This year has seen me adding to the Haitian recipes on this blog. Since I am half Haitian, I was feeling very guilty when I realized I had no Haitian recipes previously posted. Anyway, here’s another one to add to the collection.
This week, I have selected the BM theme of Kid’s Delight – Whole Grains. As children, my sister loved this cornmeal beverage and would beg my Mom to make it, meanwhile I hated it. As I got older (around age 12) and my taste buds evolved, I then began to appreciate it. My sister is 7 years older than me, so maybe it’s the older kids who can appreciate the flavors in this. Regardless, when made with whole grain cornmeal, it is very healthy so you should at least try it for your kids and hope they’ll love it, like my sister did.
Corn often times gets overlooked in the whole grain discussion. We usually think of whole wheat, quinoa and millet. Corn also gets a bad rap because of the whole high fructose corn syrup controversy. However, it is a very healthy grain – very high in anti-oxidant power in comparison to other whole grains.You should try to buy unenriched cornmeal, which is whole grain and still includes the germ and bran in the milling process. However, even processed cornmeal is a good grain alternative.
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 3 star anise
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 cup cornmeal
- a dash of salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 12 oz. can evaporated milk
Combine 2 cups of the water with the salt, cinnamon stick and star anise in a saucepan. Bring to a boil.
In a small bowl, combine cornmeal and remaining water to form a paste. Slowly add to boiling water, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove cinnamon and star anise.
Add vanilla extract, evaporated milk and sugar. Chill in the refrigerator.
Enjoy with Pain Patate – Haitian Sweet Potato Pudding!
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