Monday Meal Review: Barbados

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5 a.m. The tornado sirens sound. I bolt up in bed and stare, bug-eyed out the window. The trees are sideways. Sideways. Side. Ways. Practically laying over, playing dead. "This is it. I'm going to die," I mutter. My husband wakes up and groggily wanders out of the bedroom. I'm still frozen in bed. "Where are you going?" I whisper-yell, barely audible over the wailing wind and sirens. "I'm checking the weather on the computer," he says. I can barely hear him. I run into … [Read more...]

Recipe: Bajan Peas n’ Rice

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Serves 4 Peas n' Rice really is "beans" and rice. This savory side will go with almost anything - chicken, pork, fish, vegetables - especially grilled or roasted. In Barbados Peas n' Rice is often served with fried fish. Ingredients: 2 Tbsp vegetable oil 1 onion, diced 1 Anaheim pepper, minced 1 habanero pepper, minced (optional) 3 cups water + extra as needed 1/2 cup dried black eyed peas, soaked overnight 1 1/2 cups rice 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper 2 Tbsp fresh parsley Method: 1. In a … [Read more...]

Recipe: Bajan Sweet Potato Fish Cakes

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Makes about 7 average fish cakes Two kinds of fish cakes are popular in Barbados: deep-fried balls and pan-fried patties. This recipe makes lovely golden pan-fried patties. The sweet potato in these Bajan Fish Cakes is subtle and provides a great variation for those who don't like a lot of heat. Serve with hot sauce for those who enjoy it! Ingredients: 1/2 lb cooked sweet potato (about 1/2 an average sweet potato) 1/8 cup milk (only add as needed) 1/2 onion, grated (about 1/8 … [Read more...]

Recipe: Spiked Coconut Water

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Makes 1 drink Although I came up with this name, the drink idea came to me from Jimmy Buffett. He recommends this refreshing blend for the slightly tropical, headache free, sipping pleasure it provides. He probably doesn't use coconut rum, but I like my drinks sweeter than stout, so I went for the Parrot's Bay. Go with your instincts when making yours. Ingredients: 1 shot chilled coconut rum or plain, Caribbean rum 2 shots chilled coconut water (available at whole foods) 1/2 a lime, … [Read more...]

Recipe: Bajan Christmas Puddin’ (Pound Cake with Cherries)

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Makes about one 10" bundt cake or several smaller cakes Enjoy this lovely pound cake cold with hot tea or a tall glass of milk. We loved the addition of maraschino cherries and wished we would have added more (we only added about 20 chopped cherries). A yummy cake - my husband has already requested it for his birthday! Ingredients: 3 cups flour 2 Tbsp baking powder 1 1/2 cups sugar 4 sticks (2 cups) butter (room temperature) 6 eggs 1 cup milk 1 Tbsp vanilla pinch of salt chopped … [Read more...]

While I’m Cooking: Barbados

Today I am happy to feature two videos by Heather Johnston of SoGood.tv In the first video Heather presents a food tour in Barbados that includes sustainable, local food. In the second she looks at hot sauces and rum punch with nutmeg. Mmm, she makes me want to jump over to Barbados! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaU1FCMtKN4] [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SI1Lezicsto&NR=1] … [Read more...]

Fun Fact Friday: Barbados

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TGIF everyone! - Barbados is tiny at only 430 square kilometers. The island was uninhabited when the British moved in to make sugar plantations. As a result there is not much that can be grown commercially on the island, aside from sugarcane, some vegetables, and cotton (Source: CIA World Factbook). - Although the supersonic Concorde planes have been permanently grounded, one was retired to Barbados to serve as a museum for tourists and locals. http://www.barbadosconcorde.com/ - … [Read more...]

Technique Thursday: Working with Dried Beans

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Take a stroll down the beach. White sands. Crystal waters. Beans. If you're in the Caribbean, chances are you're going to have beans on your plate at least once during your stay. Beans show up most famously in 'Peas n' Rice." Don't be fooled by the absence of the word "bean" in the title, though. In this case "peas" refers to the bean called Pigeon Peas (or Black Eyed Peas). As an alternative Peas n' Rice is sometimes made with kidney beans. If you don't end up eating Peas n' Rice, you'll … [Read more...]