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Dominica cuisine is the cuisine of the island nation of Dominica. The cuisine is rooted in creole techniques with local produce flavored by spices found on the island. Dominican cuisine is a mixture of indigenous Kalinago, African, French, and English influences.
Breakfast is an important meal in Dominica and is eaten every day. A typical meal includes saltfish, which is dried and salted codfish, and bakes made by making dough and frying in oil. Saltfish and bakes can also double as fast food snacks that can be eaten throughout the day; vendors on Dominica's streets sell these snacks to passers-by alongside fried chicken, fish and smoothies. Other breakfast meals include cornmeal porridge which is made with fine cornmeal or polenta, milk and condensed milk and sugar to sweeten. More British-influenced meals like eggs, bacon and toast are also popular alongside fried fish and plantains.
Common vegetables eaten during lunchtime or dinner include plantains, tannia, yams, potatoes, rice, and peas. Meat and poultry typically eaten include chicken (which is very popular), beef, fish which are normally stewed down with onions, carrots, garlic, ginger, and herbs like thyme, and using the browning method to create a rich dark sauce. Popular meals include rice and peas, stewed chicken, stewed beef, fried and stewed fish and many different types of hearty fish broths and soups containing dumplings, carrots and ground provisions.
Roadside stands and small-town restaurants typically serve fried chicken, fish-and-chips and "tasty bakes" which are fried dough made with flour, water and sugar or sometimes salt, along with cold drinks. The island produces numerous exotic fruits, including bananas, coconuts, papayas, guavas, pineapples, and mangoes which can be eaten as dessert and be pureed or liquefied.
Dominica's national dish was the mountain chicken, which are snares of the legs of a frog called the crapaud, which is endemic to Dominica and Montserrat. Found at higher elevations, it is a protected species and can only be caught between autumn and February. However, as of 2013, the new national dish is callaloo, made from the green leaves of the dasheen plant and other vegetables and meat. The preferred callaloo dish is crab callaloo.
Especially during Christmas time, a brew is made from boiling the calyces of the sorrel plant. A drink commonly served with breakfasts is cacao tea, made from boiling cocoa sticks with cinnamon and bay leaves. Other drinks include rum punch and smoothies.
Dominica tea culture has a long history. Many traditional medicinal teas have origins with the original Carib culture of the island. The most popular teas in Dominica is cocoa tea which made from the local cocoa bean. Cocoa tea is similar to a hot chocolate and bush tea, which is made from local plants and herbs in Dominica. Dominica brews its beer under the Kubuli label.
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