Our Haitian aransò salted smoked herring mousse makes the perfect spread for your favorite crackers or chips. | tchakayiti.com

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Our very own aransò, salted smoked herring mousse

shed tWhat if I started this article with a statement like: cream cheese is a must in any worthy fridge?…

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These oven baked Haitian sweet potato fries are seasoned with salt, pepper and fresh garlic. | tchakayiti.com

Idea Casserole, vegetables

How do you eat your Haitian sweet potatoes?

Keeping the Fall theme going, after serving you six giraumon pumpkin recipes, I have included sweet potatoes on this week’s…

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The best of Fall in this roasted Fall vegetables sheet pan. | tchakayiti.com

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Garlic Roasted Fall Vegetables with thyme

A while ago, we established that I was not a fan of our Haitian soup joumou. It was right around…

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This cheesy mashed giraumon is featured among six of my favorite pumpkin recipes. Discover them on the blog. | Tchakayiti.com

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Six giraumon pumpkin recipes for your Fall Cookbook

Fall flavors, what does that mean on an island that knows no season and on which pumpkins grow year-round? Technically…

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Acassan, this Haitian corn porridge is a local breakfast staple many, except me, enjoy. Read this food story on the blog | tchakayiti.com

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Acassan, a toddler’s worst corn porridge nightmare

3:00pm. The time of the day I have been dreading is here. We’re all summoned by the orange liquid dispenser.…

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There are more than one way to enjoy citrus fruits. Find out some of my favorites here. | tchakayiti.com

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How to make the best of your citrus & a candied fruit recipe

Nothing beats a glass of freshly squeezed handpicked citrus juice in the morning. There’s no denying it. That juice is…

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This potpourri citrus pie is bright, sweet, tart. It is everything your palate wants. And it's easy to prepare. | Tchakayiti.com

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My potpourri citrus pie

A potpourri pie? What kind of pie bears such a name? The kind of pies I create on Tchakayiti while…

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Haitian pate kode are similar to the Hispanic empanadas. These are stuffed with spicy salted smoked herring. | tchakayiti.com

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On Fridays we ate pate kode

Don’t take this title too literally. When I talk about Friday pate kode, I am not actually referring to every…

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These Haitian chicken marinades are well-seasoned beignets infused with chicken flavors and filled with shredded chicken/. They're the perfect appetizer. | tchakayiti.com

appetizer, recipes

Our chicken marinades are not a seasoning mix

A first communion without chicken marinades? Have you lost your mind!! Pa gen komunyon san marinade! (You can’t have a…

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This sour orange curd is sweet yet tart. It makes the perfect cracker topping or pie. | tchakayiti.com

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A sour orange curd does make for a sweet treat

I should have entitled this article “how a sour orange curd helped me through dark times.” But that would be…

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This griot fried pork sandwich is deliciously crunchy and well-balanced in flavors. | tchakayiti.com

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The ultimate Haitian griot pork sandwich

Today, I am proudly serving you my homemade griot fried pork sandwich. I won’t deny it. I am definitely bragging…

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This grilled pineapple avocado salad is packed with wonderful flavors that will awaken your senses. | tchakayiti.com

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Habanero spiced pineapple avocado salad & blackened fish filet

This grilled pineapple avocado salad atop blackened fish was born out of a desire to explore. I was looking to…

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This orange cake is infused with real oranges, an orange buttercream and garnished with candied citrus slices and peel. | tchakayiti.com

recipes, sweets

An orange cake with candied citrus, a birthday baking challenge

There’s an orange confit garnished cake on the blog! Did you read that?! There’s a cake on the blog. That’s…

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This plantain salad is enhanced with homemade vinaigrette and avocados. | tchakayiti.com

recipes, vegetables

Plantain salad, to have or not to have?

