Bermuda

Bermudan Flag

Unusual Facts: Bermuda has a dress code; you cannot walk around in your bathing suit and men must wear shirts at all times.

Sorry that it has been such a long time since I have posted anything. We have been very busy of late.  Bermuda has brought us back to where we should be; enjoying scrumptious food, one meal at a time.

Well Bermuda; where do you start?  How about on one of Bermuda’s pink sand beaches?

Bermuda Pink Sand Beach - Image by Le Font, http://lefact.16mb.com/onceuponafact/
Bermuda Pink Sand Beach – Image by Le Font, http://lefact.16mb.com/onceuponafact/

Or how about a white sand beach?

Bermuda Beaches - Image From DS Lands - http://ds-lands.com/bermuda/
Bermuda Beaches – Image From DS Lands – http://ds-lands.com/bermuda/

Bermuda is only about one third the size of Washington DC (or Alice Springs if you are from Australia). It has 103km of coastline and a population of 69,467 (in July 2013) making it the 204th smallest country in the world.

Map of Bermuda - Google Maps
Map of Bermuda – Google Maps

While walking around Bermuda one might stop by a papaya [paw paw] tree for a quick snack, or maybe a banana tree. I do love the names of tropical fruits. Then go home for a dinner of fish or poultry of some kind.

This week we cooked somewhere along the lines of this. Except with out the meat (we went vegetarian) or the paw paw (sorry Pa I know you would have loved this but I’m really not much of a paw paw fan). In fact this week’s main was completely vegan. The dessert wasn’t but you could easily substitute the butter for oil. We made a Bermudan Banana Curry and some Cinnamon fried bananas.

First of all the curry. Another reason as to why we haven’t been making this is because we couldn’t find any plantain. Plantains are like green bananas except they’re not as sweet and they’re bigger. They are hard to get here. Like Bananas they go yellow when they’re ripe. They are used a lot in African and Caribbean cuisine.

plantain vs banana - Purely Twins
plantain vs banana – Purely Twins
Plantains vs Bananas - Grab Em Snacks
Plantains vs Bananas – Grab Em Snacks

That’s great, except when I reread over the recipe again. We didn’t need plantians. We needed green bananas. A sigh of relief went over me. We got our green bananas from Coles. A man was stacking them out of their boxes so they were as green as we could get them.

Green Bananas

The only change that I would make to the curry would be less flour as it went too think. Don’t forget to serve it straight away as per the instructions. We didn’t and it went way too think to serve so we added about half a cup more water. You may have eaten an unripe banana before and know the feeling of it sticking to your teeth. I thought that it would go away with cooking but it didn’t.

I didn’t mind the curry, but I ate more rice than curry. I don’t think that I’d go back and make it again. The apples were a nice flavour in the mix, gave it a fruity sweetness. Maybe a little less curry powder as well.

Banana Curry

Mum: 8 “A delicious sweet fruity curry”

Dad: 8  “I like the combination of the apple and the banana”

Angus: 6 “Damn good son, it was better in my day!”

Me: 5

The cinnamon bananas were very good. I added a bit more butter to the pan as we ran out a bit. I also added some more cinnamon into the sugar mix. We served ours with some slices of mango.

Cinnamon Bananas

Mum:  8  “yummy, but bit of a banana overload!”

Dad:  8 “cinnamon offset the sweetness”

Angus:

Me: 8

Bermudan Banana Curry

4 tablespoons butter

2 onions (small & chopped)

1/2 cup golden raisin

1 apple (peeled, cored & diced)

1/2 teaspoon salt

4 tablespoons flour

2 teaspoons curry powder

1 1/4 cups coconut milk

1 1/4 cups water

4 green bananas (peeled & sliced diagonally)

4 eggs (hard-boiled & quartered)

Directions:

I forgot the bananas!
I forgot the bananas!

Melt butter in a large saucepan. Add onion & saute gently over low-heat till softened & translucent, but not caramelized.

Soak the raisins in a small amount of hot water for 2-3 min to plump them. Drain & add to the onion mixture with the apple & salt.

Stir in the flour + curry powder & cook for 3-4 min, stirring.

Remove the saucepan from the heat & gradually stir in the coconut milk & water a little at a time.

Return to the heat & cook gently, stirring till thickened. Add bananas & continue cooking gently over low heat for about 6-7 minutes. Add the eggs to the curry, just to heat through.

Serve immediately w/boiled rice & a small dish of mango chutney.

Serving up

Cinnamon Fried Bananas

Ingredients

4 bananas

1 Tbs butter or margarine

4 Tbs sugar

1 Tbs cinnamon or less if you like

How to make it

Measure the sugar and cinnamon and place in a salt shaker and shake until well blended. Peel bananas and cut them in half lengthwise. Fry them in one tablespoon of butter or margarine, first on one side, then the other, until they’re – hopefully – beautifully golden brown. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and serve hot.

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4 thoughts on “Bermuda

  1. Hi Elly, Sounds [and looks] tasty. I wonder how a fish curry would have worked? Pity you do not like paw paw as I have just planted an expra 2 yellow and 2 red here at Chatsworth. I now have a much larger vegetable garden [in the sugar cane patch] which should be in production by the New Year. Love PaMac

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