What do you call an English toast that has gone Bermudian? Shark hash on toast, one of Bermuda’s seafood specialties. Great food on this island paradise comes as no surprise, but if you like to discover new flavour combinations, its traditional breakfast might just be your idea of culinary heaven. Bermudian codfish is one of the highlights of the local gastronomy, a nutritionally balanced plate of simmered codfish with tomato and onion sauce, poached potatoes, hard-boiled egg and a banana on the side. Islanders will tell you to try mashing it all together and pour seasonings and sauces over this exotic concoction. During the 18th century, Bermudians traded with Newfoundland and brought cheap and plentiful salt cod back to the island, making it a tradition to eat this dish on a Sunday before going to church. Bermuda fishcakes are also a staple. Similar to a croquette, it is fish and a potato patty coated in breadcrumbs or battered and fried, eaten between a roll or hot-cross buns. Another must-try is the Johnny bread, a favourite amongst Bermudian households, made without yeast served with cheese melted inside — or eaten plain with butter and syrup. This staple was originally named Journey bread by Bermudian sailors, after it was noted that it kept better than regular bread whilst on board a vessel or ship for long periods when out to sea. To make this meal even heartier, add fish chowder and corn beefcakes with egg sauce and avocado. You should also taste a beloved local old favourite — the cassava pie, a savoury blend of eggs, cassava, chicken, pork, brandy and nutmeg. This is served at every local Christmas dinner. If you have a sweet tooth, rum cake, tea scones with jam or cheese, and bananas fried in rum and brown sugar are ideal ways to finish off a traditional Bermudian breakfast meal.
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