Saturday, December 3, 2011

got milk? - and some Haitian cookies?

Got Milk? It's a well known phrase and commercial and we all know what a great combination Milk and Cookies are.

Below is a common Haitian family cookie recipe.

Haitian Dirt Cookie Recipe

In a large bucket or bowel, sift in the dirt, shortening or oil and maybe some salt.

Gradually whisk in the water stirring continuously to produce a heavy liquid batter until it becomes smooth and creamy – a little kneading maybe necessary to help water penetrate all the grains of dirt evenly. Other ingredients maybe added deepening on personal preference. It should be noted, many recipes are handed down from generation to generation.

For better results - use pure clean fresh drinkable water.

Batter consistency - It can be more in a paste form or more liquidity - the "baking" time will differ. For better results it’s preferable to make the cookies on a nice clear sunny day so to allow the heat of the sun to fully bake the cookies dry in the open air. Depending the month of the year, the summer months with a hot scorching sun will produce a finished product faster and can be brought to markets sooner and be sold on the streets.

If the batter is in more in a paste form, the batter can spooned out into a 3 inch dollops or dough ball and then take the spoon to flatten out to about 4 inches to 6 inches round. With a liquidity batter mixture, pour the creamy rich batter out onto a level tarp, here again take the spoon to flatten out to about 4 inches to 6 inches.

Tis the season to bake cookies - but a new recipe is needed for these the dirt cookies are not nutritious, but they do fill your stomach, so the locals report.

Let's get the dirt out --

Depending on your palate, it’s been reported that the dirt cookies have an unpleasant taste. A reporter sampling a cookie found that it had a smooth consistency and sucked all the moisture out of the mouth as soon as it touched the tongue. For hours, an unpleasant taste of dirt lingered.

Your financial support makes it possible for us to feed children and families in Haiti. Nutritious meal packets cost less than $1.50 to produce and 94 percent of all gifts going to the feeding program, your gift will go a long way in the fight against hunger.

A single packet of food provides highly nutritious meals for six children and our produce by Feed My Starving Children.

$52 provides 216 MannaPack meals - $208 provides 864 meals for patients in a malnourishment clinic - $855 will fill ½ pallet with MannaPack meals to support a mountain village - $1710 provides an entire pallet of meals.

Let’s clean the tummies and get the dirt out - Help fill a stomach with real food.

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