Monday Meal Review: Bahamas

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This is meal # 12 in my personal challenge to eat one meal from every country in the world. Our Bahamian feast in a snapshot: An especially nerdy group of writers eating Bahamian food under the stars, vaguely lit by tealights, reading Hemingway to the crickets. I've always used the word nerdy as a compliment. To me, a nerd is a person who cares enough to delve deeply into a subject and really get to know it. Quite the opposite of superficial. So, as I was saying, this week I hosted a … [Read more...]

Recipe: Island Macaroni & Cheese (Macaroni Pie)

A "slice" of Mac & Cheese is easy to deal with at a party

Serves 8-10 This grown-up Mac & Cheese gets its kick from cayenne pepper. Substitute paprika for the cayenne if you prefer non-spicy food. Ingredients: 1 lb elbow macaroni 2 eggs 2 tbsp. butter 1 cup onion, minced 1/2 cup green pepper, minced 1 - 1 1/2 tsp cayenne (mild-hot) 1 lb grated cheddar cheese 1 12 oz can evaporated milk 1/2 tsp salt Method: 1 Boil elbow macaroni for about 5 minutes, or until al dente. Drain and return to pot. 2. Stir in cheddar, pepper, and … [Read more...]

Recipe: Red Conch Chowder

Bahamian Conch Chowder, yum!

Serve 6-8 Bahamian Conch Chowder is light and brothy, not creamy like the famous New England version. Leftovers thicken slightly, due to the starches that leach out of the potatoes. I might actually prefer this chowder the next day. Ingredients: 1 large onion, diced 2 garlic cloves, sliced 1/2 green pepper, diced 1 Anaheim pepper, diced 1 ham bone (I used a smoked ham shank) 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes 4 Tbsp tomato paste 2 carrots, sliced into half-moons 4-5 potatoes, cubed 1 … [Read more...]

Recipe: Coconut Bimini Bread

Coconut Bimini Bread, fresh from the oven

Makes 2 small loaves or 1 large "Pullman" style loaf Coconut Bimini Bread is easy with the help of a bread machine or standing mixer fitted with dough blade. Sweet and doughy, try serving leftover slices in French Toast or Bread Pudding! Ingredients: 2 1/4 tsp instant dry yeast 4 1/2 cups unbleached flour (plus extra , if the dough comes out too wet) 1 tsp salt 1/4 c nonfat dry milk powder 1/3 cup sugar 1 cup coconut milk (if you warm this slightly it will help the dough rise … [Read more...]

Recipe: Bahama Mama (Drink)

Ready for seaside sipping!

Makes just over a gallon Cooking a meal for every country in the world makes this mama thirsty! The Bahamas have the perfect solution - a traditional, tropical Bahama Mama. Serve Bahama Mamas chilled, under the hot summer sun. Play around and adjust this recipe to your preferences. NOTE: Some prefer to add unflavored rum for all or part of the rum flavor. You decide for you, below is what I like :) Ingredients: 1 quart chilled orange juice 1 quart chilled pineapple juice 1/4 … [Read more...]

While I’m Cooking: Bahamian Junkanoo

Learn about Bahamian Junkanoo, the national festival of the Bahamas, celebrated at Christmastime: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qa5uX2TcrRo] Enjoy your weekend! … [Read more...]

Fun Fact Friday: Once upon a Conch (Polls)

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I know we spent yesterday talking about the lovely slug-like conch, but we're not quite done. Stay with me. You're going to love this. You see, I have a mild obsession with children's stories and it just so happens that there is a Bahamian folk-tale involving a conch. Food often makes its way into folk-tales in interesting ways, and the conch is no exception. Guess what?  The conch is in a race! A race! Oh, the silliness. Let's remember what a conch looks … [Read more...]

Technique Thursday: Conch

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I wasn't exactly thrilled to be eating the flesh of a giant slug this week (here's a crazy photo). But that's probably the yuckiest way to look at the whole thing. In reality, this large creature lives in a beautiful shell (prized by the Victorians I might add) and is happily eaten throughout the Caribbean. Although I had my fears, I quickly learned that proper cooking makes conch (pronounced "konk") tasty and even worthwhile. (Photo by Pratheep PS) If you aren't in the Bahamas you're … [Read more...]