What is the point of a plantain salad? I’ve asked this question countless times. I have yet to come up…

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This zanmann jam is prepared with Indian-almonds also known as badamier. It is an unusual jam that is packed with flavors. | tchakayiti.com

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Zanmann jam, an unusual Indian-almond jam

One afternoon, a few moons ago, I came across a rather unusual dish being prepped in our kitchen. My mother…

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These pancakes are topped with a delightfully spicy mango chutney. A must try. | tchakayiti.com

recipes, sweets

A spicy mango chutney or how to keep summer in a jar

A spicy mango chutney…wait, what? Mango again?!? You must be wondering where my creativity has gone this summer. I mean…

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This Haitian style shrimp and grits is drowned in a velvety wine and tomato sauce. It is divine. | tchakayiti.com

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Creamy wine and tomato infused shrimp and grits

Today’s shrimp and grits is unlike anything you’ve had before. I must warn you, however. It is not quite your…

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This homegrown plum is from our backyard in Haiti. | tchakayiti.com

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The stingy plum tree

I first published this plum article four years ago on August 6, 2015. The 2019 update includes a few text…

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Maïs à la bonne femme, a cheesy polenta casserole, the perfect one-pot dinner. | tchakayiti.com

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Maïs à la bonne femme, a cheesy Haitian-style polenta casserole

Maïs à la bonne femme. It took me years to get used to this cheesy polenta casserole. I was never…

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Haitian cassava bread are among the most versatile snacks | tchakayiti.com

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Six ways to eat our Haitian cassava bread

Ever wondered what to make with a batch of cassava bread? What if I told you the possibilities were endless?…

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Known as blan manje in Haiti, this cold dessert is filled with coconut flavors and sweet spices. It is a quick one pot recipe everyone will love. | tchakayiti.com

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Blan Manje, a Coconut Dessert

We call this dessert blan manje. Commit those words to memory, even if this is not your language. Why? Because…

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This ginger mango lobster salad is vibrant, spicy and hot just like summer. The best and easiest summer salad you'll ever prepare. | tchakayiti.com

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A spicy ginger mango lobster salad

The best dishes are the ones we create accidentally. The ones we prepare on a whim. This ginger mango grilled…

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What makes this limeade special? it is blended with the whole fruit! Makes for one delicious drink. | tchakayiti.com

drinks, fruits, recipes

An unusual summer limeade

If I told you to prepare a limeade by blending the entire fruit, would you do it? Let me guess,…

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These ginger pineapple chicken kabobs are amazingly easy to make. There's some ginger and habanero pepper added to kick things up a notch. | tchakayiti.com

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Pineapple chicken kabobs with ginger and habanero pepper

Summer is here. And with it has come the most perfect weather with beautifully sunny skies.  The kind that make…

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In Haiti, we call our shaved ice fresco to which we sometimes add peanuts. | tchakayiti.com

recipes, sweets

A Haitian fresco with peanuts

Forewarning: Today, there won’t be an actual recipe with this article. I will tell you which fresco flavor is my…

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This summer fruit salad is so refreshing. Packed with flavors of watermelon, cantaloupe and pineapple, it is the perfect cool treat. | tchakayiti.com

fruits, recipes

Summer in a fruit salad

At first, I wanted to name this article the deconstructed fruit bowl. Instead of a fruit cup, I was planning…

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This mango sorbet is the perfect cold summer treat. And it's easy and simple to make. | tchakayiti.com

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Mango sorbet with a hint of lime and mint

Summer has just begun. Yet, the temperatures are already to the roof. We’re feeling it in our mountain location. And…

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This fermented pineapple peel drink is a refreshing summer drink you want to add to your repertoire. It only requires two ingredients. | tchakayiti.com

drinks, recipes

Goudrin, a pineapple beverage

 ieWhat if I told you that for some the pineapple peel is just as important, if not more important, than…

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These caramelized banana waffles are a delight. The caramelized bananas are flambeed using dark Haitian a rum. | tchakayiti.com

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Caramelized banana waffles with a hint of rum

What happens when this Haitian girl prepares caramelized banana waffles? Well, she adds her own twist to the batter, of…

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This sumptuous peach jam is prepared with Haitian grown peaches. A delightful recipe to add to your collection. | tchakayiti.com

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A sumptuous peach jam

What do you do when you have too many peaches? Why, you make a homemade peach jam of course! And…

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These spicy grilled octopus are served with a hot lime sauce. | tchakayiti.com

recipes, seafood

Spicy lemony grilled octopus

It took me years to acquire a taste for octopus. 33 long years to be exact. I was about nine…

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This fried shrimp recipe is an attempt to replicate the ones I grew up eating from a street merchant in Haiti. They were a pure delight. | tchakayiti.com

