Missed Haiti: The People? Here it is.
Now onto the food! I loved the food in Haiti, I really had no idea what to expect but was very impressed. It was delicious and the women who prepared it would spend all day getting it ready and presenting it beautifully. Starch is definitely the staple…think pasta, bread and rice at every meal, supplemented with beans, sauces and very small portions of meat.
Did you know that this is what coffee looks like off the tree? (I had no idea) The coffee in Haiti was very good – everyone roasts their own coffee so it is about as fresh as it can be.
Pasta for breakfast? In Haiti, yes! It usually had some sauteed onions and sometimes a little ham.
Hard-boiled eggs with hot sauce – delicious over the breakfast pasta
There is a lot of cabbage grown near Thiotté and so we had pikliz frequently, which I loved. It is basically pickled cabbage with carrots, onions and sometimes jalapeño.
Fried accra (mix of malanga and black eyed peas) and fried plantains were also meal staples. The plantains really grew on me and I loved them with a little pikliz!
Goat Meat Balls – I had these the first night and they were pretty good but I refrained from the meat the rest of the week. We had fish for lunch one day and would have chicken or goat at dinner – very small portions (by US standards).
A spicy onion sauce for rice – delicious!
Beans to go over rice.
A salad of sorts – beautiful presentation.
The outdoor kitchen.
The kitchen out in back. (They are often separate from the house because they are too hot)
No idea how this picture snuck in…
I thought a lot about body image in Haiti vs America and realized how ridiculous it is to spend so much time, energy and money on being “skinny” and “perfect.” In Haiti, just as in other countries where hunger is a big problem, it is usually a good thing to be “average” or even a little more than average. This means you have food. Something that really hit home with me and made me think about things a bit! Has anyone else had a similar experience? (Just to add to the list of things Haiti made me think about/realize) – Have I convinced you all that you need to go yet?!?!