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I think this post is mostly filler

One day I’ll get back to posting regularly. Maybe that day will be in Ramadan (the month of fasting) which starts some time next month. After all, it’s a good time to reminisce and also feed all the hungry searchers and googlers looking for iftar foods likealoo pie and baigani, and barfi recipes and what it’s like to celebrate Eid ul Fitr in Trinidad. Even if I didn’t know Ramadan was approaching, I’d be able to tell from my Statcounter!

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One really popular search recently is for the “ghost of the solomon hochoy highway” “claxton bay ghost” “the story about the little girl in the white dress by claxton bay in trinidad and tobago”, leading to my post on the Haunting of the Solomon Hochoy Highway. THe popularity has resurged based on the recent reports in the Trinidad and Tobago Express on the government investigations into the “death highway” (which is apparently caused by speeding, dangerous curve and high wind, but mostly speeding – that’s the official word!) People have still been commenting on the original post, adding their bits of knowledge to the history and folklore. The T&T Express seems to have done an investigative piece on the story though, confirming that the statue and site of disturbances is Forres Park, providing input from estate workers etc. Apparently this year is 100 years since the poor girl died.

From the story –

“Maria was the daughter of a Forres Park estate overseer who died near the highway in March 1909 while on her way to warn her lover that he was about to be killed because her parents did not approve of their love affair. Shortly after her death, a statue of the Virgin Mary [by her grieving father] was erected near the spot where she died. It was some years later that the statue was desecrated by a mentally impaired woman who claimed it was not responding to the questions she had asked it. In a fit of anger, the story goes, she climbed the pedestal on which it stands and decapitated the statue.

Former workers at the Forres Park sugar estate testified to the decapitation and they also knew why the statue was erected by the overseer. …Harry Seedas, a former worker on the estate, was the last person to testify about the accuracy of the event. Seedas died a few years ago leaving behind the story of a legend that has captivated the minds of many for years. This year marks the 100th anniversary of her death and residents are planning a religious ceremony in commemoration of her death and to make every effort to have her spirit put to rest.”

Another frequent search is for the “Good Eats burger” or the “Alton Brown hamburger” or the very specific “grind your own meat burger”. I imagine there’s a great demand for burgers on the US Independence Day (Happy Independence Day to any US readers!), so I hope my AB Burger post was helpful.

July 4th is also an important anniversary for us in the Caribbean. On this day, in 1973, 4 regional leaders signed the Treaty of Chaguaramas, creating the Caribbean Community. In Guyana, it’s CARICOM Day and we get a holiday on Monday. Yay, us! (I mean the Community, not just us lucky folk working in Guyana.)


Although I have not been blogging (or taking photos) recently, my creativity has not been wanting. It’s just all been sucked in by the exigencies of the day job. It’s a crying shame when your JOB makes you use that part of your brain you reserve for your own activities. I mean, it’s been rewarding and fun to do things that are not necessarily all about law and procedure, but I don’t know. I am undecided. After all, I have all of, I don’t know 10 faithful readers, and those eager search-engine users to serve. You don’t pay me, but that’s ok. That’s what the job was for right?  :-) Anyway, if I get to put away the job for tomorrow and Monday (holiday!!!) then perhaps there will be more to blog very soon. After all Lilandra is visiting, and we have been cooking from time to time.

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9 Comments so far (Add 1 more)

  1. I subscribe to your RSS feed that is how I realized you posted, though mainly filler, which is not as bad as it sounds since the filler in many tasty dishes is key – allo pie and dhal puri are good examples :)

    1. aka_lol on July 5th, 2009 at 1:22 pm
  2. yes, I hope in addition to filler, this is a foundation for more posts in July. If I even post once more for the month, I’ll be so ahead of my own track record for the year, I might be spurred to stretch myself even more :-)

    2. Chennette on July 5th, 2009 at 11:24 pm
  3. You can count me among your (definitely more than 10) loyal readers. And I understand, I didn’t start posting until I gave up my pesky day job. Best thing I ever did!

    3. Abigail on July 10th, 2009 at 4:49 pm
  4. I’m curious to know what you have been doing at work using that reserved part of the brain :)

    4. Cynthia on July 11th, 2009 at 2:32 am
  5. Thanks Abigail :-)
    Cynthia – I’ve been designing, assigning and editing work for a newsletter. Including taking photographs of staff etc etc. And preparing for some big presentations and putting together documentation – that seem to pull on that part of me that would otherwise ruminate about things to write about life and food :-)

    5. Chennette on July 11th, 2009 at 10:57 pm
  6. I loved this post, especially the reminders about baiganee and barfi, you made me miss my mother’s. She took her recipe with her so we’ve not been able to re-create it since she died.

    6. coffeewallah on July 14th, 2009 at 12:46 pm
  7. thanks coffeewallah :-) Even if I can’t document all Trini faves, I am glad I’ve been able to record and share the ones that Mom has always made better than others (like her barfi).

    7. Chennette on July 15th, 2009 at 11:35 pm
  8. Thanks for the update on the ghost story. Good to see you’re back – I’ll continue to check in every now and then to see if there’s anything new.

    8. Liane Spicer on July 19th, 2009 at 10:12 am
  9. whooohooo thanks so much u wouldnt believe how long i was searching for this and i finally found something about it little girl but you didnt get any pictures of the statue…

    9. SpoilChile on August 2nd, 2011 at 4:33 pm

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