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Spicy fried shrimp & a trip back in time

Today, we’re taking a trip back in time. We’re once more off to school.  Worry not, we won’t spend any…

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These sour tamarind wings are juicy, sticky, sweet, sour, tangy, they're perfect. You should give them a try. | tchakayiti.com

Idea Casserole, meat, recipes

Sticky Caramelized Haitian style sour tamarind wings

I am not a fan of chicken wings. Fact. Chicken wings are messy, especially with a caramelized sauce. Fact. I…

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These made from scratch tamarind popsicles use the actual fruit. They're a breeze to make and will freshen up your hot summer days. | tchakayiti.com

fruits, recipes, sweets

Tamarind popsicles, a refreshing summer treat

The 12:00pm bells are ringing. It’s Friday. School is officially out. A swarm of bees in blue uniform gathers around…

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This spicy mango salsa is a must in your culinary repertoire. | tchakayiti.com

appetizer, fruits, Idea Casserole, recipes

A spicy mango salsa

Mango salsa and painting. What do those two have in common? A lot. In my world at least. Both mango…

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Breadfruit, aka lam veritab in Haiti, is a versatile fruit. We eat it boiled, fried, pureed, as croquettes and so much more. Find out about it on the blog. | tchakayiti.com

culture, fruits

Lam Veritab, every child’s nightmare

In Pre-K, all of the children were terrified of a fruit we found on the playground. We had baptized it…

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These breadfruit taco shells are crispy, crunchy and a great substitute for the traditional crispy corn taco. Plus they're easy to make. | tchakayiti.com

Idea Casserole, Tips & Tricks

How to make breadfruit taco shells

You’re probably wondering why in the world I am making taco shells. That dish is unrelated to the Haitian cuisine.…

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This Haitian style salt-cured pork and shrimp paella is packed with amazing flavors and enhanced with our famous local mushroom, djdondjon. A must try. | tchakayiti.com

cereales, grains, Idea Casserole, meat, recipes, seafood

Haitian-style salt-cured pork and shrimp paella with djondjon

On the menu today, my Haitian-style salt-cured pork and shrimp paella. Did that flavor combination just make you grimace? If…

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Poisson Gros Sel, a red snapper cooked in a court-bouillon with coarse salt, is a typical Haitian dish that is quite easy to make. Grab the recipe now. | tchakayiti.com

Idea Casserole, recipes, seafood

Haitian poisson gros sel my way, two ways

Raise your hand if you’ve accidentally cooked fish before without scaling it! Yes, I just raised my hand. You read…

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Salade russe is a mixture of potatoes, carrots and beets that are smothered in mayo. A simple and easy salad. | tchakayiti.com

recipes, side, vegetables

Haitian Salade Russe à la Tchakayiti

Good Friday is knocking at our door. And I cannot wait for the traditional Haitian meal we prepare on that…

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Djondjon is a Haitian wild mushroom that we use to flavor and color rice, polenta and meats. | tchakayiti.com

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Banm graten diri djondjon…a Haitian wild mushroom story

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

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This risotto stlye pumpkin giraumon millet is easy to make and brings those grains to another level. Grab the recipe on the blog. | tchakayiti.com

cereales, grains, Idea Casserole, recipes

Pitimi pumpkin risotto style

I feel like I should start this article with an apology. Last week, I promised you a risotto-style djondjon pitimi.…

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Pois frits, fried beans are a Good Friday tradition in some Haitian families. It actually makes for quite a delightful side. | tchakayiti.com

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Fried beans & how we ruined dad’s Good Friday meal…

According to my dad, as far as he can remember, fried beans were always part of Good Friday’s menu. My…

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Pitimi makes a deliciously light and fluffy tabbouleh style millet salad. I encourage you to try this easy recipe. | tchakayiti.com

grains, Idea Casserole, recipes

Millet salad, a new way to eat Haitian pitimi

Have you ever bitten into microscopic rocks while eating millet without meaning to? Is their crackling sound something you’re familiar…

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Tchaka is a traditional Haitian red beans and corn casserole enhanced with smoked salt-cured pork meat. | tchakayiti.com

grains, recipes

Tchaka, a family tradition

Pretend today is Saturday. Now dim the lights. Better yet, light a tèt gridap in a room featuring a straw…

