Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Fish my way

I find myself getting a little bit more creative in the kitchen these days. I guess it's my way of de-stressing. I found coconut milk here the other day, so I decided to do curried fish.

I'm getting more comfortable with cooking fish and realising that I like it more than I thought. I still am not at the point of doing a nice juicy fried fish like you get at Hellshire in Jamaica, but I'm having fun trying other things along  the way. 

It was easy to just season the fish fillets with salt, black pepper, curry powder and complete seasoning. The curry powder here in Nassau tastes different, so I don't use it. I have curry my mom brought from home (Jamaica) and it makes a world of difference.

I brushed the pan with oil and fried the fish about 2 minutes each side before pouring in the coconut milk.

And  let it simmer for around 20 minutes till the coconut milk got thicker.

I used some off the coconut milk in the rice and we had it with some bean salad.

Next thing I'll be making my nice crispy, juicy Hellshire fish with festival.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Birds of Ardastra

I went home a few weeks ago, and even though I didn't get much rest, I came back feeling rested. And then got swamped between work and school. But I did manage to squeeze in some time to carry my cousin around one day. Ardastra Gardens is a great place to go for a day out in Nassau, besides the beach. The zoo is nice, with a variety of animals. My favourites are the birds, and they're not shy.

The flamingo march three times a day is beautiful. They really do march, responding to simple commands and at the end you get to go in and take a picture of 'your best flamingo pose'. Eventually I'll get mine right and put up a picture of it.

 We just missed the Lorry feeding this time, so we'll have to go earlier on her next visit. It's fun if you're not scared of all these small colourful birds flocking to you for a piece of apple.

  The peacocks wander around the property, you just know they're only tolerating your presence.

This swan followed us as we walked around the pond, which led me to believe that he thought we were gonna feed him. Wasn't sure about that since the petting zoo and feeding section was on the other side.

Turtles catching some sun.

 Everytime we go to Ardastra I wonder why it seems to be mostly tourists and kids on field trips. It's definitely worth going on the weekend. And it doesn't hurt that the gardens were started by a Jamaican who moved here decades ago, we're good like that.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Kingston bound

I've found that not having a car has it's advantages. For one, I've never had so much money in my bank account for so long. But every now and then I come across something to treat myself with. And because it's not that often, I take more time to choose what I want. And it seems more special. 

A little while back while at the mall I was tempted into trying a new perfume. And I loved it. Then I remembered tearing out pages of magazines for the sampler when it first came out. So I bought myself a bottle of Dolce & Gabbana's The One.

But then I didn't want to wear it till we went somewhere special. So now I have somewhere to wear it.

I'm going home!

So this will be the one perfume I pack to carry home with me. I think. I'm so excited about going home and I think my faux-Jamaican husband is even more excited. Chicken patty, Island Grill, Juici Beef, and that's just his short list. Like if there was only enough money for one ticket, I'd like to think he'd give it to me. But I wonder if he wouldn't just remind me I went in January and call dibs. Fortunately we don't have to worry about that. Instead we'll focus on seeing family and friends and Kingston Kitchen at Hope Gardens this weekend!

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Reality bites

So my laptop crashed on me. It's slowly coming back to life, but now I have to back up everything that wasn't lost. And what was lost was my latest assignment. Murphy's law, right. So now I'm sleep deprived, frustrated and late with my homework. Under different circumstances, I might have ran out to get myself something nice to cheer myself up and get going this morning. Even a cup of coffee.

Dreaming of the coffee from Rituals in Kingston.

The perils of one car and two schedules. So instead I'm cheering myself up by looking at pictures while my laptop does it's thing and I try to remember what I wrote.Looking at pictures of places we went while my sister was visiting reminds me of how beautiful Nassau can be. So I need to get stuff done so we can go out more.

The lake at the Boardwalk

Queen's Staircase

Queen's staircase

Beach at Lyford Key

At any rate even with visions of the work I don't know how to get through dancing through my head at night, this coming week will be better. Because I have a few days off. Heaven. Maybe I'll dream of that instead tonight.

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Semi-homemade pizzas

The past week or so, I haven't really felt like having anything too heavy during the days. It just feels too hot to eat anything too complicated. And now that my sister is here visiting! who wants to be cooking all the time. So the other day, I decided on homemade, or semi-homemade pizzas.

It was so easy to do. I keep meaning to make pizza dough, but since I haven't gotten around to doing that yet, I used individual flat bread for the base. For the sauce I mixed ketchup, honey, rice wine vinegar and sugar. Then I got my toppings ready:
scallions, sweet peepers, tomatoes, sausage and mushrooms,

sprinkled some provolone cheese on the flatbreads.

We (my sister and I, hubby just put in his order) customized them

and added more cheese.

After 20 minutes in the oven this is what we got. 

Mine is the one with everything.

So I'll be stocking up on flatbread and looking out for other easy to make meals for other lazy days.

Friday, 26 July 2013

Baked salmon

With everything I find myself having to do these days, I think it's good that I've gotten kind of good at finding ways to make what I want to eat in the easiest way possible.

 I'm coming to realize that almost anything can be baked, 

and foil is my friend.

I seasoned the fish with sea salt, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, parsley and scallions, wrapped in foil and baked at 350o for 20 minutes. The snow peas I brought to a boil for around a minute before wrapping in foil with a spritz of sesame seed oil and sea salt. The chips were store-bought. Everything done in less than half an hour. My oven and I are now well on our way to becoming besties.

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Crab wontons

Not quite knowing my way around Nassau as yet and still not having my own vehicle has put a slight cramp on eating out. On the bright side it's done wonders for my bank account. The other day I was feeling for sushi and crab salad and remembered some wonton wraps I had in the freezer.

So I made crab wontons.

 After defrosting the wrappers I brushed them with tap water.

I used crab salad made with cream cheese for the filling.

I don't have a wok or a deep fryer so I fried them two at a time in a small saucepan to get the oil deep enough.

        I figure I can try with chicken or pork next, for the hypo-allergic hubby. And because I like pork.

Sunday, 30 June 2013

Pork Burgers

I realize I don't need to wait till I have a yard and a grill to cook certain things, so I decided to try my hand at making burgers again. This time with pork.  

I used just a bit under 2 lbs of pork with

1/2 tbsp garlic powder
1/2 tbsp parsley
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp lemon pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tbsp cornmeal
chopped scallion
1 egg

I got 6 patties from all that meat.

I fried them using around 1/2 tbsp oil

The burgers were browned, but not cooked all the way through, 
so I put them in the oven at 325oF for 20 minutes

We had enough for lunch for 2 days. Next step on my summer menu is to make pizza. I don't always have good luck with yeast, so I'm on the lookout for a simple recipe for pizza dough. Today though we'll be trying our hands at barbecue turkey wings. Turkey wings are kind of big here in the Bahamas. Nassau anyway, something this Jamaican is still getting used to.