My name is Nibarria Browne, I’m a born and raised Barbadian oldest of five. I’m a hairstylist who specializes in braids and I’m a caterer for private events. From a very young age I was always very creative. I wanted to become a designer, I love to draw, paint, crochet anything hands on I love.
My love for food began at a young age. Being the oldest of five. My mother would always teach me about spices, herbs and different little techniques in the kitchen. I could remember when I was young, I would make bakes for my siblings on the weekends after we cleaned the house. My siblings would be waiting for me to finish up while we all watched Saturday cartoons. I would mix up my batter, turn the stove on, drop my batter and listen to my bakes sizzle.
It all really began with a mosquito bite when I was about 7 years old. My mother was bitten, and we thought everything was fine, we ignored it and thought it would go away eventually. Mosquitos are a normal thing in Bim, we got bitten all the time, especially in the rainy season. But this time was different, it was just getting bigger and bigger, then she couldn’t walk, so we took her to the hospital. The Doctors said if we had waited one more day the foot would have to be amputated.
My mother couldn’t walk for a couple weeks, and I did all the cooking for that time. I would put my mum in a chair and push her to the kitchen. She would tell me how much water to put in the pot, how much salt, which spices and how much to use, always taste your food especially if you don’t know what you’re doing. Soon after that i was cooking every Sunday for my family Rice, Macaroni pie, salads, gravies, stew, and lots of different foods. I fell in love with how limitless food was and it was my new craft. I remembered making macaroni pie one time and I decided I would try putting tuna and some vegetables topped with cheese and baked it. I thought I invented a dish until I served it to my family, they were all surprised but later my mother told me it was called a tuna casserole. I was crushed but even more motivated to try out new things.