Conkies, or Paimes in some other isles are a sweet cornmeal based food item popular in the West Indies. The ingredients include cornmeal, coconut, sweet potato, and pumpkin, and the mixture is cooked by steaming in banana leaves. Conkies are thought to have originated in West Africa, where a similar type of kenkey known as dokompa is popular in Ghana.
In Barbados, conkies were once associated with the old British colonial celebration of Guy Fawkes Day on November 5. In modern Barbados they are eaten during Independence Day celebrations on November 30.
In Saint Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago it is called Paime, it is usually associated with Jounen Kweyol (Creole Day) which is on the last Sunday of October every year in Saint Lucia and in Trinidad and Tobago it is associated with the Christmas season.
See also 
- ^ Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America. "Barbadian Americans."
- ^ BetumiBlog. "Ghana-style Kenkey."
- ^ Official Site of Barbados. "Recipe for Conkies."
External links 
HOW TO MAKE CONKIES FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY IN BARBADOS..TIPS on YouTube