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Agriculture and Food

We do our best to address all the problems related to agriculture and food. You will have the opportunity to discover some of the best Haitian dishes as well

Diri Ak Jon Jon or Rice Mushrooms - Diri Ak Djondjon

Diri Ak Jon Jon or Rice Mushrooms - Diri Ak Djondjon

A wildly popular Haitian recipe, Diri Ak Djondjon is most popularly served at weddings, first communions and birthday parties as a side dish. This northern Haitian recipe, mostly commonly served with a main course, is a low maintenance dish that cooks up quickly, but gives off such wonderful, delicious aromas when cooking it is a definite favorite. The mushrooms, (Psathyrella coprinoceps) give off incredible color and flavor to the dish. To optimize efficiency when preparing Diri Ak Djondjon, one may prepare all the ingredients you will need in advance.

What you will need:
• 2 cups of rice (long grain)
• 4 cups of water
• 1 cup of dried, black mushrooms
• 1 small, finely chopped onion
• 2 garlic cloves (chopped)
• 2 tbsp. of oil or butter
• Salt (to taste)
• Pepper (to taste)
• A sprig of thyme

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Squash Soup or Soup Joumou

Pumpkin Soup Became A Haitian Tradition After Independence

Not only is Soup Joumou, or squash soup a tasty Caribbean dish, it's a symbol of Haitian liberation. During the reign of the French, Haitians were forbidden the dish as it was considered too elevated for slaves. As a commemoration of Haitian freedom, since 1804, Haitians, who enjoy the soup at their leisure year-round, have Squash Soup on the 1st of January as a rule.

What you will need:
• 1 lb of fresh Caribbean pumpkin or a 12 oz pack of frozen squash (butternut squash is a suitable substitute)
• 8 cups of water
• 1 lb of cubed soup meat (beef, chicken, etc.)
• Salt and pepper to taste
• 4 cloves of garlic, crushed
• 1 lb soup bone (optional)
• 1 sprig of fresh thyme or 1 tsp. dried thyme leaves
• 2 whole cloves
• 1 stalk of celery, chopped
• 1 large onion, chopped
• 2 potatoes, cubed
• 1 chayote, cubed (optional)
• 1/4 of a small cabbage, chopped coarsely
• 1 diced turnip
• 2 sliced carrots
• 2 leeks cut into 1/2 inch pieces (whites only, optional)
• 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
• 1 Scotch bonnet pepper
• 1/4 lb spaghetti, broken into pieces
• 1 tbsp. of lime juice or vinegar

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Stewed Conch or Lambi Haitian Style

Making Conch or Lambi, Haitian Style

Made up of 100% muscle, conch, a Caribbean specialty dish can be a succulent change from the normal cuisine, if prepared correctly. While sometimes eaten raw, it can also be cooked in a Creole sauce or grilled and eaten in a salad. Many Caribbean countries have their own recipes, but, below is a traditional Haitian method to preparing conch.

What you will need:
• 1 lb of Conch (shell, clean and skin it)
• A medium sized onion
• A pinch of Maggie
• A pinch of baking soda (to help expedite the cooking time)
• 1/2 a tsp. of Old Bay
• 1 tsp. butter
• Juice of a lime
• 2 tsp. of sour orange
• 3/4 of a cup of water
• 1 chopped tomato
• 3 cloves of garlic, minced
• 1/4 cup of oil
• 1/4 cup of scallions
• 3 tbsp. of tomato paste
• 3 tbsp. of vinegar
• 1 tsp. thyme
• 1 tsp. parsley

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Tassot de Cabrit or Fried Cubed Goat

Tassot de Cabrit or Fried Goat, Haitian Style

One very popular dish found on many Haitian plates is Tassot de Cabrit (Fried Goat Meat Bits). This dish is usually paired with rice, fried plantains and veggies and gets its start with a good selection of goat meat, usually a goat's leg. The leaner and fresher the leg, though pricier, the better your end result. Though, frozen goat meat may also be used and any excess fat may be trimmed off during preparation.

What you will need:
• 2-3 lbs of cubed goat meat
• 1/2 a cup of Orange Juice (Sour)
• 1/4 of a cup of Lime Juice
• 1 tsp. of hot pepper and salt (each)
• 1 tbsp. of chopped parsley and thyme (each)
• 2 finely chopped shallots
• 4 cups of water
• Oil for frying

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Rice Red Beans or Diri Ak Pois Coles

Rice Red Beans or Diri Ak Pwa Cole

Diri Ak Pois Coles, or Rice and Red Beans is a traditional dish of the region, especially in Haiti. It is cooked with red kidney beans. A staple in chili dishes, the beans are popularly used in many parts of the world, including India, Mexico and in the United States. In Haiti, it is combined with rice and other ingredients to make a popular Sunday dinner dish.

