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Foodie Friday: Bahamian Super-Snack, Vienna Sausage!

When I first thought to do a “Foodie Friday” series – albeit not every Friday, clearly – one particular dish came to mind.  However, this is not so much a meal as it is a snack.

Vienna Sausages.

Yep, vienna sausages!  Around here, it’s usually Libby’s brand, although Hormel is also sold in the stores I visit in the USA.  Now, in my world view, vienna sausages are hardly considered a delicacy, much less something one would boast about eating.  Until I moved to the island, I don’t think I’d probably eaten one of these since… Continue reading

Foodie Friday: Smothered Fish

Welcome back to Foodie Friday!  Let’s get cooking . . . Bahamian style!

Today, we feature “smothered fish.”  As with most of my cooking, this is more of an approach than a strict recipe.  Our favorite version is with fish, but you could certainly use this with chicken or even over pasta.  Also, it lends itself to endless variations.  Since I took the photos for this blog post months ago (ummm, I got a little sidetracked), this recipe has evolved even further, which I’ll note as we go along.

So, let’s get started!

We usually… Continue reading

Foodie Friday: Tuna and Grits

Bahamian breakfasts love to feature fish. Boil fish, for example, is probably the most popular.  Another alternative, however, especially if fresh fish is unavailable, is tuna-and-grits.

While it may not sound like the loftiest of culinary fare, it is a frequent choice and even featured on restaurant menus. It’s also become a favorite of mine. One that I actually crave.

Until this week, however, I had never actually made it. It seemed simple enough. I make tuna salad with some frequency and that’s half the battle. I suspect it was the grits that seemed more daunting. While not uniquely… Continue reading

Foodie Friday: Lobster Alfredo

Old Habits

Mmmmmm, alfredo.

Creamy, cheesy, gooey, deliciousness.

In my former life, I rarely cooked. I was either working long hours and completely unmotivated to spend time cooking for myself. (Quickie guacamole and a bag of tortilla chips in front of the tv doesn’t count, does it?) Or, I was joining friends at innumerable restaurants. And, when confronted with a restaurant menu, it is virtually impossible for me – even today – to select the “healthy” items. No, I am drawn to the creamy, the cheesy, the saucy, the fried, the rich.

These days, I eat very healthfully. Beau is… Continue reading

Announcing Foodie Friday! (Steamed Fish Dinner)

Well, y’all, I’m trying something new . . .

Various Bahamian dishes and this new Foodie Friday series!

Of course, this is not a food blog, and I’m not really a foodie. I’m certainly no chef! I like cooking just fine, but it’s not one of my biggest passions or talents. That said, I LOVE to eat good food, and I’m no shrinking violet when it comes to going back for seconds and thirds! Since I’m cooking daily now, I figured it is time to spruce things up.

But the biggest reason for launching this series is that I’m finally… Continue reading

Summer Birthdays

I know, I know, I haven’t been posting as much as I used to. And I REALLY do want to get back to it. I’ve just been having too much fun!!

Most notably, I just came off of a week/end of delightful birthday festivities. But before we talk about that, I’ll fill you in on the biggest birthday bash of the summer . . .

Beau turned 50! In the midst of a hectic time, we threw a weekend-long party last month. As you know, our tiny island is home to fewer than 100 full-timers, plus the many visitors… Continue reading

What’s So Special About French Toast?

What’s so special about French Toast? Well, nothing really. It’s delicious, but it’s not particularly unique, nor is it difficult to make. So why write about it?

I dunno, just because I feel like it.

Okay, but that’s kind of a weak answer. WHY do I feel like writing about it? Perhaps because some of you are curious about what I do in the course of any given day on the island. Others of you are interested in the concept of choosing a better life for yourselves and are searching for clues in the experience of others. And some of… Continue reading

A Perfect Day (Fishing, Snorkeling, Conch Salad)

A few weekends ago, I enjoyed A Perfect Day.

It was a weekend morning and absolutely beautiful.

Morning sky.

Leaving with friends, we piled into a boat and headed out to sea just before 9:00 a.m. for some fishing.  Into the deep water on the east side of the island, we baited the rods with ballyhoo.

Ready to cast.

The boys fished off the stern, and the girls lounged in the sun on the bow.  After we had trolled along for a while with no luck, we pulled in the lines to check them.  Sure enough, somebody… Continue reading

Delicious Fish Dinner

Good morning! I was thinking of you all as I cooked dinner last evening, so I decided to snap some pics and share my delicious fish dinner with you. Now, I’m no chef, and this is not a food blog. BUT this fish makes me happy, so here you go. 🙂

The real dinner process starts in the sea, when my beau and his buddies spear-fish hogfish or grouper, or when we catch mahi mahi with a rod-n-reel. After they clean everything, I help package the fish fillets in gallon-sized Ziplock bags and seal them tight. The best seal… Continue reading

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