Food to Cure What Ails You

Every place has just that certain special comfort food that will always cure what ails you. In this case especially if what ails you is a hangover…

Chicken Souse is often served in the morning, after a night out on the town. Regardless of when- or why- you make it, you’ll be pleased with the results. Comforting, super flavorful and easy to prepare, it’s food to make your soul happy.

Chicken Souse

Adapted from a recipe at http://bahamamamakitchen.com/2012/02/02/bahamian-chicken-souse-recipe/

It does indeed smell as good as you would think
(image by The Global Reader)

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken cut into pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups of fresh lime juice (takes about six to eight large limes. Good quality bottled is ok, too)
  • 1  habanero, cut into thin slivers
  • 2 tbsp whole allspice
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp seasoned salt
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2-3 large potatoes, chopped into chunks
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 2 sticks of celery, chopped
  • 4 bay leaves
  • Extra lime slices for serving

Instructions

  1. Place chicken in large enough dish that each piece has its own space.
  2. Mix lime, salts, hot peppers, black pepper, all spice and bay leaves. Pour over chicken. Marinate for at least an hour, preferably two.
  3. Transfer all ingredients to a large stock pot and cover completely with water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and continue cooking at least 30 minutes, or until meat falls off the bone & potatoes are cooked through.
  4. Serve with lime slices and warm, buttered Johnny Cake on the side
  5. Note: don’t eat the allspice!
Chicken Souse
(image by Todd Farmer)

Johnny Cake

Adapted from a recipe at http://bahamamamakitchen.com/2012/06/25/bahamian-johnny-cake-recipe/

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup cornmeal
  • ¼ cup sugar (can add more, less or even omit)
  • 3 tsp oil ( I used a standard vegetable oil)
  • 1 cup milk or water

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. In a medium to large mixing bowl, whisk dry ingredients together,
  3. Add oil and milk (or water). Knead together gently, taking care not to over-mix. Dough will be on the sticky side.
  4. Place dough in greased 8 inch baking dish
  5. Let sit for 30 minutes, covered with a clean towel.
  6. Put in preheated oven and  bake 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
Bahamian Johnny Cake
(image by Todd Farmer)

Book Review: Bahama Saga

The book for country #11 is Bahama Saga, the epic story of the Bahama Islands by Peter Barratt.

My first experience with a self-published book.Verdict? A mixed bag. Well written history, with a little narrative fiction tossed in to keep the story moving. But then all of the sudden…a sex scene?

Not against that as a general concept in any way, but in this particular situation…jarring is the word that came to mind. Awkward is a close second. An editor would probably have given the idea a thumbs down.

That oddness aside, it was an quick read and an solid introduction to the very interesting history of The Bahamas.

The Bahamas
(image by Ginger Me, via Flickr. Creative Commons license)

Country #11 – The Bahamas

Country #11 is my first Caribbean destination: The Bahamas. Very excited to visit; I spent a lot of time in that part of the world during my rowdy youth…

The Bahamas
(image by Rei-artur via Wikimedia Commons)
Short name The Bahamas
Official  name Commonwealth of the Bahamas
Status Independent country since 1973
Location Caribbean
Capital Nassau
Population 353,000 (unofficial 2010) inhabitants
Area 13,878 km²
Major  languages English (official)
Major  religions Protestantism

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Atlas_of_the_Bahamas

Flag of The Bahamas
(Image by Bahamas government, via Wikimedia Commons)