Bahamas and cooking

Bahamas and cooking

Today we officially open the feast in the Bahamas. In honor of this I’m a little depart from the rules and share not only the basic recipes and sweet dishes, but the recipe of the famous for the whole world cocktail «Bahama Mama».

Country: Commonwealth of the Bahamas, independent state within the British Commonwealth

Bahamas on the world map

The archipelago of the Bahamas, consisting of 700 islands and 2,000 coral reefs, is located north of the Caribbean and Cuba, and to the south-east of the Florida peninsula.

Few photos

The Parliament of the Bahamas located in Nassau center

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Mangrove Coast, Island Vimini

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Tropic of Cancer, Esuma

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Fort Charlotte, Nassau Island

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national park

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What’s to eat?

Bahamian cuisine stunningly diverse. Due to the fact that at different times, the island was the center of the slave trade and a haven of smugglers, and lukayyanov colony fiefdom Indians (first the Spanish and then the British), the islands cuisine has absorbed the traditions of a huge number of different nations. Caribbean, British, Spanish, American and African dishes sprouted tightly into each other and get a special, no matter what do not like cooking school.

With regard to the food preferences of Bahamians, the first place is, of course, seafood, vegetables and fruits. One of the dishes that united almost all of these components is a soup made from sea snail «Conch». Chowder is made from the already mentioned snails with tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, onions, carrots, bacon, bay leaf, thyme and pepper. Sometimes it gets to soup and poultry.

In general, «Conch» — one of the most popular local delicacies. Because it prepares many different dishes, from soups to salads. Tasty salad on the basis of these shellfish marinated in a special sauce, with the addition of red pepper and finely chopped onions — is what is required to try the Bahamas. Find it in the menu is simple, it is called «Conch» (conch).

Popular and other seafood, all kinds of fish (eg, bass), crabs, and of course, the most expensive product — spiny lobster. If you want to try tender lobster meat in the Bahamas, you need to come to the island in between April and August, at another time lobster catch is not made.

For a long time one of the main culinary attraction of the island was the turtle soup and other dishes tortoise meat. But since this population of turtles it has led almost to extinction, but today, this delicacy will not try.

But the meat is eaten comparatively little. Meat assortment is chicken, lamb and mutton. The other species is almost not used. However, meat dishes, in any case, are more common in restaurants with European and American chefs.

There is also a very remarkable dish made from peas, mixed with rice and flavored with bacon, tomatoes, green pepper, onion, celery and thyme. To this dish is proposed mandatory hot sauce.

Desserts in the Bahamas is primarily a variety of tropical fruits and sweet pastries, puddings and marmalades. Some of them are very difficult to prepare, such as guava pudding — it’s only ceremonial dish for our dear guests, because to cook it and it is difficult and long.

Without which it is impossible to imagine a kitchen Bahamas

No seafood, coconut and rum.

How and what to cook?

Cooking methods are not original. It’s the same boiling, roasting, stewing. A very popular seafood cooked on the coals.

Recipe national dish

Casserole with crayfish Abaco Island

Bahamas.Casserole with crayfish Abaco Island

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½ cup butter
3 tbsp. l. chopped onion
½ cup. flour
900 ml cream
½ cup white wine or sherry
4 cups cancer meat, cook and chop
2 tbsp. l. lemon juice
3 cans of artichokes, cut
2 ½ cup of pasta (such as farfalle), boil and dry
2 cup grated Gruyere cheese or Swiss cheese
salt and pepper — to taste
paprika (optional)

Cooking!

Sauté onion in butter until golden brown. Add the flour and fry until the flour will not be pale yellow. Bring the cream to a boil and add to the onion mixture, mix well. Cook, stirring often, until the mixture comes to a boil. Reduce the heat and add the wine, salt and pepper. Add the remaining ingredients except cheese and transfer to a deep pan. Sprinkle cheese on top. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes at a temperature of 180 ° C.

For dessert

Pineapple cake

Bahamas.Pineapple cake

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For filling:

2 cans of canned pineapple slices or
4 Glasses of fresh crushed pineapple
1 ½ Glasses sugar
For the dough:

1 ½ Glasses sugar (for the test)
450 g butter
6 hr. L. baking powder
6 ctakanov flour
1 egg
1 Glasses cream
a pinch of salt

Cooking!

Pineapples drain (if canned), pour the sugar and cook for about 15 minutes. Set aside.

Flour, baking powder, salt and sugar, mix in a deep bowl. Add the egg, butter and cream, and well mixed. Divide the dough into two parts — the bigger and smaller. Because most of the roll out and put on the form. Press the dough to form so that the bumpers slightly extend beyond form. Pour in the filling.

Remaining roll the dough, cut into strips and weave grille. Cover her stuffing. Bake for 1.5-2 hours (or until golden brown color at a temperature of 170 ° C.

Cocktail «Bahama Mama»

Bahamas.Cocktail "Bahama Mama"

need for business:

3 pieces of gold Bacardi
2 of the Nassau Royale and Grand Marnier
2 parts Cointreau
2 of the Grenadine
1 part lemon juice
8 pieces of orange juice
1 Angostura

Cooking!

All is well mix in a shaker with crushed ice. Glasses decorate a slice of orange or candied cherries.

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