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 Welcome to the Culinary Quest! Players are traveling the world one bite at a time.


Start Date: July 29
End Date: August 11 at 11:59pm Central Time

Challenges for The Bahamas can be found:

Bahamas Pirate Challenge
Bahamas Fruit Challenge
Eco-tourism Challenge
Festival RumBahamas Challenge

All approved regional recipes can be found below.

The Lucayan Archipelago, also known as the Bahamas Archipelago, is an island group comprised of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas and the British Overseas Territory of the Turks and Caicos Islands. The archipelago is in the western North Atlantic Ocean, north of the Antilles, and east and southeast of Florida.  It is made up of more than 700 islands, islets, cays and rocks but only 29 of the islands are inhabited. 

Because the nations of the Bahamas Archipelago do not border the Caribbean Sea, they are technically part of the West Indies (specifically the British West Indies) but not the Caribbean. They are, however, often grouped with Caribbean nations for convenience. 

Columbus's first landfall in the New World was on an island he named San Salvador (known to the Lucayan as Guanahani). Some researchers believe this site to be present-day San Salvador Island (formerly known as Watling's Island), situated in the southeastern Bahamas. 

At that time, the islands were inhabited by the Lucayan, a branch of the Arawakan-speaking Taino people. Although the Spanish never colonized the Bahamas, they shipped the native Lucayans to slavery in Hispaniola. The islands were mostly deserted from 1513 until 1648, when English colonists from Bermuda settled on the island of Eleuthera.

The Bahamas became a British Crown colony in 1718, when the British clamped down on piracy. After the American War of Independence, the Crown resettled thousands of American Loyalists in the Bahamas; they brought their slaves with them and established plantations on land grants. Africans constituted the majority of the population from this period. The Bahamas became a haven for freed African slaves: the Royal Navy resettled Africans here liberated from illegal slave ships; American slaves and Seminoles escaped here from Florida; and the government freed American slaves carried on United States domestic ships that had reached the Bahamas due to weather. Slavery in the Bahamas was abolished in 1834. Today the descendants of slaves and free Africans make up nearly 90% of the population.

The Bahamas became an independent Commonwealth realm in 1973, retaining Queen Elizabeth II as its monarch. 


The climate of the Bahamas is tropical savannah climate (a type of climate that has a monthly mean temperature above 18 °C (64 °F) in every month of the year and typically a pronounced dry season). As such, there has never been a frost or freeze reported in the Bahamas, although every few decades low temperatures can fall into the 3–5 °C (37–41 °F) range for a few hours when a severe cold outbreak comes off the North American landmass. As with most tropical climates, seasonal rainfall follows the sun, and summer is the wettest season. The Bahamas are often sunny and dry for long periods of time, and average more than 3,000 hours or 340 days of sunlight annually.

The Bahamas' culture is a very unique and diverse one. Different inhabitants from the native Lucayans, English, Americans, Africans and people from other Caribbean islands all contributed to the unique culture that the Bahamas have today.

Music is a vital part of Bahamas' culture, and their music is largely associated with Junkanoo, a celebration that occurs on Boxing Day (December 26) and on New Year's Day (January 1). It is a type of street carnival with parades which are characterized by spectacular costumes made of crepe paper and powerful rhythms beaten traditionally on goombay drums (goatskin) as well as rich brass bands and shaking cow bells. Bahamian music also incorporates Caribbean forms such as calypso, Trinidadian soca and Jamaican reggae.

Calypso and Rake 'n' Scrape singers and bands such as Baha Men have gained popularity in Japan, the United States and elsewhere.

The Bahamas relies on tourism to generate most of its economic activity. Tourism as an industry not only accounts for over 60% of the Bahamian GDP, but provides jobs for more than half the country's workforce. The Bahamas attracted 5.8 million visitors in 2012, more than 70% of which were cruise visitors.Traditional crafts include straw work and weaving, creating beautiful hats and baskets. This skill was useful when Bahamians led subsistence lifestyles, with baskets being used for carrying fruit and fishing traps. Today, straw work and wood carvings are produced and sold to tourists in Nassau's Straw Market.

Beautiful landscapes and the vibrant houses and peoples of the Bahamian archipelago have inspired many artists, both native and foreign to create beautiful and colorful canvas art. Hand carvings from coral art and natural stone are cultivated from naturally occurring reef break-offs, beach erosions, outcrops, and smooth rocks. These arts are also sold to tourists throughout the islands.

