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Friday, February 20, 2009

Ode to the Bahama's!!

Well, it's winter here again in South Carolina and Gina and
I got talken (boy am I southern now) about Guava of
all things. Who knows how and where our conversations
go. So this first segment is ode to me, who is sitting here
freezing in Charleston. Wishing for the sun and summer.
And Section II is for Gina, dreaming of eating Guava Paste
again of all things!!! (Photos above of me in Bahama's.)
Below is the most delicious desert, you must try it!!!
Guava Duff Ingredients: (Dough) 4 cups flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 ½ tsp baking powder, 1 tsp salt, ½ cup vegetable oil, 2 cups finely sliced guava Methods : Combine all dry ingredients and mix together. Add oil. Knead approximately 10 minutes until smooth and pliable. Place on a flat surface and roll out to ¼ in. thick. Spread sliced guava over dough. Roll up into a long round loaf. Wrap in foil. Cook in a double boiler for 1 hr. Sauce Ingredients: 1 lb. butter, ½ cup sugar, 2 8oz. tins sweetened condensed milk, 1 cup finely sliced guava, ¼ cup brandy (substitute vanilla extract for brandy) Method : Blend butter and sugar together approximately 15 minutes. Add condensed milk and guava and blend 2 minutes. Add brandy (or vanilla) and blend 1 minute. Cut dough into slices. Pour sauce over dough. Serves 8 - 10.
guava duff, a delicious dessert that is made through a laborious process of folding the fruit into the dough and boiling and is served with a sauce. This desert is topped off with a large glass of ice cold "switcha" (lemon, sugar and water mixture) or beer. Such a typical meal also explains why their are so many Bahama Mama's and why heart disease and diabetes is so rampant in the Bahamas
Beautiful Botanical Photo of Guava.
Guava Paste is a combination of guava pulp, sugar, pectin and citric acid, which is cooked slowly until exceedingly thick and rich. It comes in individually wrapped bars that are firm enough to slice. Guava paste can be found in Latin markets and some specialty gourmet stores. Slice and serve this low-fat, low-
cholesterol sweet as a snack or with cheese
or ice cream for dessert
Part III
Kalik Beer is no Bahama Mama beer. The bottom line Kalik is the Bahama best selling beer, and its taste reflects this fact. Caribbean beer products are usually lagers and they are often noted for their lightness and easy drinking characteristics, qualities that are important for those who live and thrive in these tropical latitudes. Kalik is golden/straw in color and has a highly carbonated, clear body. These bubbles converge into a white head of foam that lasts for a very short time. The aroma of this beer is unusual, with scents of light grain but also some fruit and light spice/grassiness, leading me to suspect that Saaz hops are a key ingredient.
What a way to finish it off........Happy Dreams.
Katie

3 comments:

Blondie's Journal said...

Gina,

I love how you give us this recipe & then inform us that it can kill!!

I will take your word for it that it is good, but I have to find a latino market first!

xoxo
Jane

Maggie B said...

Hey,
I'm heading to South Carolina in a couple of weeks, please tell me the weather will be warm! It's been a long, cold & wet winter here in Normandy, I need some sun!

kate said...

Joy said...Part III! Kalik beer is pronounced as Clic ..and if you're ever if youre ever in a position to get there (moped, taxi, if brave by foot) under the bridge to the conch shacks to get fresh conch salad and play a round of dominoes....it is the freshest and most wonderful salad you could ever dream of.. Ive jumped cruise ship just to get some..Joy