Pepper pot

Pepper pot is one of the most recognized and most popular Guyanese dishes. My dad is originally from Guyana and came to New York in the early 1980's before I was born. I didn't know much about Guyana until my dad started to make pepper pot for my younger sister and I (I was about 8 years old at the time). It is a stew that is mixed with different kinds of meats (beef, pork) and spices (cinnamon, hot pepper, clove) which gives it a spicy, Caribbean flavor. Pepper pot is usually made in a big pot and take hours to make but it is definitely worth the wait. It is so delicious! When I used to go to family gatherings with my father one of my family members would usually make a pot of pepper pot with rice. Then we would talk, laugh, and dance together. This gave me a sense of how things were like back in Guyana. It felt like home to me. Whenever I eat pepper pot I feel a special connection to my Guyanese roots. I think this is so special to me because I have never been to Guyana before and it makes me feel like I'm there. I can't wait to be able to make pepper pot one day for my family.

Year: 1980

– Leah

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