Fun Fact Friday: Belize (with poll)

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Bamboo Chicken Locals call the native Belizean iguana "Bamboo Chicken." Considered a delicacy, the meat is stewed and served with white rice, vegetables, and fried plantains. The iguana egg is also enjoyed as a special food. Dügü (Feeding of the dead) Dügü is a Garifuna feast held to appease dead spirits and bring healing to the living. Families gather together to celebrate and show respect to the spirits of their ancestors.  Mangoes Over 20 types of mangoes grow in Belize … [Read more...]

Recipe: Red Recado Seasoning Paste

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What is Red Recado? Red Recado is a seasoning paste used throughout Central America, particularly the Yucatan peninsula. The paste tastes strongly of annato and ancho chili powder, an earthy blend a little bit like paprika or saffron. However, because there are several other ingredients included in Red Recado, the flavor profile is much more complex and so totally different. Some say that chicken cannot be served in Belize without Red Recado. This week we're making "Stew Chicken" with our … [Read more...]

Menu: Belize

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Special thanks to those of you on our Facebook fan page who voted for this week's Global Table dessert. Although my husband is sad because he voted for Lemon Meringue pie, I'm thrilled because I am super curious how pone tastes.  Since I love sweet potatoes, I'm guessing this dessert will be right up my alley. On another note, this week is also interesting because we'll learn how to make red recado seasoning (see Stew Chicken). I am always looking for new seasoning ideas; I hope that this … [Read more...]

About the Food of Belize

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I hope you had a splendid Memorial Day weekend.  As for myself?  Well.  When it comes to long weekends I over-book and under-accomplish.  After creating a ten-item honey-do list, I typically only manage to "check off" half of one item.   The reason I didn't get anything done?  We went out and had fun splashing at the water park,  romancing on a dinner date, rummaging at yard-sales, swimming with a friend, and more! There's worse things than undone chores, let me tell you. All that … [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: 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...]

Recipe: Bahama Mama (Drink)

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Makes just over a gallon Cooking a meal for every country in the world makes this mama thirsty! The Bahamas have the perfect solution - a traditional, tropical Bahama Mama. Serve Bahama Mamas chilled, under the hot summer sun. Play around and adjust this recipe to your preferences. NOTE: Some prefer to add unflavored rum for all or part of the rum flavor. You decide for you, below is what I like :) Ingredients: 1 quart chilled orange juice 1 quart chilled pineapple juice 1/4 … [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...]