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...]

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...]

About the Food of the Bahamas

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Remember this part of Forrest Gump? [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhfK98f5S00] Well, in the Bahamas, seafood comes any (and every) which way you want it. The most popular seafood treats are the giant, snail-like conch, crayfish, shrimp, and the clawless spiny lobster. Take conch, for example. Typical food shacks keep live conch on hand, cleaning them for each order. Most menus offer boiled conch, crack conch (deep-fried), grilled conch, and steamed conch. Some customers eat … [Read more...]