String beans fritters (akra pwa neg/ Accras de pois inconnus)

Yes you read that right!At first when I learned about this appetizer, I frowned :”I’ve never heard of such a thing!” And when I grew up in Haiti, I’ve never encountered it or even tasted it.“What in the world is that!?”String beans fritters! Let’s just experiment with it.  Unlike the popular akra fritters recipe, thisContinue reading “String beans fritters (akra pwa neg/ Accras de pois inconnus)”

Farce tête-de-maure (Edam cheese spread)

The key ingredient to today’s recipe is Edam Cheese or as we, Haitians know it to be, Fromage tête-de-maure. Growing up only paying attention to the phonetics of that word, I really believed that it was spelled “Fromage tête de mort“, which literally means “dead person’s head”. Edam/Holland Cheese from the Netherlands owes its French name toContinue reading “Farce tête-de-maure (Edam cheese spread)”

Lambi Creole (stewed conch)

I am writing these few lines with a smile that stretches to my ears! I’ve missed writing here and it took me a while to come back. (yet again! My sincere apologies). See, this post was written months ago. However, because I have this preference of cooking before I write, I’ve been holding off onContinue reading “Lambi Creole (stewed conch)”

Kassav- Cassava

Cassava is considered an “amuse-gueule” (appetizer) in Haiti. It’s one of those things that are very popular! I’m surprised I’ve never heard of it being served in restaurants. However, 3 out of 5 homes (including Haitian homes abroad) will have cassava in their cupboard. You’ll always find a Haitian family member nibbling on some cassava.Continue reading “Kassav- Cassava”

PAPITA (fried plantains- cut longitudinally)

I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack ! I haven’t stopped cooking. Actually , that’s all I seem to have been doing. I do it so much that I think I might be getting better at my Haitian cooking skills! Well, I’m slowly getting there. Some people that read my posts think that I’m some cordon bleu but please, doContinue reading “PAPITA (fried plantains- cut longitudinally)”

Tablet pistache (Peanut pralines)

  I remember sitting in the backseat of the car next to my little sister, every Sunday mornings after church (well, every other Sunday mornings), heading to the beach. My father and mother in the front , all 4 of us jamming to some good troubadour music. I cherish these memories like no other. ThoseContinue reading “Tablet pistache (Peanut pralines)”

Pain patate (Baked sweet potato pudding)

Mom! That’s how all the nurses and doctors at the hospital were calling me after my delivery. Such a powerful word. Yet, I feel that with that word, the words ” tired, multitasking, doctor, cook, nanny” and more should tag along. I’ve always taken showering and sleeping for granted and now they’re my little dailyContinue reading “Pain patate (Baked sweet potato pudding)”

Accra

Accra is a word used in the Caribbean to define fritters/ beignets. The Accra is a cousin of the marinade ( which is more of a french origin) . Accras are usually mixed with vegetables or mostly with fish. (all well blended into the batter) I love this appetizer. Especially for its half crunchy andContinue reading “Accra”