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Manie Chery

Drinks

Ji Papay | Papaya Smoothie

Ah Papaya smoothie, so delicious. I have to be honest, this wasn’t a fruit that I was used to reaching for, in fact I never reached for it. When mom made it, sometimes I would have some and sometimes not… I know you’re like um what? Your mom made ji papay and you didn’t take some?!?! I know, weird right? I guess it was my lack of appetite, I felt like it was too heavy to have alongside a meal which is how a lot of Haitians enjoy it.

For this recipe I did things a little different from what you’re probably used to, I eliminated ice. I like using frozen fruit when making smoothies, that’s my preference. So what I did was peel the papaya, removed the seeds, cubed it then placed it in a freezer storage bag and froze it for about 1-2 hours. I like to do this in advance so I always have my frozen papaya on hand. I suggest buying it almost ripened so you can get to making your smoothie right away.

I love using frozen fruit when making smoothies. I guess cause I’m anti ice in my homemade smoothies, ok not anti ice, it’s just the fact that we usually don’t have ice in the freezer so I had to learn other ways to make it work. Try this recipe, you will definitely enjoy it!!

Watch me make Ji Papay here:

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Serves: 6-8 Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • ½ of a ripe papaya, peeled, cubed and frozen
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
  • ½ cup cold water
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of nutmeg

Instructions

1

Peel papaya, slice in half length wise, remove seeds and cut into cubes. Add to a freezer storage bag and freeze for about 1-2 hours.

2

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

3

Serve immediately, enjoy!

Dinner

Sòs Pwa Blan | White Bean Puree

Sòs pwa blan (white bean puree) like other bean puree’s is delicious enough to stand on it’s own, I have legit just eaten it and black bean puree (sòs pwa nwa) by themselves. That may sound weird but Haitian people actually do that, especially with sòs pwa nwa, li ba’w fòs (it gives you strength), it is protein after all!

The ingredients are pretty simple and easy to find so you shouldn’t have an issue when getting them. Some people have asked me about the chicken base that I use and this is it here. I usually get mine from Costco or any health food store but if you can’t find it substitute with a bouillon cube or just salt to taste.

You can use any white bean to make this but these are the beans I used.

I served this with white rice and fish in sòs and fried fish, both were delicious.

Watch me make Sòs pwa blan here:

Sòs Pwa Blan | White Bean Pureé

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Serves: 8-10 Cooking Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 bag (16 oz) Great Northern Beans, rinsed
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 sprigs scallions
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of clove powder
  • ⅛ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup sliced onions (1 small onion)
  • 1 ½ tablespoon chicken base or a bouillon cube
  • 1 hot pepper

Instructions

1

In a medium pot on a high heat bring 14 cups of water, garlic, scallions and beans to a boil. Boil for 1 hour to 1 hour 20 minutes (make sure to watch beans so they don’t get too soft).

2

Once beans are cooked remove 1 cup of beans and reserve. Blend the rest along with the garlic and scallion with the liquid. If liquid isn’t enough add water ( start by adding 1 cup of water and continue as needed).

3

Add salt, clove powder and continue to blend for a few seconds. Pour bean puree back into the pot along with the 1 cup of reserved beans. Return to a low heat and add chicken base, hot pepper and mix.

4

In a small pot on a high heat add oil, after about a minute or two when oil is hot fry onions for 1 ½ minutes and pour onions along with oil into bean puree and mix. Salt to taste.

5

Serve hot.

Notes

The water will evaporate during the boiling process so you will need to add additional water as necessary (I added about 4 additional cups).

Dinner/ Seafood

Pwason Fri (Fried Fish Haitian style)

If you were looking for a great fried fish recipe, look no more, this is it!!! As I stated in the previous post I was not a huge fish fan but here I am a woman that has changed her mind (typical right? LOL at least for me it’s typical… I admit it LOL).

Anyway this fried fish is so simple to make, I had no idea which is another reason why it took so long for me to get this video up. Please see the video and blog post on how to clean and marinate fish before tackling this dish, I guarantee you can do it, if I can do it, you can do it!!!

Watch me make Pwason fri here:

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Serves: 1-2 people Cooking Time: About 20-25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1-2 marinated red snapper fish
  • ⅓ cup all purpose flour (for 1 fish) or ½ cup for 2 fish
  • 1 cup oil

Instructions

1

Add oil to a frying pan on a medium to high flame. Allow oil to get really hot.

2

Dredge fish in flour making sure to coat the entire fish then tap off excess flour.

3

Place fish in frying pan and fry for 5 minutes on each side alternating sides for a total of 20 minutes.

4

Place on a plate lined with paper towel, serve and enjoy!

5

Notes

In case anyone is wondering I used Olive oil to fry this fish.

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