Fun Fact: I was born in Belize, raised in New York City but currently living in Northern New Jersey.
I came to the United States at a very early age. I believe my mother said I was about 8 months old. I grew up in various parts of Brooklyn before moving to the Bronx. Some areas I lived in Brooklyn were Bedford Stuyvesant, East New York, Crown Heights, and East Flatbush. I went to elementary and middle school in Brooklyn before we moved to the Bronx in 2003 and that is where I resided up until 2009. I did end up starting High School in Harlem but finished in the Bronx. That is when I relocated to New Jersey. However, while I was living in New York, I would always be around Belizeans and had access to Belizean food. This is when I was the closest to my culture. Even when we moved to New Jersey, we would always spend time with my family over the holidays in New York so I was still able to enjoy all of the fine dishes from my country.
*Photo credit: Google
Lately, after having a discussion with a fellow Belizean that lives in New Jersey, it started to get me thinking. I really never got an opportunity to learn how to really make our native meals. And the more I thought about it the more I realized I haven’t had a real home cooked Belizean meal in years. So it is official. I am very homesick. I also haven’t been back home since 2003. I feel as if I have lost my culture. BUT I want to get it back. I want to reconnect with my people. I want to teach myself how to make all of our native dishes. That will be a challenge I am giving myself. Every week I want to attempt a new Belizean dish and I want to take you on a journey with me.
*photo credit: Google. This is something we are known for. The Great Blue Hole.
I have been craving a few dishes so I will attempt to make one today. I am still indecisive between Sere and Hudut which is fried fish with a coconut milk type of soup (Sere) and sashed green and sweet plantain (Hudut) or Boil Up which is boiled ground food, pigtail, red snapper topped with a coconut oil tomato paste sauce. However, I am more leaning towards Sere and Hudut. This particular dish is apart of a subculture we have in Belize called the Garifuna.
This is an example of what Sere looks like. The photo was taken from http://www.belizehub.com
BELOW: And this is what Boil Up looks like below. The photo was taken from http://www.tourismobserver.com
Update later on in the day!
Welp! my Belizean Sunday dinner didn’t happen but we shall try this again next week.
This is how I ended my night smh lol.