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Recipe: Mocha Pudding Epic Fail

This is the story of my first EPIC FAIL in cooking and baking my grandmother’s recipes. What was supposed to be probably a firm and delicious mocha pudding turned into chocolate soup. Truthfully, I am not going to hate on chocolate soup but I was hoping to post a dessert recipe here that you could use for Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season and now I can only post about what not to do and maybe how I think I can make it better…but not sure if it’s just that I suck at life and maybe can’t actually make it better?

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Recipe: Mousse de Poisson

If you’ve been following along with The 256 Project for a while now, then you know that part of the story behind this blog is my attempt to recreate my Haitian grandmother’s recipes that she wrote down in beautiful script when she spent one summer with us when I was a child. Every recipe I have made (all tagged Kreyol Kitchen on this blog for easy searching) has somehow been a comedy of errors that, remarkably, has still come out tasty even if the dish didn’t come out tasting or looking as it’s supposed to. This week’s Haitian dish is mousse de poisson. My dad said it was really good and that it should be one of the next I make. It was really good. But is this what he had in mind? I don’t know because I was too lazy to ask him!
Mousse de Poisson recipe via my grandmother.

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Grandmother’s Recipe: Savory Shrimp Flan with Cardinal Sauce

I am back with another of my grandmother’s recipes, flan de comte aux crevettes, which kind of translates to a savory shrimp flan that she recommends be served with a side of Cardinal sauce. I say “kind of” because, well, you’ll see. It was a super easy recipe to make, once I got past the hump of not being able to understand it. One reason I had trouble with translating this recipe is because it doesn’t entirely make sense, so I asked my mom to translate it for me. And did it turn out any good? Well, YES!

My grandmother’s handwritten recipe.

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Tarte a l’Oignon, aka Onion Tart

Just too late for your 4th of July BBQ, but perhaps just in time for the rest of your life of eating deliciousness, I have something for you that made me practically sob in making it but really happy in eating it: tarte a l’oignon, or onion tart. If you host a BBQ or dinner in the near future and want something with lots of flavor that’s easy to make, I highly suggest this onion tart.


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My Grandmother and Me for #ThrowbackThursday

One summer break during elementary school, my grandmother, my father’s mother, came from Haiti to stay with us. While she was there, my parents asked her to write down in a notebook all the recipes she could remember. Over the course of the summer, she wrote down in her beautiful script dozens of recipes, from marinades to desserts. All the Haitian recipes that I’ve translated and cooked here in the Kreyol Kitchen category come from that notebook. Here we are in 1986 at Hershey Park in Pennsylvania during one of her visits. Happy #ThrowbackThursday!

Massepain au Beurre

I did something I probably shouldn’t have done when you’re an invited guest: I brought a dessert that I had never tested before. I was looking through my grandmother’s recipes and saw le massepain au beurre, a name I didn’t totally understand but the instructions were simple and I understood that butter was a major ingredient which is always a good idea, so I decided to go with it.

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Gateau a la Livre/Gateau de Livre

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We had a weekend full of guests so I thought it would be a good time to try one of my grandmother’s dessert recipes. She wrote down a recipe called Gâteau à la Livre, but I think she meant Gâteau de Livre, which translates to pound cake. I don’t know if what she wrote down is the same as traditional American pound cake (I’m too lazy to check), but it tasted very similar.

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Kreyol Kitchen

One summer break during elementary school, my grandmother, my father’s mother, came from Haiti to stay with us. While she was there, my parents asked her to write down all the recipes she had memorized in a notebook. Over the course of the summer, she wrote down in her script handwriting every recipe, from marinades to desserts, she could remember. I’ve thought for a while of making every recipe in the book as a way of connecting with my grandmother and of learning more about my Haitian culinary roots. Now that we have our own house, I thought it time to start the Kreyol Kitchen. In addition to documenting how we, as first time homeowners, are tackling making our house a home, I’ll document on this blog how I tackle these recipes, from the easy to the hard, and share those recipes with you. Stay tuned for deliciousness!