What you will need:

• 1 cup red kidney beans
• 6 cups of water
• 2 cups white rice (long grained)
• 1 finely chopped onion
• 2 to 4 cloves of finely chopped garlic
• 1/4 cup smoked ham or salted pork, cubed
• 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
• Sprig of thyme
• Ground cloves
• 1 green hot pepper
• Salt and pepper to taste
• 1 tbsp. butter

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Sauce Pois or Beans Puree

Making Sauce Pwoa or Beans Puree, Haitian Style

A savory, high protein dish, Beans Puree or Sauce Pois (also Sauce Pois Noir) is a wonderful addition to a balanced diet.

What you will need:
• 2 cups of dried red beans
• 2 quarts of water
• 1 cup of ham, cubed
• 3 scallions
• 2 garlic cloves, chopped
• 1 tbsp. parsley
• 2 shallots
• Hot pepper, salt and black pepper (to taste)
• 4 whole cloves or 1/4 tsp. ground cloves

What you must do:
1. Search beans for stones and twigs, then rinse the beans in water.
2. Cover with water and soak overnight. Drain.
3. Make paste with parsley, scallions, hot peppers and shallots.
4. Heat oil and add beans, sautéing with paste.
5. Add ham, parsley and water.
6. Boil until beans are tender, about 2 hours.
7. Separate 3/4 of the beans and blend along with some of the juice into a puree. (If you do not have a blender, use spoon to crush beans through a strainer.
8. Return pureed or crushed beans to pan with the remaining 1/4 and cook over low heat.
9. Season to taste and cook until sauce is reduced to thickness.

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Taste of Haiti at North Miami Museum of Contemporary Art

Taste of Haiti, North Miami Museum Of Contemporary Art

There are a few tried and true avenues through which a country can establish its name on the world map. Its people, its culture, its art and music, sports, government, etc. all can be conduits through which a country's popularity rises worldwide. Haiti has had successes in these fields and more before, but, the earthquake of January 2010 usurped the top spot and put the name Haiti into the minds of the world's people in a context of pity and sorrow. Ever since then, the fight to reclaim the country's popularity in a more positive attitude has been waged by the tourism sector.

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First community restaurant opens in Arcahaie

On 18th May, 2013, Jean-Jacques Charles, the Minister of Social Affairs and Labor, in presence of President Michel Martelly and his wife, First Lady Sophia Martelly and Prime Minister of Haiti, Laurent Lamothe, inaugurated Arcahaie's first community restaurant. This restaurant will be serving 500 people with hot meals every day for 5 days a week from Monday to Friday. Only a few days ago, a mobile clinic was inaugurated for treating 270 residents.

This community restaurant is the 5th of the planned 90. The Martelly-Lamothe administration has set the goal of creating 90 such restaurants. All the restaurants are and will be funded by Venezuela's Petrocaribe loans.

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Food Program Coming to Derac

The government of Haiti (GOH) wants to open 90 canteens throughout Haiti in response to the burgeoning food crisis. Social agency, Ede Pep, is implementing the canteen program with funding from Petrocaribe. Minister of Social Affairs and Labor, Charles Jean-Jacques, inaugurated the program in April in the village of Derac. Both he and Northeast Departmental Delegate, Charles Hugo, handed out pantry items to 1,000 community inhabitants.

At the distribution site, Jean-Jacques said he was GOH's emissary of goodwill. He said he knew the looming food crisis was creating anxiety, and he was committed to improving the situation. He informed them once the canteen was built, they would enjoy one hot meal a day. Hugo said he felt pleased the program would restore the image of a prosperous Derac during the 1950s.

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New Bwe Kafe Coffee Shop opened in Washington Street, Hoboken

Hoboken owners of Bwe Kafe, Evan and Dale Ryan, are capitalizing on America's fervent coffee culture to help Haiti recover from the devastation of 2010's earthquake. They started their foundation, Love for Haiti, and brainstormed for a profit-making venture to support it. When they realized a community coffee house could be successful, they drew up plans immediately. It took them a mere four months from idea to re-tooling the venue to open their business, with help from their mother, who owns the building.

Bwe Kafe, meaning "to drink coffee" in French Créole, orders its fair-trade coffee from La Columbe, who buys the coffee beans from Haiti coffee cooperatives. The coffee house showcases Haitian arts and crafts and encourages patrons to form discussion groups in its performance space.

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