big Mac Attack.

Well treat night isn’t the same without Pop. But, now I get to enjoy it with pleasant thoughts of him. I can still hear Pop singing 🎶Treeeeat!🎶

While I miss the energy of restaurants and sliding up to a bar stool to chill, dine, and bartender watch, I love how during the pandemic restaurants have pivoted in ways that I still get to enjoy the dining out experience in a different yet still tasty way. I’m still having fun researching, exploring, and being introduced to some great spots.

Mmmmmm… Bon Appetit! Enjoy! RIP Pop! 💜🙏🏾💜Cheers! #BeDoLove #PopThoughts #FridayTreatNight #SelfCareMatters #FindYourZen #LivingOutLoud #BeDoLoveSAVOR #BonAppetit #Yummylicious #Yummyliciousness #Foodie #FoodieLife #FoodPorn #ExpandYourPalate #TasteDC #DCFoodie #TigerForkDC #OffTheBeatenPath #DMV

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Adventures of a Healing Caregiver Who’s Still HAWT – Yummylicious Friday “Treat Night”

Pop is having a Big Mac attack. 🤣
RIP Pop! 💜🙏🏾💜

Prior to Pop living with me, I practiced a special pleasure ritual that if I wasn’t out and about on a Friday night, it was my “treat night.” Meaning I‘d pick up or have something really satisfying delivered to indulge in the comfort of my home while exhaling from the work week.

Well, it took Pop no time to take great joy in “treat night.” Of course he didn’t shy away from throwing out his random food cravings. And, I did my best to balance and honor his requests as well as my out of the box palate. It was cute when I’d serve Pop and he’d excitedly sing 🎶Treeeeat!🎶 Followed by, “Can I have a drink?” 🥃 But, don’t let me skip “treat night” as he seemed to anticipate it more than me. Pop would say “No treat night?” At times I’d give him that side eye look, thinking he’s so spoiled. However, I enjoyed and was grateful for this special me time turning into our time. But, guess what? I get to continue spoiling me, especially during this healing grieving time. Most will say “Love up on and do something special for someone on this Valentine’s weekend.” Perhaps that someone is YOU today and ALWAYS!

Well treat night isn’t the same without Pop. But, now I get to enjoy it with pleasant thoughts of him. Last night’s pre-Valentine’s Day delights were from DC’s Baker’s Daughter, which is a boutique café and market brought to you by the good folks from Gravitas. I could hear Pop singing 🎶Treeeeat!🎶 Cause man, everything was sooooo darn delicious. While I miss the energy of restaurants and sliding up to a bar stool to chill, dine, and bartender watch, I love how during the pandemic restaurants have pivoted in ways that I still get to enjoy the dining out experience in a different yet still tasty way. I’m still having fun researching, exploring, and being introduced to some great spots.

Presenting Baker’s Daughter 4-course prix fixe dinner ordered on Tock:

Roasted Butternut Squash and Curry Soup (Coconut Milk, Lime, Cilantro, Maryland Crab Salad)

Gnocchi Bolognese (Ground Veal and Beef, Ricotta, Basil)

Seared Scallops (Blood Sausage, Kale and White Bean Ragout, Chimichurri)

Blueberry Cheesecake (Our classic cheesecake infused with blueberries and a graham cracker crust.)

And, because veggies matter, I added on a side of Southern Braised Kale (Kale braised with bacon, onions, garlic, apple cider vinegar and brown sugar).

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First time caller and I’ll definitely be back. Oh, and the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies… 😋 Mmmmmm… Bon Appetit! Enjoy! RIP Pop! 💜🙏🏾💜 Cheers! #BeDoLove #PopThoughts #FridayTreatNight #SelfCareMatters #FindYourZen #LivingOutLoud #BeDoLoveSAVOR #BonAppetit #Yummylicious #Yummyliciousness #Foodie #FoodieLife #FoodPorn #ExpandYourPalate #TasteDC #DCFoodie #BakersDaughtersDC #OffTheBeatenPath #DMV

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The Love of Prince Backstories

Image from article: Pure Magic: The Oral History of Prince’s Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show

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I love Prince backstories. If nothing else for the visuals of him for example in a yellow canary suit gliding in his posh luxury home on sneaker skates that light up with big time executives looking on. Prince captured the art of how to f*k with people in a fun and intellectual way.

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Going down the rabbit hole starting with the backstory of Prince’s 2007 Super Bowl XLI halftime performance was worth every bit of my time as it gave me entertaining chills. It was the first super bowl played in the rain and Prince werked it OUT! With all that went down that day (including the cable story), you have to know that was nothing but a beautiful and magical God and Prince collaboration.

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Pure Magic: The Oral History of Prince’s Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show – This article includes the Super Bowl backstory and press conference performance.

