What’s on the Independence Table?
Usually during Independence Month (November) Barbadians tend to eat more of their locally prepared dishes and treats, to help commemorate their unique heritage. Some of these treats, delicacies and dishes are listed below:
· Bread N’ Two – Bread N’ Two features two fishcakes within an olé fashioned Bajan salt bread. As depicted in the image, the bread and two can also be used with cheese, but this is strictly preferential. The fishcakes are made with flour, Bajan herbs and spices, along with cod (salt) fish.
· Bakes – primarily made with just water, sugar, flour and a few spices, bakes are like mini pancakes without the syrup and is the go to breakfast for Bajans. They can also be served with salt fish and transformed into a light lunch.
· Conkies – the #1 Bajan delicacy around the Independence period. Conkies are made with different ground provisions along with sugar and spices and steamed over the stove for a delicious treat that many Bajans enjoy.
· Sugar Cakes – also known as coconut cakes, are a delicious sweet treat enjoyed by Barbadians. Sugar cakes can be served in a variety of colors, with pink (as depicted), white and brown being the most popular. It is a combination of coconut, water and sugar.
· Guava Cheese – A fudge like chewy snack made of guavas. As with most of Bajan delicacies, these treats are made complete with the additions of sugar and spice. These, in combination with guava pulp are mixed in a saucepan to form a thick mixture and when it is cooled, it can be easily cut into small squares, as depicted.
· Nut Cake (also known to some as ‘Glassy’) – Despite its name, nut cake is not really a cake per se. It is a combination of sugar, spices and nuts all hardened for a crunchy, but sweet delicacy.
· Cou Cou and Flying Fish – this is the national dish of Barbados. Cou Cou is made with cornmeal and okra and served with flying fish and gravy.
· Mauby – is perfect to wash down that Cou Cou and flying fish. Mauby is generally made from mauby bark and brewed with other spices. However, mauby syrup (where you just add water) is also sold in stores.
· Roast Breadfruit and Salt Fish – Breadfruit is not as popular in Barbados as it is in other Caribbean islands, but it is a delicacy deeply enjoyed nonetheless. It can be boiled, baked or even crushed to make breadfruit Cou Cou, but it goes best when roasted and served beside stir fried cod (salt) fish.
· Cassava Pone – Cassava pone is made primarily from cassava flour, derived from the cassava root. Although not as sweet as some of the other treats on this list, it is still quite delicious.
· Sweet Bread – is also known as coconut bread. Featured ingredients include flour, coconut, raisins and other dried fruit. Coconut can also be placed in the center of the bread, adding more sweetness to this dessert.
These delicious delicacies are just a snippet of the delicious cuisine served across the island on Independence Day. Try one of them today!
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