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Salt-cured pork meat, the secret ingredient behind many Haitian dishes, is actually easy to make. All you need is coarse salt and meat, and a tight container. | tchakayiti

condiments, meat, recipes

How to prepare and enhance dishes with salt-cured pork meat

Dear salt-cured pork, how did it take me so long to fall in love with your bold flavors?   Yes,…

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This is my personal take on the traditional Haitian beignets. I have stuffed them which is quite unusual. You should definitely give them a try. | tchakayiti.com

Creole Kitchens, Idea Casserole, recipes, sweets

Creole Kitchens Mardi-Gras Edition: a beignets cook-off

“I really should have named this article: How a beignets cook-off convinced me that I am not destined to be…

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Haitian beignets are a Mardi-Gras tradition in Haiti. We prepare them with extremely ripe mashed bananas infused with sweets spices and vanilla. They're a must try. | tchakayiti.com

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Street-style Haitian beignets, Carnival Treats

This article was first published on February 26, 2014. I have updated it with an improved recipe. ♪♩Qu’y a-t-il oh,…

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Made using the fruit's peel, this sour orange marmelade has just the right balance of bitterness and sweetness. It is the perfect complement to a peanut butter sandwich. A must try! | tchakayiti.com

condiments, fruits, recipes, sweets

Would you try a sour orange marmelade?

Got an excessively fruitful sour orange tree? Why not make a sour orange marmelade!? We have two sour orange trees…

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This unusual dessert is made of layers of flattened rum infused Haitian chocolate truffles and a sweet sour orange custard. A true delight for your tastebuds. | tchakayiti.com

Idea Casserole, recipes, sweets

Rum infused layered Haitian chocolate truffles dessert

Today, in honor of Valentine’s Day, I am revisiting our chokola peyi. I am serving you layers of flattened chocolate…

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culture, sweets

From cocoa to Haitian chocolate balls

I initially published this Haitian chocolate article on November 12, 2014. Today, I have updated it with new improved pictures. …

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A recipe for a creamy mirliton soup or chayote soup enhanced with flavors of shrimp and crab. | tchakayiti.com

Creole Kitchens, Idea Casserole, recipes

Creole Kitchens cook-off and a mirliton soup

The mirliton soup recipe below is part of a food challenge. I created it in hopes of showcasing this vegetable…

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This zesty crab salad makes for a great appetizer. You can also use it enhance your soups. | tchakyiti.com

appetizer, Idea Casserole, recipes, seafood

My not-so-Haitian crab salad

A zesty chipotle crab salad on a food blog devoted to Haitian cuisine?!? I can imagine your shock at seeing…

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Cassava chips are an easy gluten-free snack you will love. | tchakayiti.com

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Haitian Cassava Chips

Our Haitian cassava chips are the perfect easy “healthy” homemade go to snack in my opinion. They’re a great bread…

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Hummus with a twist. This Caribbean hummus is made with breadnuts in lieu of garbanzo beans. A silky smooth recipe you'll want to try. | tchakayitii.com

appetizer, Idea Casserole, recipes

A Caribbean chestnut hummus recipe

Every year, we host the family at Christmas. To mix things up a bit, my mom and I always try…

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Lapabin, Caribbean Chestnuts or breadnuts are perfect eaten boiled in salty water, in garlic butter, roaster or into a hummus. | tchakayiti.com

fruits, salted

Labapin, Caribbean Chestnut?

Lapabin in Haiti, Caribbean Chestnuts elsewhere, but truly Breadnuts in English… When I was younger I was a bit obsessed…

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This cheese spread is made using bold Edam cheese, Tête de Maure in Haiti. | tchakayiti.com

appetizer, condiments, recipes

A cheese spread and childhood memories

This morning, I woke up with cheese spread and kids birthday parties from my childhood on my mind. Truth be…

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These Haitian cheese sticks require 3 ingredients: butter, cheese, flour. A great baking lesson for young kids. | tchakayiti.com

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Haitian cheese sticks: my very first baking lesson

Haitian cheese sticks are probably the very first pastry I ever baked. I was about eight or nine when I…

