My community has a small but growing Caribbean population, mostly from Jamaica. There are a couple of good Jamaican storefront restaurants now which sell good meat patties and such.
The other day I sampled something new to me at one of these establishments; the dish was called Cow Cod Soup, and I’d never heard of it. It was quite good–a rich and spicy broth with potatoes, carrots, and something squashlike, along with some chunks of very fatty meat that I didn’t much like. The owner was either unable or unwilling to tell me why it was called Cow Cod, or what the word “cod” referred to.
I googled the expression and found only a little bit about it: that the soup is a delicacy, that it is often eaten before Jamaican men play, um “vigorous sports,” and that it cures impotence (funny; I didn’t notice any immediate changes ). Oh, and a suggestion that it comes from something called a “cow’s cod,” which sounds ominous.
Anyway–if anyone has more expertise on Jamaican cookery or cow’s cods than I, I’d love a better idea of what I’m eating…Thanks!