Growing up in Antigua, this was one of my favourite dishes, Ducuna and Saltfish... And I attempted to recreate this childhood love of mine, over the weekend.
I did a quick Google search online to see if there was a recipe for this dish, and to my surprise there were.
The recipe is pretty simple as you can see from the image below. The only main ingredients are Sweet potatoes and Coconut shards.
You can purchase Coconut (unsweetened) already grated in stores... that was the option I resorted to, as Hurricane Maria made coconuts here in Dominica "obsolete".
Combine all ingredients. Adjust seasonings to your desired taste. Traditionally, Ducana is wrapped in banana leaves. If you don’t have banana leaves, use heavy duty foil paper (See image below). A 10×12 piece of foil should work perfectly. Place a scoop of Ducana mixture into the center of the foil and begin to wrap the foil 1/3 of the loose piece at a time to form a secure seal. Add the wrapped Ducana to boiling water to cover and boil for 30-45 minutes. Remove one, carefully open to check if the Ducana is fully cooked.
Blending the Sweet potatoes rather than grating them makes the dumpling much finer and lighter.
Along with our new update: now there's an emoji slider that lets you easily represent your meal with an animated emoji on a sliding scale.
The sliding scale allows user to choose a collection of Food based emojis to add context to what they are posting. The emoji will animate as you drag it up or down the scale, and the one selected (the emoji you settle on) will be added along with your post on submit.
BudgEat's emoji slider is available as part of the latest update for Android. Get it here.
BudgEat aims to redefine the way traditional loyalty programs work and allow food vendors of varying scopes (small-large) to advertise in the most natural way possible; through word-of-mouth.
We get this done through the process of Gamifying, aided by the sharing of meals and trivia; each time a user participates in one of these activities, they earn one instant point *.
Each instant point represents $0.50 and can be cashed in for physical goods or services, from our Partnered Food vendors.
The emphasis on word-of-mouth advertisement is very important to us due to the fact that
“it's one of the most credible forms of advertising because a person puts their reputation on the line every time they make a recommendation and that person has nothing to gain but the appreciation of those who are listening – Entreprenuer.com”
With all the problems surrounding today’s societies, why did we choose mobile loyalty as our main focus? The answer to this is simple. We love the idea of loyalty cards, rewards and getting back from a business which we have created value for.
Most businesses try to give back to its customers in one way or another. Many still follow the traditional route and do this through a loyalty program, however, the way in which loyalty programs have been crafted and manipulated for instant gratification to us is extremely disheartening.
“Now-a-days, we the younger generation, want things fast... Instant....”
A loyalty card which makes a customer wait 20+ punches to gain at the most a free drink, doesn't quit grab our attention or do the trick.
At BudgEat, we have flipped the concept on its head by making your loyalty points worth MORE. Within the BudgEat mobile app, once a customer shares a meal (at any food vendor in your location), they automatically receive a point. After accumulating a set number of points, the customer can then redeem those points for, BudgEat items (Goods) or Services (In the future).
Instant point: Is the definition we've devised for Points allocated to a user from any of our in-app activities, which can be redeemed for Goods or Services in the quickest way possible.