Cooking Bajan Style

As we know, our food today often tells a story of our history and the people of our beautiful island. Many of the food was developed by the Slaves who were sailed over to the Caribbean and today they are still eaten on a daily basis.

By the end of the 19th century corn had become an important food crop in Africa and when slaves came over to Barbados and the rest of the Caribbean they brought many of their food traditions with them. The West African inspired cook in the Caribbean used corn in a variety of ways. However, one of the popular methods was to create a porridge which used...

Pulped Eddoes Recipe Barbados

Pulped eddoes are one of those authentic Bajan dishes you will find in a local's home for a Sunday lunch! One of the many ways we Bajans eat eddoes, is "pulped". This means the eddoes are cooked with lime and pepper to taste!

Here is the recipe for pulped eddoes:

INGREDIENTS

1 cup of eddoes 3 TBSP fresh lime juice  1 small onion (grated)  Fresh pepper to taste 1 TSP Salt 1/2 TSP Scotch Bonnet (minced) Water to boil

METHOD 

1. Wash the raw eddoes thoroughly and remove the fines 'hairs' on the...

Frizzled Salt Fish Recipe Barbados

Frizzled Salt Fish is a dish made in every household in Barbados, this delicacy is an alternative use of the salt fish typically associated with Bajan fishcakes. We have the recipe for you to try!  

INGREDIENTS:

1 lb salt fish a pinch of black pepper red pepper (finely diced) clove of garlic (finely diced) sprig chive(finely diced) 1 onion (finely diced) Sprig sweet marjoram 1 large tomato (finely diced) Bottle of Olive Oil

METHOD:

Soak salt fish, squeeze dry and pound finely Boil fish...

Just last week we voted Relish Best Cafe in Barbados, not only for their innovative food and energetic style but also for their true Caribbean Roots. There is always a fun flare to their food and we are so happy to feature their flavour happy recipes under our Cooking Bajan Style segment! Today we are starting with Curry Crab with Coconut and Chili. 

INGREDIENTS 2.25 LBs of Crab Meat .25 Cup Coriander Seeds 1.5 TBSP Cumin Seeds 1 TBSP Whole Black peppercorns Sea Salt  5.5 OZs White Wine Vinegar 2 OZs Desiccated Coconut 1 TBSP Freshly Grated...

Corned Beef Fritter Recipe Barbados

It's tradition in Barbados to eat food that was created by our ancestors. Corn Beef Fritters have been around for many years and locals all over the islands often cook up these delicious treats. It is said that these snacks came about when the plantation workers prepared snacks to carry along and munch on after a hard day of labour. Now, no matter what time of day, we in Barbados continue to make these mouth-watering nibbles. Corn Beef fritters can be eaten with brea, crackers or simply on their own!

Here's the recipe for Bajan Corn Beef fritters for you to try at home...

Bajan Bakes Recipe Barbados

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:

Ingredients: 1lb Flour 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...

Mango Cheese Recipe

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...

Pelau Recipe Barbados

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...

Fried Flying Fish Recipe Barbados

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.

Fried Flying Fish

INGREDIENTS10 flying fish steaks2 limes2 TBSP Salt1.5 Cups Water3 TBSP ...

Breadfruit cou-cou recipe from Barbados

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. 

BREADFRUIT COU-COU RECIPE

1 large breadfruit (Peeled and cut into 8...

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