We haven’t been cooking anything unusual lately here on Bequia, other than regular meals to sustain us. But we have used freshly grown local pumpkins recently picked from our own vines:
And we made this:
A Caribbean Pumpkin Soup recipe I developed a number of years ago …
Beef Curry (recipe from CaribbeanPot.com) cooked inside a whole Pumpkin.
Then I got back into baking bread again …
Two loaves each of Rye with Caraway Seeds and 100% Whole Wheat.
Finally, here’s one of my most favourite desserts to prepare for company – Bequia Lime Pie! Not only is it always delicious and a surprise to those who haven’t eaten it before, but the recipe is super-easy to prepare, calling for few ingredients. (And I have this recipe memorized since I’ve made it so many times.)
So, there you have it – gastronomic delights from Bequia!
And the good news for those of you looking for any of these recipes … “some” will be included in my next novel, One Woman’s Island!
This is the first video in what I hope will be a series about the island of Bequia and its people, the services offered, and a glimpse at the beautiful scenery. I’m calling this a Slice of Bequia series. First up is Wally who sells Trinidadian Doubles, a fine street snack, from his cart in Port Elizabeth by the well in front of the bank, across the corner from Back Knights. (And those would be typical directions on this island!)
Here’s Wally serving up a couple of satisfied return customers:
And here’s my video … Enjoy!
Gwenith Whitford is a friend, a fellow Canadian and Queen’s University alumnae, who now lives full time on the island of Dominica, just a few islands north of Bequia in the Windward Islands chain. You may read about how we initially met on Bequia here: (click on the article and zoom in to read)
Gwen has become completely immersed in her island home, teaching at various institutions, involving herself in Dominican music, history and culture, and the many special events organized for tourists and locals alike. She has enjoyed the nature and hiking trails the island has to offer. And she also appreciates the food of the Caribbean, and the particular flavours of Dominican cooking. Although there is a general “Caribbean-style” in this part of the world, the cooks on each island concoct very different fare using the same ingredients grown and produced everywhere in the region, so the food of Dominica is unique in many ways. Plus the strong Francophone presence means that their food is “flavoured” in the way only the French are capable of doing – Ooo, la, la!
Ti Domnik Tales is the very fine blog that Gwen posts to on a regular basis. I urge you to subscribe to this and read all about Dominica.
Since food is of particular interest to me, I thought I would post links here to five of Gwen’s informative articles on the food of Dominica …
Thanks, too, to Gwen for all the support she’s given me in promoting Island in the Clouds in Dominica, and making sure the library in Rosseau received a copy of my book!
(All photos by Gwenith Whitford and posted here with her permission.)