Summer Sangria

This summer feels like it will be a scorcher as it is only mid-June. I like to entertain at my home and I prefer to hosts things in the late afternoon or early evening as the sun shifts to another phase; lifting the oppressive heat so common at this time of year here in Haïti….

Delicious Quick Bread Caribbean Coconut Bake

The smell of fresh bread baking is one which has charmed me as far back as I can remember. I am always awed by the way a few ingredients like flour, shortening, yeast or baking powder and salt can be kneaded and can be baked into bread. For thousands of years in so many cultures,…

The Positives of Growing up in a Culturally Diverse Society

Can you imagine a world where everyone looked as though they were all from the same family, spoke in exactly the same manner and had no differing opinions on any subject? How boring and monotonous would our existence be if we lived in homogeneous societies lacking diversity and individuality. These days it seems like there…

Delicious Chicken Fritter (Haitian Marinade au Poulet)

One of the great pleasures in life is good food. All around the world, people enjoy snacks both sweet and savory. It’s funny how different cultures have similar foods, with maybe a few seasonings which differentiate them. All over the world people eat a form of fried batter basically made of flour and water. The…

Garden Fresh Mint, Fennel and Green Tea Medley

As a tea drinker, I am automatically drawn to all types of teas. I must admit that I prefer a hearty pot of black tea for starting my day, but I also love herbal teas during the day and especially a warm cup in the evening. The weather is beginning to warm up here in…

Haitian Hot Chocolate “Chokola Peyi”

Chocolate has often been referred to as “The food of the Gods.” The Aztecs and Mayas drank a spicy libation made from the cocoa bean during their religious ceremonies and was considered a drink of the elite. Cocoa was a very important commodity in Mesoamerica and was even used as a currency and payment for…

Chia Seed Pudding

Chia seeds are a modern day superfood. Originally grown in South America, chia seeds were prized for their super qualities which were well known to the Aztec and Mayan people. These Mesoamerican people realized early on that chia seeds were a great source of sustainable energy. The long distance runners in the Maya and Aztec…

Magnificent Mango Smoothie

It’s mango season in Haïti and the bounty of fruit is just amazing. So many varieties to choose from, it’s mind boggling sometimes. I received a case of Baptiste mangoes for my birthday from a friend who knows how much I enjoy this particular variety. They are very fragrant as they ripen and the flesh…

The Amazing Power of Lemons and Limes

There are so many awesome flavors which are fresh and exciting but the ones which truly stands out to me are the flavors of lemons and limes. I always keep a good quantity of both of these citrus varieties on hand and store them in my refrigerator cooling drawer as they remain fresher for a…

Fragrant Israeli Couscous and Red Quinoa Salad

I was thinking of what to make for lunch and I had a yearning for something light and fresh. I had gone to the market earlier and had lots of fresh vegetables on hand. I didn’t feel like having an ordinary green salad, and I wanted something a bit more filling with a complex texture….

The Flavors of Haïti

When I got married and moved to Haiti I was introduced to a new culture and cuisine. I realized early on that although Haiti was part of the Caribbean, the culture and food was quite unlike the other neighboring countries. The rich bold flavors of Haitian foods were delicious and I immediately loved the different…