Saturday, January 29, 2011

A Truly Bahamian Dish

Bahamians have a talent for cooking which have been passed down from generation to generation. On some Islands, there might be slight changes in the ingredients, but the recipe and it's name remains the same. A favorite dish is "Boiled Fish" served with hot home made bread and butter or "Johnny Cake". This "Johnny cake" is also bread, which is made without yeast.The correct name is actually "Journey Cake" because it will last longer and was used by Family Island Passengers as they Journeyed by Mail boats from Island to Island. These trips took weeks, so on board "Journey/Johnny cake" was served.

Grouper is the most popular fish for "Boiling". Bahamians are "Masters" at cooking the "Flaky, White, Tender Fish", so mild to the taste, so healthy for eating.

1. 2 pounds Grouper Fish
2. Salt and Peppers to taste
3. 2 table spoons Butter or cooking oil
3. 1 Medium Hot Pepper (Optional)
4. Juice of 2 Limes/Lemons
7. One large Onion chopped
8. 1+1/2 cups of water
9. 1. Table spoon All Spice (Optional)

Wash Fish, and cut into 3 inch pieces, sprinkle with salt, place in a covered pot. Add the juice of 1 lemon , other ingredients, and water.When the fish is partly cooked, diced white potatoes may be added. Watch the boiling process to ensure that potatoes and fish are not over cooked.

When serving, place the juice of the remaining lemon,pepper, and salt on the table for those who might want additional seasoning.

Cooked yellow grits, and a ripe Avocado would make this a truly Bahamian dish. Try it.

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