When Creole Day rolls around every October in Dominica, I tend to fast the day before to be able to feast in the true sense of the word!
Of course, I do spend the morning running around Roseau so that I can take plentiful pictures of people in their gorgeous Creole garb. Perhaps you’ve looked at my earlier post about fashions in madras fabric as seen on the streets on October 25, 2013. You can take a(nother) peek here.
In order to have enough energy for my wanderings through ‘town’, I fortified myself with a hearty Creole breakfast at Cartwheel Café (448-5353) on the Bayfront. For me, it was the perfect balance of protein, starch and greens. The coffee just added a little extra ‘umph’ for my ‘runnings’.
By midday, I was satisfied with my photographic pursuits and I had certainly greeted everyone I knew (and some strangers too) with ‘Bonne journée Créole‘. (It’s not quite Creole – my French gets in the way – but it sounds similar!) The streets were becoming increasingly congested as out-of-towners drove in for the well advertised Creole lunches that were taking place at various establishments – both large and small. But I was headed in the opposite direction – guess where!!
Like last year, Springfield Guest House was offering a grand buffet Creole lunch – with numerous main course choices à la Créole: Codfish Sancoche; Fish Coubouillion; Creole Stewed Chicken; and Curried Goat! I knew what to expect and that was exactly what I wanted, as I have always enjoyed Chef Sandra’s culinary creations – and the natural ambience at this lovely and historic establishment gives me a feeling of complete contentment.
It was an easy 15 minute drive from Pottersville (on the north side of Roseau) and the weather cooperated (no rain!) on the way there. As soon as
I got out of the car, I gulped great breaths of pure fresh air. As I was a bit early,I walked around the stately ‘ Great House’ and admired the views and the well presented dining areas – both inside and outside. I started off the meal with a glass of sweet fresh coconut’ water’ (its juice). At about that time, Nancy the Managing Director and Susanne, a German expatriate joined me and remarked that I seemed to have quickly revived from that natural beverage. It was truly refreshing!
Then it was time for a starter. I chose a cup of vegetarian callaloo soup with a home-made bun on the side.
This new ‘national dish’ of Dominica is made from the green leaves of the dasheen plant. It was divine!
Then I was warmed up for the main course – well I actually had two…I did tell you it was a day of feasting. I guess I was making up for
missing Canadian Thanksgiving dinners a couple of weeks earlier in October! The plate on the left reveals what I consumed a few minutes after the photo. As we savoured every morsel, we reminisced about other times we had enjoyed in this wonderful setting. I am also always rejuvenated by spending some time gazing down the Antrim Valley to the Caribbean Sea. That sensational view always
restores me to a tranquil frame of mind.
We did pause for a few moments before dessert, but the selections were so tempting that we could not wait for very long. I had hoped to take a walk around the property after the meal, but the weather was turning and my stomach was almost overloaded. Therefore, I succumbed to the whims of the day and reminded myself that the objective was to feast – and it was just so!
The home-made smooth and mouth-watering guava ice-cream, which was served with wholesome fruit ‘tarts’ completed this dining extravaganza. I don’t know how I managed to find room for all that food – but I have no regrets. Only a hurricane would have kept me away from my delectable Creole Lunch at Springfield that day!
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Many thanks to Nancy and Sandra and the entire team for organizing and preparing this wonderful repast on Creole Day. I can’t wait for my next lunch at Springfield Guest House!