What’s On Your Inde­pen­dence Table

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:

For Break­fast

· 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.

bread and two

· 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.

For Snack­ing

· 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.
conkie eat

· 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.

sugar cakes

· 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.

guava cheese

· 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.


For Lunch

· 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.


For Din­ner

· 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.

For Dessert

· 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.

cassava pone

· 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.

sweet bread

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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