Salting it up with Salt Bread and Ham Cutters
This is kind of a repeat post with new photos and reflections. I decided to do this post today because this recipe is very elusive and very difficult to replicate at home and I made it over 6 times just to get it right. I will be eating salt breads all next year with the amount I have stored in the freezer:(. Once you get it right it will be a staple for bread baskets and picnic lunches.
Salt Breads are yeasted buns found in Barbados. Every island has a roll that is a staple eg Trinidad has the Hops bread, Jamaica has their coco bread and Barbados has its salt bread. These are savory buns used to for almost any filling you can think of. When baked, the resulting bread has a thin soft crust and the inside is soft and pillowy. Salt breads are sold in 5’s in clear plastic bags and you can find them in supermarkets, bakeries or some people sell them at the side of the road. A sandwich made with a salt bread is not called a sandwich or a sub but a “cutter”.
The holidays are coming up and I am heading home. A ham cutter is what most people wake up to on Xmas morning. For the last couple of years I did not wake up to any cutter because I went vegan and I felt out of place and could not come up with new traditions that I loved. This holiday I will be waking up to the cutter in the photo made with home-made seitan spiced ham topped with a beer and pineapple glaze. Although the ham I am speaking about is not photographed as it is in my mind that is what I will be eating hopefully. Standing in for my seitan ham is YvesVegan Ham Slices (which by the way the supermarket started to bring because I sent them an e-mail….also 6 different vegan cheeses and a bunch of vegan hotdogs.. off topic). It is nice to be able to enjoy this simple cutter again and trust me it is not about pork but the smoky flavours of the vegan slices and the pepper sauce and the soft salt bread. For me it is just the wonderful flavours that can be replicated without killing animals.
The yellow sauce you see on the ham is Barbadian pepper sauce which has a mustard base. Will definitely be in the book as it is a batch I made a few months ago. Finally the strange beverage that you can see at the back is unfermented ginger beer and lime syrup.Ginger beer is a wonderful addition to your holiday menu as it is spicy and it really warms you up. If you want the recipe for the fermented ginger beer or unfermented ginger beer drop me a comment telling me this.
So that is it for this week…. and more holiday ideas will be coming up soon.