December 29, 2023, Le Flambeau Foundation , Inc.
Haitians throughout the world make Soup Joumou every New Year’s Day to celebrate the independence of Haiti (January 1st, 1804). Haiti cast off the bonds of slavery and declared its freedom from France in 1804, making history as it set a precedent and became the first post-colonial black-led nation in the world.
Prior to Haiti’s independence the slaves were forbidden to eat a certain soup as it was determined to be too fine to be consumed by the slaves. Enjoying this fine soup, now called Soup Joumou, was one of the first actions of freedom taken as independence became a reality for Haiti on January 1st, 1804.
Soup Joumou is a celebratory meal consumed together with family and friends in the spirit of overcoming incredible challenges, achieving success, and enjoying the positive offerings ahead. A delicious meal for all. To all cultures we extend our warmest wishes as you celebrate January 1st. Happy Independence Day! Happy New Year!
You can view a short film by Dudley Alexis that shares the history behind the Soup Joumou tradition titled Liberty in a Soup. Following is the recipe. You may also view an instructional video on Youtube by clicking here. Feel free to adjust. The results will be delicious!
- 1 lb. cubed beef stew meat
- 1 lb. chicken
- 1 frozen squash
- 1 boniata
- 1 spinach
- 1 malanga
- 2 onions-sliced
- 3 large carrots
- 6 medium potatoes
- ¼ lb spaghetti or noodles
- 3 tbsp seasoned salt
- 2 limes cut in half
- 2 tsp. thyme
- 2 tsp parsley
- ½ cup scallions
- salt, black pepper, and hot pepper to taste
- Clean the meat with hot water and lemon and set aside in a bowl
- Add seasoning salt and set aside for 2 hrs
- Boil meat in stockpot with 3 quarts of water until tender (about 1 ½- 2 hrs)
- Add more additional water if necessary and remaining ingredients except noodles
- Cook for 20 minutes and add noodles
Enjoy with family and friends. Savor the spirit of new accomplishments. The future is bright
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