Saturday, February 9, 2013

Scientist, Singer, and Culinary Artist

The Arts

About a month ago our dear friend, Keith Yearwood, Ph.D, Lecturer in the Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland, paid us a visit. As is usual with Keith's visits, you have to be prepared for good conversation, loads of fun, and lots of laughter. On campus Keith is well-known for his scholarship, his great sense of humor, and his inspiring classes. He is also a talented singer, but what a lot of people do not know is that he is a tremendous culinary artist. He makes a "wicked" roti. Now, there is roti, and there is roti. There is the roti of South Asia, and there is the roti of Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana. Roti was brought from South Asia to Trinidad and Guyana by the indentured laborers who replaced slave laborers after slavery was abolished in those two countries. The roti of both those countries has a distinctly mouth-watering Caribbean flavor that is unlike roti from any of the South Asian countries. Now Keith's roti is one of a kind. Its soft, melt-in-your-mouth texture will leave you asking for more. He is due for another visit this month, and you know what he will be making. You are all invited :-) Click here for Keith's roti recipe. Served with curry or pumpkin stew, it makes for a delectable meal.

[Photographic Art by Ric Couchman]

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