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Edited by Karla Heusner Yes, I admit it. But not just any food--Belizean food. When I was away studying, I used to miss our local dishes so much I would call my mom for recipes.
Since I was learning to cook at the time, she would have to walk me through the steps. The long distance calls became pretty costly and of course, my attempts never came out as good as hers at home, mostly because I lacked ingredients like recado, an essential seasoning, or coconut milk.
And pepper, Belizeans just love peppers and hot pepper sauce: But now that I am home, away from the cries of friends obsessed with their weight and starvation fads, I can leave denial behind and "nyam" my Belizean food.
How I used to miss those sizzling fry jacks smeared with beans for breakfast.
Or hot Johnny cakesthose flat round fluffy biscuits cut open and covered with melted butter! Or maybe filled with ham and cheese slices. I can make these myself now, but if I don't have time for breakfast at home, there are lots of choices on the streets.
Taco vendors are at almost every corner offering corn or flour tortillas, with shredded chicken, onions, cabbage and cilantro. In every Belizean town you can find people selling hot delicious meat pies from a basket on their bicycle, or walking through the streets with a bucket of conch fritters, a seasonal treat, or corn and chicken tamales or tamalitos, commonly called dukunu.
As noon approaches, our office starts buzzing with excitement. For in Belize you don't take a simple lunch breakits dinnertime. We eat our largest meal of the day at 12 o'clock and many schools and workplaces close for a least an hour or so, giving people a chance to go home and eat their meal as a family.
Rice is such an important food in Belize that some have renamed the dinner hour "rice hour" but it could just as easily be "bean hour.
Twice as nice cooked with real grated coconut, not the variety that comes in the can that I had to use abroad. You can't live in Belize, or spend a vacation here, without eating rice-and-beans. It is the national staple and some people eat it every single day!
If you want a change of pace, you can always switch to beans-and-rice. There is a critical distinction and you must be clear when ordering in a restaurant because beans-and-rice is where the beans are cooked separately and spooned with their own gravy over white rice.
Beans and rice is extra delicious if the cook throws a piece of pigtail into the mix. Another favorite is split peas and pigtail over rice. Of course the real variety comes in the choice of meat or fish. A lot of items are stewed: There is even stewed lobster, when the season is open.
Game meats are popular too, with Belizeans enjoying deer, Hicatee, iguana or gibnut. Side dishes are generally potato salad made from real Heinz salad dressing, the key ingredient that makes Belizean potato salad Belijun, or coleslaw.
And while it may not be so easy to find plantains abroad, at home we grow them in abundance. Fried to a sweet golden brown, they make a tasty side addition to any meal. Wash all this down with some fresh orange, lime, watermelon or cantaloupe juice and you've got the perfect dinner.
Unless of course you prefer a soup like escabeche an onion broth with chickenchirmole or relleno, both black soups. Then of course there is fish sere and hudut both of which are made from coconut milk, conch soup and the ever popular, thick cowfoot soup.
Try it before you dismiss it, you may become addicted or start craving it at 2 in the morning after an evening at a nightclub. If you eat out, there is always fried chicken from Li Chee, curry from Serendib.
And who could pass up Ms Martha's chaya tamales or Ms. What about that guy who comes around on his bicycle cart selling fish rolled up in a flour dough--what's the name of that thing again?
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