Tres bon gout: A feast for all the senses in Milot, northern Haiti

Poulet aux noix

Poulet aux noix

It’s hard to forget the virtues of the cashew nut if you’ve had Madame Maurice’s delectable Poulet aux noix at Milot’s Lakou Lakay.

The good lady served us a plentiful spread, which her husband assured us was typical of the region. This included Patat avec morue; Medley legumes de plats; de riz avec djon djon and pikliz in a Nescafe jar.

That would be sweet potato and cod; a mix of flavourful finely cut haricot vert, carrot batons and beetroot ruffles; rice with Haiti’s distinctive black mushroom and a vinegary pickle fragrant with the juice of sour orange and piquant with little orange and green peppers.

We finished with cups of rich aromatic coffee and a simple cracker topped with an exceedingly more-ish Confiture de tomates a l’anans.

The feast was an excellent introduction to northern Haiti’s charms.

Jack Kerouac

“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life”
– Jack Kerouac