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Stewed Saltfish
1 lb Saltfish
1 green pepper diced
1 lb tomatoes chopped
5 cloves chopped garlic
4 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp margarine
6 scallions finely chopped
2 tbsp parsley chopped
1 small onion chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Method
1. Soak Saltfish overnight then boil in fresh water until tender.
2. Drain fish, remove the bones and scales and flake.

3. Heat oil in a large heavy saucepan. Add pepper, scallions, onion and garlic. Cover and cook over low heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the tomatoes and simmer over moderate heat until heated through for about 2 to 3 minutes. Add flaked Saltfish along with margarine, salt and pepper. Cover the stew and simmer over low heat until heated through for about five minutes.
4. Arrange the Saltfish on a plate. Sprinkle with parsley and serve with dumplings, bread fruit and spicy plantains.


Spicy Plantains
3 medium sized plantains peeled and chopped into ½ " pieces
2 tbsp fresh ginger peeled and grated
1 small onion grated
¼ tsp of salt
¼ tsp of hot sauce of finely chopped pepper
Oil for frying

Method
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Toss until mixed. Fry in batches until golden brown and cooked. Remove and drain on paper towels. Serve along side Saltfish, dumplings and breadfruit.

Seasoned Breadfruit
3 cups full breadfruit chopped into 1" pieces
2 tbsp oil

1 tbsp unsalted butter or margarine
½ cup of red pepper diced
1 medium onion chopped
4 garlic cloves crushed
2 tbsp of fresh parleys chopped
1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves

½ cup of chicken broth or 1 cube dissolved into ½ cup of water
¼ tsp of salt
¼ tsp of freshly ground pepper

Method
Melt butter or margarine in a heavy saucepan over medium heat then add oil. Add onions and cook until golden about 5 to 8 minutes, stirring often. Add garlic, thyme, red pepper and parsley and sauté for 30 seconds. Remove from heat and add breadfruit with chicken broth or other prepared liquid. Toss gently to blend and heat through. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with dumpling, Saltfish and spicy plantain.

Coconut Dumplings
½ cup of grated coconut
1 ½ cups of flour
¼ tsp of salt
1 tbsp oil
1 tbsp margarine
½ cup of water

Method

Place flour, coconut, salt, margarine and oil in a bowl. Gradually stir in the water to make a stiff dough. Turn onto a lightly floured board and knead for about two minutes. Make dumplings in desired shape. Slide dumplings into boiling salted water. Cover and cook for about 10 to 15 minutes.


During the year 2003, as part of the activities slated to Celebrate 20 Years of Independence for the Federation of St. Christopher and Nevis, the Department of Culture, then under the Ministry of Information, Culture Youth and Sports (ICYS) lead by the Honorable Minister Jacinth Henry-Martin, organized two competitions. One was to identify a distinct male and female outfit and the other to create a culinary dish that would encapsulate the characteristics characteristics and spirit of Kittitian and Nevision people, while sharing their rich culture.

 

NATIONAL DISH:

The winning recipe was created by Jacqueline Ryan (869)465-1442 (“Jacqueline Salon de Beaute). Two of the judges were Lynn Williams owner of Island Spice Restaurant, Frigate Bay (869)465-0569 (Sugars Complex) and Telsa Johnston Chef at Marriott Hotel (Calypso Café).

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