We Nyammin’ or Wa?

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Well hello there! In honor of our first post we thought it’d be best to spill the beans on how we got here in the first place.

Agreed? Good. Let’s go.

My heart was beating uncontrollably and thundered in my ears, my forehead began to sweat and my palms began to itch. As I slowly unwrapped the package, that smell…THAT SMELL almost made me drop to the floor.

I hadn’t been home in over a year so the sight of coconut tart right infront of me vs. someone’s picture on Instagram (that I always liked enviously) brought me close to tears. Surely I needed to reevaluate myself for feeling so strongly about food – but I digress.

For the uninitiated, a tart is like a pie so think of an apple pie but not with flaky crust but more so rich and satisfying filled with sweetened grated coconut, which has been flavored with vanilla essence, cinnamon and other spices. Other popular fillings are pineapple and guava and it is a staple during Christmas time.

Each bite brought me closer to home – or so it seemed. I saw the glistening seas and pristine beaches; I saw lush green mountains and felt the sun beating relentlessly on my skin.

In a flash it was all gone –that golden brown work of art was all GONE. This was supposed to last me for months! The guilt of my gluttony was overbearing but the only thing I could bring myself to say was “That there nyam GOOD!”

You know a meal was extraordinarily on point if this is your response anytime during or after consumption. That type of good that makes you feel like you are on cloud 9 or get seconds or even thirds (no judgment over here).

In the British Virgin Islands (where I grew up) ‘nyam’ means to eat/ taste and other Caribbean islands will have their own meanings as well.

I will always have a place in my heart for the Caribbean way of life, culture and clearly the food. One thing I know is that we Caribbean people love a good nyam and to have a good time so why not share that with the world?

So lets get down to business – what will you find on this blog? –a dash of culture, a plethora of recipes, a handful of music and so much more.

We’re not called a melting pot for no reason inna (you know)! So we want to hear from you too and learn about your islands or experiences there so we all can make this pot nyam good!

What does nyam mean to you?

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