Friday, 6 December 2013

21 Days of Christmas: Ham


The season for eating is seemingly never complete without a big hunk of meat! Ham serves this purpose for us. In Trinidad, the ham is almost always studded with whole cloves and baked until tender and juicy. The smell of ham at any other time of year evokes Christmas memories because it is so strongly associated with the holidays. Trinidad Christmas Ham is usually served on freshly baked (usually homemade) hops bread.

One of the more popular condiments for "ham and hops" is called "chow chow". Though the smell of ham is very familiar and pleasant for me, I've never been a huge fan of the taste. More often I would use the ham in a pasta dish or maybe soup, not just with the hops bread.

Leftover ham is great for lots of dishes, you know, if there's actually any leftovers!

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