Haiti January 1

Independence Day

Independence Day is celebrated on New Year’s Day, which is when Haiti gained independence from France in 1804. On January 1, thousands of people gather in Port-au-Prince, the country’s capital, and watch parades, as well as visit the National Palace on the Champs de Mars. The day is also marked by fireworks, dancing in the streets and the singing of the national anthem.

Joumou

Serves 8
Ingredients:
Marinade
1. 2 cloves garlic crushed
2. 2 small diced shallot
3. 1 teaspoon dried thyme
4. 2 green onions diced
5. ¼ cup lime juice
6. 2 teaspoon salt
7. 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
8. 1 pound stew beef
Ingredients:
• 8 cups beef stock
• 1 large can pumpkin puree( not pumpkin pie filling)
• 2 carrots peeled and cubed
• 2 parsnips peeled and cubed
• 1 large onion cubed
• 1 large potato peeled and cubed
• 1 small savoy cabbage
• 2 celery stalk cut
• 1 scotch bonnet pepper(whole)
• 2 green onions

Method: Marinade
In a large zip lock bag or medium bowl add beef and the rest of the marinade ingredients mix or shake well. Cover bowl with plastic wrap or zip up the bag and marinade in the fridge for 4 to 24 hours.
Method:
Remove beef from the marinade and put in large stock pot and brown add onions and cook until tender. Add beef stock and cook for ½ hour after add puree pumpkin, carrots, potatoes, cabbage, scotch bonnet and celery. Cook for 20 minutes add salt and pepper and serve with diced green onion on top and a lime wedge.

Try with:
Rhum Barbancourt or a wonderful Chablis      Bon Apeti