Traditional Saint Lucian Breakfast Recipes
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and in this fast paced world where everything is microwaved or comes pre- packaged and ready to eat, the traditional Saint Lucian breakfast definitely requires preparation.
A traditional Saint Lucian breakfast includes hot cocoa tea, bakes(roasted or fried), sautéed salt fish and cucumber salad. Yes, it is a lot of food.
Saint Lucian Cocoa Tea
Saint Lucian cocoa tea is made from fresh locally made cocoa sticks. Follow the recipe below to attempt making your own cocoa tea if you happen to get your hands on some locally made cocoa sticks.
• 2 cups of water
• 1/2 cup of grated cocoa stick
• 2- 3 bay leaves
• 2-3 sticks of cinnamon
• 1 cup milk
Add a little flour just to thicken the mixture (if desired)
Add the milk after the mixture has boiled for about 10-15 minutes. Then the flour can be added. At this point mind the pot carefully as the mixture will tend to boil to the top. At this stage your cocoa tea is ready.
Bakes & Pastries
Bakes are made from mainly from flour and can either be prepared by frying or roasting. Roasted bakes are traditionally roasted on a coal pot over a grill or within a pan which is placed on an open flame.
The following fried bake recipe will yield 5-6 units
• 4 cups flour
• 1/4 cup sugar
• 2 teaspoons salt
• 2 teaspoons yeast
• 2 teaspoons baking powder
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
• 1 1/2 cups of water
Knead into a dough and let sit for 30 – 1 hour or overnight. Shape pieces of dough into flat discs then fry.
Salt Fish & Cucumber salad
Salt fish is sauteed with tomatoes, onions, garlic green peppers and any other season of your choice.The salt fish has to be shredded by hand. Furthermore, be mindful that the salt fish has to be desalinated before preparation. This can be achieved by boiling or soaking over night with the water changed until the desired salt content is achieved.
The cucumber salad is the easiest of all to prepare.
• 2 cucumbers grated
• 2 cloves of garlic grated
• 1 teaspoon oil
Add a pinch of salt just for taste