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This smoked salted herring salad known as chiquetaille de hareng is the perfect quick appetizer. | tchakayiti.com

appetizer, recipes, seafood

Herring Chiquetaille

For lack of an accurate translation, I use the name “chiquetaille de hareng” throughout this article to refer to this…

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Tips & Tricks

How we use Tête de Maure (aged Edam) in our cuisine

Tête de Maure (aged Edam), the very Haitian Dutch cheese. Haitian Dutch cheese, I think this appellation suits this aged Edam,…

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A delicious traditional Haitian onion pie for every single onion lover out there. | tchakayiti.com

recipes, salted, side

An onion hater & an onion pie

On the menu today, a young girl, a grown woman and a traditional onion pie recipe. It’s Christmas Eve. The…

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Haitian douce can be compared to fudge. This douce kokoye, coconut fudge, is a pure delight. A must try. | tchakayiti.com

recipes, sweets

Douce kokoye, Haitian coconut fudge

Foreign readers, think of douce kokoye as a Haitian-style coconut fudge bold in flavor. What happens when you’re stuck at…

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This Haitian sweet potato pudding recipe, aka pain patate is the only recipe you'll ever need. | tchakayiti.com

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Haitian pain patate (sweet potato pudding) recipe

Pain patate in French, pen patat in Haitian Creole, petit pain pa’ as a term of endearment…sweet potato pudding in…

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Sour oranges, key ingredient in Haiti's cooking. | tchakayiti.com

Tips & Tricks

Sour oranges, how to use them

Zoranj su: sour oranges also known as bitter oranges in English, key ingredient in Haiti’s cuisine. The high acidity of…

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This bonbon sirop recipe is packed with sweet spices and molasses. Its composition is really close to a gingerbread cake. A must try. | tchakayiti.com

recipes, sweets

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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These Haitian sweet potatoes are oven-roasted, mashed and reduced to a puree topped with prepared cod. | tchakayiti.com

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Haitian style baked sweet potatoes

Today’s recipe features our local sweet potatoes, which I have oven-roasted, mashed and reduced to a puree topped with prepared…

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Follow this quick trick to enhance your shallots' purple color. | tchakayiti.com

condiments, Tips & Tricks

How to brighten your shallots

Today, I am launching new “Tips & Tricks” section on the food blog with this quick trick to brighten your…

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This dried salted codfish recipe is one of the quickest and easiest way to eat it this fish. It only requires fresh ingredients. | tchakayiti.com

appetizer, recipes, seafood

Haitian dried salted codfish in oil

In Haiti, codfish is about as popular as salted smoked herring. Our repertoire of recipes is quite rich. It includes…

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You'll love this spicy grilled shrimp sandwich with caramelized bacon and a spicy rum glaze. | thcakayiti.com

recipes, seafood

Spicy grilled shrimp sandwich with caramelized bacon

The spicy grilled shrimp sandwich finally comes together! It’s my adaptation of a New Orleans shrimp po’boy. I always loved…

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This spicy orange rum glaze works well with both meat and seafood. A must have in your kitchen. | tchakayiti.com

condiments, recipes, side

The “everything” spicy orange rum glaze

World Food Championship Po’Boy sandwich Part 2: Spicy Orange Rum Glaze Remember how I promised to share my first World…

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This spicy garlic grilled shrimp recipe includes a splash of rum. They'll keep you begging for more. | tchakayiti.com

recipes, seafood

Spicy garlic grilled shrimp with a splash of rum

A year ago, on October 12, 2017 to be exact, I was excitingly telling you about my qualification for the…

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Delectable Haitian giraumon, pumpkin fries | tchakayiti.com

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My first attempt at Haitian pumpkin fries

Yes, another giraumon post. Twice in one week! I must be fond of that squash! If you’ve read my previous…

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A savory Haitian joumou pumpkin pie that is easy to prepare and flavorful. Plus it only calls for a few pantry ingredient and your favorite cheese. | tchakayiti.com

recipes, salted, side

A savory Haitian pumpkin pie

Joumou in Haitian Creole, Giraumon in French, English translation of our Haiti pumpkin to be determined. I have yet to figure…

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A sour orange infused hot pepper sauce recipe from Haiti | tchakayiti.com

condiments, recipes

Sour orange infused hot pepper sauce

I should probably start this hot pepper sauce article with an apology. Perhaps, I should apologize to the person who…

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Idea Casserole, recipes

One weekend, four yuca recipes

Yuca, tapioca, manioc in French, manyòk in Creole, cassava elsewhere… Boiled yuca, mashed yuca, yuca garnished with cheese, yuca fries…

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Aranso Smoked Herring Haiti

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Aransò, smoked herring recipe

An impromptu olfactory visit of a neighbor’s kitchen while he’s cooking mayi ak aransò. A smoked herring mousse. Cold polenta…

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Haitian Mango Cocktail

cocktail, recipes

Want a mango cocktail?