Super Bowl Performance –

https://fb.watch/3vWjQ6pniD/

Here are some excerpts that captures the day:

-We learn that Black Lives Matter in the music world related to the practice rehearsal. Arzate: He was upset about the sound. And part of that was, Prince is really very cognizant of how black performers are treated. And he always has a slight—not a big one—paranoia that someone’s gonna mess with the sound and make him look bad.

-Coplin: I had grown up in Miami. It was just unheard of to have a driving rainstorm in February.

-Arzate: “We can always pretend that you’re singing” and have everything off and just play the track. And Prince was like, “I’m Prince, I’m gonna play live.”

-Berry: He comes out on the stage and he has this do-rag wrapped around his head. And I’m like, “Oh, my God! He’s covered up my hair.”

-Mischer: “This actually looks incredible. This could be a blessing in disguise.” Mist was dripping across the stage, creating this ethereal mood. Drops of water began to create stars on the lenses.

-Berry: People ask me, “Was there an umbrella on the stage? How did he not get wet?” I said, “That man was pure magic.” He was one that could dance underwater and not get wet.

-Visser: I would say it was the greatest 12-minute, mystical, magical halftime.

-Arzate: You could tell he was very happy with his performance. I was like, “You made history.” And he was like, “I always make history.”

I especially loved seeing drum extraordinaire, Howard University “Showtime” Bison, and my SisTAU of Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority, Cora Coleman highlighted in the Super Bowl article.

Cora Coleman (drums): He (Prince) was a global icon and had the choice of anyone in the world to share this moment with, but he allowed me to be his heartbeat. It’s an honor that will always resonate with me. We were so used to being together like a family and rehearsing countless hours, that anxiety was replaced with heartfelt respect and gratitude. The impact was undeniable.

Me and Cora.

Then the rabbit hole led me here:

The Day Prince’s Guitar Wept the Loudest – Prince honoring George Harrison at the 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony – “…guitar solo on “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” stole the show from a handful of less-otherworldly legends.”

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Then it had me look up:

The dope a$$ Australian dancers, the Twinz, Nandy and Maya McClean.

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Well thank you Prince for the beautiful and entertaining memories. They are so fun and eye opening. We love and miss YOU! Enjoy! Peace!

PS: Who’s even performing for this Super Bowl? 🤷🏽‍♀️ Yeah, I’m totally disconnected from football, especially since… Well you know. #Prince #BeDoLove #FindYourZen #LivingOutLoud #BirthAndLiveYourSoulFULLPurpose

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Adventures of a Healing Caregiver Who’s Still HAWT – That’s Amazing

Sunday, October 25, 2020

🎶When I wake up in the morning, love…🎶 While I crave a sunrise and sunset beach side chill far, far away, I’m so grateful to experience this morning’s sunrise right from my hood. Did you also experience it? I sure hope so.

Friday, January 15, 2021

As his time drew near, it seemed that Pop began to see and experience people, places and things through an almost childlike in awe and wonderment kind of way. Like he knew he didn’t have time to waste on superficial things (With the exception of 45.). With that, he often could be heard saying/singing “That’s 🎶aaaamaaaazing🎶.” It was so cute and inspiring to experience his singing of the phrase as if he was for example experiencing something in politics, sports, music, nature, healthcare, food, etc. for the first time or just through a different open to receiving lens.

From our sixth floor window, Pop discovered the beauty and joy of watching sunsets, sunrises, or just to breathe and take in the beautiful trees and nature. On his way to and from the kitchen oftentimes he would pause and either stand or kneel on the couch to enjoy the sun, trees, birds, deer, or even locate my car in the parking lot. Here’s a video recorded Saturday, May, 9, 2020. https://youtu.be/Z6O3FeLoxOA

Saturday, May 9, 2020

This morning I awakened to capture this beautiful sunrise, that I get to give all honor and glory to God and Pop with. I’m reminded and I hope you are too, that even in the midst of it all to pause and smell the roses. Like really pause, take notice of the beauties of this world, while taking deep healing and rejuvenating breaths that open up your heart to pumping freely with love, joy, and sweet Pop like giggles. To allow your inner child the opportunity to feed your soul and spirit. To: Believe! Breathe! Inhale! Exhale! Love! See! Feel! Heal! Love! Cry! Laugh! Voice! Listen! Connect! Engage! Forgive! Shift! Empathize! Love! Ask! Manifest! Gift! Receive! Activate! Create! Dream! Explore! Rebirth! Strive! Glide! Wake! Sleep! Nap! Relax! Rest! Laugh! Love! Pray! Meditate! Gratitude! Purposeful! Luxuriate! Dance! Sing! Trust! Touch! Taste! Laugh! Love!… (Fill in the blanks.) As Pop would say, “Have a good day. Be safe. Don’t work too hard. Love!” Be blessed. Be grateful. Be safe. Be well. Enjoy. Peace. Live. Love. #BeDoLove #Sunrise #SunriseZen #Sunset #SunriseSunsets #FindYourZen #LivingOutLoud #LiveAndBreatheYourSoulFULLPurpose #CareGiversMatter #CareGiver #CareGivers

