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Caribbean conch stew

Caribbean conch stew

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Bahamas
Cuisine is influenced by:
- Central-American/Caribbean -
The Bahamas has a great tradition of delicious local dishes, featuring ingredients like guava, rock lobster and conch.
Bahamian cuisine is influenced by the dishes and cooking style of the American South, which is evident in the side dishes and seasoning used.
Grits are common, as is a considerable amount of spice. There are some elements of Bahamian cuisine that are similar to cuisine throughout the Caribbean, such as fresh seafood, peas n’ rice, and some that are unique to the islands of The Bahamas.
SEAFOOD particularly Conch, pronounced “konk,” and Rock Lobster are the a major component of Bahamian cuisine. The beautiful waters surrounding the islands have provided the residents of The Bahamas with a bounty of fresh seafood and shellfish for generations. Conch is a local staple and the national dish of The Bahamas. This mollusk with its beautiful shell is found throughout regional waters and its meat is prepared in a variety of ways.
At Arawak Cay (also known as The Fish Fry), you can watch conch salad being artfully prepared, and try conch fritters or cracked conch, battered and deep-fried conch meat seasoned to perfection. Another popular preparation of this unique seafood is conch chowder, a tomato-based soup with conch that is stewed until the meat is succulently tender.
Rock Lobster the spiny, clawless lobster is often served broiled, or minced up in salads. Fresh fish is very prominent in Bahamian cuisine, and dishes like fried snapper or grouper served with grits, or peas and rice, are very common.

Barbecued pork loin  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time:1 hour 30 minutes
For the barbecue sauce:

2 teaspoons corn oil
1/2 cup yellow onions, diced
2 teaspoons garlic, finely chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 cup ketchup
1 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup light brown sugar
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1 boned loin of pork, 3 to 3 ½ pounds
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and slivered
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place oil, onion, chopped garlic, cumin cayenne pepper in a dutch.
Cook over low heat while stirring for 5 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Set aside.
Line a roasting pan with foil. Season pork loin with salt and pepper. Place in the roasting pan.
Spoon 1 cup of the barbecue sauce over pork. Place in oven.
Baste with additional sauce every 20 minutes until roast is done and all sauce is used, about 1 1/2 hours or until the center of roast has reached a temperature of 155 degrees.
Let roast rest 15 to 20 minutes, loosely covered with aluminum foil. Place pan juices in a bowl and set aside for 5 minutes.
Skim off any fat that rises on top.
Stir in any natural juices that are released from pork roast. Heat sauce and serve alongside pork.
Remove any fat. Slice the roast. Serve with the sauce.

Caribbean conch stew  Print Recipe


Serves: 4
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:50 minutes
2 large conchs, cleaned
1/2 large onion, diced
1 large tomato, diced
4 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes
1 lime

1 1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tbsp tomato paste
pepper sauce or red pepper flakes to taste
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper
7 cups water
Tenderize the conch to 1/8-inch thickness, using a meat mallet.
Place the conch in a pot of water. The water should just cover the conch. Boil for 20-30 minutes.
In a large pot, add the oil and allow to heat up for a minute.
Add the flour and stir to make a roux. Let the roux simmer for about 5 minutes. Don't let the roux burn!
Add the tomatoes, onions, thyme, pepper sauce/red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Stir and let simmer for a minute or two.
Add the potatoes, tomato paste. Stir and let simmer for about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, take the conch out of the water and cut it into small chunks.
Add the water, conch and the juice of 1 lime to the large pot.
Cover the pot and simmer until the potatoes are done, about 30 minutes.
Taste and add more salt and pepper if necessary.

Coconut ice cream with mango sauce  Print Recipe


Serves: 6
Preparation time: 1 hour
Ice Cream:
1-inch piece of vanilla bean split lenghtwise
14 ounce can unsweetened coconut milk
2 cups milk
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup rum (optional)

Mango sauce:
2 very ripe mangoes, peeled
4 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Scrape the vanilla bean into a bowl. Whisk in the milk, sugar and vanilla, and rum. Pour mixture into ice cream maker, add coconut and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions.
To serve, alternate layers of small scoops of ice cream and mango sauce in parfait glasses, or simply spoon sauce over ice cream.

Mango sauce:

Cut first mango into 1/4-inch dice. Coarsely chop the second mango and put in food processor. Add the sugar and lime juice and puree until smooth. Scrape puree into bowl and add the diced mango. Sauce may be refrigerated for one week.

codfish acras  Print Recipe


Serves: 4
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:15 minutes
1/2 lb (250 g) Salted codfish - flaked
1/2 cup water
1 cup (120 g) flour
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
2 scallions, chopped
1/2 teaspoon Scotch Bonnet chile, minced
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1/4 teaspoon Ground allspice
1 tablespoon white vinegar
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Corn oil - for frying





Soak the salted cod fish in cold water for 12 hours.
Cook in simmering water for 5 to 6 minutes. Let cool and clean, debone and flake the fish.

In a mixing bowl , mix the flour and water to from a paste.
add the fish, scallions, Scotch Bonnet chile, garlic, onion and seasoning.
add the egg yolks and vinegar
just before cooking, add baking soda and beaten egg whites.
Meanwhile, heat 2 inches of corn oil to 350 to 375 degrees in a heavy cast-iron pot or deep fryer. Drop the acras into it by the teaspoonful. Fry until they are light brown, turning once. When done, remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
Serve the accras as soon as they are ready with lemon wedges and curried mayonnaise sauce.

Orange chiffon cake with orange fluff icing  Print Recipe


Serves: 12
Preparation time: 35 minutes
Cooking time:1 hour
2 cups all cakeflour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
5 egg yolks
1/4 cup water
3/4 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon orange rind, grated
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup egg whites
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

ORANGE FLUFF ICING

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup egg whites
1 teaspoon grated orange rind
1/4 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon cornstarch
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, blend flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder and salt. Add oil, egg yolks, water, orange juice, rind, and vanilla. Mix until smooth.
Beat egg whites with cream of tartar. Gradually add sugar, and beat to form soft peaks. Fold egg whites into batter.
Pour into a 10-inch ungreased tube pan. Bake for about 1 hour. Test with a cake tester. Invert until cold. Loosen cake with knife. Unmold. Cover with orange fluff icing.

ORANGE FLUFF ICING

Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl.
Beat with a whisk over adouble boiler until peaks start to form.
Remove from heat, beat for 2 to 3 more minutes or icing is at a spreadable consistency.
Cover chiffon cake.

Winter citrus compote  Print Recipe


Serves: 6
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:15 minutes
2 cups sweet dessert wine
1 cup fresh orange juice
2 tbsp honey
1/2 vanilla bean
1/2 cup raisins
3 seedless oranges
1 blood orange
2 clementines
2 grapefruits
3 kiwi fruits peeled & sliced


In a saucepan combine wine, orange juice and honey. Split the vanilla bean in half, lengthwise, and scrape the seeds into the pan using the tip of the knife. Add the pod and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until the liquid is reduced to about one cup (about 15 minutes). Remove from the heat and add the raisins. Set aside to cool then remove vanilla pod. Cut off the orange peel with a knife. Separate the segments free from all membranes. Repeat with remaining citrus, removing seeds. Add all fruit to the cooled liquid. Spoon into glasses.
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