With Haiti being in the forefront of our thoughts this week, this might be a good opportunity for us to focus on Haitian cuisine.
Haiti’s native food culture has been inspired by a number of different cooking styles. The boldness of African cuisine, combined with the gentle refinement of French gastronomy is harmoniously blended with elements of Hispanic ingredients and spices to produce delightfully flavorful dishes. With ample supplies of seafood and tropical fruits native to the area, Haitian food is a real treat.
If you’ve never had the opportunity to taste or prepare Haitian food, this is a good time to experience the exciting flavors that are possible with very accessible ingredients. Here are some of FriendsEat favorite Haitian recipes.
Haitian Coleslaw – This tangy coleslaw, with its distinct flavors, may be served cold or at room temperature.
Caribbean Pumpkin and Black Bean Soup – This nutrient-dense soup is filling and flavorful, especially when garnished with a bit of cilantro.
Fried Plantains – This basic recipe can be seasoned with your own favorite spices, making it a perfect accompaniment to any meal.
Caribbean Rice and Beans – Turmeric, balsamic vinegar and cayenne give this dish a sweet and spicy zing. It’s filling and flavorful and an island favorite.
Coconut Curry Sauce – This sweet and tangy grilling sauce works well for both chicken and fish.
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To help Haitian earthquake relief efforts, contact the following organizations:
The American Red Cross – Text “Haiti” to 90999 to donate $10 (billed to your phone)