Greg and I went to Church Avenue Bakery (1917-A Church Ave in Brooklyn) today for their Haitian-style patties. The woman who helped us explained that Haitian patties are generally not filled with curried meat and their crust is not colored with turmeric or egg yolk (like Jamaican patties). Haitian patties are light and crusty like a croissant. Today they were serving spinach, herring, chicken, beef, and cod patties. My favorite was the herring.
There were some Jamaican drinks on the menu (like sea moss) but we tried the mauby and the acassan. Unfortunately, I asked for the “akiyoo” because I misread the AK100 on the menu as “akioo”. Kind of embarrassing. I don’t know why I didn’t pay attention to the Haitian pronunciation of AK “one hundred” next to it, “acassan”. The acassan was a lot like one of those Naked protein smoothies. All of the drinks on the menu are made by hand at the bakery. Greg didn’t finish his mauby… which was probably in his best interest because I just found out mauby is a laxative.
There were a bunch of grocery stores calling my name over there in Flatbush by the bakery. One of them had a sale on fufu flour — 2 boxes for $5.00. Greg got the plantain variety and I got the malanga/yautía/cocoyam variety. I’ll post about that when I make the fufu.
We also stumbled upon the most beautiful historic neighborhood, Propect Park South. We fantasized the whole time about some day making it big and moving out there. We also saw a patch of grass on someone’s front lawn and stopped to take a picture. We were feeling very nostalgic.
The AK 100! Here is an acassan recipe from notrefamille.com