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Sunday, January 29, 2012

How to make Barbecue Ribs the Haitian way

This is my dad's favorite way of eating ribs, and my mom used to make it for him a lot. I got this recipe from my mom. I am very picky about eating meat, it must be well cooked. This barbecue is juicy, well cooked, and delicious!

Give it a try, and let me know how you like it ;-)

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How to make barbecue ribs the Haitian way

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How to make Turkey Wings The Haitian way

This is an excellent way of making turkey wings. In Haiti, I remember those ladies selling turkey wings on a box, and my mom would buy from them. Some people said they were expired meat from the United States, but they tasted much better than the ones I buy here. Maybe expired food taste better lol... Anyways, I like my meat fresh and that's one of the reason I like to shop at Publix. The other grocery stores always have some rotten meat.

The full video can be retrieved on the following link How to make Turkey the Haitian Way

How to make Fried Chicken Wings the Haitian Way

Who does not love Chicken Wings? that's one reason I would never be a vegetarian. I love Chicken wings very much... this recipe that I am about to share with you, was given to me from a young guy who used to cook for my mom's cousin. He really knew how to cook!!!

I am not a big fan of the flour on chicken wings, but with this recipe the crust is so crispy that it blends with the chicken. I don't like Kentucky Fried Chicken because sometimes it's not cooked all the way ewwwww.... I hate that!!! I love my chicken to be well cooked and crispy.

My mom bought me some fresh chicken wings, so I thought I would make a video on how to prepare it.

First thing, you will need to wash those chicken wings, wash them well, at least 3 times with 1 cup of sour orange or vinegar.

Pour 1 cup of 1% low fat or any type of milk in your fridge
1 cup of evaporated milk, I like to use Carnation!
1/2 cup of Vinegar
Some Salt and pepper to taste
I like to add some cayenne pepper to give it a nice kick :-)
I also like to add some all purpose seasoning "Optional"
Let the meat marinate in this nice seasoning bath over night.
Next day, just heat up your pan with some vegetable or corn oil, then dredge your chicken wings in some flavored flour, and put that in the pan. Add some butter in that oil, it will make the crust super delicious!
***The way I flavor my flour is very easy! I just add some some salt, old bay (That's it!)
After you fry your chicken wings 10 min on each side, place them in the oven for another 10 to 15 minutes. Like I told you guys before, I like my meat well cooked! My husband likes to eat them before I put them in the oven. Also, by putting the wings in the oven, the heat extracts and drains most of the oil (Healthier).
Your chicken will be ready to serve!

You can Check out the Full Video on my Youtube Channel on How to make Fried Chicken Wings the Haitian Way!

Friday, January 27, 2012

The Best Haitian Food for parties

This video was taken on my sister's birthday party. We cooked a whole lot great Haitian food, such as Macaroni Gratine, conch, Du riz Djon Djon, Fish, turkey, chicken wings, Salad russe, etc....

This video will give you an idea on how to plan your next party as far as food choices :-)

How to make pate Kode The Haitian Way

If you grew up in Haiti, you will definitely know about pate kode. The best place to buy this snack is on the side of the road. Kids would eat it during their lunch break. My husband got in trouble at his school for eating pate kode lol...

You can add anything you want in it such as: egg, sour herring, hot dog, chicken, ground beef, tomatoes and pikliz. Have it your way!!!

You don't need a culinary background to make this dish, but growing up I used to go to a cooking school with my sister and my aunty. I was just 7 years old, but I would observe everything they were making. I loved going there because I would taste all those succulent dishes. The owner of the school studied culinary in France, and she was really good at it. Even her hard boiled egg was absolutely delicious. I learned how to make oven baked patties from her as well. She taught the class for about 3 years, then my sister and Auntie graduated. OMG! I ate so much food that night, I was "gonfle" lol... Embarrassing but true!!!

Click on the link for the full Video from my Youtube Channel How to make pate kode the Haitian way!

Bon Appetit!

How to make legumes Eggplant The Haitian way!

