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Here at Suzanne Barr Food, we are reshaping our community by sharing traditions, discovering new customs, understanding the importance of sourcing ethical ingredients and recipe preservation techniques that disband culinary biases and realign connections to our cultural foodways.

Patty Wars

Have you ever heard about the Patty wars in Canada?

Patty vs. Patty tells the story of how in 1985 Toronto government officials attempted a “patty wars,” when Jamaican-Canadian bakers went head-to-head with the federal government over the name of their beloved beef patty. At the time, the Meat Inspection Act determined a beef patty to be what goes in a hamburger.

Patty Wars… A Short Documentary

For Afro Mundo’s Recipe Month, we’re featuring a special “hot pocket” known as the Empanada. While the information above relates to a Jamaican patty, it highlights a cultural connection to the empanada. This story reveals how something as seemingly simple and delicious as a “pocket” can cause trouble for immigrants in places like North America. Fortunately, despite the racially charged conflict and institutionalized racism, a compromise was reached. However, it raises questions about the ways cultures have been forced to erase parts of their heritage due to arbitrary capitalist and colonial rules.

A part of our monthly offers is to showcase interesting stories and facts about the food we love and share. We love empanadas, love patties (excuse me, Jamaican patties) and we love to point out these foodway connections with every recipe given in our memberships.

If you enjoy these, think about all the other goodies you may be missing by not getting our monthly recipes.


Here’s more examples of  cultural “hot Pockets”

Gyoza: Japanese. They’re essentially wonton wrappers that are stuffed with pork and cabbage before they’re pan-fried and often served with a sweet-spicy dipping sauce.

Pierogi: Polish. It’s unleavened dough around a soft filling of meat, fruit, or potato and cheese. Originally a peasant food, it’s like a dumpling—cooked in boiling water—and oh-so-delicious.

Panzerotti: Italian. It’s a deep-fried pocket of dough usually filled with cheese. Deep-fried and eaten hot, it’s what a Hot Pocket aspires to.

Afro Mundo Festival

AfroMundo is a nonprofit hosting an annual festival in New Mexico celebrating food, music, and culture. Their mission is to connect diasporic communities, foster alliances, and provide a visible platform for sharing our stories, with a common goal of advancing equity, healing, joy, and hope.

this year’s festival, themed “Maroons, Rebels, Dreamers & Visionaries” featuring Colombia, Costa Rica, Jamaica & the USA.

Chef Suzanne Barr will be joining as a chef and author on April 13-20th.

Motivated by Afro Mundo’s vision and mission, we chose to synchronize the theme for our second month of membership with the festival, demonstrating solidarity with their cause.

“Hay que comer para vivir, no vivir para comer”

Translation: Eating to live, not living to eat”

Manifesting liberation

When feeling like all the ways of resistance isn’t enough and you are starting to feel helpless and hopeless…..

Why not try to manifest liberation?

Some people believe if you focus on something every day for at least 30 seconds, you can manifest it. We’ve added this form of resistance to our practice and wanted to share it with you.

How to do it?

Set a timer for 30 seconds (as time goes on, you may go over a minute or more and that’s fine, the point is to focus for at least 30 seconds or more).

Sit somewhere quiet, where you can’t be interrupted.

Either close your eyes or fix them on a point on the wall.

State the land or people that you are focusing on.

You can go off of the example that we give here or create one that works best for you. This is what some of us do.

Start by saying “Land/People” are free! They are healing. They are finding their people and sharing beautiful meals and moments. They are learning how to be free people. They are autonomous. They are thriving. They are free. They are grieving and mourning in the way that is appropriate for them. They are rebuilding. They are returning home. They are free. They are thriving. They are healing. They know what their people need and they have control over their land and their rights. No outside interference is there, only love and support. The people or land is free, they are thriving and healing.”

This is just an example of what you can say.

If possible, think about what it would feel like when the thing you hope to manifest happens. What will the feeling be? What will the look on the people’s faces be? What will the coming months, years, decades look like? There really is no limit to this practice.

Let your heart and hopes guide you.

We concentrate on about 4-5 different places and people at this moment. This is sure to grow as we learn and understand more of what is happening in all the places of the world.

It’s good to send love and gratitude to the people as well.

Another thing to note, when doing this practice, make sure to state the positive things, don’t say anything like “There’s no…..” or “I hope to see” or let any roadblocks hinder the flow.

Only imagine the hopeful event/situations to happen. Act and imagine as if the thing you want is possible, because it is.

Please do this daily

In love and resistance!

SBF Team

Rest is Resistance

Part of last year’s teaching in the SLOW DOWN, this beautiful book became a part of our unlearning and learning.

Have you read it?

Do you follow thenapministry on IG?

OOOOOH, you should!

Get it!


When creating the package of love that is our Membership, we realized that the recipes that spoke to us weren’t quick ones. They weren’t fast food recipes, they were a possible labor of love.
Truly, as Chef Suzanne Barr uses cooking as her love language.

These recipes are meant to give you that SLOW DOWN that we all need. They are meant to make your time intentional. For you to think about the culture being represented in the meal you’re making. Think about your connection if any to it. Think about their voice, about their struggle, but also to celebrate all of it. Celebrate your time, your struggle, your connection to the things, places and people that you love.

Celebrate your ancestors (even if they weren’t noble), you’re here, you are LOVE, you are worthy of slowing down and giving your mind, body, plate some attention.

All of 2023 and up to the present, all of us at Suzanne Barr Food kept being told in various ways, to slow down.

Be intentional with our energy, with what we eat, who we spend time with, what we focus on.

Through that, the birth of these recipes were born.

Each month the recipes are intended to speak to all of us in whatever way we can hear.

So we hope that you join us with this practice of slow down and listening. Listen to what your body is saying when you eat nourishing foods, when you listen to music that makes you move, music that makes you feel inspired, motivated, alive!

Listen to your heart/the voice inside speaking gentle and loving words. It’s there…

If you haven’t already, check out our membership and our free 10 Pantry Must Haves (click the SHOP button above and it will take you there)

Cheers Fam!

Coming Soon

Coming Soon!!! From Pantry to Plate: 10 Pantry Must Haves Vol 1

Chef Suzanne Barr will share 10 out of many, of her pantry items that she can not live without. Check back here in a few days for this MUST HAVE list.

From Pantry to Plate 10 Pantry Must Haves from Chef Suzanne Barr

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