There's nothing better than waking up to the smell of Granny's homemade bakes, it makes your heart smile. In Barbados, we eat these bakes or muffins mostly for breakfast, but you can eat them anytime of the day! These bakes can be eaten with cod fish, fishcakes, porridge, cheese or just plain butter!
Here's the recipe for good ol' fashioned Bajan homemade Bakes:
1 tbsp Baking Powder
1-2 tbsp Sugar
1 grated Nutmeg
A Pinch of Spice
A Pinch of Salt
1 tbsp Almond Essence
6-8 oz Water
1/2 cup of Corn or...
There is nothing quite like an abundance of mangoes sitting in your fruit basket. They start to become so plentiful you often have no clue how to use all of them up! Yes you can surely eat the fruit, however we love to experiment and make little exciting treats. A couple days ago we thought we would test out some Mango Cheese. This candy is very similar to the famous Guava Cheese however utilizes mango instead of guava (you don't say). Below is the recipe we used. The tasty and tart mangoes were balanced out perfectly by the sugar, however the candy was not overly sweet! Such a...
Although traditionally Trinidadian, Pelau is in fact quite popular and eaten in many households across Barbados! Pelau is a one pot dish and is perfect for entertaining as you can make it days in advance and just warm when ready to eat; it actually becomes tastier with age. The dish can be cooked with any meat or meat combination and the entire meal is flavoured with burnt sugar. Pigeon peas, fresh coconut and fresh herbs are what make this dish extra special and bursting with real Caribbean flavour. Here is our recipe we would like to share with you! It may seem long and daunting for many...
Hands down, one of the most popular dishes in Barbados is Fried Flying Fish. The crunchy and golden outer crust compliments the tender, juicy and not to mention flavourful flying fish. Flying fish is certainly best fresh. There is nothing quite like going down to the market, purchasing your flying fish, liming salting that same fish and then smothering it with Bajan Seasoning. Oh the joy it brings. Below we thought we would share our very own recipe we use at home with you.
Ohh the comfort that breadfruit brings. Its, hearty, creamy and oh so wholesome! Today we decided to feature a dish that is very popular among us bajans - breadfruit cou-cou. This dish uses breadfruit as opposed to cornmeal (in our traditional cou-cou) and due to this has a slighty different texture. Breadfruit Cou-Cou is particulary good with saucy meat dishes such as beef stew, chicken stew, creole salt fish, baked mahi mahi etc. Below is a recipe my grandmother used. It is simple but oh is it tasty.
During the holiday season in Barbados, nothing comes to mind more than ham, it is practically synonymous with the word Christmas. Once cooked right, there is nothing quite like eating a ham covered in honey mustard and clove right out the oven. The comfort it brings is without reason. Today we thought we would share a family recipe which has never (ever) failed us!
CHRISTMAS HAM RECIPE
7 KG Ham (skin on)1 Cup Water1/4 Cup Whole Cloves4 TBSP French Mustard1.5 TSP ground Clove6 OZ of Pureed Pineapple Chunks and Juice2 TBSP HoneySalt & Pepper to taste...
Remember a little while back we talked about the one and only conkie of Barbados? Today, we thought as part of our celebration of independence we would share with you the recipe so maybe, if you are daring enough that is, you could try making your own conkies. Take a look below!
2 cups corn flour1/2 cup flour3/4 lb finely grated pumpkin6 oz margarine/shortening melted3/4 lb sweet potato3 cups grated coconut1 egg1 tsp salt4 oz raisins3/4 lb brown sugar1 cup whole milk1 tsp spice1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg1 tsp almond essence*Banana, Plantain or Fig...
Ohhh peas n' rice, one of those sides dishes which you will see at every Bajan Sunday lunch or even from the Bajan food vans (Barbados' version of food trucks) It is a perfect addition to any meat dish and of course goes very well with beef stew, chicken stew and fish. You may be thinking peas with rice? No, it is not the green peas we Barbadians use in this recipe, but rather the much heartier brown pigeon peas. Barbadians would say that a Sunday lunch is not complete without some good ole' Peas n' Rice. If you wish to try this Barbadian staple, take a look at our recipe...
There is nothing quite like a good ol' bajan beef stew, oh the comfort it gives you; especially when coupled with some sweet potato pie, pickled cucumber and peas n' rice. Usually when bajans cook up a beef stew they rarely utilze a recipe, it just comes off the top of their head with seasoning being adjusted to taste. What we did when making this was we wrote what came off the top of our head and developed a recipe. Try it! it is quite devine (if we may say so ourselves).
We have to admit, it has been a while since we shared one of our "good ole" Bajan recipes with you. However, today we have made it extra special with one of our favorite dishes that we guaruntee you will make over and over again - our famous Bajan Baked Chicken. Not many Sundays pass by in a Barbadian household that a chicken is not baking away in the oven, the aromas of the fresh herbs, local vegetables and a sizzling chicken infusing the air. Take a look below for a family recipe we want you to have.
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