KayGeni is a musician, singer, and songwriter from the Bahamas who recently moved to Toronto. Tonight she shares with you some of her favourite family recipes, dishes that evoke memories of growing up and her grandmother’s kitchen. Variations on these classic dishes can be found in almost every Bahamian home, with every family giving them their own personal touch. In addition to sharing her food and stories — like the real Bahamian way to eat a fried snapper — Kay will be performing 2 songs from her latest album, Indigo.
Bahamian-style chicken broth with chicken, veggies, potatoes and a hint of scotch bonnet pepper, garnished with fresh lime; a favourite hangover cure on the island.
A buttery, dense bread with a hint of sweetness, often baked in a skillet and found in bakeries and on tables throughout the Bahamas.
A family favourite of the chef, whole fresh fish rubbed with a blend of peppers, salt and lime and then fried until crispy on the outside and delicately flakey inside.
Peas ‘n’ Rice
A staple at most meals, that every Bahamian family makes a little differently. There’s a base of tomatoes, onions, thyme and browning — a Caribbean condiment of caramel color, vegetable concentrates and seasonings — that’s combined with pigeon peas and rice, as well as bay leaf, sweet peppers, and often a dash of ham and/or bacon, and a touch of scotch bonnet pepper for a bit of kick!
Another staple from my mother’s table that we lived for growing up. Macaroni, cheddar cheese, butter, and cream, mushroom, sweet peppers, a dash of paprika and seasoning salt, baked in a deep tray and cut into squares. Delicious cheesy goodness!
Ripe plantains fried until golden and caramelized.
A light salad of surimi (pollock or whiting processed and seasoned to resemble crab), tomatoes, cucumbers, and sweet peppers, dressed with mayonnaise & fresh lime juice.
Warm potatoes with hard-boiled eggs, sweet peppers, and fresh parsley in a mayo, mustard and paprika dressing.
A Caribbean favourite: tender cake dough folded around a rich filling of coconut, cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla.
$50 + HST
KayGeni is a Bahamian-born singer-songwriter now living in Toronto and exploring the intersection of modern RnB, neo-soul and pop. Listen and download KayGeni’s new EP, Indigo at wsmusic.ca/kaygeni
Dan Gordon is a food entrepreneur with a background in gourmet, alcohol-infused mustards. His brand, Whisky & Spice, now supports and promotes local, independent musicians with resources and curated culinary events. Dan is a graduate of several of George Brown’s culinary courses and a certified Whisky Ambassador, accredited by the Scotch Whisky Association.
Every weekend The Depanneur invites a guest chef to host a fun, informal dinner party.