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  • Mérou filet in local celery butter with breadfruit and carrots

This delicious Mérou / Grouper filet topped with a citrusy local celery butter and accompanied by breadfruit and carrots is a family meal that you will prep over and over again. Hey! You will even make it for your guests on occasion. And when you do, make sure to accompany it with a crisp white wine. Hmmm... delicious! Perfect pair.

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  • “My idea of heaven is a great big baked potato and someone to share it with.” said @oprah .
Recipes can’t all be complicated and time consuming. We all have busy schedules, right?
These rosemary and olive oil smashed potatoes 🥔 will melt in your mouth and be crispy delicious on the edges.
Simple and sweet 😋
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  • Crispy french toasts with a buttery thyme syrup with star fruit and sausages. Divine!

With the weekend coming along, some of you may want to whip these in your kitchen. They are so tasty and flavorful that I bet you’ll want a remake the next morning. At least the kids will ask for one.
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  • Blue Crab “Cirique” Bouillon 🦀 
I am certain that these little delicatessen crabs bring the heat of our beaches, sunshine, tropical breeze and the sound of the waves to your mind.

Am I making you nostalgic? Sorry if I am.

Make yourself happy and get cooking. Prep yourself a heartwarming bowl of bouillon with the sweet, delicate flavors and tender meat of our Caribbean blue crabs.
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  • Delicious and gluten-free Sweet Plantain Lasagna.
Layers of sweet and salty yumminess. 😋 
You know you want to make this! Tag 3 people who will too.
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  • Who’s in for whole fried snapper with tangy ginger sauce?
Happy Sunday everyone!
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  • For this dip, I wanted to have something refreshing with a crunch to top it off. But I also wanted something different and unexpected. For this reason, I made my star ingredient be Okra to top it off. Here in #Haiti we call it Kalalou.

So here is my new recipe for Cream Cheese Dip with Crispy Kalalou!

Hope you enjoy! Because I definitely did. I may adopt these crispy okras to top more dishes after all, like salads, burgers, tacos, and more.

#haitibites #recipe #recette #cheesedip #creamcheese #dill #cashew #noix #okra #kalalou #yum #eeeeeats #yahoofood #feedfeed #f52grams #foodandwine #entertaining #appetizer #appetizers #dip #foody  #foodie #foodblogger #foodblog #recipeontheblog #linkinbio #food #foodday #worldfoodday
  • “Djondjon” Black Mushrooms Israeli Couscous With Lemon Butter Scallops & Crispy Sage
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There are some people you’d like to have over for diner every night. Those special someones that you only get to see once in a blue moon, but that radiate an eternal glow of love and light onto you and your family by their simple presence. For those people, you want to cook something special. Something that feels like a thank you gift from you to them for greeting you with their presence.

Something like Djondjon Israeli couscous with lemon butter scallops and crispy sage. That sounds just delicious and as delicate and sophisticated as that special someone.
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Luckily I have a lot of special someones in my life 😍 
No room for jealousy please 😉 •
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  • Hello smooth, creamy, delicious soup! This leek and potato soup with parsley pesto recipe will keep you warm and cozy.

Leek and potato. Two simple ingredients gifted to us by Mother Nature, that thrown together in a pot deliver amazing results.

If you are feeling a little cold and in need of heart warming goodness gifted to us by Mother Earth 🌎 make yourself a good bowl of my leek and potato soup with parsley pesto.

It will warm your soul and leave you feeling hopeful for a brighter tomorrow.
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When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
– Wise man/woman said

When I started this adventure back in 2014, little did I know:

  • how much fun it would be;
  • how much pressure it would put on me;
  • how rewarding it could be;
  • and how devastating it would get.

Let me explain.

On the fun part…

Having a food blog has allowed me to start some interesting conversations with total strangers. People approaching me in the isles of supermarkets curious to see what I hold in my cart. Other ones randomly asking for a suggestion on how to prepare a specific dish or ingredient. Others just complimenting, giving feedback on recipes, exchanging their own, and friends and family fighting over who gets to come over for diner 🙂

A great exchange of knowledge, friendships and fun times comes from having a food blog. More than I could have ever imagined. And that’s loads of fun!

You’ll never know everything about anything, especially something you love.
– Julia Child

Haiti Bites Carrot Rapadou Cup Cake

Haiti Bites Carrot Rapadou Cup Cake

About pressure…

The pressure is real people!

First of all there is pressure to keep bringing your personal touch or twist that makes every recipe unique in your own way. The “wow, how did you come up with that one?”, “where did you get this idea?” or “can’t wait for what you post next!” will leave you at a stall after a while. It happened to me. Full throttle experience of writers block, or cook’s block if that’s even a terminology.