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Bahamian food is an eclectic combination of southern American (think cornbread, peas, and rice) and Caribbean (think spicy seafood) styles. What sets Bahamian cuisine apart, however, is the islands' love of spices. Properly spicing a dish is critical to Bahamian cuisine to create the ideal flavoring and coloring of some of the most popular of dishes. The cuisine is described in more detail in the Recipe Collection Depot. 

Tourist Activities
When beach lovers dream about the perfect stretch of powdery sand, lapped by seas in sublime shades of blue, they might be dreaming about the Bahamas. It was once a haven for pirates and Loyalists, but now the islands are a playground for the rich and famous, and anyone who enjoys world-class fishing, boating, diving, snorkeling, and sailing.

Nassau, the nation's capital, on New Providence Island, attracts the most tourists. This bustling cruise port is a glitzy mix of mega resorts, shops, restaurants, and entertainment complexes. Grand Bahama Island follows in second place. The other islands, affectionately called the Family Islands or Out Islands, cluster into groups, each with its own distinct character and charm and offer many other attractions for travelers. These peaceful islands are dotted with sleepy fishing villages and secluded beaches, and many are rimmed by pristine coral reefs. From the big game fishing of Bimini, and the pink sand beaches of Harbour Island, to bonefishing, regattas, and uncrowded outer cays, it's hard to beat the Bahamas.

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We hope that you enjoy your virtual visit to The Bahamas and all it has to offer.

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Approved Recipes for the Bahamas

Benny Cakes  image
Caribbean Style Guacamole  image
Chickpea Fritters with Hot Pepper Mayonnaise  
Conch Fritters   
Crab Cakes  
Fried Plantain Chips  image
Lemon Crab Cakes over Greens  image
Mojo Chicken Wings  image
Sweet Potato Fritters
Tropical Guacamole - Bahamas  image 

Beverages (ALL hot or cold drinks including coffee, tea, cocoa, cocktails, sodas, shakes, smoothies)
Agua de Jamaica - Diabetic  
Almond Coconut Joy  image
Antartic Slush  image
Applebee's Summer Squeeze (Copycat - Bahamas)  image
Bahama Blue  image
Bahama Breeze  image
Bahama Breeze's Lemon Breeze  image
Bahama Goombay Smash  image 
Bahama Mama Cocktail  image
Bahama Royal  image
Bahama Sunrise  image
Bahama Yellow Bird  image
Bahamian Gully Wash  image
Bahamian Rapture  image
Bahamian Sky Juice image
Banana Guava Smoothie  image
Beach Towel Caribbean Cocktail  image
Blended Pina Colada  image 
Canchanchara Caribbean Cocktail  image
Caribbean Passion Smoothie (Jamba Juice Copy)  image
Carrot Top Jamaican Mon Beverage With or Without Alcohol  image
Club Med Bahama Mama  image
FroCo  image
Frozen Mango Daiquiri  image
Fruit Cocktail Drink (Non-Alcoholic)  image
Ginger Spice  image
Goombay Iced Tea  image 
Goombay Smash  image
Goombay Smash  image
Guava Daiquiri of the Tropics  image
Island Delight (Carnival Cocktail #1)  image
Kalik Red Eye Cooler  
Limey Apricot Rum Cooler  image
Limon Delight  image
Mango Banana Daiquiris  image
Mango Coladas  image
Passion Fruit Colada  image
Passion Fruit Daiquiri  image
Peach Paradise Cocktail  image
Pineapple Orange Smoothie - Caribbean Style  image
Rum Coconut Water a la Receta  image
Sammy's Shark Bite (Beach Bar Cocktail)  image
Scratch Lemon Drink  image
Sky Juice  image
Snow White Margarita  image
Spicy Mango Frozen Margaritas  image
Spiked Switcha  image
Tequila Jazz  image
Time Bomb  image
Tropical Breeze Milk Shake  image
Tropical Spice and Coffee  image
Tropical Sunrise (Virgin and Alcoholic)  image
Virgin Coco Mojito  image
Zippy Zia  image

