Hey all! As you may or may not have noticed, I haven’t been posting as of late. There’s a legit explanation, but I’ll save that for another time. For now, let’s focus on something that gives me great joy … food!
Last year I went to the Bahamas for Spring Break of my senior year with my roomies. While we were there, we ate at this place called Zorba’s. It was amazing! Everything from there tasted fantastic and our waiter, Cohen, was sooooo nice. We told him that we were broke (because we were! lol) and he said that he would “hook us up”.
And hook us up he did.
We had marvelous meals that included conch fritters, shish kabobs, gryos, and conch chowder. ‘Til this day, I have been dreaming about going back to the Bahamas for this conch chowder. Since that won’t be happening anytime soon, I decided to take matters into my own hands and cook it myself.
I used a combination of 2 recipes, one from food.com and the other from epicurious.com, and added my own touches here and there. And I have to say, it came out really good! It even tasted like the chowder that I had in the Bahamas. Delicious 😀
Here are a few pics of my creation!
All the vegetables chopped and ready to be added!
Haitian food staple #1 (seasoning)
Haitian food staple #2 Maggi (seasoning). (Too much of this can make your food suuuuper salty so be careful! Half a cube is usually enough.)
Haitian food staple #3 Tomato paste. At least the way that my gramma cooks. And since I learned from her and my ma, I have a tendency to use it too. 🙂
Before I followed either one of the recipes, I prepared the conch by squeezing fresh lime juice onto the conch meat and then rinsing with water. I then squeezed some more lime juice onto the conch. After I pilé (mashed) some powo (scallions) and lay (garlic cloves) in the pilon (mortar) I put it into a pot, added the conch, put it on a low heat and let it stew for about 2 hours. Yes, that’s a really long time, but that’s how my family prepares conch so that it won’t be tough while you eat it.
The finished product! Mmm mmm mmm!
Have you ever tried conch? It always surprises me when people say that they haven’t.