Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Bahamian Cooking Course

Bahamian cooking course
by chef Pata & Marina at Abaco Inn
on Wednesday February 9th at 9am
Pans ready!

Some vegetables for cooking
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Starting with Guava Duff
- the chef didn't make all the food by himself
but with a little help of us
- met there a Hungarian lady called Yoli who had left Hungary
in 1956 and living in the Bahamas
- she assisted in making the guava duff,
well, I measured the flour and baking soda...
Guava Duff
4 tbsp butter
1 c sugar
3 eggs, beaten
2 cups guava pulp
1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground clove
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp groung clove
3 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
Cream butter with sugar, add eggs, guava and spices.
Beat until smooth.
Sift together flour & baking powder
& add to guava mixture.
The dough will be stiff.
Place mixture in greased top of double boiler
and cook over boiling water;
or use a can with a tightly fitting cover and
place can in tea kettle ot pan of
boiling water about 2/3 from top of can.
Steam 3 hours.
Slice and serve with ButterButter-Egg sauce
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Guava Duff before cooked
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Boiled Fish
2lbs White Fish Filet
1 medium onion sliced
1 medium green pepper diced
2 sticks celery - in cubes
juice of 4/5 limes
crushed hot pepper
salt to taste
1,5 tbsp butter
4/5 diced potatoes
Traditionally the fish was a fish head or fish carcass.
However, to avoid the bones,
we suggest a piece of fish that has been deboned.
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Saute the onions, peppers and celery in the butter.
Add the lime juice & salt.. Add potatoes and cover with water.
Simmer almost soft.
Then add the pieces of fish.
Cook for about 10 mins or until the fish is flaking.
Serve hot with a piece of Johnny Cake, slice of lime and a hot pepper.
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Chicken Souse
Whole chicken cut into small pieces
- we used only chicken breast for this
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1 medium onion sliced
1 medium green pepper diced
2 sticks cellery - in cubes
juice of 4/5 limes
crushed hot pepper
salt to taste
1,5 tbsp butter
4/5 diced potatoes
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Saute the onions, peppers and celery in the butter.
Add the lime juice & salt.
Add chicken parts and potaoes
Add chicken parts and potatoes and cover with water.
Simmer until chicken is cooked and falling off the bone.
Serve hot with a piece of Johnny Cake, slice of lime and a hot pepper.
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Boiled fish on its way
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Marina & Chef Pata
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Johnny Cake

Johnny Cake
3 cups flour
1/2 - 3/4 cup of sugar
2 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1/4-1/2 cup water

Mix all the dry ingredients together.
Make sure there are no larger lumps,
it should look like bread crumbs.
Add the cream and water.
Grease a flat oven-proof spoon the mixture into a reased flat pan.
Place in the oven until slightly brown on top and firm.
You can also fry them on a pan with oil on it on both sides
as did in the pictures
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Johnny Cake is a really interesting, delicious,
kind of sweet bread
- one of my favourites!
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Johnny Cake and small sweet ones with
cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and more sugar
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Chicken Souse
- a bit too much all spice but anyway delicious!
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Boiled fish
- delicious & a bit spicy
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