Archive for the ‘Recipes’ Category

What is Christmas without cake?

December 23, 2008

You asked for a good old Bajan pudding recipe and we have heard your call! Just in time for the traditional Christmas Eve baking spree, here is a pudding recipe from chef Michelle Maloney, executive chef at Bagatelle Great House in St Thomas and this year’s winner of The Governor-General’s Award Of Excellence at the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA).

Since we’re on the topic of cake and what with it being the season of giving, we have also decided to throw in a great cake recipe as well. It may be a bit late to get it done in time for Christmas but don’t let that stop you!

Traditional Barbadian pudding


1 lb Glow Spread

14 ozs granulated sugar

2 tbsp baking powder

1 lb flour

3 tsps vanilla essence

10 eggs

25 ml milk

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Oh for a Bajan sweet bread…

December 22, 2008

Many of you have been reminiscing about enjoying special Bajan delicacies such as great cake and sweet bread at Christmas. One reader mentioned that now that she is spending her Christmas in a colder clime, she has been sweet bread-less as she did not know the recipe.

Another one of our readers, J noticed that and figured that no Bajan should have to be without sweet bread at Christmas or any time of the year for that matter and so kindly volunteered a recipe.



Dear Digital Editor,

I was enjoying your Christmas blog and I noticed that some people don’t know how to bake sweet bread.  Since it isn’t hard I am sending you this recipe for putting on the Christmas blog so that Bajans near and far can have a happy sweet bread Christmas.
N.B. – This is a mixed coconut bread.  No kneading required.

Light the oven and turn to 350 degrees Farenheit.

 Wash and dry your containers, hands and counter.


4 cups flour
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 tsp mixed spice
1/4 grated nutmeg
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 cups milk or water
1 tsp almond essence
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 cups grated coconut
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup baking cherries, washed, dried and cut up Read the rest of this entry »

Christmas delights – without the guilt!

December 11, 2008


It’s undeniable – food is a great part of what ‘makes the season bright’ during Christmas. After all, the smell of certain dishes and drinks such as sorrel or great cake, just evokes the spirit of Christmas for many.

However, sometimes the traditional way of preparing these meals is not very healthy at all and then we are left with regret in the New Year. It doesn’t need to be that way – you can enjoy your Christmas dishes and eat right.

So, just as we promised, here are some more healthy versions of recipes for traditional Christmas dishes. Enjoy!

Roast Turkey


Twenty 8 oz servings



1 10-lb turkey

1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp dried thyme

1 medium onion

1 tsp powdered garlic

1/2 tsp salt

1 tbsp lemon juice

4 tbsps canola oil or melted low-calorie margarine Read the rest of this entry »

Have a healthy Christmas!

December 8, 2008


Love your pie but don't want the fat? There's a healthier way.

Love your pie but don't want the fat? There's a healthier way.

EATING HEALTHILY during this festive season should not only apply to people on modified meal plans. We should all aim to eat wisely. Holiday foods can fit into a healthy mealplan but it is important to be moderate and balance meals appropriately.

We all like food; it is one of the pleasures of the season. Exercise, careful planning and eating will lead us into a healthy New Year. Those with diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, renal (kidney) disease and so on can also enjoy the New Year with proper control of their condition.

So, to help you still enjoy your classic Bajan Christmas dishes without the guilt, we will be sharing some some health-conscious versions of those dishes! 

Low-fat Baked Macaroni and Cheese


8 ozs elbow macaroni (whole-wheat can be used)

3/4 cup skim milk

2 tsps garlic powder

8 ozs low-fat veggie cheddar cheese

2 ozs non-fat yogurt or sour cream

2 tbsps mustard

2 tbsps minced fresh parsley

2 tbps onion

1 tbsp Italian seasoning

1 tsp chopped red sweet pepper

1 tsp paprika

3/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp crushed red pepper Read the rest of this entry »

Welcome to the Nation’s Bajan Christmas blog!

December 5, 2008

Welcome to the Nation’s Bajan Christmas Blog!

Over the coming weeks, you can check this blog for all kinds of Christmas content – with Bajan flair! Look out for Christmas features and special columns such as a yuletide edition of Whatever Happened To and Memories of a Bajan Christmas. 
You can also look forward to lots of photos from Christmas concerts, fetes, shows and pantomimes to give you that festive feeling.
We’re also on the lookout for houses that are all lit up for the season so submit your photos and you can see them right here!
And of course, don’t forget to check our main website as well for lots more Christmas-related stories!