Saint Lucian Childhood Snacks recipes
Growing up packaged/manufactured snacks were something of a treat. Instead the treats du jour were homemade snacks, such as tablet, tamarind balls, ice lolly, fudge, golden apple/mango in sauce and all sorts of jams. Unlike fudge and jam, the other snacks may not conjure up any familiar images to some so here follow some of the most delicious Lucian snacks around.
Tablet– Tablet is a snack made from grated or chopped coconut. Learn to make some by following the recipe below:
2 cups grated coconut
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1/2 cup of water
2 tsp vanilla extract
4 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp grated nutmeg
1. Bring water to a boil and add the coconut.
2. Cook for 5- 10 minutes and add sugar.
3. Stir constantly and cook for additional 25 minutes until it becomes sticky and hard to stir.
4.Remove from heat.
5.Place spoonfuls on a plate or wax sheet and allow to cool and harden.
Tamarind Balls– The name says it all; balls made of tamarind. Tamarind is combined with brown sugar, a little bit of water and kneaded until it gets to a lighter brown consistency then it is ready to be made into balls. A little bit of pepper can be added for an additional kick if you want. After the balls are made they are dipped in white sugar.
Ice Lolly– Ice lollies are one of my favourite childhood snacks. Traditionally the recipe calls for dairy to be added but with many persons being lactose intolerant, coconut milk is a good substitute. My grandmother used both dairy as well as coconut milk in hers. Making ice lollies are simple.
Traditionally, coconut milk was extracted from grated coconut(the method I prefer) or you can simply purchase canned coconut milk or coconut milk powder.
In a blender combine:
2 cups coconut milk
1/4 cup peanut butter, or the pulp of any fruit you desire.
1/4 cup agave nectar/maple syrup/ or ordinary sugar
Pour the mixture in clear plastic bags and put in the freezer. After it has solidified it is ready for enjoying.
Mango and Golden Apple In Sauce– This a typical summer snack which most children are able to make for themselves, as both mango and golden apples bear during this time. This is simply a salad which mariantes in peppery water.
While most would know mango as it goes by that name the world over, the same cannot be said for the golden apple; which looks nothing like what the names suggests. It is a fruit native to the Pacific which found its way to the region and is known by different names the world over.
1 green mango or golden apple
1 crushed clove of garlic
1/2 tsp pepper sauce
salt to taste
dash of black pepper
dash of oil
1/4 cup water
1.Cut the mango or golden apple into slices.
2. Mix the rest ingredients in the water then add the fruit. Allow to marinate for about 15 minutes
Though today there are more packaged processed foods available, you can still find these favourite childhood snacks being sold in vendors’ trays near primary and secondary schools or being sold from someone’s home.