Delving into life in Calvary Hill, a marginalized neighborhood in Trinidad’s capital city of Port of Spain, this novel takes on the topics of colonialism, racism, poverty, gender roles, aging and more in the most masterful way.
I’m not sure that I’ve ever read a book with deeper character development, especially the interior journey of the protagonist, Aldrick. Now that I know him, I’ll never forget him. I feel like I’ve been allowed a glimpse into a world that I would never have otherwise been exposed to, and am grateful for the introduction.
(image by Dr. Ted Hill, via Wikimedia Commons)
Every place has just that certain special comfort food that will always cure what ails you. In this case especially if what ails you is a hangover…
Chicken Souse is often served in the morning, after a night out on the town. Regardless of when- or why- you make it, you’ll be pleased with the results. Comforting, super flavorful and easy to prepare, it’s food to make your soul happy.
1 1/2 cups of fresh lime juice (takes about six to eight large limes. Good quality bottled is ok, too)
1 habanero, cut into thin slivers
2 tbsp whole allspice
2 tbsp salt
2 tbsp seasoned salt
1 tbsp black pepper
1 large onion, chopped
2-3 large potatoes, chopped into chunks
1 large carrot, chopped
2 sticks of celery, chopped
4 bay leaves
Extra lime slices for serving
Place chicken in large enough dish that each piece has its own space.
Mix lime, salts, hot peppers, black pepper, all spice and bay leaves. Pour over chicken. Marinate for at least an hour, preferably two.
Transfer all ingredients to a large stock pot and cover completely with water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and continue cooking at least 30 minutes, or until meat falls off the bone & potatoes are cooked through.
Serve with lime slices and warm, buttered Johnny Cake on the side
My first experience with a self-published book.Verdict? A mixed bag. Well written history, with a little narrative fiction tossed in to keep the story moving. But then all of the sudden…a sex scene?
Not against that as a general concept in any way, but in this particular situation…jarring is the word that came to mind. Awkward is a close second. An editor would probably have given the idea a thumbs down.
That oddness aside, it was an quick read and an solid introduction to the very interesting history of The Bahamas.