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…

See what happens when a Trini Christmas Classic gets stripped down to reveal a Latin American Classic on a random Thursday night.

Christmas dinner 2021 was probably the worst I’ve ever experienced. My family had a meat-fest and I was relegated to veggie rice and bland peas. BUT don’t cry for me just yet, Argentina! It was not for naught. After I dried my salty tears, I began to imagine all of…

A journal entry about surviving 2021…

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I’ve been seeing a plethora of TikTok videos recounting people’s highlights for the year 2021 — a picture for each month. As I sat trying to make sense of the year for myself, it came together less like a highlight reel and more like…

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.

Vegan Chocolate Chunk cookies Photo by Author (Melissa A. Matthews)

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…

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