CONCH SALAD is a Bahamian dish that can serve as an appetizer or a meal, like most salads. The conch is fresh-taken from its shell and cleaned. The eye is removed. It is then cut into bite-sized pieces. It is mixed with diced green pepper, onion, and tomato, and dumped into a bowl. Then, lime or lemon juice is squeezed over it along with orange juice until the bowl is full of yummy juice. It’s then further seasoned with salt to taste. Pepper can be added (and usually is). YUM YUM YUM!
People have started to personalize their conch salads using cucumbers, apples, and other fruits and vegetables. What I’ve described above is a traditional conch salad. If you ever visit The Bahamas, you MUST have a conch salad. To leave without at least trying it would be a shame. In Nassau (the capital of The Bahamas), the best places to get conch salad are “The Dock” (under the Paradise Island-Nassau bridge) and Arawak Cay (also known as the “Fish Fry”) which are strips with lots of native food restaurants/stalls.
So why choose “Conchsaladesque” for a blog name? Well, I’m Bahamian – born and raised. A common saying on this islands (translated to standard English) is, “You’re mixed up just like conch salad!” Mixed up like conch salad can describe a person’s ethnicity, mental state, understanding of a certain topic/subject/issue, etc. For this blog, I have no main subject matter. I don’t plan to blog about anything in particular. I’ll just blog. Period. Whatever I want to blog about at any given time will be here. Knowing myself, recognizing that lots of things are of interest to me and I’m normally inclined and inspired to write/talk about any given thing, I know that the topics covered here will be vast and varied. A little bit of this, and a little bit of that. Seasoned to taste. Just like a conch salad. If you’re adventurous, just grab a spoon and dig in.