What is cassava Cassareep?
Cassareep is a thick black liquid made from cassava root, often with additional spices, which is used as a base for many sauces and especially in Guyanese pepperpot. Besides use as a flavoring and browning agent, it is commonly regarded as a food preservative although laboratory testing is inconclusive.
Cassareep is made from the juice of the bitter cassava root, To make cassareep, the juice is boiled until it is reduced by half in volume, to the consistency of molasses and flavored with spices—including clovescinnamonsaltsugar, and cayenne pepper. Traditionally, cassareep was boiled in a soft pot, the actual “pepper pot”, which would absorb the flavors and also impart them (even if dry) to foods such as rice and chicken cooked in it.Most cassareep is exported from Guyana. The natives of Guyana traditionally brought the product to town in bottles, and it is available on the US market in bottled form. Though the cassava root traveled from Brazil to Africa, where the majority of cassava is grown, there is no production of cassareep in Africa.

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Chowmein!

Chow mein is a popular noodle dish in Guyanese cuisine it was given to us by the Guyanese people of Chinese descent. Chinese cuisine has an important place in Guyanese food culture, due to their culture there are many wonderful ingredients and products that we use to make our food, which were though to us from our ancestors. Chow Mein Recipes are just like what you get at your favorite Chinese restaurant but it’s made at home in under 30 minutes! It’s made with tender noodles, fresh sautee veggies, lean chicken, and a simple savory sauce. A crave-worthy dinner!

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What is Curry? 

A curry is a dish with a sauce seasoned with spices, mainly associated with South Asian cuisine. The spices commonly include turmeric, cumin, coriander, ginger, and chili pepper, among others. In southern India, leaves from the curry tree may be included. There are many varieties of curry. Curry powder is simply a combination of various of ground spices, which are present in this recipe! This combination of spices will yield that familiar curry flavor, and it’s on the milder side. If you’re looking to kick up the heat, try stirring in some cayenne a little at a time. You can also use your favorite curry powder in this dish!

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A tip about Guyanese Food

The cuisine of Guyana has been greatly influenced by both its colonial history and its ethnic populations.  As a result, the food of Guyana is incredibly diverse taking elements from Creole, East Indian, African, Portuguese, Amerindian, Chinese and European cuisines.  Root vegetables like cassava and sweet potatoes are staples of the country’s diet.  Seafood is also a major part of Guyanese cuisine as are fresh fruits.  Green seasoning, a combination of herbs, onions, hot peppers and garlic are used to flavor many of Guyana’s dishes.

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