I am “likkle but tallawah,” as my Caribbean brethren from Jamaica say.

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I’m a 4'9, 90 lb storyteller whose stories and experiences are taller, heavier, and more far reaching than I might have ever imagined.

As a teenager growing up in Brooklyn NY, I thought I’d die at twenty-one. I had a dream in which I watched myself die. I lived with…

I said what I said and you’re going to love it.

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Something that I’m learning on my life’s journey right now is that simplicity can breed joy. So, I’ve been playing with pickles! I made homemade dill and garlic pickles. I’ve been experimenting with eating them on toast and in toasties ever since.

We’re going to start with my simple pickle…

This vegan macaroni puttanesca is the weeknight meal that’ll spice up your life.

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I LOVE olives, salt, and spice and this one is for my fellow salt, spice, and brine lovers.

Pre-veganism, Puttanesca was a favorite of mine. However, aside from olives and capers, it usually has anchovies in it. At fancy restaurants, I used to have this beautiful sauce over linguine or…

This creamy quinoa cook-up is a riff on a Caribbean classic you never knew you needed.

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Last month (June 2021), we--Trinidad and Tobago--were still under a full blown state of emergency due to increasing COVID numbers and a shortage of vaccines in the region due to the politics of the Western world. That meant that eating out or ordering in was out of the question. At…

Easy to find and/or prepare vegan treats.

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Sometimes, all you need is a good snack to lift your mood. When I’m feeling down or snack-ish, these are my top 3 go-to snacks!

#1 Vegan Chocolate Chunk Cookies

I’m NOT a huge sweet-eater, but chocolate is my sweet of choice and Chocolate chip cookies are the holy grail of cookies as far as…

A few tips, tricks, and to-dos for the investing novice.

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Regardless of how much or how little you have to invest, start off by putting in something every month.

Getting into investing can be extremely intimidating especially if it isn’t or wasn’t a topic that came up in your family or friend circles in any meaningful way. …

Is it a challenge worth undertaking?

Circle Meditation 7| digital painting by author, Melissa A. Matthews

“Oh wow that texture is interesting,” he said acknowledging the merits of the abstract art print with an all too familiar noncommittal tone that has plagued every single conversation about my art throughout our friendship. I should be used to it by now, but the sting never quite goes away…

According to Jimmy Dean, “you get out of it, what you put in.” I put in nutrient dense veggies and legumes!

Veggie sausage, red beans and quinoa| Photo by author (Melissa A. Matthews)

This sausage recipe came to me on a whim. I was making Creole Lousiana-style red beans and I like adding sausage to that preparation. I didn’t have any Beyond Meat sausages and I didn’t feel like making a tofu one. I really just wanted a good veggie sausage. I had…

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