Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Bermuda Breakfast

This recipe is used by most families in Bermuda and is served as a brunch or late breakfast on Sundays. I used to go to my old friend Eugene Harvey (now in Washington) house where his mother cooked for about 20 children and aunts and uncles and cousins. Their house overlooked the Sound, clear blue waters. They were an interesting family, originating in Guyana but in Bermuda for years. All very bright children, a big old house with lots of land, kept bees and planted, nice old fashioned family with good values). This dish sounds odd, but the combination of flavors is stunning.
Salted Codfish (soaked overnight in water)
Whole potatoes (not new as in picture, better with large peeled boiled potato)
Eggs (1 each)
Bananas (1 each)
Tomatoes (tinned quality plum)
Onions, garlic, peppers, salt and pepper
Optional Green peppers
Put the pototoes, codfish and eggs in a big pot and boil until potato done (about 15 minutes)
Drain and seperate
Take a frying pan and cook the onions and garlic slowly until soft and transparent. Add tinned tomatos chopped or rough blend and the sliced green pepper and cook covered on low heat for 15 minutes or so. Then add flaked fish and salt and pepper to taste.
To serve
Put potato, sliced banana, slice of avocado, and halved egg on plate and spoon fish and tomato mixture on side.
It is important to eat a little of each and you will be amazed how these flavour complement each other

I have done some research and I suspect that Bermuda breakfast is a derivation of ackee and saltfish. See picture of this from Jamaica tourist site and note the similarity. The eggs in the Bermuda dish replace the ackee yellowness. The ripe banana replaces the boiled green (as green not available in Bermuda easily).  Interestingly some Bermidians chop the egg up and sprinkle it over the saltfish mix.

Ackee and Saltfish - Serving

1 comment:

Shannon Murray Crawford said...

Mmmm reminds me of saltfish and bake.