Old-time cooking enchants

East End residents brought out the best in old-time cooking at a Yesteryear New Year’s bash, last Monday evening.

Aunt Sookie

Alan Ebanks presents Aunt Sookie with a gift of straw baskets made by an East End resident.

It was like a step back in time for those enjoying mouth-watering turtle and conch stew, fried fish, fritters and bammy, steamed fish with white rice cooked with coconut milk, fried sprats, old time duff (a Sunday evening sweet treat), boiled breadfruit, sweet potato, pumpkin and cassava.

There was guinea corn porridge, custard corn bread, green bottler cake, Nigga Bible Jonna cake, peppermint candies and wangra (seeds crushed in a paste and seasoned with black pepper and salt). This was all washed down with tangy tamarind and lemon drink and sage and lemongrass tea.

The Christmas-decorated weeping willow tree added to the nostalgia of the event held at the East End United Church Hall.

The festive occasion rang loud with old time songs such as Brown Girl in the Ring, When I was a Young Girl, Jean and Louisa and Did you Ever see a Lassie, led by Carmen Conolly and Orilee Ebanks.

Even Aunt Sookie did not miss this delightful event. Ezekiel must have had other plans for the New Year.

Everyone had a good laugh when Aunt Sookie did a short skit about her first trip to America.

Not having a green card to enter the United States had Aunt Sookie trying everything possible, even the promise of things Caymanian to enter the States.

The evening finished with people receiving prizes and wishing everyone a Happy New year.