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Old Jul 11th, 2006, 06:17 AM
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Island eats : strange food names in the Caribbean

Hey all, time for some summer fun!

Anybody know what "Run down" is? or how about "Blue Drawers"?

Have any other strange/funny named Caribbean Foods that you love?
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Old Jul 11th, 2006, 06:47 AM
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Stinky toes

Gizzarda

Pink tops

Janga
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Old Jul 11th, 2006, 06:50 AM
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I have no idea what any of those things are! I doubt that there are any food names that I know that others probably don't...
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Old Jul 11th, 2006, 07:08 AM
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Run Down is a mackerel dish ...kind of like a mackerel stew of sorts.

Blue Drawers is a green banana-based boiled "pudding". It's wrapped in a banana leaf and is really really good. They have something similar in Belize, but the name escapes me at the moment. Other names for it : "Tie leaf" or "Duckunoo".

Gizzarda...if you've ever been to Jamaica you must have had gizzarda! It's a coconut pastry that is soooo yummy!!!

Stinky/stinking toes : that's a fruit that has the worst smell ever imaginable! I cannot understand to this day why anyone would eat it! But some do and love it! I feel the same about Jack Fruit btw Tiverton!

Janga...I have no idea...nor do I know about pink tops.
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Old Jul 11th, 2006, 07:10 AM
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"Doubles" from Trinidad. The best!

Two rotis make a sandwich with curried chick peas in the middle. Also known as "chick peas".

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how about Goat Water - which is a mutton stew or soup traditionally eaten in St. Kitts AND Nevis.
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Old Jul 11th, 2006, 08:14 AM
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Bust-up-shirt
Fungee
Coucou
Hydraulic
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Old Jul 11th, 2006, 08:15 AM
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hydraulic? What on earth is that?

A_Traveler, in Jamaica Goat Water is called Mannish Water. I have no idea why!!
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Old Jul 11th, 2006, 09:39 AM
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Thanks for clearing those up for me, JAGIRL. Gizzarda's name is so foul sounding, but I would love to try it!

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I've been told that mannish water makes a man a MAN!!!
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Old Jul 11th, 2006, 10:26 AM
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I think it might actually be gizzada!

It's shredded coconut with brown sugar, mixed spices in a pastry shell.

Here's a picture at the bottom of the page at this link: It's the one in the pastry shell.
http://tinyurl.com/qq8p4
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Hydraulic is a soup made of bull's nose, hoofs and er, um.... It has enhancing powers, hence the name.
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Roti...
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Don't forget "conch Viagra" -- the pistle of a conch which is said to have an ... enhancing ... effect when eaten.

And "oil down," a Grenadian stew which doesn't sound too tasty.
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Bulla cake - Jamaican. An interesting "cake"(?) for lack of a better word. Gingery, spicy...and best eaten with...you guessed it...a slice of avocado pear!
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buljol - yum
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are you Trini?
What on earth is buljol?
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Mannish water is like hydraulic -- a hearty mucilagenous stew of Irish potato, carrot, escallion, seasonings and the jawbone of a goat. It's served
often at weddings or nine-nights/wakes.

Rundown can be any boiled down stew
(called OILDOWN in Southern Caribbean)
generally with kingfish/mackerel but often with veg and coconut milk.

Pink tops are like Jamaican Hostess
Twinkies/coconut cake squares with bright pink supersweet frosting.

Janga is a river mollusc from Port
Antonio area sometimes also called
river shrimp.

Blue drawers is a sweetened pone of coconut and cornmeal wrapped in banana leaf which imparts a blue coloring
when steamed.
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Bizzy

Sinkle Bible

Leaf of Life

Fevergrass

Stamp n Go

Cow cod

Cerasee
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Jagirl, nope, not Trini, but I do love a dish of buljol for breakfast.
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