1. While in Barbados, we ate fresh fish at least once a day – often twice – and instead of feeling burnt out on seafood, I’ve found myself craving even more!
Sure, I ate much more animal protein daily during our stay in the Caribbean than I typically do – and I don’t intend to maintain that frequency of seafood consumption now that we’re back in the States – but I can say with certainty that I will be incorporating more fish into our weekly diet.
2. I also fell head-over-heels in love with plantains during our week in the West Indies (pictured below with fresh incredibly sweet pineapple and a delicious raisin bran muffin on the resort terrace). Sure, I’d had the sweet & starchy banana-look-alikes before, but the fruit just tasted better when prepared by natives of the region in which they grow.
You can rest assured that I will be experimenting with plantains in my own kitchen!
3. Three foods (all of which I eat every day at home) that I did NOT eat during our trip were yogurt, peanut butter, and apples. After grocery shopping the morning after we returned home, I gorged myself on all three ;).
4. This Saturday is a HUGE day here in Boston… yep, St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most widely celebrated holidays in this heavily Irish-populated, enthusiastic beer-imbibing city. There is an annual parade – that meanders through South Boston – which attracts throngs of green-clad, Guinness-drinking celebrants; and Irish pubs in Faneuil Hall (such as Hennessy’s, Ned Devine’s, Black Rose, and Paddy O’s) have lines forming out their doors at a ridiculously early hour.
I went the traditional route, and used only flour, buttermilk, baking soda, and salt for this loaf. Crumbly on the outside and soft on the inside, this bread is reminiscent of buttermilk biscuits… perfect for dunking into stew or smearing with Irish butter!