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: 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...]

Menu: Barbados

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Thank goodness you guys aren't subjected to the agonizing decision process that goes on in my house each week. It literally takes me two days of sifting through recipes to narrow things down. My husband deserves an award for the moral support he gives so freely. Anyway, from all the great options in Barbados, I finally decided on a solid menu of "comfort food." Bajan Sweet Potato Fish Cakes [Recipe] Large flakes of Mahi Mahi blended with mashed sweet potato and seasoned with onion, pepper, … [Read more...]

About the food of Barbados

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A couple of years ago my husband spent a week in Chicago for a work training program. Every day his teacher spent 4 hours off-topic, gushing about his trips to the beautiful island. You'd think this would make my husband an expert on Barbados, but unfortunately he didn't take notes. Also known as "Little England," the island of Barbados is an ethnic melting pot. Although the majority of the Bajan people originally came from Africa, the people and the cuisine are also peppered with influence … [Read more...]