Remember those mangos that attacked us daily one summer at the office? And how we had decided to take our…

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recipes

Vinaigrette for those artichokes

Vinaigrette…a word you’ll rarely hear in Haiti, if ever. “Sauce de salade” (salad dressing) is more commonly used. Why share…

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artichoke-haiti-artichaut

fruits, vegetables

Artichoke battles

It’s Sunday. The table is set. Alongside each place setting are brown ramequins. Their sight brings a smile to a…

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appetizer, recipes

Haitian mayi moulen bites, a new way to eat polenta

I am not typically fond of cold mayi moulen (Haitian cornmeal). I actually strongly dislike it. Yet, here I am…

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pomme grenade haiti pomegranate

fruits

Pomegranate

Today, we’re going back in time to a Sunday morning 20 something years ago. It’s about 9 or 10 am.…

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recipes

Djondjon polenta bites & a food contest

“Prepare a locally inspired dish. Post it on Facebook with a mouth-watering picture. Include recipe instructions and you’re set. You…

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fish

A flying shoal of dried fish

You’re driving on an empty road outside of town. From afar you spot something fishy dangling in the air…Do you…

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culture, meat

Our homemade pork feast

A couple of weeks ago we received a phone call. The day had finally come. A piglet had been bought.…

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Haitian mango ice cream

recipes, sweets

Silky-smooth mango ice cream

Yes, you read right! The ice cream recipes on this blog keep getting more interesting year after year! Just last…

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fruits, recipes

Veritab boukannen, “véritable obsession”

Today, we’re taking a road trip outside of Port-au-Prince. Our destination? Jacmel, a city located in the South East of…

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culture

Endless Haitian family dinners

As I look back to the above table, I cannot help but smile at the memories of that unforgettable 30th…

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recipes, seafood

Shrimp marinades next door

Remember that I told you about how, without wanting to, I often inadvertently take a peak into a neighbor’s kitchen…

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culture, meat

A girl discovers bouyon tèt kabrit

A starry night…a makeshift candlelit plywood table… a simmering pot of bouyon tèt kabrit…pink and orange-colored candle balls…loud laughter…joyful conversations……

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These strawberries are straight from our garden in Haiti. They're tiny but packed with flavors. | tchakayiti.com

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Strawberries turn us into birds

Have I introduced you to the human version of birds that steal strawberries? I have certainly told you countless times…

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culture

My grandmother, Haitian cordon bleu

Yesterday, during an escape to the hills of Furcy, I stumbled upon this wild flower in the middle of a…

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recipes, seafood

A leftover seafood bisque

What do you do when you have tons of leftover seafood in your fridge? If you’re Haitian, you definitely mix…

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Orange Tree Haiti

inspirational, lakou lakay

A life lesson from an orange tree

Last Sunday morning, after a long hiatus, I decided to take a walk through our property in search for inspiration.…

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sweets

Tablèt pistach, gooey beach treat

Imagine yourself on the road back to Port-au-Prince from a great day at the beach. The mountain is on one…

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fruits

Haitian mango blan etiquette

It’s 5 o’clock. I am getting home from work. Upon my arrival, I am greeted with numerous questions. My mom…

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fruits, lakou lakay

An apple tree in Haiti?

