I was walking in the super market when I stumbled upon a brand name I was very familiar with in Haiti : “Madame Gougousse”. It’s funny how the little things that you’d pay no mind to in your country suddenly become a hidden treasure that’s found overseas.
Once you spot it, you just want to have a taste of what used to be…
Acassan, an interesting word. All the information I could find on it was from Wikipedia. So, I learned today that Madan Charlotte (a voodoo lwa that so happens to be French and of no African decent) is very fond of Acassan and any creamy/viscous like beverages. Now while researching this, I kind of got carried away reading. I thought it was fun to learn. It really has nothing to do with the Acassan origin (which happens to be from the Tainos indians) but again, it was fun to read:
The spirit of Miss Charlotte came from a French Kreyol woman during colonial times who practiced Vodou and spiritual work. Charlotte is one of the lwa known as the “French Mysteries,” because those possessed by these lwa will speak impeccable French as if it is their birth tongue. This is an interesting characteristic of Charlotte and the spirits called “French Mysteries. Charlotte is a lwa who rarely shows up at Vodou ceremonies, but when she does it is a sight to behold! You could be from another side of the world with your own unique language and suddenly, when Charlotte comes through possession, you’ll be speaking flawless french! Perfect French, as If you grew up speaking it from birth! She is a lwa of European origins although many lwa are African in origin and so is the Vodou faith Itself. Charlotte Is girly, fussy, coquettish and can be demanding, much like Erzulie Freda and she enjoys fancy offerings. She loves those who treat her with a refined and upscale manner. She works with those that she favors and those who achieve her high standards of service, not just with anyone. Her offerings include very fine elegant drinks and foods. Such as cream drinks, liqueurs, and Clairin, a raw rum.
That’s when I remembered that Acassan is actually considered a beverage. Most people would drink it in a cup instead of a bowl. And there you go, cook some Acassan- a creamy and hot beverage considered very fine and elegant
Preparation time: Only 15mns
Serves 4 or more
- 4 cups of water
- 1 cup of water
- 1 cup of Acassan (Yellow Corn Flour)
- Sugar (or refined cane juice) , star anise and cinnamon to taste
- A dash of salt
- A hint of lime zest (grate the skin of a lemon)
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- 1 can of evaporated milk (optional)
- Boil your star anise, lime zest and cinnamon in 4 cups of water for 5 mns
- In a separate bowl, mix your Acassan with 1 cup of cold (or room temperature) water. Add your dash of salt.
- Pour the cold mixture in the boiling water and stir for only 5 mns. Add the vanilla extract.
- Serve warm with milk and sugar ( or refined cane juice) . Each guest adds the quantity of their choice