by Vanessa

Conch Wontons

October 21, 2014 in ELEUTHERA, RECIPES by Vanessa

If visiting Eleuthera during low season, or any Bahama out-island for that matter, the unsuspecting tourist can expect to discover their fair share of hurdles. The same can be said for even the domestic tourist like myself. Upon leaving a bustling and busy Nassau for the quiet and sleepy 110 mile island in October, we arrived to an island in full hurricane hibernation. Nearly every hotel closed, all beaches footprint-free and instead of restaurant tables crowded by sun-kissed bodies, they were heavy with stacked chairs. Although, much to my surprise, the latter proved to be quite an unexpected blessing in disguise.

With our favourite go-to eateries boarded shut for the season, we ventured off our well trodden culinary-path. Our grumbling bellies leading us to The Front Porch in Hatchet Bay where upon entering, as if on cue, the owner said, “Foreigners are here to make a million. I am here to make a living.” Here being a restaurant looking out to a harbour and a single moored sailboat is where we would discover Bahamian dishes served with an noteworthy dollop of culinary flair. On our plates: curried crawfish served atop steamed rice, lightly breaded grouper fresh from the sea, and wontons overstuffed with conch. The latter a non-traditional take on the conch fritter – a true Bahamian favourite – and a recipe I immediately wished to recreate once home. Such a recipe will serve as a go-to appetizer and will always remind me of our first introduction to a restaurant that’s more than deserving of being added to our list of favourite culinary experiences in The Bahamas.

8 oz of cream cheese
1 tsp of lobster base or a chicken stock cube
1/8 tsp. white pepper
1 clove finely grated garlic
1 tsp finely grated ginger
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp minced green onion
8 -12 ounces of conch
1 pkg. wonton wrappers
Safflower oil for deep frying

After tenderizing the conch combine cream cheese, lobster or chicken base, pepper, garlic, ginger and lemon, stirring well with a fork. Fold in onions and conch. Stuff and fold wonton wrappers then fry until golden brown. Serve hot alongside a pepper jelly or spicy mayo for dipping.

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Friday Feeling

October 17, 2014 in ISLAND INSPIRATIONS by Vanessa

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Glass Window Bridge

October 15, 2014 in ELEUTHERA by Vanessa

During our recent visit to the island of Eleuthera I realized that no matter the number of times we travel the length of the island, by land-air-or sea, I can never catch my breath as the deep blues of the churning Atlantic ocean and the turquoise shallow waters of the Great Bahama Bank come in to sharp focus. Especially at their most photographed meeting point, the Glass Window Bridge.

Known to many as the “narrowest place on earth,” the man-made bridge – situated a half mile north of the Queen’s Bath - was built to replace the natural limestone formation that once connected the spindly 110 mile-island. Mother Nature’s original bridge unfortunately having fallen victim to the harsh elements of one categorized hurricane followed closely by another. Thankfully though, this was many years after inspiring celebrated American landscape painter, Winslow Homer to put paint to canvas in 1895, then capturing the “Glass Window” and giving it its highly recognized name.  While it appears Homer’s painter’s palette wasn’t dolloped with such a stark contrast in hues, I imagine should airplanes have flown at the time then he, as countless artists since, would’ve been inspired to capture the melding of colours from a different angle, at a far greater height.

P.S. Photo Credit: Bahamas Tourist Office