“A Lovely Day” by Bill Withers –

https://youtu.be/bEeaS6fuUoA

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Adventures of a Previous Caregiver Who’s Still HAWT – New Normals


Once a upon a time my visits to the grocery store were quite infrequent. With Pop’s arrival my weekly ritual became Saturday grocery shopping. Prior to that weekdays were for errands and Saturday’s were for sleeping in and leading a life of leisure with doing whatever I did or didn’t want to do.
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I hadn’t been to the grocery store since a week prior to Pop’s passing. Well, today was my first time. Since I needed to go out for an appointment, I decided to maximize my time and not to wait for Saturday. Seems a little surreal only shopping for me. But, I did well with not bursting into tears all over the shopping cart and groceries. And, if I had, oh well. It’s just par for the course as every moment is its unique moment.
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I thank Pop and am grateful for his presence and having me to consider healthier choices not only for him (which was very important to keep him up and going) but also for me. And, it was also easier on the pockets with less eating out for the both of us. I also appreciated having a purposeful routine that got me out to soak up some sun and breathe fresh air during these COVID times. Well, here’s to new normals and taking care of Kathryn. It’s a good habit to hold on to. Not sure about those Saturday errands tho. IJS! 🤷🏽‍♀️ Peace! PS: I was too lazy to go back upstairs to get my recyclable grocery bags. Something I also got good at to preserve the environment and rid myself of the shopping bag under the sink habit. #BeDoLove #FindYourZen #LivingOutLoud

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Adventures of a HAWT Caregiver & DOPE Pop – Channeling Chef Pop

Today I felt transported back to my childhood, to my teens, and then my young adult years. On a Sunday when Pop began cooking early and the delicious aromas filled the apartment. When I would visit from college and after I officially moved, one of my favorite requested Trinidadian meals was Cou-Cou, Stewed Fish (King or Red Snapper) or Salt Fish, Callaloo, and Fried Plantain.

Early December Pop requested to prepare this meal. However, after doing the shopping I was informed that the gas in the building would need to be shut off indefinitely. So as not to waste the Red Snapper (cause it cost a grip at Whole Foods), I seasoned it and off to the freezer it went. Well, the gas was FINALLY (Yeah, that’s another story) restored a couple of days ago. And, wallah.

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Here we have Cou-Cou, Stewed Red Snapper, Callaloo, and Fried Plantain. You have to understand the significance of this moment as this is the first time I’ve ever prepared Cou-Cou and Callaloo. Yep! And, my brother Greg said “This is better than a lot of places sis.” “You ever thought about opening a restaurant?” You can cook sis. When you want to.” Yeah, cause I’m not a consistent cooker.

What I know is I’m a good watcher and cooking is in my blood after all with my Trinidadian and Bajan roots. My father and mother never gave me lessons, however, DNA and roaming in and out of the kitchen served me well.

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I would imagine Pop was watching over me today to give a measuring nudge here and there. However, for the Cou-Cou I did look up a Bajan recipe as their Cou-Cou (main ingredients are corn meal and okra) has a very nice texture. While seemingly simple, similar to grits, you can easily go left when preparing Cou-Cou. It’s all about the proper liquid measurements and consistent stirring. And, I went out on a limb with the Callaloo, going from my memory of watching. Callaloo is spinach and okra with a piece of smoked Turkey. Pop would use pig tail. A cousin puts crab legs.

For my meal, the textures and the seasonings are perfect. And, the fact that the fish was marinating in its seasonings for a few weeks… Ooooo Weeeee!!! Tasty! Perhaps I’ll create a new tradition, and have this meal become my annual New Years Day meal in honor of Pop. I’m sure he’d loved that. Bon Appetit! Enjoy! 🇧🇧🇹🇹 #BeDoLove #FindYourZen #LivingOutLoud #BeDoLoveSAVOR #BonAppetit #IChefToWriteAboutIt #BirthAndLiveYourSoulFULLPurpose #Yummylicious #Yummyliciousness #Foodie #FoodieLife #FoodPorn #ExpandYourPalate #Trinidad #Barbados #WestIndianFood #CaribbeanFood

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“Cou-Cou consists mainly of cornmeal (corn flour) and okra (ochroes). Because these main components are inexpensive, the dish became common for many residents in Barbados’ early colonial history. Cou-Cou derives from the island’s African ancestry and was a regular meal for those slaves who were brought over from Africa to Barbados. Traditionally served on Fridays, Cou-Cou and flying fish is Barbados’ national dish. In Trinidad and Tobago, Cou-Cou (or coo-coo) is often prepared alongside Callaloo and either stewed or fried fish. In Ghana, a similar meal of fermented corn or maize flour eaten with okra stew and fish is known as banku, a favorite dish of the Ga tribe in Accra.” —Wikipedia

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