23 August 2005

Ama de Casa

Martha Stewart, Julia Childs or Carmeita Frasier, I'm not, but anyone who knows me, knows that I certainly know my way around the kitchen when it comes to cooking real food. Real food meaning, Rice and Peas wid stew wid macaroni pie, some baked potato and all the other trimings that accompany such traditional Bajan or West Indian cooking plus. Now I come from a cooking family. I have two close cousins who have caterering services in Barbados, my mom runs a small catering business in the Big Apple, and the list goes on. Apart form the fact that we like our stomachs we just have the knack for cooking. But on the other hand there is cooking and then there is baking.

Now that is where the trouble comes with me. Because the mother cooks and can bake her Bajan butt off, I Campfyah, decide dat I ein learning how tuh bake. Well that was until I saw that the mother getting on in age and she need tuh past on some of the family receipes such as she sweet bread, and most importantly the traditional fruit cake or rum cake or better know as Black Cake. Mothers own is vicious. Another reason was that I ventured into a situation where entertaining became a part of my job. When you entertaining, you just can't cook and ghi de people regular rice and peas all de time and no desert or nuttin different, so I had to put all my skills and non-skills to use with many ah fone calls from mother of course.

Over the course of time, I've baked the sweet bread, (got that under control) the casava pone and last year for Independence Day, I stewed some stew dumplins...lordee...talk bout sweet. OK, so I know that some of you reading ein got a clue about some of these foods, but if you ever check out this hey book ,you see what I'm talking about. I ein trying to link nuttin, cause wunna see already that me and linking doan agree, I just doan get it right. So see hey de book. One of the best Caribbean cook books around, well especiall with Bajan food.


Anyhow, today I had to do some entertaining for a brunch, so I decide that I will not order in any of the baking items, it's all gonna be done como ama de casa... just like a real house wife. So here was my attempt at baking last night. firt it was this. The hubby just walked into the kitchen, looked at me and walked back out. Hey, but I din paying he nuh mind, I busy baking, I got all my ingredients out, all my measurements together and my reciepe firmly stuck onto the wall, (see above right). I was on my way. So I mixed, and beat and measured and poured. I had to do a substituon, but I had the remedy for that and in true Camp style It was All Good.

Next came the batter for the orno and it looked like this.


yea, boye, it looking good so far, I ein know if it tasting good, but it looks good. In de orno it gores for 45 mins. So Camp, cross yuh fingers and wait. clean up de kitchen, sit back and sweat it out.

But what if it doan come out right? Wha is yuh back up plan??? Back up wha?? Plan, I ein got no back up plan. Hey there is a Panaderia (bread shop) right around de corna, dat gonna be muh back up plan, plus ah got another french toast in de oven. that ah know gonna come out right. Time clock moves slowlya round, then I hear ***click..beep*** 45 mins up oven finish and gone into warm and hold mold....so should I look or not...O.K here goes, it do or die, finish or not, look good and taste good or look good and taste bad.... Wha wunna think????

Beinvenidos ah Camps Blueberry crumb coffee cake, subsituted with boysenberries, since you can't get blueberries here. The Brunch meeting was a success. Less than half the cake remains.


and this is only a portion of what was there to be eaten..... Well done Camp....well shucks, if ah doan congratulate muhself who gonna congratulate me.....Lata..muh belly full, ah gine and relax.

13 comments:

Yamfoot said...

looks great!

I'm on a diet so I cant have any. shucks.

Dr. D. said...

I ent on no diet. It look like it can nyam and me name man, and me is a man weh love anyting sweet!
;-)

mytruth said...

looks good...next time you will have to cook for us. New reader

Jdid said...

so when the bloggers link up we know who cooking then cause i dun kno certain people (dat is you kami) cant cook :-)

Mad Bull said...

Heh heh heh... Sounds like a good idea, Jdid! We must start talking about where we going to meet up. I vote for Grand Cayman! ;-)

Hey Camp, you want me to add the Cariblogrs code to your template for you? If so, change your password, give me the new one, I login as you, do up your template then you change back the password.

Its up to you, and I won't feel anyway if you say no still...

solitaire said...

Oh gorm, fuss Becky, now you, Campy. A post pitcha of good food. Why y'all doing this to me? LOL. Look good, girl. Keep it up! :)

Mi will see fi sure if J-Diddy can cook, when we hold a Toronto blogger's get-together. :) Brang it on, J-Diddy!

Abeni said...

Lol,is bake I cyah bake man.Don't worry I soon get good.MB,Cayman sound good fuh true..start planning

Sunshine said...

Hi Campfyah-Loved your post. Boy do I know the importance of passing family recipies down from generation to generation. So important. You know this is right up my alley, cooking and baking. You boysenberry crumb cake looks delish with lot of boysenberries. What's the hor deurves to the left of the photo, looks like something on crackers?

Scratchie said...

That looks good Camp, and I'm sure it tastes just as nice......best way to learn anything....try it out and improvise.

Campfyah said...

Yamfoot-- actually it was a receipe from a healthy breakfast article, so maybe you can try it. The topping is made with wheat germ, whole wheat flour and the blueberries, the cake itself is a combo of whole wheat and regular flour and low-fat buttermilk.

Madd Bull, start planning. Grand Cayaman sounds like a good place fuh de lime. Let's get this party started....who can't cook can bring de drinks

Campfyah said...

Sorry Sunshine, de h'dourves on the left was ensalada de crapesa. Tomatoes, with mozerrella cheese and instead of basil leaves, it had alabacha, oh lordee ah can't think of the english word for this greens. Another great salad that I like.

button_nose said...

Girl, I have to give it to you....

I am a Bajan and can't cook fa shite!!

I envy you and your cooking skill...I could make rice, do pancakes...which my child loves, but the major bajan dishes....nada!!

I will have to go get that book and learn real soon!

Ya table look good by the way.

Smooches :)

smallislandgirl said...

I am all for that meet up I can't bake to save my life so good for you.