I had a beautiful Christmas at home in Barbados with my family! It was full of relaxing outings, ridiculously awesome food and some beautiful surprises: like my sister’s high pitched screech, over the phone, at about 7am Christmas morning, announcing her engagement to a very awesome man that I will be proud to call my brother-in-law!!! But as all visits do, my visit home came to an end.
I have been back in the cold and rainy UK for a few weeks now, and although it has been very wet and windy it has been great weather for staying inside and cooking up a storm! Since I have been back in London I have spent quite a lot of time perusing through my new cook books. It has become one of my main amusements, bar my boyfriend and housemates, after long days of job applications, handing out CVs and CV updating.
Each week, and often a few times a week, I descend upon the kitchen and claim it as my territory for a while. During that time I recreate dishes from cook books and attempt to perfect recipes of my own. I have put together a few pictures of some of the dishes that managed to pose for the camera before being devoured by my loyal guinea pigs (Housemate: Alice and Bf: Kerry).
Chicken Creole: It is a very hearty tomato based dish in which chicken, on the bone, is cooked or rather stewed to perfection! It goes very well with fluffy steamed rice and al dente green vegetables like green beans or asparagus. (This recipe can be found in Sally Miller’s Contemporary Caribbean Cooking.)
Fish Creole: Fish creole is very similar to its poultry counterpart. However, I like to spice it up a bit more and give it a strong, but not over riding lemon tang. I personally think it is served best with baked breadfruit slices, but as I lack breadfruit in the UK I settled for some seasoned brown rice. (This recipe can be found in Sally Miller’s Contemporary Caribbean Cooking.)
Seafood Alfredo: I am a huge fan of seafood pasta and lucky for me I live with people who are equally partial towards la frutti di mare, especially the kind that swims in double cream.
Chili Prawns: Simply DELICIOUS!!! It may make your nose run a little but it is perfect after coming home on a cold winter evening. (This recipe can be found in Sally Miller’s Contemporary Caribbean Cooking)
Golden Apple Chutney Baked Pork: I think this dish is one of my favourites of my own making. The golden apple chutney I use is from my little island and is a 100% BAJAN MADE product by Nature’s Oils. This chutney provides a sweet yet tangy flavour that compliments the pork beautifully. I serve it with rosemary roasted vegetables (potatoes, carrots, butternut squash and broccoli), but I believe it would also go very well with some steamed rice and green vegetables lightly sauteed in butter and lemon juice (green beans, broccoli, kale).
Look out for more posts documenting my eating adventures!!!! There are quite a few on their way