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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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I tried to book a flight for all of us to go to the Bahamas this week, but their capacity was 50. We'll have to settle for a Bahamian feast instead. Get ready for some down-home cooking, spiked with a little (or a lot) of Bahama Mama! Red Conch Chowder [Recipe] Everyone makes Conch Chowder a little bit different. Our version is made with ham, potato, green pepper, carrot, and celery. Island Macaroni & Cheese (Macaroni Pie) [Recipe] This macaroni and cheese is sliced into squares for … [Read more...]