A couple years ago I was lucky to attend Joe Pulizzi’s Content Marketing World, an epic proportion conference. What a treat that was, being in an environment with creative wizards all around. I got to sit on the most interesting master classes in the industry about just that: CONTENT and MARKETING.

As an advertiser and a food blogger it was an incredible immersion into what is and what can be in regards to virtual platforms. What limitations you may have and how to surmount them. But to me, it was also overwhelming.

As a starter blogger, I felt excited, but also drained and lost.

There was so much I didn’t know. So must I learned, or kept wanting to learn. So much I wanted to implement. How to get your blog to generate more leads? Turning interaction into revenue? Finding the catchiest titles? Keeping your audience entertained? How to create disruption in your market? And the list goes on…To sum it up, I froze. Wasn’t too sure where to go from here. I got writers block!

Haiti Bites orange and guava duck

Haiti Bites orange and guava duck

It’s rewarding…

Your emails, your comments, every single like, is music to my ear.

And when you have the honor of having some of your recipes recognized as delicious on platforms such as The Feed Feed, you feel blessed, as light as a cream puff.

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
– Maya Angelou

And yet, it can be devastating…

Yes devastating.

That’s when you wake up and realize your entire writings, stories, blog posts are gone. G.O.N.E. Pouf! Up in the air!

Word of advice to other bloggers out there. Don’t you ever think that you have enough backups and backups of backups. Always make sure not only your domain name is paid for, but ALSO you WordPress management. That little mistake is how I came about realizing, in a snap, that I lost all my data from one day to the next. Sniff sniff and loud cries !

What I know today, I wish I knew before

I’ve come to realize that if there was one secret recipe to tending to a food blog, it would probably go a little something like this.


INGREDIENTS
  1. 100 grams of passion
  2. 1/4 cup time
  3. 2 tablespoons creative zest
  4. planning and scheduling to taste
  5. A hint of techy-ness

Luckily, passion I have.

The time… let’s be realistic, it quite often is the most difficult one for all of us. And for entertaining a blog, it is a must.

Creative zest… I like to believe that’s my forte by nature. Though I always feel that my photography skills need big help!

Planning and scheduling is never enough. I dream of the day I have in my drawer at least 20 unposted recipes for the busy weeks or months. (All copied and pasted in Word from now on. Not just on WordPress. And hand copied in my recipe planner too while we are at it.)

Techy-ness … well, that I am still working on obviously. Right? lol

What won’t kill you, will make you stronger.

Haiti Bites Sugarcane, chocolate and coffee ribs

Haiti Bites Sugarcane, chocolate and coffee ribs

I decided, after a few months of discouragement, that it was enough. There was not much I could do to change things around. I can only look forward and keep moving. So instead of considering this post as a kind of wake for Haiti Bites version 1, I’d rather see it as a rebirth celebration for Haiti Bites 2.0.

Here’s to a little wishful thinking though: If by some odd chance, one of you out there happens to have one of my old recipes somewhere, please be kind and send it to me via email. It would mean the world to me.

Now on to greener pastures, and fun kitchens!

I have tons of great ideas for recipes, products and more in my book. And by that I mean, some in my Erin Condren planner, others in my Recipe planner, more in my travelers’ notebook, and some hidden in some glove compartment in my brain…

You get the idea. I am prepared for this! Are you ?

6 Comments

  • Fanny says:

    Not a minute soon! I’m excited!

  • Agnes says:

    Strong woman you are, dear daughter! I am ready for version 2.0! I am sure it will be done again with passion. One only does well what he loves. So this new version will be super good! Fantastic ! A real wow!

  • Ariel Leveque says:

    Browsing through Haiti Bites again after a long time. I love your passion and courage to start over. Lessons learned for sure!
    Tomorrow is a holiday and I’ve selected my recipes to try. I hope I render them as well as you do 🙂 I’ll let you know 😛
    Keep ’em coming.

    • haitibites says:

      Thank you Ariel! So excited that you prepped my “Djondjon” Black Mushrooms Israeli Couscous With Lemon Butter Scallops & Crispy Sage yesterday. Love that you swiped the pearl couscous for risotto.That is what I want to encourage on this blog. Freedom in your kitchen! The freedom to use ingredients in unusual ways. Happy to hear that it turned out delicious. Keep coming back for more. Happy cooking!

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  • Mérou filet in local celery butter with breadfruit and carrots

This delicious Mérou / Grouper filet topped with a citrusy local celery butter and accompanied by breadfruit and carrots is a family meal that you will prep over and over again. Hey! You will even make it for your guests on occasion. And when you do, make sure to accompany it with a crisp white wine. Hmmm... delicious! Perfect pair.

