Monday, November 21, 2022

Antigua & Barbuda

Next up are the islands of Antigua & Barbuda.  There are so many islands in the Caribbean Sea with amazing history and culture that we were excited to learn about them.  They are not that far (relatively) from where we live, but we don't hear about them very often, so this was a great opportunity.

Antigua is the southernmost island and the most populated (97% of total population).  There are very few people who live on Barbuda (~1,634), all of whom had to be completely evacuated in 2017 due to Hurricane Irma, but most residents have since returned.

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In looking for a way to experience Antigua & Barbuda cuisine, I checked around locally to see if there were any specialty restaurants that could help.  There are a number of Caribbean and specifically Jamaican places, but I did some research online about traditionally Antiguan dishes and couldn't find anyplace that included those in the menu.

Next I tried to find some way to order and ship some Antiguan black pineapple, known as being the sweetest pineapple in the world.  They are only grown in Antigua and are delicate enough that they cannot be transported and so rarely ever leave the island.  I found this to be very true, as I couldn't find it anywhere, even in candied, canned, or preserved form.

By this time, we needed to move on to our next country study, so I settled for ordering tamarind balls from Amazon for us to try.  While these are from Jamaica, it is said that they are an incredibly popular snack in Antigua & Barbuda.

I thought they were delicious, a wonderful combination of sweet and sour.  Our family was divided pretty evenly on who liked them and who didn't finish theirs.  😅

Wednesday, November 9, 2022


 Angola is the second-largest Portuguese-speaking country in the world (after Brazil) and is the seventh-largest country in Africa.  There is a small part of the country that is not connected to the rest: Cabinda.  It is along the Atlantic Coast just north of the main body of the country and accounts for an estimated 60% of Angola's oil production.

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For our food experience, I found a recipe for Muamba De Galinha (or Muamba Chicken), referred to in some places as Angola's national dish.  I had a lot of the ingredients already on hand or easily obtainable at my local grocery store but needed to special order red palm oil to make the dish.  It had a rich, nutty smell when heated up that added a lot to the dish, so I'm glad I made the effort to get some!

We served it over rice, and our whole family enjoyed it!