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Bajan Carnival Meal

August 15, 2012

1st Crop Over

In Barbados my cousin taught me a really easy delicious West Indian meal the day before carnival.  It consists of well seasoned fried fish, homemade gravy, a nice twist on rice and peas and a freshly chopped apple salad.   It was my first time “jumping” in Crop Over and I wanted to last the whole day, so I made sure that I had a healthy energetic meal the night before, to prepare myself for some serious partying.   The meal did me good for I danced down streets in the rain and in the sunshine with the biggest smile on my face.  The memories from this meal couldn’t be more wonderful.


Bajan Dolphin Fillets, Bajan seasoning, dill, Cajun seasoning, flour, Italian breadcrumbs, light olive oil for frying, basmati rice, 1 can of marrow peas (drained), 1 small can of sweetcorn (drained), low-fat margarine spread, 1  small green pepper (chopped, de seeded and diced into small pieces), 5 small broccoli florets, 1 large plantain (sliced into chunky slices), extra virgin olive oil, 1 small onion (chopped), 1 sweet pepper (chopped and de seeded), 2 garlic cloves (chopped), paprika, ketchup, 1 Maggie cube, Bajan pepper sauce, browning fresh thyme, starch, 1 large apple, 2 tomatoes, romaine lettuce, cucumber.  *Dressing to serve if desired.


1. Marinate the fish in Bajan seasoning overnight.
2. When ready to cook season fish generously  in dill and Cajun seasoning.
3. Heat oil in a pan for frying fish.
4. Coat each piece of fish in flour before frying it.
5. Fry until browned on each side and place on paper towels.
6. Wash rice and cover in a pan under an inch of water.
7. Add 2 tbsps of extra virgin olive oil.
8. Boil then leave to simmer.  After 15 minutes add the peas, sweetcorn, pepper and broccoli.
9. Add the plantain after five minutes and leave until vegetables and rice has cooked.
10. Season rice to taste.
11. To make the gravy heat about 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil in a small pot.
12. Fry the onion, sweet pepper and garlic until the onion is soft.
13. Add 2 cups of water.
14. Add 3 tsps paprika, 2 dollops of ketchup, a crushed Maggie cube, 1 tsp pepper sauce (depending on how hot you want your gravy).
15. 1 tbsp browning and a small handful of fresh thyme.
16. Leave gravy to boil.
17. After 7 minutes add a little starch which has been pre mixed with water to prevent lumpiness.
18. Season and alter the texture to style.
19. Chop the lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber and apples and toss together in a medium bowl.
20. Plate up all of the elements and serve salad with dressing if desired.


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