To our Haitian cuisine blog. This site is all about Haitian food, Haitian recipes, culinary culture and ressources as it pertains to learning how to cook Haitian food, lifestyle, entertainment and accessing ressources available in the United States, Haiti and the rest of the world about Haitian food and culture.
Haiti is one of the two countries in Latin-America which does not speak Spanish. Just like Brazil, Haitian cuisine is a land of culinary delights it is as rich and diverse as its people and history. Although the basics are the same but the cooking styles varies from one region to the next to offer their own distinct flavor. For example, the northern region adds cashew nuts in its cooking while the southern region adds coconut milk and the central region dry fish predominate. Haitian cuisine is a mixture of African, Native Indians, French and Spanish which enables it to have a unique flavor and aromas while maintaining known flavors.
Giving the bounty of the New World, Haitian cooking is composed of exotic fruit, vegetables such as yam. sweet potato, chayote, Spices and herbs are use carefully. Savory dishes ranges from Tyaka a stew that resemble Cachupa from Cape Verde, Tom-tom like West African Foutou, Riz a Djon Djon a blacken rice by Mushroom which is like Paella Negra from Spain to mouth watering gratins from our French legacy. However, dessert is almost entirely French. We welcome you to explore our site and hope that you'll be able to cook a Haitian meal for your family in a short span of time.
Dinner in Haiti is eaten around noon up until 4pm which is considered very late. The Haitian plate looks something like this: rice, corn, millet or bulgur wheat is always serve either mixed with beans or peas or cooked on its own accompanied with a bean or pea sauce. Meat or seafood is served in a sauce, fried, grilled or etouffee with a variety of vegetables called “Legume”. The meat or seafood is served first with plantain and some kind of root or tuber and salad once eaten one go on to the rice, corn, millet or bulgur dish. Dinner is always served with a fruit juice or a fruit shake or simply a glass of fresh water.
Haitians normally have an early start; their days depending on their social class may begin from four am to 6pm. Breakfast however starts with a cup of coffee and bread or on its own while one waits for breakfast to be prepared. Breakfast consist either of corn meal with avocado or on its own, pasta, roots and tuber served with wither sautéed liver or dried fish with avocado or watercress, Akasan which one can say is the Haitian cereal version served with milk, vanilla essence and bread and butter, oatmeal porridge style with bread and butter or simply milk chocolate and bread. The frugal, bread and jelly or jam with Juice. Savory morning dishes are served often with either a citrus juice such as lime, orange or chadeque “grapefruit”
Haitians snacks all day on a variety of things. The favorites are Haitian paties (Baked puffed pastries) filled with meat, chicken or codfish or "Pate kode", Haitian style empanadas filled with smoked herring or chicken, "Papita", plantain chips, sugar cane, mango, kenepe, or any fruit that is in season makes a wonderful snack or they refresh with a cup of “Fresco” shaved ice; “Royal” cassava bread with peanut butter or a fritter with pickle. There are various choices and they are all natural and healthy.
After six in the evening, Haitians normally serve porridge, homemade consommé or they do take out for Fritay which is composed of fried plantain and other roots, with Tasso or Griot (fried pork) and fritters, ragout or consommé. Nowadays there are numerous food stands serving barbecued chicken which one can either purchase with fried plantain or boiled plantain and yucca.
Everyone has a remedy for an illness and tea is taken mostly for that purpose or ginger tea for heating during the raining season. Wellness is seen as a direct result of one’s direct connection with the spirits, the environment and food intake and disconnection can cause imbalance which can be repair by the means of infusions and a cure regiment that consist of a series of infusion and baths.
It is not often that dessert is part of the menu during the week and dessert is mostly found in the elite social class and upper middle class on Sundays.