A peculiar passion for impeccable peccary pepperpot
Sunday afternoon I traveled up to Linden to ground with Lindeners on the opening of their Town Day, ascertain what the reception would be like for the Leader of the Opposition, and how the audience would take to the presentation of Nigel Hughes.
One group of AFC personnel went towards the main event. Seivewright Benjamin, Gerhard Ramsaroop, Mark Benschop and I went in search of food. None of us had eaten before we left home.
As we gazed on the menu board, right before our eyes was the item – “ wild meat pepperpot.” Before anyone could order, Gerhard shouted out, “gimme pepperpot and bread.” I turned to the lady in attendance and asked her exactly what is “wild meat pepperpot”? She said it was made with bush hog. I looked at Gerhard and enquired how he can eat such a thing. I said bush hog is peccary and people don’t eat peccary.
Gerhard and Seivewright looked at me with their mouths opened. Seivewright intoned. “Freddie yuh mad.” Gerhard chipped in. He asked why I am calling it peccary. He added that the name is wild hog and he claimed that once you taste it, there is no difference with mainstream pork. He exclaimed that he is certain that once I had it, I would like it.
I explained that I never had any kind of wild meat in my entire life. Seivewright and Gerhard informed me that they have eaten every conceivable wild meat you can imagine with Seivewright describing the snake he had. Gerhard said snake flesh tastes like deep ocean meat like octopus.
Seivewright ordered curry wild meat with the main ingredient being that rodent, labba. I took cook-up with baked fish. Benschop had sorrel drink only. Things got complicated when the lady told Gerhard she ran out of bread so his peccary pepperpot has to be served with rice. He claimed that he can only enjoy pepperpot with bread. He requested that she keep the peccary pepperpot and we will return later the night after the opening events of Town Day when we will bring our own loaves. After the persuasion by Seivewright and Gerhard, I began to experience a peculiar passion for peccary pepperpot as the night wore on in Linden.
We did just that with Khemraj Ramjattan joining us and other AFC members. Nigel Hughes and his wife Cathy, and Dominic Gaskin left for Georgetown. They say never say never in life.
Decades ago, I told my wife I will never eat wild meat. Well I will advise you never say never. I had peccary pepperpot last Sunday evening in a nice restaurant in Linden. I guess I will always remember Linden. It is the place where I first had wild meat. That peccary pepperpot was impeccably made because it was delectable, superb and gorgeous.
Gerhard was right – the thing taste just like ‘normal poke’. Do you know this is peccary season?
Michael Carrington of the AFC who lives on the highway told me last Wednesday there was an invasion of peccaries in the Soesdyke area and people killed 18 of them. So peccary meat is the thing at the moment on the Linden highway.
I had a wonderful time in Linden on Town Day but we lost a lot of money on the chic chic board, particularly Benschop. As usual, the people of the town were wonderfully nice.
I participated in a picket exercise that was mounted against the increase in electricity tariffs. You may not believe me because you know that Nigel Hughes and I are friends but I say from the bottom of my heart, I think his reception was far more thunderous than what David Granger got.
This is PNC territory but the reception for Granger was extremely low-keyed. Lindeners believe that APNU sold them out. You can feel it in the atmosphere. Honestly, I don’t think any commentator can compare the oratory of Nigel Hughes and David Granger. Hughes comes within the tradition of Walter Rodney. He stayed away from the electricity controversy concentrating on the theme of freedom and liberation.
Mixing quotes from Jamaican classical reggae singers with historical dates, Hughes told his audience that Lindeners must stand up and fight for their rights and lead from the front rather than relying on non-Lindeners to speak on their behalf. David Granger concentrated on the topic that APNU did not betray the Linden community and those who make such claims were liars.
Granger was definitely not his usual self. The applause was subdued and so was David Granger. APNU may be in trouble in Linden.