Saltfish & Provisions

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Appears in
Sweet Hands: Island Cooking from Trinidad and Tobago

By Ramin Ganeshram

Published 2018

  • About

Ground provisions, or simply “provision,” refers to the tubers and starchy vegetables that were given to enslaved people and indentured laborers working on the estates as the main part of their food rations. It remains an incredibly popular staple, much like potatoes in America or Ireland.


  • 1 pound boneless salt cod
  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 medium


  1. Soak the salt cod in cold water for 5 minutes. Drain, add fresh cold water and soak again for 5 minutes. Drain again, add fresh cold water and then soak for 1 hour. Drain and shred finely.
  2. While the cod is soaking, bring 4 cups of water to a boil with the salt. Add the ya