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Recipe - Conkies

conkieOften served in November as a part of the Independence celebrations, conkies are a sweet, cornmeal based food. The mixture: cornmeal, pumpkin, coconut and sweet potato, are wrapped in banana leaves and steamed.

 
Originally, conkies were served from the 18century to celebrate Guy Fawkes Day, November 5th. This tradition remained and after Barbados gained Independence, November 30th 1966, the delicacy synonymous with the independence celebrations. To this day, conkies are exclusive to November.

It could be argued that this is because it is a pains-taking process which persons care not do on a regular basis. Whatever the reason, conkies are scarce and sometimes nonexistent in the remaining 11 months of the year. You too can take part in the preparation of conkies during this year's Independence celebrations, by following our recipe.
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