Soak the cod overnight, change the water
and simmer for 30 minutes, drain. Flake into small pieces or dice into 1/4 inch chunks (or
Beat the egg, milk and butter
together in a small bowl.
Mix the flour & baking
powder together in a large bowl or a large mixer bowl. Make a well in the centre of the
dry ingredients and pour in the egg, milk and butter mixture. Combine to a smooth batter.
Stir in the onion, chili and
Drop tablespoon-sized dollops
of the mixture into a deep pan of hot olive oil and fry until golden brown. They can also
be fried in shallow oil, but the effect is not the same.
Remove from the oil and drain
on paper towels. With any West Indians in the house they will not be around very long.
But if you do need to hold
them, freeze in a sealed container (or ZipLok bag), or place in a paper bag and keep
refrigerated. Reheat in the oven or microwave, but use as soon as possible.
The batter should be fairly
If the oil is slightly hotter
than usual the outside will be especially crisp.
With or without peppers, these
dollop-sized fishcakes are somewhat of a delicacy in Barbados... they are found in many
roadside rum shops, and two or three are sometimes used as the filling in
"penny breads", are fist-sized and fairly stiff rolls used widely in Barbados
for many years as the vehicles for what are called "Cutters"- bun-type
sandwiches - that compose the lunch-time meal for thousands of working people in the