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A Virtual Tour of Saint Lucia: Essential Information About The Country of Saint Lucia, Along with a Recipe for Banana Nut Bread for Lagniappe

by Good Advice Publishing Company on 05/03/12 at 12:47 pm

Info: This article provides an overview of Saint Lucia – the country, the culture, the people, and a recipe, too. It was prepared by Samantha Jarreau while an Accounting major in the College of Business at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana.

3.        Tourists should know that the currency used in St. Lucia is the Eastern Caribbean dollar.  The current exchange rate of US dollars to East Caribbean dollars is US$1 to EC$2.65.  While traveling to St. Lucia do not be alarmed if you did not prepare ahead of time, if you need to exchange your currency you can do so at the National Commercial Bank that is located in the Hewanorra International Airport upon your arrival.  Also, most places accept United States dollars and hotels will normally allow you to exchange your currency in reasonable amounts.

Food Information

  • Recipe

First, here are the ingredients you will need for preparing Banana Nut Bread:

Ingredient

Quantity

Bananas (mashed)

1 ½ cup (3 large)

Eggs (large)

2

Chopped Walnuts (or pecans)

½ cup

Sugar

¾ cup

All-purpose flour

2 cups

Vegetable oil

¾ cup

Baking soda

1 tsp.

Vanilla

2 tsp.

Baking powder

½ tsp.

Salt

½ tsp.

Next, here is a step-by-step guide to preparing Banana Nut Bread:

Step

Action

1

Gather all materials and mixing bowls.

2

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

3

Grease loaf pan (s), (9×5x3 or desired size)

4

Mash bananas in a mixing bowl.

5

Mix in sugar, eggs, and oil and stir until evenly blended.

6

Next stir in the remaining ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder, vanilla, salt, and walnuts) into the mixing bowl.

7

You will stir mixture until all ingredients are dissolved and even throughout.

8

Next pour contents into desired loaf pans and place them on oven racks.

9

Finally, allow loaves to bake for approximately 60-70 minutes.

*adjust time to pan size and oven temperature.

10

Remove loaves from oven and allow them to cool for 10-15 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

  • My Kitchen Story  

I really enjoyed doing this project and learning a great deal about St. Lucia.  Being as St. Lucia’s primary export is bananas, I would say I found this recipe to be very suitable.  Though this was not this first recipe I went with, I am glad that I found this one and chose it instead.  I made St. Lucian Banana nut bread for my dish, and must say that it is very good.  I do not cook that often, but there are a few things that my mom always taught me to do when in the process, and it is a good thing I paid attention.  My friend Bailey and I got everything together and proceeded to make our first (trial) batch.  The recipe says to let the bread cook for 60 to 70 minutes, well I don’t know if I have an extraordinary oven or if the cook time is just over stated.  I set the timer for 45 minutes because it’s always a good idea to set it early and check on it.  We were doing homework and smelt the delicious bread aroma filling the kitchen so we decided to give it a peek.  Surprisingly, after only 35 minutes having gone by the bread was almost ready.  We kept an I eye on it for another 10 minutes and decided that it was ready and took it out and let it cool.  After it cooled we gave it a try and I must say it was delicious! We concluded that it needed a little more sugar and then continued to make the remainder of the batches, and everything went smoothly.  It was a pretty simple recipe and something that is definitely worth repeating, just be prepared to have an hour or so on your hands for the prep time and cooking time!

References

“Saint Lucia.” In (2007). The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia (6th ed.). Pearson Education, publishing as Infoplease. Retrieved fromhttp://www.infoplease.com/ce6/world/A0843105.html

U.S. State Department, Office of Electronic Information, Bureau of Public Affairs. (2011). Background notes: Saint Lucia. Retrieved from Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs website: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/2344.htm

“St. Lucia’s Banana Nut Bread.” (2012). Retrieved fromhttp://www.cooks.com/rec/doc/0,184,157175-249192,00.html

The World Factbook, Central Intelligence Agency. (2002-2012). Central American and the Caribbean: St. Lucia (1553-8133). Retrieved from Online Factbook website: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/st.html

“St. Lucia.” Worldmark Encyclopedia of Nations. (2007). Retrieved March 01, 2012 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G2-2586700171.html

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Contact Information

To contact the author of “A Virtual Tour of Saint Lucia,” please email Samantha-Kyle.Jarreau@selu.edu.

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About the Publisher  


David C. Wyld (dwyld.kwu@gmail.com) is the Robert Maurin Professor of Management at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana. He is a management consultant, researcher/writer, and executive educator. His blog, Wyld About Management, can be viewed at http://wyldaboutmanagement.blogspot.com/. He also serves as the Director of the Reverse Auction Research Center (http://reverseauctionresearch.com/), a hub of research and news in the expanding world of competitive bidding. Dr. Wyld also maintains compilations of his student’s publications regarding:

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I would love to experience the “drive-thru” volcano! Well, walking through it is just as good :) The greenery and wildlife are absolutely spectacular. I love the picture with the two colorful birds. I bed Saint Lucias has some great cultural foods since they grow so many different varieties of fruits and other agricultural products, especially with such fertile volcanic soil. Thanks for some great information!

Christina Read

May 4th, 2012

I love would to visit St. Lucia and see their absolutely beautiful country. I didn’t know St. Lucia was its own country, but being a part of the British Commonwealth makes a lot of sense from a military standpoint. It’s a little sad that they don’t really have any agricultural exports since the Latin American countries took over banana production, but having half their GDP come from tourism makes a lot of sense. I would imagine St. Lucia would care greatly about the environment and look harshly on any business which harmed it due to them needing a pristine country to make money from.

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