And we're finally cooking a country to which I have actually travelled: Antigua. Remembering conch fritters on a sandy beach as azure seas lapped the shore. I wasn't sure that I would be able to locate conch - and I didn't - but research suggested I substitute clams. And we have those!
So, we're on to country number six of our Cooking Around the World adventure. Since it's a Friday night with no homework to hassle with the boys on, no early morning looming ahead, we had a leisurely feast that included an appetizer and a dessert from ANTIQUA AND BARBUDA, the sixth country on the list. Many thanks to my medium-sized kitchen elf tonight. He rolled tamarind and rubbed fish like a champ.
Here's what we ate on our tabletop journey to Antigua and Barbuda...
(Faux) Conch Fritters
We started off the meal with crisp, salty morsels that tasted like the sea. Though I couldn't find any conch meat, I substituted clams. These tasted very similar to what I remember eating in Antigua. I skipped the mayonnaise-based dipping sauce they served with these fritters, opting instead for just a squeeze of lime.
Cacao-Rubbed Fish with Tamarind Chutney
Wow. Wow. And wow, again. Did I say 'wow'? This dish was incredibly flavorful. Jake said that this topped his list of the international meals we've had so far. That is saying something. The spicy fish topped with the tangy chutney is unforgettable and will definitely be on our dinner table again soon.
Coconut Rice with Peas
I cooked brown basmati rice and fresh English peas in a mixture of water and coconut milk for a mild side dish that paired perfectly with the strong flavors of the fish and chutney.
Oh, and Jake and I had some pink rum cocktails, named for the unique pink sands of Barbuda: Barbuda Sands Cocktail. Happy Friday!
Enjoy my tabletop travels. Join me in whipping up a dish or two. If you do cook something from one of these countries, I'd love to hear about it. Feel free to comment on the posts themselves or email me at constantmotioncamilla at gmail dot com.
This Knight of the Global Table Adventure is signing off for now. We're off to Argentina next.