When you are in Barbados if you go to any restaurant that lays on a traditional Sunday Bajan buffet, you will find Bajan Pepperpot on the menu. Caribbean soups are often passed down from generation to generation and as with most Caribbean entities, the soup’s diversity is what makes it what it is. Various versions of the revered Pepperpot brew exist.
This Cocido Madrileño is named for the province of Madrid, where it originated. Spanish stews have lots of flavour and include meats, sausage and chickpeas. Be sure to allow enough time to soak the chickpeas overnight and to simmer the stew until the meat is soft. This dish is actually two courses – soup and a main dish.
A good jitrnice should be meaty and not feel like a paste so don’t be too liberal with the bread. The trick to the jitrnice is cooking it slowly and cautiously. The lining which is made from the pig’s intestines, is fragile and prone to bursting, therefore a low heat should be used to cook the sausage through and scorch the skin nicely.
Khao kha mu is steamed rice served with sliced pork trotter which has been simmered in soy sauce and spices. It is always served with a sweet spicy dipping sauce on the side. Often a clear broth is provided on the side as well, as are fresh bird’s eye chillies and cloves of raw garlic. Boiled egg is optional.
For those who are not familiar with scrapple, which is also known by the Pennsylvania Dutch name “pon haus“, it is traditionally a mush of pork scraps and trimmings combined with polenta (cornmeal), wheat flour and spices. (The spices may include, but are not limited to: sage, thyme, savory and black pepper.) The mush is then formed into a semi-solid loaf, sliced and pan-fried.