|Kalinago Resort - Morne Rouge Bay|
We had the opportunity to spend the day at Kalinago Resort (my cousins were staying here during their visit). We had lunch at the restaurant, swam in the pool, had some drinks at the bar.
|Swim up bar|
|Root Vegetable Soup|
|Salt Cod and Plantain Salad|
|Curry Chicken Roti - (we got one to go later)|
The best part of the day for me was the opportunity to observe a cooking demonstration put on by the staff (great timing!). Chef Rasheeda was delighted to show us how to prepare Grenada's National dish, Oil Down.
This dish is a typical West Indian dish - utilizing local produce and ingredients that people here have been cooking with for a long time. The dish quite surprised me in its simplicity and with its complexity of flavours. Even though I have grown up eating many of these foods, I had yet to experience Oil Down.
Oil Down gets its name from the sheen of coconut oil that is visible on the top layer of the dish - once the coconut milk has all evaporated during the cooking process. It is a one-pot meal that begs to be shared with friends and family. It was merely by chance that we were here on this day, to experience this, but I cannot express how pleased I am that we did.
It contains any combination of ground provisions (potatoes, yams, dasheen, eddoes), breadfruit, green bananas (or bluggoes), salted meat/fish, vegetables, herbs, aromatics, turmeric and always, fresh coconut milk. The ingredients are layered in a large pot, covered with coconut milk, then banana leaves, and left to cook for a couple of hours.
First layer was seasoned chicken wings (typically salt pig tails are used), followed by green bananas (a type of banana meant to be eaten green - starchy and firm texture, but not sweet)
|The layering begins|
|Green banana, pumpkin, chistophene (chayote squash), yam, and eddoes|
|Carrots, cabbage, callaloo leaves/spinach.|
The last layer was salt fish (salt fish when used in these preparations has usually been soaked in cold water overnight, then rinsed).
|The dish coming together|
|Fresh coconut milk and turmeric|
|Mise en place|
|Fire lit under the pot and ready for cooking|
|The finished plate|
It should be noted that we had a huge lunch this day and we decided that we would only get a couple of plates of the oil down and share them between the seven of us. My brother thought that we should perhaps add a third plate, just in case - good call! For a group of people who weren't hungry, there wasn't a mouthful left - every bone was picked clean. Absolutely delectable. Of course, I will try and re-create this one day and I hope I can do it justice.
|End of another perfect day|