guava-haiti

Guava, green or ripe?

It’s amazing how big of an impact childhood memories can have on the one who recalls them. Just yesterday, I…

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Marquise a l'Haitienne

Marquise au chocolat à l’haïtienne

It’s been a while since I last shared a recipe with you. To make up for it, today I am…

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riz-haiti

For the love of rice

I will never forget the cafeteria conversations I had with my friends over dinner while in college in the US.…

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quenepes-haiti

Voyage to quenêpes country

Voyage to quenepes country… You are certainly wondering which country I am referring to in the title. This blog is…

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kalbasik-haiti

Kalbasik, sour seeds

Rumor has it that this fruit cannot be open without a door. Throughout my childhood, we enjoyed breaking up these…

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labapin-haiti

Labapin, Caribbean Chestnut?

When I was younger I was a bit obsessed with the idea of keeping my hands clean at all times.…

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peche-haiti

Peach Lakou Lakay

Would you eat a green peach? What if I told you that it is as tasty as a ripe one?…

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carnaval-des-fleurs-haiti

Carnaval des Fleurs

This week, instead of serving you the flavors of our local Haitian cuisine and gastronomy only, I am taking a…

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loquat-haiti

Loquat, homesickness remedy

If I told you that one tiny bite of this fruit was the remedy to my homesickness while abroad would…

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acras-haiti

Accras, Haitian Appetizer

The appetizers pictured above, known as accras, don’t ask for much to disappear on a plate. Don’t fry them quickly…

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tamarin-haiti

Tamarind, sour fruit

Today’s fruit is featured at the top of my list of forbidden fruits from my childhood. Back then we had…

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lambi-grille-haiti

Lambi Grille Recipe

This week was a very hot one. And when the temperature is this high, the sky as blue and sunny…

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mandarine-haiti

Mandarins in summer?

Summer is upon us. And though mandarins are not a summer fruit – the peak of the season is between…

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lakoulakay

Lakou Lakay

Just the other day, I spent a good hour revisiting our garden, something I had neglected to do in a…

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lambi-boucane-haiti

Lambi boucane, seafood bliss

When my best friend from college went on a cruise to the Caribbean for the first time a couple of…

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konparet-haiti

Konparet de Jeremie, Konpareeett…

“Konparet, Konpareeeet” is how we yelled out to draw the attention of our « pratik » from the first floor…

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bonbonsirop-haiti

Bonbon Sirop Recipe

“Goodgood syrup, goodgood syrup…” – I can still hear my dad using those words to refer to this special sweet…

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bonbon-amidon-haiti

Bonbon Amidon Recipe

These melt-in-your-mouth cookies are prepared with amidon (starch), a manioc (yucca) flour. As a child, I loved eating bonbon amidon…

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mayiboukannen-haiti

Mayi boukannen or bouyi? Se la pou la

At my house food vanishes within seconds. And when it comes to mayi boukannen or mayi bouyi, se la pou’w…

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lames-veritables-pesees-haiti

Lames Veritables Pesees

As mentioned in my previous article about Lame Veritable, this fruit has many preparations. Lames Veritables Pesees are my favorite…

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veritab-haiti

Lame Veritable, every child’s nightmare

In Pre-K, all of the children were terrified of a fruit we found on the playground and called “tata boulette.”…

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pimanbouc-haiti

Piment bouc & the red-faced guy

Imagine sitting at a table next to a tomato-red guy whose forehead is dripping with sweat falling in his plate…

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sauce-timalice-haiti

Sauce Ti Malice, a hot sauce

The typical Haitian sauce Ti Malice is served with any fried or grilled meat or seafood. It is a hot…

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cocktailnative-haiti

Cocktail Native, a Haitian cocktail

Cocktail Native is a typical Haitian Cocktail, which gets its particular flavor from clairin, an unrefined rum prepared locally. Since…

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cassave-haiti

Cassava, the most versatile snack

Kasav for breakfast, Kasav as a midday snack, Kasav for lunch, Kasav as a late night snack… Kasav with butter,…

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mesuring

Standard cooking measuring tools?!?

“Add 2 gourdes” of garlic” – these are instructions I recently found in a recent edition of a Haitian cookbook.…

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blanmanje-haiti

Blan Manje, a Coconut Dessert

Blan Manje has to be one of the easiest Haitian desserts I know. I first made it in college for…

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pois-frits-haiti

Fried Beans

Fried beans and how we ruined dad’s Good Friday meal… Tradition in our family has it that there absolutely must…

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pudding-cassave

Cassava Pudding spiked with Rum

I discovered cassava pudding a couple weeks ago and really loved it. I actually combined 2 recipes because the one…

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poissongrossel

Poisson Gros Sel

Poisson Gros Sel, a red snapper cooked in a court-bouillon with coarse salt, is a typical Haitian dish that is…

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Haitian Pestle

Haitian Pilon Rhythm

The staccato rhythm of a Haitian pilon (wooden pestle) in a house is music to my ears. Maybe it’s because…

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fresco-pistach-haiti

A fresco with peanuts

In Haiti, fresco is shaved ice drizzled with a thick and sweet syrup that comes in different flavors. Among these…

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beignets-haiti

Haitian Beignets Recipe

This Haitian beignet recipe is inspired by an experiment my mom did this year. She substituted sugar cane syrup for…

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bananes-pesees-haiti

Bananes Pesees

I got this bananes pesees recipe from an uncle who added his own twist to it. He used to add…

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djondjon-haiti

Banm gratin diri djondjon…

♪♩Diri djondjon, diri djondjon, banm gratin diri djondjon… ♫ (Djondjon rice, djondjon rice, give me gratin from djondjon rice) This is…

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pikliz-haiti

Haitian Pikliz

The Haitian pikliz recipe is a mix of vegetables cut using the julienne method (shredded in long thin strips) spiced…

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fraises-des-bois-haiti

Wild berries ? Berries ? « Rezen » ?

One of the greatest pleasures of mountain life in Haiti is to be able to stop along the way during…

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bananes-pesees-haiti

Des bananes “pesees” ?!?

“Bananes (plantains) pesees?! I thought they were pressees?!” That’s what a French speaker from abroad once told me when I…

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beignets-haiti

Carnival Treats

♪♩Qu’y a-t-il oh, dans la rue oh, je ne peux pas dormir, c’est jour de carnaval chacun va s’amuser,  sauter,…

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