Category Archives: The Americas

Belize ❀ Tamales

I’ve always wanted to know what tamales were.  It’s one of those dishes you hear about now and then but rarely get the chance to try – at least if you live in Europe as I do.  So of all the countries where tamales are eaten, I jumped for the first one that came along in this alphabetical cooking project.  This happened to be Belize, which has its own delicious take on this classic Central American dish.  These little packages of maize meal and assorted fillings sure are time-consuming.  But how lovely once you sit down, breathe a sigh of relief after your labours, and sink your teath into a freshly steamed, piping hot tamal.

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Barbados ❀ Bajan Sweet Bread

Never shall it be said that I won’t go far enough for good food.  Today’s adventures included rescuing a runaway coconut, and then laboriously reducing its hairy and almost impenetrable body to a fragrant pile of grated flesh.  But it was all worth it for this blog’s first venture into Christmas baking.  I’d been eager to get elbow-deep in spices and candied fruit, and Barbadian Christmas cake proved an excellent way to assuage this urge.  I’m not usually a fan of fruitcakes, but this lighter, coconutty version really hit the spot.

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The Bahamas ❀ Cracked ‘Conch’ with Rice and Peas

This week I plunged into the B’s, diving straight into the warm, briny waters of the Bahamas.  For a country so small, what a doozy it turned out to be.  As it turns out, Brussels is nothing like Nassau, and ingredients that are commonplace in the latter are well nigh impossible to find in the former.   After much careful substitution, reading and strategising, I bring you my unique twist on a classic Bahamian dish:  deep-fried conch.  I warn you – it’s not for the weak-willed or for those scared of strange seafood.  It’s served with a less daunting staple of the island chain, rice and beans – or ‘rice and peas’ as it’s known in the Bahamian dialect.

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Argentina ❀ Empanadas

Argentina today!  A new continent, and a new set of taste-buds to be titillated.  Unfortunately, Brussels weather precludes an asado – the barbeques that many South American countries are so famous for.  Hell, it’s so cloudy here that the weather almost precludes decent photos!   So we turn to Argentina’s other culinary obsession: the empanada.

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