Smoked Herring Chiquetaille Haitian Style

A breakfast plate of chiquetaille d’hareng or smoked herring and avocado with cassava bread, artisanal crackers and baguette. I am a firm believer of always having pantry staples on hand. You never know when you need to whip up a little something at a moment’s notice. It’s always a good idea to also have a…

Chia Coconut Pudding Delight

In recent years, there has been quite an interest in chia. One would think that this is a new food discovery. In fact, the chia seed has been appreciated and cultivated for hundreds of years in Central America. It’s virtues have been recognized and favored by the ancient Maya’s and Aztecs as a superfood. The…

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,…

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…