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Bajan Recipes

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Some Barbadian Dishes

Barbados is not only known for great festivals but also for its great dishes. Some of the more popular bajan foods are:

Bread Pudding

Cassava Pone

Coconut Bread/Sweet Bread

Conkies

Coucou & Flying Fish

Pudding & Souse

Bread Pudding

2 1/2 cups of milk

2 eggs (slightly beaten)

4 slices of stale bread (cubed)

1/2 cup of brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon of spice

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla essence

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1/4 cup of raisins (seedless)

1/4 cup of cherries

Combine the milk and the eggs. Pour over the bread cubes and stir in the remaining ingredients. Pour into a round baking dish and place it in a shallow pan. Pour hot water into the pan until it is 1 inch deep. Bake at 3500F for approximately 45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

Cassava Pone

1 pound of coconut (grated)

3 1/2 pounds of cassava flour

1/4 pound of plain flour

1 3/4 pounds of brown sugar

1/2 pound of margarine

1/4 pound of shortening

1/4 pound of cherries

1/4 pound of raisins (seedless)

12 teaspoons of baking powder

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg

1 teaspoon of spice

1 table spoon of mixed essence

1/2 cup of milk

Cut the cherries into small pieces and combine everything except the milk, margarine and shortening, in a large bowl with a large wooden spoon can be used. Melt the margarine and the shortening together and pour into the mixture along with the milk and mix. Continue mixing with the addition of small quantities of water until a moist mixture is achieved. Spoon the mixture into five 8 by 4 baking pans. Flatten the tops slightly with the back of a moist spoon and sprinkle some sugar on them. Bake at 3000F for 60 minutes of until a skewer comes out clean.

Coconut Bread/Sweet Bread

1 pound of coconut (grated)

1/4 pound of plain flour

1 3/4 pounds of brown sugar

1/2 pound of margarine

1/4 pound of shortening

1/4 pound of cherries

1/4 pound of raisins (seedless)

1/4 pound of mixed peel

12 teaspoons of baking powder

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg

1 teaspoon of spice

1 table spoon of mixed essence

1/2 cup of milk

Cut the cherries into small pieces and combine everything except the milk, margarine and shortening, in a large bowl with a large wooden spoon can be used. Melt the margarine and the shortening together and pour into the mixture along with the milk and mix. Continue mixing with the addition of small quantities of water until a moist mixture is achieved. Spoon the mixture into five 8 by 4 baking pans. Smooth the tops with the back of a moist spoon and sprinkle some sugar on them. Bake at 3000F for 60 minutes of until a skewer comes out clean.

Conkies

green banana leaves

1 pound of sweet potatoes (grated)

1 pound of coconut (grated)

4 pounds of pumpkin (grated)

3 pounds of corn meal

1/8 pound of brown sugar

1/2 pound of plain flour

1/4 pound of cherries

1/4 pound of raisins (seedless)

1/2 pound of margarine

1/8 pound of shortening

1 tablespoon of mixed essence

1 teaspoon of spice

1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg

Wash the banana leaves with cold water. Remove the centre spine and cut the leaves into rectangular pieces, about 7 inches long. Heat the leaves in water, remove when the water just begins to boil. Combine the potato, pumpkin, coconut and corn meal in a large bowl. Add the sugar and continue mixing with a large wooden spoon. Melt the margarine and the shortening and combine them with the remaining ingredients and the mixture in the bowl. Spoon 2-3 tablespoons of mixture onto the centre of each leaf and fold such that a compact package is formed. Cook with steam for approximately 60 minutes.

Barbadian Drinks

Here are the recipes for some traditional bajan drinks. These drinks include:

cherry juice

ginger beer

golden apple juice

guava juice

lemonade

mauby

passion fruit juice

sorrel drink

You can modify the proportions of the various ingredients to satisfy your own tastes.

Cherry Juice

1 pound of bajan cherries

4-5 heaped tablespoons of sugar

Remove the stems form the cherries and put the cherries into a blender with a little water. Liquefy the cherries and strain into a jug. (The straining process takes a while) Add the sugar, top up with water and stir.

Ginger Beer

2 ounces of ginger

5-6 heaped tablespoons of sugar

1 gallon of water

Grate the ginger and allow to set in the water for one day. Strain and sweeten.

or

Combine two tablespoons of ginger beer syrup with 4-5 heaped tablespoons of sugar and 8 cups of water in a jar.

Golden Apple Juice

10 golden apples

8 cups of water

4-5 heaped tablespoons of sugar

Peel and grate the apples such that only the seeds remain. Allow the grated apples to set for one day in the refrigerator. Strain and sweeten.

Guava Juice

1 pound of guavas

4-5 heaped tablespoons of sugar

Cut the guavas in half and boil in a covered saucepan of water for approximately 30 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool. Strain and sweeten.

Lemonade

2-3 limes

1 teaspoon almond essence

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

1 teaspoon mixed essence

8 cups of water

4-5 heaped tablespoons of sugar

Dissolve the sugar with a cup of water a jug. Add the juice of the limes and the essence and stir. Add the remaining water while stirring.

Mauby

2 ounces of mauby bark

4-5 heaped tablespoons of sugar

Boil the mauby bark in 3 pints of water until about 2/3 of the water has boiled off. The pint of mauby bitters must be refrigerated for future use. Combine 1-2 teaspoons of mauby bitters with the sugar and 8 ounces of water in a jar.

or

Combine 1-2 tablespoons of mauby syrup with 4-5 heaped tablespoons of sugar and 8 cups of water.

Passion Fruit Juice

4 ripe passion fruit

8 cups of water

4-5 heaped tablespoons of sugar

Cut each passion fruit in half and scoop the contents into a jug. Add the water, stir and allow to set for one day in the refrigerator. Strain off seeds and sweeten.

Sorrel Drink

1 pound of sorrel

8 cups of water

4-5 heaped tablespoons of sugar

1/2 teaspoon of spice

Cut off the fleshy top of each sorrel with a sharp knife and put them into a jug with the water. Add the spice, stir and allow the mixture to set for one day in the refrigerator. Strain and sweeten.

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