Breads (including yeast breads, quick breads, sweet breads, rolls, buns, biscotti, muffins, biscuits)
Bahamas Coconut Bimini Bread
Bahamas: Johnny Cake (Corn Bread)  
Bahamian Baked Johnny Cake
Bahamian Coconut Bread  
Caribbean Banana Bread
Christophene Quick Bread  
Coconut Bread  
Coconut Bread with Sweet Pineapple Butter
Deluxe Mango Bread  
Double or Triple Coconut Muffins  
Johnnycake - Bahamian Style
Mango Bread  
Spicy Island Gingerbread  
Toasted Coconut Banana Bread  
Tropical Banana Bread

Coconut Bake  
Eggs A'La Caneel  
Liz's Morning Glory Muffins  

Bahamas Hot Pepper Sauce  image
Bahamian Devil Sauce   
Bahamian Marmalade Sauce  
Bahamian Old Sour  
Banana Salsa
Bonefish Grill Lemon Butter Sauce  image
Caribbean Buljol  image
Corn Relish   
Fresh Pineapple Salsa  image
Guava Barbecue Sauce  
Hot Lime and Mango Chutney  
Island Coconut Curry Sauce  image
Island Vinaigrette  image
Mango Chutney (Slow Cooker Easy Method)  
Mango Honey Mustard BBQ Sauce   
Mango Salsa  image
Mango Sauce  image 
Mango Veggie Salsa  
Mojito Marinade  image
Mrs. Lola's Jamaican Jerk Seasoning
Paramin Green Seasoning  image
Remoulade Sauce - Creole Style  image
Seafood Dressing  image
Seasoning Blend - Creole Style  image

Desserts/Sweets (ALL SWEETS - cakes, dessert tarts, pies, cookies, pudding/mousse, candy)
Avocado Cheesecake  
Avocado Pie  image
Bahamas - Coconut Mango Cheesecake  
Bahamian Coconut Tart  
Bahamian Guava Duff
Bahamian Pineapple-Coconut Tart  
Bahamian Rum Cake  
Baked Bananas  image
Baked Bananas  image
Baked Papaya
Bakerchef's Guava Duff   
Banana Fritters with Coffee Rum Sauce  
Bananas Caribbean  image
Big Bowl Cafe Coconut Mango Cheesecake 
Broiled Pineapple with Rum Sauce  image
Candy from Bahamas - Coconut Cremes  image
Caramelized Pineapple Sundaes with Coconut  image
Caribbean Sweet Potato Rum Cake with Butter Rum Frosting  
Carmen Miranda
Chocolate Banana Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake
Coconut Bars  
Coconut Pecan Shortbread  
Coo Coo Caribbean Polenta  image
Creamy Coconut Popsicles  
Deconstructed Banana Cream Pie Bananas Foster Variation   
Fried Papaya  image
Glazed Pineapple with Cinnamon Creme Fraiche  image 
Grilled Pineapple with Brown Sugar, Coconut and Rum  image
Guava Cheesecake with Cashew Ginger Crust
Irene's Fresh Coconut Cake  
Island Parfaits  image
Island Rum Cake
Jamaican Mocha Rum Cake  
Lime and Buttermilk Cake  
Mango Ice Cream (no ice cream maker needed)  image
Mango Pie   
Mango Pineapple Lime Cheesecake
No-Cooking Rummy Pina Colada Bites  image
Papaya Bread II
Passionfruit Banana Tart  
Pina Colada Bread Pudding  
Pineapple Coconut Empanadas  
Pineapple-Coconut Sorbet   
Pineapple Tart  
Pumpkin Pie - Carnival Spa Inspiration image
Rich Coconut Mousse  
Roasted Pineapple with Run-Vanilla Sauce and Coconut  
Scripps College Double Chocolate Bread Pudding   
Slow Cooker Pineapple Rice Pudding  
Sweet Potato Pone Pudding  
Toasted Coconut Shortbread
Tropical Fruit with Chocolate Sauce
Tropical Fruits with Chocolate  image
Tropical Pina Colada Rice Pudding - Caribbean
Tropical Rum Cake  
Tropical Spice Cupcakes

