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)”

Banana beignets

It’s carnival time in Haiti and I don’t know if I should be ashamed to say that I have yet to attend any carnival events over there. My parents were never a big fan of it. So, the most that I would see would be from standing on my grandmother’s balcony watching the ” rara ”Continue reading “Banana beignets”

Spaghetti à l’haïtienne (Haitian spaghetti)

Ok! So I never really understood what people in America love about the way they make spaghetti. I mean, I’ve tried it…ok it’s edible but people! You gotta try something different. Something other than red sauce and cheese. I’ve received several request asking me to share a post on how to make Haitian spaghetti. AndContinue reading “Spaghetti à l’haïtienne (Haitian spaghetti)”

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”

“Pilon”

I know this is long overdue but I’ve finally come up with a logo for my blog. As you can see, I’ve chosen a mortar and pestle as a symbol, which wooden version is often used in Haiti. Every time I see a mortar and pestle , PILON in creole, all I could see orContinue reading ““Pilon””

Mayi moulen ak Epina e Zaboka (Cornmeal with Spinach and Avocado)

I often get reproached for always wearing dark and somber colors like black, grey and blue. I love those colors because they make me feel more mature and they slim me down around the waist a little. Also, I’m not the kind of person who loves attention. What people don’t know is that even though I love somber colors, my foodContinue reading “Mayi moulen ak Epina e Zaboka (Cornmeal with Spinach and Avocado)”

Bonbons au beurre (Butter/Sugar cookies)

These past few days I have been missing home more than anything. It is freezing over here in NY and I miss those warm summer days at grandma’s house, patiently waiting on her to finish baking her “dous kokoye” or “bonbon au beurre” . Today, January 12th 2013 marks 3 years since the earthquake inContinue reading “Bonbons au beurre (Butter/Sugar cookies)”

Homard (Lobster)

Last year (God! It still feels weird saying that), I spent Christmas day in Boston with close friends. I had the pleasure of meeting new people and the ambiance was joyful and warm. We were all Haitians there and we sat most of the night,  reminiscing on the old times back in our country, imaginingContinue reading “Homard (Lobster)”

Griot (Fried/Baked Pork)

I am just now eating my SOUP JOUMOU (squash soup). We Haitians, traditionally eat our soup joumou on the 1st of January. However, because I have been overwhelmed with cooking for the holidays and party hopping, I didn’t really get the chance to drink some Soup joumou. I will post the recipe in a followingContinue reading “Griot (Fried/Baked Pork)”

Beignets au Poulet (Chicken Fritters)

OK! This recipe has been greatly altered by me. I love everything that is rich and fun. And as I’ve seen in my mother’s cookbook,  the “marinade” (also called  “beignets au poulet” in French and ” chicken fritters” in English) recipe is very plain. So I had to fix it a little to my tasteContinue reading “Beignets au Poulet (Chicken Fritters)”