My perfect meal…. yes I’m very Haitian.
This is a VEGAN variant of the Haitian Soup Joumou. I wanted to create a soup that gave homage to both my heritage as a Haitian and an African American, incorporating the traditional squash, collard greens, and black eyed peas! READ BELOW FOR BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND RECIPE!
BACKGROUND: On January 1, 1804, the Republic of Haiti gained independence from French colonial rule. Before this day, a Haitian slave was forbidden from eating Joumou, an exotic squash native to the island.
They were restricted to a diet of an ounce of salted meat/fish with a piece of bread and a can of lemonade. The French settlers would eat the delicious soup joumou, bragging how wonderful it was and that the slaves could not eat it because it would give them intellect.
When the Haitians conquered the war in Gonaives, Jean Jacques Dessaslines declared that Haitians were free! A huge pot of Soup Joumou was made in the center of the city and given in mass communion style.
Soup Joumou is not only a tradition to Haitian households, it is a symbol of an answered prayer for peace, freedom, and brotherhood.
RECIPE: Chop yellow squash, radishes, carrots, black eyed peas & collard greens (for good fortune). Boil to a simmer with vegetable broth. Once vegetables are tender, add squash puree and seitan and season to taste.
You know you’re Haitian when all you can think about on NYE is soup joumou. Word! (If you want the easy vegetarian version, let me know.)
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Why we eat Soup Joumou:
Soup Joumou is traditionally consumed every New Years’ on January 1 as a historical tribute to Haiti’s independence in 1804 where newly freed slaves consumed pumpkin soup, a meal forbidden them by their French masters.
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In honor of Haitian Flag Day next week Wed I decided to post some FAVORITE Haitian foods!
you know every Haitian household HAS to have these- Plikiz
Akra -so good
Pen patat - I GO HARD FOR THIS! wooshh——
okay enough of making you guys hungry…I’m going to try and attempt to make some Legume