Two years ago, I was marveling at the beauty of perusing through our at-home garden. Yesterday, after work, I took…

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A mango kòn….avalanche

Imagine being absorbed in your work when suddenly: po’w, po’w, po’w…an avalanche of mango kòn makes you jump out of…

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ti bonm haiti peppermint

aromatic herbs

Ti bonm, aromatic herb

Itchy throat? Runny nose? Nothing some freshly brewed te ti bonm (ti bonm tea) won’t cure! At least that’s what…

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vegetables

Lalo, unappealing yet tasty

A couple of weeks ago, I had the chance to finally enjoy the savory dish pictured above thanks to an…

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fruits, lakou lakay

Our rezen are actually mulberries

Dear readers, I am back. Yes, finally. I apologize for my long absence. This month marks two years since I…

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culture, recipes, vegetables

Cabbage, mèchi & 7 cooks

– Should we cook the rice and meat first? – The recipe says not to cook them, but you know…

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Boudin noir à l'haïtienne

appetizer, culture, meat

Butcher’s shop & boudin noir

Growing up, there was nothing I hated more than our bi-weekly visits to the butcher. Every Tuesday and Friday, on…

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snack, sweets

Poud damou, a coconut favorite

Imagine yourself discovering a snack called poud damou, powder of love, on a playground when you were 8 or 10…

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culture, grains

Shelling congo beans

“Rale ti chèz ba’w, vinn kale pwa” (Grab a low straw chair, and come peel some congo beans). These are…

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recipes, sweets

Got (coconut) milk?

After sharing four coconut milk based recipes that include our famous blan manje, Haitian goodies known as dous kokoye, Haiti’s…

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culture

Haitian cooking, a labor of love…

It just dawned on me that for the past 18 months I have told you about the aromas, smells and…

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fruits

The itchy grape punishment

I love that this blog earns me food gifts from friends and family especially since most of them are usually…

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culture, fruits, vegetables

A day at the market

This brave woman carrying her fresh harvest downhill is not an unusual sighting in the mountains of Haiti. Women like…

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grains, recipes

How do you cook your rice?

Yes, you read right. Rice is once again featured on this blog. You didn’t really think I would leave you…

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condiments, grains, recipes

Sòs pwa, Haitian bean sauce

My grandmother’s dining table on a weeknight, eight regulars, a bowl being passed from one set of hands to the…

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fruits

Granadilla or grenadia sucrée?

What do you do when you come across a fruit from your childhood and want to try and figure out…

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recipes, sweets

One pot coconut ice cream

A few weeks ago, I decided to finally give in to what I had been longing to do all summer…

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fruits

Zanmann, tropical almond

There are two great things about the above-featured fruit: nothing beats a nap under its tree’s branches, and they make…

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grains

Mayi Boukannen the right way

As you may already know from reading my mayi boukannen or bouyi article, growing up, there was nothing quite as…

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culture

A peak into the neighbor’s kitchen

As I emerged out of bed later than usual this morning, the aromas of a meal being prepped pleasantly greeted…

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culture, vegetables

A cabbage plantation

The other day, as I ventured outside into the far corners of our backyard, I couldn’t hide my surprise at…

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recipes, sweets

Douce Kokoye, Coconut Recipe

These chewy looking chunks of goodness are not brownies. They are homemade melt-in-your mouth coconut milk and sugar bites by…

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fruits, recipes, sweets

Haitian Apricot Jam

Yes, you are reading right. Caribbean apricots are back on this blog, and it’s only been two weeks since this…

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grains

For the love of “graten”

A child sneaks into a kitchen, lifts a lid that’s covering a simmering pot of rice and pours some oil…

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fruits

Caribbean Apricot, unlike any other

A small square bowl with a red lid, a pack of my favorite salted crackers; a staircase, small talk punctuated…

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snack, sweets

Chanm chanm

These days I am definitely going back in time. There’s no doubt about it. After my salted plastic bags filled…

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These Haitian plantain chips, known as papita, are crispy and salty. The perfect snack. | tchakayiti.com

salted, snack

Papita, gou lari a

Heat, school, salt, excitement…such are the memories that come to mind as I look at the above pictured papita snack…

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fruits

Endless mango…

Mango kòn, mango fransik, mango tòtòt…mango kanèl, mango muska, mango baptiste, mango blan…. If you haven’t guessed it yet, it’s…

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lakou lakay

Plantains, full of life

“Renmen sa ki soti nan lakou lakay nou!” (love what comes from your backyard) – such was a song my…

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culture

Embracing life in the mountains

Look at this picture. Imagine crops lining up to infinity on each of those mountainsides… Think of cabbage or potato…

