Monday Meal Review: Antigua and Barbuda

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This is meal #6 in my personal challenge to eat one meal from every country in the world. Sea, salt, sand, balmy, breezy, beautiful. Nope. I woke up to 40F and overcast (with the closest beach a full day's drive away). Not exactly the best weather or locale for Caribbean picnic food. And, just think, we had had 70 degree weather a few days earlier. Darn. Refusing to be brought down by ol' man winter, I got dressed up to my smile and chanted the old mantra "mind over matter, … [Read more...]

Recipe: Tropical Curried Chicken Salad on Baguette

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Serves: 4 This chicken salad is incredible. The intense curry melds with the grilled chicken, while sweet bursts of pineapple and raisin leave you begging for more. For the best flavor, serve on a rustic baguette brushed with olive oil and toasted on the grill. YUM! Ingredients: 3 cups of grilled boneless chicken breasts, shredded (about 4 chicken breasts. Grilling the chicken just adds more flavor.) 1/2 cup raisins 16 oz pineapple tidbits 1/2 cup mayonnaise 3 Tbsp mango … [Read more...]

Recipe: Baked Brown Sugar Bananas

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Serves: 4 Baked bananas are delicious in brown sugar and butter. Serve hot over ice cream, making sure everyone gets a little of the sauce. NOTE: not all rum will light. I had coconut rum on hand and it does not flambe (however, it did add great flavor to the bananas). You will need to buy Bacardi 151 for this. Also try Benin's Baby Bananas in Orange Sauce. Ingredients: 6 ripe bananas peeled 1/2 cup brown sugar 4 Tbsp melted butter 2 ounces coconut rum 1 ounce bacardi 151 … [Read more...]

Recipe: Sparkling Grapefruit Breeze

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Serves 4 Take a sip of this sweet drink and you'll think you're on the beach in Antigua. Use fresh squeezed juices if possible. Serve with sugar cane swizzle sticks for an added festivity. Please drink in moderation. No drinky and drivey. Ingredients: 1 cup grapefruit juice 1 cup pineapple juice 1 cup coconut rum 1/4 cup grenadine 1/3 cup lime juice 3 cups Jamaican Ting (carbonated grapefruit soda, available at Whole Foods) Optional Ingredients: sugar cane swizzle … [Read more...]

Recipe: Spicy Mango and Avocado Salad

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Serves: 4-6 My husband said he would never order this on a menu but when he tried it, he bacame a believer. Sweet mango, buttery avocado, tart lime juice, and spicy jalepeno make a wonderful summertime salad. Make sure your fruit is juicy and ripe! Ingredients: 2 large mango, cubed 2 large avocado, cubed 2 limes, juiced 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion 1-2 Tbsp minced jalepeno (mild-hot) salt pepper Method: 1. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients together. Season with salt and … [Read more...]

Fun Fact Friday (poll)

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Although I could not find a lot of information on Antigua and Barbuda, I still learned many interesting things this week (and had particular fun learning about Rodonda). 1. The National Fruit is the black pineapple, a small sweet pineapple that is grown on the main island. 2. The National Weed is the "widdy widdy." The widdy widdy was eaten by slaves in a dish called Popololo. The high protein weed becomes slimy when cooked and is a known laxative. 3. Antigua was used for … [Read more...]

What the Fungi(e)?

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Books and web sites agree, "Fungi(e) is a popular Caribbean dish." Huh? What? How? Wait a minute! Was I looking at the wrong region? I swear I just read about this stiff cornmeal porridge last week when I was in Angola! Sources told me that Fungi(e) is served throughout many African countries with soups and stews. Yet, here I was reading how popular the porridge is in the Caribbean. Well, the sources are correct. Turns out Fungi(e) was brought to the caribbean by African … [Read more...]

About the food of Antigua & Barbuda: 3 Caribbean Islands?

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Call me a sucker, but I like to root for the underdog. This week her name is Redonda. That's right. The microstate "Antigua and Barbuda" is actually made up of three islands: Antigua, Barbuda, and Redonda.  The combined population is nearly 86,000, with Redonda contributing zero. I guess this is why Redonda gets left out of the name. Since I feel bad for Redonda I spent an inordinate amount of time looking up information on her. First fact: Redonda is about 500 hundred acres … [Read more...]