Main Dishes (including all casserole, meat, fish, poultry and pasta entrees)
Bahama Beach Chicken Wings  
Bahamian Castaway - Frizzled Ham and Bananas  image
Bahamian Chicken  
Bahamian Grilled Chicken
Bahamian Grilled Kabobs
Bahamian Jerk Chicken   
Bahamian Skillet Jerk Shrimp  image
Bahamian Steamed Fish  
Bahamian Stew Fish  image
Bahamian Style Simmered Chicken
Baked Coconut Shrimp with Tropical Rice  image
Basic Jerk Chicken  image
Black-Eyed Peas and Spare Ribs  
Breeze Wood Grilled Chicken - Bahama Breeze
Calypso Shrimp Linguine (Bahama Breeze)  image
Caribbean Chicken Picadillo in Tortillas  
Caribbean Grilled Pork and Onions   
Caribbean Jerk Broiled Trout  image
Chili, Mint and Lime Seared Salmon   
Coconut Chicken Fingers with 30-Minute Mango Chutney
Coconut Chicken with Pineapple Fried Rice  
Crisp Roast Pork   
Dis Jerk'll Gobsmack Ya
Fish Fillets with Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa  
Flank Steak with Grilled Mango and Watermelon Chutney  
Fried Walnut Chicken with Brandy Papaya Sauce  
Grilled Caribbean Chicken with Pineapple Salsa  image
Grilled Chicken and Plantains Jamaican-Style   
Grilled Chicken with Mango Habanero Glaze  image
Grilled Jerk Pork Tenderloin  image
Island Style Chicken Strips
Jerk Chicken 
Jerk Style Smoked Chicken 
Junkanoo Chicken and Rice  
Lynn's Favorite Jerk Chicken   
Marinated Red Snapper  
Mrs. Lola's Jamaican Curried Goat  
Mrs. Lola's Jamaican Jerk Recipe  
One-Pot Spicy Bahamian Chicken and Vegetables   
Pineapple Rum Ribs    
Pollo con Pina a la Antigua (Chicken with Flaming Pineapple)
Pork Steak Mojito  
Red Snapper - Roasted in a Creole Sauce   
Seafood Creole   
Snapper Dr. Louis  
Stuffed Papaya  
Tropical Pineapple Lime Pork Chops  image
Tuna Steak with Salsa  

Bahamian Egg Salad  image
Corned Beef Salad Sandwiches the Bahamian Way  image

Side Dishes (ALL hot or cold salads, vegetable sides, and rice/grain sides)
Bahamas Papaya, Mango and Avocado Salad  image
Bahamian Bean and Corn Salad  image
Bahamian Peas and Rice  
Bahamian Peas and Rice  
Bahamian Peas and Rice  
Bahamian Rice  image
Bahamian Sweet Potato, Boniato and Plantain  
Baked Sweet Potatoes  
Beach Bar Special Salad  image
Callalo Salad  image  
Caribbean Rice and Peas  
Carrot and Raisin Salad with a Twist  image
Chicken with Yellow Rice   
Citrus Tuna Salad  image
Classic Red Beans and Rice
Coconut-Braised Cabbage  image 
Coconut Lime Rice  
Coconut Pecan Sweet Potatoes - Bahamas Island Style  

Coleslaw  image
Creamed Spinach with Coconut Milk  image
Creole Green Beans
Dockside Conch Salad  image
Family Spoon Bread  
Jenn's Bahamian Mac N Cheese  
Macaroni Pie - the Islands Macaroni and Cheese  
Nassau Peas and Rice   
Peas and Rice
Pigeon Peas with Yellow Rice  
Pina Colada Carrot-Pineapple Salad (Bahamas)  image
Potato Salad  image
Red Beans with Rice   
Rice and Peas (Beans)  
Roasted Garlic Mashed Sweet Potatoes  
Seasoned Black-eyed Peas  
Shrimp Prawn Salad for Summer  image
Spicy Coleslaw  image
Stewed Callaloo  image
Sweet Potato Pecan Streusel   
The Kitchen Tourists are Jerks for This Salmon Salad
Traditional Bahamian Mac and Cheese 
Tropical Chicken Salad  image

Soups/Stews/Chili (including bisques, chowders, broth, stock, consomme)
Bahamian Chicken Souse (Soup)   
Bahamian Seafood Stew with Coconut and Tomato  
Caribbean Calabaza Soup
Chilled Cucumber and Avocado Soup with Mango Salsa (Vegan, No-Cook)  image
Coconut Conch Chowder   
Cold Cucumber Soup   image
Escabeche Hot and Sour Chicken Soup 
Fish Chowder  
Island Fish Tea  
Oxtail Stew - Bahamas   
Sheila's Split Pea Soup  
Shrimp and Scallop Chowder with Coconut Milk

Misc/Other Recipes


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