I make this soup all the time. My children simply love this great soup. I believe your newly adopted little one will be very thankful for this wonderful, flavorful soup.
1 bunch fresh spinach
1 lb of beef stew meat
1 bunch fresh watercress
3 to 4 potatoes
3 to 4 carrots
1/2 -1 teaspoon sea salt
32ozs can of beef broth
Cut up the stew meat into bite size pieces
add some oil to the pot
chop onion and garlic
saute the meat onion/garlic
add the sea salt
add half the broth, let simmer slowly until meat is tender
add chopped carrots, potatoes
remove stems from spinach and watercress, chop into small pieces
add the spinach and watercress, let simmer until carrots and potatoes are cooked
TO MAKE DUMPLINGS:
2 cups all purpose white flour
add a pinch of salt
add enough water to make a sticky paste
form a small round clump, add each clump to soup
add the remaining broth plus a cup of water, let simmer until dumplings are completely cooked
Some Haitians add green plantains, but I prefer the soup without them.
You can also substitute the beef for chicken
Here is a very yummy recipe for making one of Haiti’s favorite meat dish. Most Haitians eat this often. I personally like it around the holidays. My kids and husband like griot a lot. Usually , I make it for my guests and they seem to always come back for seconds. The griot is always eaten with fried plantains. I took the above picture at my sister’s house when we visited her in Florida in June.
RECIPE FOR GRIOT-
1-2 pounds of pork( you can buy the diced tender pork in the meat section)
fresh lemons or lime
fresh hot peppers
wash the meat with the lemon or lime
place meat in a bowl
mix meat with salt, diced garlic, peppers and some adobe seasoning let marinate overnight for best results
some Haitian fry the meat in oil, I prefer to bake mine in the oven, the last 5 minutes you can place the meat
under the broiler so it can get that rich dark color. The reason I like baking the griot is because the plantains have to be fried in oil, I try to balance the amount of fat I consume. Before serving, cut up some raw onion rings and place on top of the griot just like in the picture above.
RECIPE FOR FRIED PLANTAINS-
Buy the amount of plantains you want
remove the peels
cut into round pieces
heat some oil in a frying pan
fry the plantains until it is 3/4 cooked
flattened each piece with a roller pin(using the bottom of a cup is just as good)
put the flattened piece back in the pan until it is cooked all the way through
for ripe sweet plantains follow the same steps, but be sure to skip the flattening part( see picture above, the pieces are cut on a slight slant as oppose to the round shape for plantains that are not ripe, ripe plantains are in the middle of serving plate)
ENJOY WITH A GREEN SALAD OR RICE AND BEANS(see previous post on how to make the rice)
Would you like to put some sparkle in the eyes of your little one? Here is a recipe that will definitely bring some delight to their faces. This is one of my favorite meal, my mom made for me. Here is the recipe.
Cook white rice according to directions. For the peas you can use frozen . This is similar to American pea soup, but has no ham, carrots and Haitians eat it with rice.
2 packages of frozen sweet peas.
put peas in a pot cook until tender
take half of the cooked peas
blend in a blender until smooth
mix the blended peas with the
remaining half of peas, and enough water to make a hearty soup consistency add some
seasoning like seasoned garlic salt( I prefer to use a can of chicken broth as opposed to water, the broth makes it more flavorful)
or chicken cubes, simmer for around
ten minutes until all of the seasoning is
well blended, serve over white rice
with chicken. Refer to my previous post on
how to make Haitian chicken.
Haitian children love maiz moulu. This is basically coarse ground corn. In the United States it is called polenta. To prepare it boil three cups of water, add one cup polenta and stir well. Most Haitians eat it with avocado slices and top it with herring. To prepare herring stir fry onions, garlic and oil, add the herring let it simmer until the onions are tender. This dish is definitely a favorite for all Haitian children. You can buy the herring at most grtocery store. Make sure it is the salted variety. Look for it in the fish section of your grocery store.