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Not Your Average Burger

A few years back I was on a short assignment in the Bahamas. I was fortunate to be accompanied around Nassau by an earthily, handsome Bahamian detective by the enchanting name of Darling – she was also a genuine one and I could not have succeeded without her help. During our time together she introduced me to some of the local cuisine, which depended mainly on seafood.

Conch (pronounced konk and if not properly cooked, tastes like leather boot soles) the most popular. It was dished up in almost every way possible; conch salad, conch fritters, conch burgers, conch chowder, scotched conch, and even scorched conch. The latter being served raw with lime juice and rubbed with hot pepper and smothered with fresh tomato and onion slices and served on a knife, I found it edible – just.

Darling’s favourite food and what to me seemed to be her permanent fare, was Conch burger. They were good  in the hot, dead hours of the afternoon. We would eat, standing barefooted in the hot white sand along with ice cold bottles of Kalik Lager. T

This was normally at her cousin’s rustic and ramshackle beach bar, where we would be surrounded by a small noisy children and an even smaller and nosier litter of pink and black piglets.

Later in the evenings during the course of the assignment and in various insalubrious establishments, we would switch from the local beer to Bahama Mamas or other deliciously unassuming but lethal rum-based drinks.

To the memory of those  few days in the Bahamas and trusting Miss Darling, that enthusiastically intrepid police officer, ultimately found what she was looking for, I offer this recipe for her sister’s famous Bahamian Conch Burger.

– 2 tbsp. tomato paste
– 1 kg (2 lb.) Conch, Abalones (available from many fish shops)
– 1/2 stalk celery
– 180 ml (3/4 cup) cracker meal made from broken cream crackers
– 250 ml (1 cup) bread crumbs
– 1/2 small onion
– Salt and chilli pepper

1. Finely chop or grind the conch meat, celery and onion.
2. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Season with salt and chilli pepper.
3. Form the mixture into patties.
4. Heat oil in a frying pan and add the patties, cooking for three minutes or until lightly browned.
5. Serve on a bun with lettuce and tomato.

…and do not forget the ice cold beer accompaniment.

About bbryanthomas

Not so young man about town who, having witnessed and enjoyed life, is presently having fun, writing about those by-gone times and life in general.

8 comments on “Not Your Average Burger

  1. The Shining Gem
    August 21, 2017

    ” tastes like leather boot soles”

    Aha! So you know what a boot sole tastes like. 😀

    Seriously though, your posts are always so refreshing to read, Sir. Sadly though, we only get riverine fish where I stay.


    • bbryanthomas
      August 21, 2017

      Thanks SG (Maria?), I chew my boot sole when I can’t get my own want


      • The Shining Gem
        August 21, 2017

        Oh no no, I can assure you that my name is not Maria, that’s just the girl who nominated me for the award.

        And that’s a unique quirk, I don’t know of anyone who’d do that. 😀


      • bbryanthomas
        August 21, 2017

        Why not, your writing really is excellent. Although it’s not that sunshiny, more like a young person who takes takes his/her issues very seriously. As to that,I’ll take up cudgels with you sometime on the British looting of India.

        Liked by 1 person

      • The Shining Gem
        August 21, 2017

        Haha, sure, I’d love to do that.


    • bbryanthomas
      August 21, 2017

      Congratulations on the SB award. You deserve it.

      Liked by 1 person

      • The Shining Gem
        August 21, 2017

        He He He, to be honest, it is less of an award and more of a way to get recognized in the WordPress community by telling people about yourself through a series of repetitive posts. How can one gauge someone’s literary excellence through an online “peer award”?


      • bbryanthomas
        August 21, 2017

        Your right – but an award, almost any award apart from worst blog of the year is a good future CV entry.

        Liked by 1 person

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