Well, well, well, what would have been for Sunday lunch when I was a kid. I heard Mommy Charles in the kitchen, she was humming again. I wanted to get up and go see what she was doing but instead, I stayed in my room and sniffed the air. Wait a second, wait a bloody second, is that seasoned chicken, hmmm, I do believe so. Looks like there is more hot pepper in it than usual. Hmmm, smells like there is a little curry in there too. Man this is going to be great as usually. I wonder what next she doing. I heard the pot clanking, the spoon hitting the kitchen counter. Then I heard a cracking sound, I thought, hmm what could that be? After the second crack, I knew exactly what it was, corn. Man, I was intrigued now, what was Mommy Charles up to. I heard the crumple of a brown paper bag opening, the quiet thud of flour falling into a pan. Ohhh could that be the beginnings of dumpling. A few seconds later I know I was right as I heard the pan scrape across the counter as she kneaded the flour. Then I heard the chopping of tomatoes and the bubbling of water in the pot. Still I tried to figure out what she was cooking. The scent floated from the kitchen throughout the house and into my room. The quiet Sunday was interrupted by my stomach rumbling. I got up walked through the drawing room and peeped into the kitchen, Mommy Charles was not in there. I looked at the pot, steam and aroma bellowed out of it. I looked around making sure I was alone, after all I was too young to mess with a hot pot. I tip toed into the kitchen, stood looking down at the pot on the coal pot. Without thinking I picked up the cover, ohhh what I saw was so enticing, it was a chicken soup, one of my favorite meals. Ohhh yes, there was corn, dumplings, chicken, dashin, and some tanyas floating in there, and of course I could smell the butter. And the smell was so intoxication I almost fell over like the village drunk. I was so engrossed with the food I did not pay attention to my burning finger. I screamed and dropped the pot cover. Immediately Mommy Charles said. “Andy, you not interfering with the pot of food are you?” “No mamie.” I said dancing around and waving my hand in the air. I found a kitchen towel, picked up the hot cover and recovered the pot. That scent made me forget my burning fingers. I walked back towards my room, stopped to snag a banana from the dining room table, after all, that damn cooking made me hungry. Thus was the magic of Mommy Charles cooking.
Boi, I fell like ah fish soup. Go to de garden and get some carrots, some figs, pepper. Also bring me some thyme, celery, and rosemary bush, I go cook dung de best fish soup ever. Which one yuh want, red snapper or flying fish eh? Never mind, I go chose. Now get dem ting and dem while I knead up the dough for the dumplings and dem. Oh and pick ah lime too. Yes me friend, I go cook dung some good waters wid nuff nuff ital. in dey. De whole village go want a taste yuh know, cause nobody could cook a fish soup like me, nobody.
I stood in my kitchen wondering what I can cook for lunch today. Hmmmm, oh yes hows bout some Yellow Split Peas Soup with yams, green bananas, eddoes, dumpling and a touch of pepper to give it that kick, ohhhh yes, me stomach rumbling, me eyes watering, I want to dig in right now, feel the warmth coarse its way down me throat. All the different flavours was like carnival Monday in me mouth.
Hmmmm, what can I wash that down with? Oh yeah, hows bout a cold glass of sorrel, the clinging of the ice in the glass. Ahhh that taste, that Christmas taste.
You know, I can still eat some more, but I want something sweet, oh yes hows bout a slice of pumpkin pudding, yes, I think that would do just fine.
Ahhh yes, that will do. Put all of this on the dining table. Look over the feast. Time to eat, scooped a spoonful of soup and brought it to my mouth. It was then I work up.
Miss Mabel, come get you fresh fish nah, dem fisher man and dem have ah real good catch you know. Oh yes, I go make some good waters for lunch I tell you. Yes gul, I done prepare de veggies and dem, kneed up de dumplings, pick de pepper, I ready to go, just bring de fish come and hurry up.
Ohhh boy me stomach rumbling already. Look at that broth, I could smell the seasoning, all that pepper, carrots, tomatoes, dumplings, Irish potatoes. Its like biting into paradise. Hmmm, that’s what I am going to make today. Off to the kitchen, Sunday lunch coming up.
All ah dat vegetable,, wid some dumplings and tomatoes, and breadfruit, man me just got real hungry you know, so instead of writing, I go go to de kitchen and cook up some ah dis ital.
Green Bananas, Salfish, and Dumplings
Hmnmm may be some calaloo sup for lunch today.
I see dumplings, lots of dumplings,
Ahhhh a chicken soup, dumplings, Irish potato, chicken seasoned, pepper, carrots with slices of pears ((avocado) on the side. A carnival in your mouth, an all night fete in your stomach.