World Food Challenge

Day 73: Guyana and Metemgee

Good evening, Raffies!

Today we are fighting our cat, who is refusing to take her medicine. From the lovely and sweet creature she is (she never even scratches you), she turns into a possessed demon, as soon as she sees the syringe with the antibiotics. We have to wrap her in a towel and shove the medicine down her throat, while she is screaming, biting and trying to scratch you. This is going to be a fun week..but she is feeling better already.

Here she is in her usual state.

We’ve come to the last country with the letter “G”.
Today we are going to Guyana and we are going to try out Metemgee, a traditional Guyanese stew with plantains, yams, sweet potatoes, okra, salt fish and meat (usually pork and beef).

For the recipe, I have used this one. I have skipped the meat, because I have a feeling that I have been eating a lot of meat lately. Anyways, the recipe was quite easy and the dish turned out well. It was filling and very nice. I would very much like to enjoy this in the Caribbean.


220 g salt-fish

2 cups chicken stock

2 cups coconut milk

500 g sweet potato, peeled and cubed

500 g yam, peeled and cubed

500 g plantain, peeled and cubed

1 tsp thyme, chopped

2 habanero, chopped

1 red onion, sliced

500 g okra, sliced

1 cup flour

2 tbsp butter

1 tsp baking powder



2 tbsp sugar

2 tbsp water

Soak the salt fish in warm water for at least 15 minutes. Drain and remove the skin and bones. Squeeze the fish and cut it into pieces.

Make dumplings by rubbing the flour and butter together. Add baking powder, salt and sugar. Work with your hands and add enough water to make a stiff dough. Shape balls and set aside.

Arrange the plantains, yam, potato in a pot. Add the thyme, habanero, salt and pepper and mix well. Place the salt fish on top of the vegetables. Pour the coconut milk on top and bring to a boil. Cover with a lid and cook for about 30 minutes.

Add the okra and onions and cook for another 10 minutes.

Finally, add the dumplings and cook for 8 more minutes.


Have a great evening and see you tomorrow!



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