Welcome to Calypso Kitchen.
During my childhood I spent a lot of time at my maternal grandparents’ home and it was during this time spent mostly at my Grammy’s side watching her get her daily routine accomplished that I grew to love food and the process of preparing traditional Caribbean food. On a daily basis my Grammy prepared 3 (sometimes more) meals a day for upwards of 10 people, she did this in the most rustic settings (think outside fireside for cooking) with mostly ingredients she had grown in her own garden. In her home and community my Grammy was known for her “sweet hands”, she would use basic ingredients put it together and create the most mouthwatering memorable dish possible. Even today, a decade since she had passed and a more than a couple decades since I was able to share a meal with her that she had prepared, I longlingly reminisce of flavors/foods she created that were so mind bogglingly good.
I adored my grandmother, and as an adult I came to the realization that she had gifted me one of my most precious assets, my love, and passion for good tasty food and the ability to create those foods. Though my Grammy didn’t actively set out to teach me the art of cooking the way she did, her simple indulgence of allowing me to stay by her side while she prepared and cooked meals for family and community, day after day, instilled in me techniques, traditional methods and family secrets of cooking that can’t be learned in a formal setting.
Fast forward a couple decades, many adventures and journeys that have taken me away from my homeland. I am now solidly a Pacific Northwester, having called Bellingham, WA. home for the past twelve years. I’ve embraced Bellingham and my community with the positive values that were instilled in me by my family and the country of my birth.
Through Calypso Kitchen, I am honored to share a huge aspect of Caribbean culture with you through the food that I prepare and the stories that you allow me to tell. Most of all, I am proud to carry on my Grammy’s legacy of creating delicious foods.
Thank you all for being part of Calypso Kitchen and for your continued support. Sarah.