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Sometimes you do things that you may think is by chance or rather just a natural progression according to your circumstances. Other times you get that Aha! moment and for reasons
unexplainable you get that reality jolt that can steer you in one direction or another.
The other day I was in one of those modes that spun me for a loop and it was very good. In so much as to say that what I did brings me back to a question that always puzzles me.
The question is what is a salad? People answer this simple little question many different ways from different
parts of the world. Most Jamaicans will say it is another name for a tomato. Or a Jamaican
football player will say that’s when you push the ball between your opponents feet during the game
and afterwards make ridiculous comments and laughter. Some will also say it is just a piece of lettuce with
some kind of dressing.
Well the definitions vary from region to region and in my little time for research I find that the
original meaning is to "salt" your food. Yah Mon! So as it were, the other day I was feeling a
little, "peckish" as we would say in Jamaica, but I did not want to eat a meal that would hold me
over for any time because I was going to go out to eat later.
I looked in the refrigerator and saw
a half bottle of Salamon Gundy. Of course the first thing that came to my mind was eating the
gundy with water crackers. Unfortunately, I had no crackers or bread in the house. Well I
thought to myself I would just run up to the grocery store and get some ‘dryaz’ (bread, bulla, or
any baked products).
However, by the time I go to the store I may not be as hungry, so I
thought. I looked in the crisper section of the fridge and saw that I had lettuce and some raw
spinach. I decided to experiment with what was available and made a ‘rahtid’ salad that
surprised even me.
Back in the early eighties I used to eat bully beef salads all the time. So when I made this it
reminds me a little about bully beef salad.
Try this one out for your next party or social gathering.
4 tbsp. Salamon Gundy
¼ lb. Chopped raw Spinach
¼ lb. Chopped Lettuce
½ cup Bleu Cheese Dressing
¼ Medium Onion (sliced)
2 tbsp. Raisins
1 tbsp chopped Almonds
1 tbsp. Cashew Pieces
2 drops Lemon Juice
Place the chopped spinach and lettuce in a salad bowl and tossed it around with the other dry
ingredients until everything is thoroughly mixed.
Next, mix the bleu cheese dressing and salamon
gundy together with the lemon juice. Use a wooden spoon to fold the dressing and fish paste
together. You may decide to add more of fish if you want to have a stronger fish taste but don’t
increase the amount of lemon juice.
Add the mixed ingredients to the spinach and lettuce mix and fold until the bleu cheese is visible
all over the greens. Serve in small bowls and top off with grated cheddar cheese.
Here is a Bully Beef Salad
1 head Lettuce (chopped)
1 can Bully Beef
1 medium Onion( finely chopped)
1 tsp. Pickapeppa Sauce or
2 tbsp. Tomato Ketchup
1 tbsp. Ground Black Pepper
1 large Avocado Pear
Red Bell Peppers
Remove the bully beef from the can and place it in a flat plate. Use a fork and press the bully
beef into flat a cake. Now fold in the onions, black pepper, and tomato ketchup.
Fold the bully beef into the chopped lettuce. Slice the avocado and red bell peppers into long
slices and garnish the salad. Serve in small bowls.
If you use Pickapeppa Sauce instead of the tomato ketchup add it one drop at a time because
you don’t want the pickapeppa sauce to dominate the taste of the salad. Pickapeppa Sauce is
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