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vegetables

My first watercress swim

Yes, you read right! I swam with watercress this past weekend. We had gone exploring in Saut d’Eau, north of…

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meat, recipes, seafood, vegetables

Haitian Touffe Legume

….or how to start eating vegetables Carrot, cabbage, mirliton, eggplant, green beans…how do you get someone who hates vegetables to…

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fruits

Coconut, sun & beach

As I stare at the above picture of the remnants of one of our wonderful days at the beach here…

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seafood

Fresh raw oysters on a beach

“Sluuuuurrrppppp!” That is the sound of dozens of oysters being eaten on a beach on Haiti’s Côtes des Arcadins (coastal…

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culture, lakou lakay

Behind the scenes: coffee cherries

« I feel like I am in an amusement park » are the words a friend from Europe uttered as…

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appetizer

Pig Head Salad

Who would have thought that just one appetizer plate could be the life of a party? Well I sure didn’t…

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recipes, sweets

Banana Beignets

In exactly ten days, it will be Carnaval here in Haiti. Dance, music and mostly letting go of the daily…

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fruits, lakou lakay

Happiness in a glass of fruit

Would you have ever thought to look for happiness in a simple glass of juice? We often speak of happiness…

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Galette des Rois Frangipane, a tradition in many Haitian families to celebrate Epiphany | tchakayiti.com

culture

Galette des Rois

You are reading a Queen today, well a temporary Queen that is. I found the fève (bean) in our Galette…

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appetizer, culture, seafood

Our Haitian Christmas Dinner

When we were kids, there was nothing we loved more than Christmas and the day after Christmas. As is the…

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drinks, recipes

Cremas, coconut Holiday drink

As I commit these words to paper at 7:00 in the morning, I can’t help but think of the fact…

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drinks

Tranpe, macerated drink

Bottles of all shapes, sizes and colors are often lined up on shelves as part of the décor in many…

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fruits

Sugarcane, cold remedy?

“Depi gòj mwen kòmanse gratem, mwen manje on mòso kann” (I eat sugarcane at the first signs of a sore…

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fruits, lakou lakay

Grenadia, Passion fruit

A few years ago, to my grand dismay, dad introduced the passion fruit tree, a fruit tree I was not…

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culture

Cattle, meat & giblets

The sight of this plate at a family gathering, a few weeks ago, brought back many childhood memories. Before I…

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salted, snack

Where peanuts come from

This past weekend, I stepped away from my mountain retreat of Fort-Jacques and headed towards the Center of Haiti to…

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fruits

Let’s go pick cherries

When we were younger, we often hung out among cousins at the same house that had become our pied-à-terre. One…

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culture, recipes

Gou Epis Lakay

Just last week, I attended Haiti’s first Pork Festival. As the name implies, pork was the main ingredient on the…

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sweets

A douce escape

This plate brings back souvenirs of brown bags that dad would bring us home from downtown when he went to…

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fruits, lakou lakay, recipes

My frustration with an avocado tree

As many of you know, it’s avocado season practically everywhere around the globe. Here in Haiti, the season is at…

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fruits, lakou lakay

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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recipes, sweets

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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grains

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, quenette in French, aka Spanish Lime are in peak season in August. | tchakayiti.com

fruits

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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fruits

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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Those peaches are all from our backyard in Haiti. | tchakayiti.com

fruits, lakou lakay

Homegrown peaches from our backyard

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

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culture

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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fruits, lakou lakay

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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appetizer, recipes

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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fruits

Tamarind, sour fruit

Today’s fruit is featured at the top of my list of fruits that got us in trouble throughout my childhood.…

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recipes, seafood

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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fruits, lakou lakay

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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lakou lakay

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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seafood

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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sweets

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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recipes

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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grains

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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These pressed veritab aka breadfruit tostones make a great snack, appetizer or side dish. Eat them with a spicy slaw, or simply with salt sprinkled on top. | tchakayiti.com

salted, side, Tips & Tricks

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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condiments

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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condiments, recipes

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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Uncategorized

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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snack

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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Uncategorized

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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recipes, sweets

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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Haitian Pestle

utensils

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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recipes, sweets

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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recipes

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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condiments, recipes

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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fruits

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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salted

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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