Belizean Food

10 11 2012

We eat a lot of barbecued chicken here!  We slice into it and marinate it all day in lime juice and Mojo Criollo with salt and pepper, then we grill it.  Belizean potato salad is easily made by boiling, peeling and cubing potatoes, then mixing with a small can of peas and carrots and Heinz salad cream from the UK.  We buy the beans at Brown’s Corner, since they require a lot of energy to cook for over a day and we don’t have an outdoor hearth or crock pot here. We eat lots of rice (it’s fluffy here – not sticky). If you go into a restaurant here and order rice and beans, it is different from beans and rice.  Rice and beans are mixed together in what looks like dirty rice.  Beans and rice a kept separate from each other on your plate. I tried making stew chicken which uses the spice recado, but I used too much. Recado rojo or achiote paste is a popular blend of spices from Mexico. Originally a Mayan blend, it is now strongly associated with the Mexican cuisine of Yucatan and Belizean cuisine. The spice mixture usually includes annatto, Mexican oregano, cumin, clove, cinnamon, black pepper, allspice, garlic, and salt. The annatto seeds dye the mixture red, and this gives the meat or vegetables it seasons a distinctive red hue.  I’ve learned to fry plantains.  I think I prefer them in shortening, although other people use coconut oil (up north you can buy locally squeezed coconut oil in reused Guiness stout bottles). You can also buy plantain chips (not as sweet). Fruit available at the open markets here include melons, pineapple, guava, papaya, dragon fruit, & limes (no lemons and the oranges are green). There are a few more exotic fruits I have not yet tried. Vegetables and herbs include cucumbers, carrots, potatoes, onions, green onions, radishes, peppers, & cilantro.  There are also flower buds and roots sold for use in soups, but we’re not big soup people. I’ve already talked in a previous post about the Cayo honey we enjoy. There are two Belizean companies that make habanero hot sauces we enjoy.  One is Marie Sharps – we like the 5 star heat “Beware” and another company is Hot Momma’s.  They make a sweet thick clear sauce with habanero flakes floating in it that we’ve even treated like jelly for toast or chip dip. You can get locally made tortilla chips and freshly made tortillas here (either handmade or machine made, but they are wonderful when fresh -not dry and crackly like the ones you find in US supermarkets)! There are several Chinese bakeries or Mennonite bakers for bread – they don’t use twisties, but tape, so to get into the plastic bag containing the bread, you kind of have to wreck it, rendering it impossible to close up well again. Since it is so humid here, bread left out molds very quickly, so we separate all the pieces of bread and freeze them in Ziploc bags and pull them out to quickly nuke for 5 or 10 seconds or toast as needed). We are very happy to find that the Mennonites in Spanish Lookout have figured out how to keep cows in this hot climate and they make a fantastic ice cream we confess we eat daily (hey!  We need the calcium!)



3 responses

10 11 2012
Turner Jan

what a great journey and adventure you guys are on…. This was a fun post to read..(they all are) but as were thinking about thanksgiving…I know how different it might be for you all… We have taken and used a sweet pepper jelly/sauce, it is thick, as a basting for marinatiing our “sliced zucchini in and then we grill it… It is AMAZING.. I bet that might be good on the pineapple and then grill it… Let me know if you try it…

10 11 2012

That does sound great. We have been grilling pineapple slices, sometimes plain, and sometimes with olive oil and lime zest. Great idea to use the sweet pepper sauce! We’ll definitely have to try that! For what is our Thanksgiving Day, the classes at school are involved in service projects in the community and we need to be there to participate as well. We may have to cook a turkey (if we can find one) on another day.

12 11 2012

Loved the claymation video….. Good to see even in Belieze the kids are normal! (smile)

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