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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.

Monday, 24 June 2013

Butter flaps

I've decided to try my hand at baking more, so I have a bunch of recipes I've been trying and tweaking. The other day I made butter flaps.


2 tbsp granulated sugar dissolved in 1 1/2 cups warm water
1 tablespoon dry yeast added to the liquid then covered for 10 minutes
The yeast should bubble up.

In a large bowl put 4 cups flour and 1/2 tsp salt, make a well in the centre and pour in yeast mixture and 2 tbsp oil. mix and then knead for around 4 minutes dusting with flour as needed.
Put the dough in an oiled bowl, cover and leave in a warm area for an hour or so until it around doubles in size.


Punch down the dough, knead again for like a minute. Cut in half, and cut each half into around 6 pieces. roll each piece into a ball then roll flat on a floured surface.


Put some butter on each flatted piece

Then fold in half,

and fold again.


Put on a baking sheet, cover and leave for another hour.

Baked at 400oF for 20 minutes or until a nice golden colour.
They were to have gone over to breakfast the next day, but they didn't make it.
Nice and soft in the centre, a little flaky and crispy on the outside.


Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Day out in Nassau

So I think my husband sometimes forgets that I'm still kind of a tourist here. And as stressful as it can be being in a hospital so much, Nassau has some nice spots to unwind on our days off. He doesn't want to do the tourist thing, so fortunately, since I started working my mum has been to stay with us, and my aunt and cousin passed through. So there, I'm not 'acting like a tourist', noooo. We're showing my family around.

 The Queen's staircase

I've been here a couple times before, but it was raining when we came the other day. I was worried about the rain making sightseeing difficult, but this is one place that definitely looks better in the rain. There's a waterfall on the left as you can see that just comes alive in the rain. It was beautiful.
Hubby stayed and watched the car.






 One of the other stops we managed in the rain was Fort Charlotte, which is near the waterfront and across from Arawak Cay or Fish Fry (home of Twin Brother's, coming to that just now).



I had wanted to go to the Flamingo march at Ardastra Gardens, but it was closed because of the weather. When it did rain, it really felt like storm weather. There were times when we were just sitting in the car for like five minutes just waiting on a window to dash from the car to wherever. 

We made it to my new favourite place in Nassau, besides the beach, any beach, The Boardwalk.




We saw ducks, turtles and fish in the pond/lake. And I just realized I need to talk a pic of the boardwalk itself when we go back.


We did make it to Twin Brother's for lunch cause I wanted them to try conch. Maybe went a bit overboard, but it was worth it. We ordered conch chowder, conch fritters, conch salad and cracked conch.


Cracked conch
Conch salad
Wall art at Twin Brother's

Conch salad bar at Twin Brother's. I had no idea there was one with pineapple. I think the guy said it was a Tropical. Definitely trying that next.


It was a full day, and we squeezed in a lot in spite of the rain. My sister should be coming to visit soon, so please, excuse me while I go google some places I she might like to see. That's the excuse I'm rolling with thank you very much.

Monday, 10 June 2013

Cornbread

Since moving to our own place in Nassau I find myself baking a lot. One of the things I've done a couple times is cornbread. It's easy, tastes good and often save me from my hit and miss attempts at cooking rice. I do pasta, potatoes a million different ways and all kinds of salads. And this might all stem from my initial attempts at cooking rice ending up like pap. Anyway, back to the cornbread. I use this recipe I got from a Jamaican cookbook and tweak it a bit.

3 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups cornmeal
1/2 cup flour
9 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 1/3 cups milk
8 ozs melted margarine or butter
 

I mix the eggs, milk and melted margarine (or butter) together
then add the dry ingredients.
I just put a sieve over the bowl and pour the dry ingredients to it as I measure them out and sift as I go along. Saves me the extra washing up from measuring them out into a different bowl.


I have a mixer, but I found that everything folds together nice and easy with a wooden spoon.


Everything went into an 8x8 inch baking dish
in the oven at 450oF for around 30 minutes 
or until golden brown and a knife or skewer (a toothpick is too short) comes out clean.
Easy, right?


We had it by itself, with butter, as the starch in dinner. It tastes really good with pork chops to soak up the gravy. I'm off today, so maybe later I'll do some to go with the turkey wings I'm planning on doing for dinner. If I don't fall back asleep that is.

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Ramblings

Yesterday I made an appointment to get a mani pedi. I made the appointment for 9 am today, knowing that I was working from 4 till midnight and would likely get home after I. Which I did. I am now fresh back from the salon and have decided that my nails look way too nice to risk cooking (subway is a life saver). So instead of the beef soup I had planned to do today, here are some random pics of things I've cooked recently. Recipes to follow.


 Tuna salad with cheesy pasta


My version of gumbo, which we had with
cornbread

And a chocolate banana bread, made for desert but then became breakfast and snack.


I'm off to sleep now before I get hungry again. Maybe I'll do soup tomorrow. If I don't get in from work to late that is.


Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Jamaican curry mutton in Nassau

I taught myself to cook curry when I went to Cuba. It was rough doing it without a pressure cooker on a makeshift electric stove. And it took forever, but it's one of my comfort foods. The first time I did it I used to much salt, but was so homesick (and hungry after almost 3hrs) that it didn't even matter. I've gotten better at cooking curry since then, chicken or mutton, though it really should be goat to be Jamaican curry. Sunday I was feeling a bit homesick, so I decided to make curry goat. Of course I don't know if it was goat, so it was curried mutton and I had curry powder that my mommy brought me. Yeah, I know but, 1. the curry here tastes different 2. Grace curry powder is expensive (relatively) here in Nassau and 3. I'm a momma's girl.

 I seasoned around 1 1/2 lbs of mutton with
2 scallions
1/2 onion
curry powder
all purpose seasoning 
garlic powder
I tend to eyeball everything and sometimes I go by how it smells.

 I heated 1 tbsp oil in a pressure cooker and burnt maybe 1 tsp of curry in it before adding the meat and fried that for maybe 5 minutes

before adding 4 potatoes,

and then some water.


 After 45 minutes of pressure cooking, the curry had this nice golden colour.

 I thickened the gravy by crushing a few pieces of potato.



There was just enough left over for dinner again yesterday. Almost as good as Sunday dinner home, and I know I'm not the only Jamaican in Nassau who feels that way at times.