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)”

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)”

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”

Acassan

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 toContinue reading “Acassan”

Soup joumou (Squash soup)

Normally/ Usually , soup joumou is served/prepared on January 1st. It’s a historical tribute to our declared Independence on January 1st, 1804. The newly freed slaves consumed it because such meal was forbidden them by their former French masters. Some Haitians also believe that the richness of the soup with all its vegetables and ingredients symbolizes theContinue reading “Soup joumou (Squash soup)”

TomTom ak Kalalou (Breadfruit with Okra)

Tom tom ak Kalalou Gombo In English : Breadruit with Okra. I used to laugh hysterically at this name “Lam veritab” . It sounded purposely senseless. “The true soul” ? That’s its literal meaning. That’s a weird name for a tree. I can’t quite find the precise words to describe how this word sounded toContinue reading “TomTom ak Kalalou (Breadfruit with Okra)”

Zanmann – Tropical Almond

I remember spending endless hours sitting in the backyard, after collecting several ZANMANNs (Tropical Almonds) that I would shamelessly enjoy,  from the tree that my father had planted there. The tree’s latin name is actually Terminalia catappa whose origin is of India. No matter how hard I would try to describe the fruit to some of myContinue reading “Zanmann – Tropical Almond”