Dominica, you reveal my dark side. The scheming, cruel woman within.
You see, I had ulterior motives for putting “Mountain Chicken” our menu this week. Although I was a little nervous to try this strange creature, I really wanted to see Mr. Picky’s reaction. I imagined him gleefully exclaiming “Mmm, fried chicken.” Then I played out the moment when, just as he took a big bite, I would mutter “ribbit” under my breath. When he questioned me I would burst out “Mountain chicken is frog!” and laugh like a mad woman.
Unfortunately, things didn’t quite play out that way. The secret slipped.
The worst part? When he found out, he nonchalantly replied… “Oh, frogs? Cool. I used to catch those in the creek with my buddies and cook them on a campfire.”
You should of seen my face.
So much for Mr. Picky.
Callaloo (Caribbean Green Soup) [Recipe]
This thick soup often includes dark green callaloo and pig tails but our version substitutes readily available spinach and ham bone. Slowly simmered with okra, habenero pepper, coconut milk, onion, and seasonings.
Caribbean Bakes (Fried Biscuits) [Recipe]
This indulgent, yet common Caribbean side dish is a pan fried biscuit. The same dough dropped into simmering broth or soup makes dumplings.
Deep-Fried Mountain Chicken (Frog Legs) [Recipe]
Regular frog legs will do for this recipe. Dipped in seasoned flour, they are deep fried until golden brown.
Grapefruit & Avocado Smoothie [Recipe]
Bitter grapefruit tang is mellowed out with creamy avocado and a splash of sugar. An unusual and refreshing drink.