This is the only way for me to eat all of my vegetables by making what we call legumes. I really like it with blue crabs. Some of the ingredients that are needed for this dish are:

beef & pork meat

Check out the full video for this recipe: How to make Legumes The Haitian way

How to make Chaka The Haitian way

Chaka is a great dish where mainly people from the country side of Haiti would eat. Many people living in the capital are always acting as if they are superior, and they think eating rice and beans is for high class.

I usually spend Easter vacation on the South East of Haiti, a small city called Bainet. My grandparents owned a beautiful home right by the beach. Growing up I did not value it as much, but now that I am in the states I can't stop day dreaming about spending time and sharing those memories with my hubby. Granma and Granpa used to spoil us BIG TIME!!! Before we wake up in the morning, breakfast was prepared, warm and fresh bread from the bakery, hot chocolate, omelette, and etc... It was always like a feast! Once we were done with breakfast, they started working on Lunch, we were treated like royalty. In the afternoon, they would put 3 rockers on the balcony facing the beach, my two sisters and I would sit and look at the pedestrians. Before you know it, supper was ready!!! my favorite one was "DU RIZ AU LAIT" It's like rice pudding, but a whole lot better. Sometimes grandma would have the servant prepare us some marinad or pate kode. Whatever we wanted!!!

We didn't have TV there, so our ultimate entertainment would be to watch "RaRa". My grandfather used to be the "Magistrate" of that city, so they really liked him and all the "band Rara" would stop in front of our house to play a special song for my grandpa. It used to be fun!!! There was so much activities planned for us that TV was the last thing on our mind. We would go on a picnic, beach, river, church, visit granma's friend. I had a wonderful childhood.

Haitian Cake

Haitian Cake

By following the recipe below from my youtube channel, you are good to go :-)

The attached link is how to make the best Haitian cake

How to make Chaka the Haitian way

This video is about making Chaka the Haitian Way

To view the full video, please click on the following link Chaka

Fried Breadfruit The Haitian way!

Growing up I really loved eating fried breadfruit as snacks. I love the crispiness of it as well as the salt. One time I was craving fried breadfruit, and I was at a supermarket I saw something that looked like it, but it was jackfruit. OMG! the smell of that thing made me wanna throw up :-(
My lovely mom bought me the breadfruit at a spanish supermarket. They are expensive $4 for that little thing. It was well worth it! When you buy it, make sure it is green!

I used to live in Antigua for Medical school. The apartment where I used to stay had a breadfruit tree. That was heaven!!! money was tight and the owner of the place would bring me breadfruit, sugar cane, conch, mangoes. OMG! I was just spoiled there. I really miss Antigua, and I hope some day I will go back there. I always visit a place once simply because there are so many countries that I would like to visit. I have been to France, London, Antigua, Dominican Republic, Aruba, Nassau Bahamas. I just love to travel.

I would love to visit Jamaica, Mexico, Brazil, Italy, Greece, and St. Lucia.

Here is the full link to the Youtube video on How to Make Fried Breadfruit The Haitian Way!

How to make cornmeal with Spinach The Haitian way!

How to make Mais moulu The Haitian way

Mais moulu or corn meal is one of the dishes that many Haitian love to consume. There are different ways of preparing this dish. You can eat it plain or with beans. Some people like it with black or red beans. As long as it has some good coconut milk, I don't have any preference. My mom usually add some black mushroom when she is preparing it with black beans. Hmmmmm.... absolutely delicious. Well in this video, this is my favorite way of eating corn meal in the morning. It gives you strength throughout the day.

When making corn meal with spinach, I also like to add some sour herring to give it an appetizing taste. I have heard from all your concerns, so I spent some time putting this together.

Thanks for watching!This is my most favorite way of eating corn meal "Mais Moulu". Back in Haiti, I used to love eating this meal for breakfast before going to school. In America, we eat a light breakfast, which is contrary to Haiti where we eat a heavy meal in the morning. I really like the sour herring taste in this dish.

To make this dish, you will need:
Sour herring
Salt, pepper, parsley, thyme
Coconut milk
Maggie (which I don't recommend due to MSG)

Click on the following link to watch the full video on my Youtube Channel How to make cornmeal with Spinach The Haitian way!