This article caught my eyes a few days ago, because of a few things. One, the title, Are You Going to Eat That? Weirdest Caribbean Foods, two the first item on the list, cow heel soup and three - hey, it's food and culture and that's usually an interesting combination.
When on St. Croix, I always heard Cow Heel Soup called Cow Foot Soup. In looking the names up, both seem to work interchangeably, depending where your feet...are. Sorry. Since many of the items on the list seem to be Jamaican in origin, Cow Heel soup or stew it is.
Every recipe (this is one of them)I read says to get your cow heel already cleaned up from the butcher. I guess that's better than starting from scratch, where you'd either need your own cow or you'd have to hang around an abattoir.
|Some of the soup ingredients ~ from Caribbean Pot|
Probably my favorite way to eat conch is to make ceviche with it. On St. Croix at a restaurant I think is no longer open, the ladies there made the best ceviche I've ever eaten. I'd go every week on my day off and if the ceviche wasn't ready I'd cry. Ok, I didn't really cry but I'd want to, it was addicting and I had no shame. Thankfully, usually it was ready. A elderly tall thin man, always in black trousers, a white shirt and a bow tie, would lead me to my table and quickly bring me a glass of chardonnay. He was always smiling and always courtly, even when, as often happened, I was the only one in the place. Then out would come the ceviche. The owner would come out and settle himself with his guitar, singing, always, "Lemon Tree". Over the years I knew all the words but never sang along. It just would not have been right, beside the fact that I was too busy eating.
This recipe looks pretty close to what I ate, but there are a lot of ways to make ceviche. This is just one of them, with my own adaptations. You can double or triple this as you wish.
|Photo: Jacquie Kubin|