Bermuda Codfish Breakfast



Codfish breakfast is a traditional Bermudian dish that is typically served on Sunday mornings.  This is a huge meal that will leave you quite full and perhaps induce one of those dreaded carb comas!  If you have this dish with the full trimmings it will include avocado, johnny bread, and a hard boiled egg.  Seems like an excessive portion of food huh?  Well it is!  but it is also very nutritional at the same time.  Historically codfish was stored packed in salt.  This would keep the fish fresh for a long period of time, especially if travelling on a boat.  Johnny bread is also a dish that would keep for a long time because it excludes yeast in its recipe.  So it makes sense that they would go together to make a meal.  

Cod fish is caught in cold arctic waters.  The fish is known to lower triglycerides, and provide substantial protection against heart attack.  However, despite being packed in salt, this fish can lower blood pressure.  In Bermuda we will rinse the codfish once it has been removed from package.  Then we will leave it overnight to soak.  Of recent times the younger locals have been using the boiling method to reduce the salt content.  But I find that if you don't do this method correct you will end up with extremely bitter fish.  

Codfish Trimmings

This traditional Bermudian dish is loaded with trimmings.  First is the potatoes.  Bermudians tend to use local grown red potatoes because they are cheaper.  Red potatoes support red blood cell formation in our bodies, keeps our tissues strong and healthy, aids in reproductive health, helps regulate blood pressure and supports muscle function.  Tomato sauce is abundant in vitamin A and C.   It is also rich in B6 vitamin and has a detoxification effect on the body.  Onions also help in detoxifying the body by providing sinus relief and reducing inflammation in our bodies.  Avocados are very high in folate.  Folate repairs DNA and is necessary for cell division and growth.   Vitamin B5 which is essential for fat, protein and carb metabolism and hormone production is also found in high quantities in avocados.   Both bananas and avocados provide high source of fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K  and potassium.  When you fry a banana it truly brings out the sweetness of the fruit!

Ingredients:

  • 2lbs of salted white codfish
  • 6 large red potatoes
  • 4 slices of avocado
  • 2 hard boiled eggs
  • 1 banana peeled (fried is optional)

Method:

Rinse and soak the cod overnight. The next morning cut potatoes into cubes and bring to a boil. Once the potatoes have reached the point of just about easy to break with a fork, add the soaked fish.  Allow to boil for a few more minutes until potatoes are fully cooked.  Once cooked strain the liquid from the pot.  Serve on a plate with bananas, boiled eggs and slices of avocado. It is optional to add a tomato sauce or egg sauce to the dish to enhance the flavor.

Tomato Sauce:

  • 28 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped pepper
  • 1/4 lb butter or magarine
  • salt and pepper
  • Thyme

Method:

Melt butter into saucepan. Add salt and pepper to taste. Simmer until soft. Add onions and peppers and simmer for 15 minutes. Serve over fish and potatoes.

Egg Sauce:

  • 1/4 lb butter or margaine
  • 2 hard boiled eggs
  • 1/8 tsp dry mustard
  • Sherry worcestershire sauce
  • Olive oil

Directions:

Chop eggs. Melt butter in saucepan adding chopped eggs, mustard and sherry to taste. You can add the Worcestershire sauce and oil may be applied directly on fish and potatoes.






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