#haitibites #recipe #ilovefish #fish #fishrecipes #fishfilet #poisson #mérou #grouper #celery #celeriac #celeri #carrot #breadfruit #lameveritable #feedfeed #saveurmag #f52grams #foodblogger #recipes #recipeontheblog #recette #yum #instagood #instafood #miam #foodandwine #eeeeeats #haiti #caribbean
  • “My idea of heaven is a great big baked potato and someone to share it with.” said @oprah .
Recipes can’t all be complicated and time consuming. We all have busy schedules, right?
These rosemary and olive oil smashed potatoes 🥔 will melt in your mouth and be crispy delicious on the edges.
Simple and sweet 😋
.
#haitibites #haiti #potato #potatorecipes #recipes #recette #pommedeterre #oprah #smashedpotatoes #bakedpotato #sidedish #yum #instafood #instagood #feedfeed #yahoofood #saveurmag #foodgawker #foodie #foodblogger #recipeontheblog www.haitibites.com
  • Crispy french toasts with a buttery thyme syrup with star fruit and sausages. Divine!

With the weekend coming along, some of you may want to whip these in your kitchen. They are so tasty and flavorful that I bet you’ll want a remake the next morning. At least the kids will ask for one.
.
#haitibites #haiti #recipe #foodblog #recipeontheblog www.haitibites.com #frenchtoast #starfruit #carambola #carambole #sausage #thyme #breakfast #brunch #petitdejeuner #eeeeeats #yum #delicious #food #foodie #feedfeed #f52grams #yahoofood #foodandwine #instagood #instafood
  • Blue Crab “Cirique” Bouillon 🦀 
I am certain that these little delicatessen crabs bring the heat of our beaches, sunshine, tropical breeze and the sound of the waves to your mind.

Am I making you nostalgic? Sorry if I am.

Make yourself happy and get cooking. Prep yourself a heartwarming bowl of bouillon with the sweet, delicate flavors and tender meat of our Caribbean blue crabs.
#haitibites #haiti #recipeontheblog #bouillon #bouilloncirique #soup #soupe #crab #bluecrab #cirique #crabe #eeeeeats #food #feedfeed #f52grams #yum #caribbean #antilles #caraibes #exotic #tropical #haitianfood #haitian #foodblogger
  • Delicious and gluten-free Sweet Plantain Lasagna.
Layers of sweet and salty yumminess. 😋 
You know you want to make this! Tag 3 people who will too.
.
#haitibites #recipe #recette #plantains #seeetplantains #banane #bananemure #lasagna #groundbeef #ricotta #tetedemaure #parmesan #cheese #haiti #yum #eeeeeats #yahoofood #feedfeed #f52grams #foodandwine #entertaining #foody  #foodie #foodblogger #foodblog #recipeontheblog #linkinbio #food #glutenfree #glutenfreerecipes
  • Who’s in for whole fried snapper with tangy ginger sauce?
Happy Sunday everyone!
.
#haitibites #recipe #recette #fish #poisson #sarde #snapper #haiti #caribbean #caraibes #yum #eeeeeats #yahoofood #feedfeed #f52grams #foodandwine #entertaining #foody  #foodie #foodblogger #foodblog #recipeontheblog #linkinbio #food
  • For this dip, I wanted to have something refreshing with a crunch to top it off. But I also wanted something different and unexpected. For this reason, I made my star ingredient be Okra to top it off. Here in #Haiti we call it Kalalou.

So here is my new recipe for Cream Cheese Dip with Crispy Kalalou!

Hope you enjoy! Because I definitely did. I may adopt these crispy okras to top more dishes after all, like salads, burgers, tacos, and more.

#haitibites #recipe #recette #cheesedip #creamcheese #dill #cashew #noix #okra #kalalou #yum #eeeeeats #yahoofood #feedfeed #f52grams #foodandwine #entertaining #appetizer #appetizers #dip #foody  #foodie #foodblogger #foodblog #recipeontheblog #linkinbio #food #foodday #worldfoodday
  • “Djondjon” Black Mushrooms Israeli Couscous With Lemon Butter Scallops & Crispy Sage
•
There are some people you’d like to have over for diner every night. Those special someones that you only get to see once in a blue moon, but that radiate an eternal glow of love and light onto you and your family by their simple presence. For those people, you want to cook something special. Something that feels like a thank you gift from you to them for greeting you with their presence.

Something like Djondjon Israeli couscous with lemon butter scallops and crispy sage. That sounds just delicious and as delicate and sophisticated as that special someone.
•
Luckily I have a lot of special someones in my life 😍 
No room for jealousy please 😉 •
#haitibites #recipe #recipeontheblog #djondjon #wildmushrooms #blackmushroom #israelicouscous #pasta #scallops #seafood #coquillesaintjacques #palourdes #lemonbutterscallops #searedscallops #lemonbutter #crispysage #sage #warercress #cresson #eeeeeats #yum #feedfeed #f52grams #yahoofood #foodblogger #foodblog #haiti #recette #instafood #instagood

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