Soup Joumou Anyone?

January 1, 2018

Since I can remember on New Years Day my family would make a big deal about making Soup Joumou.  I knew it was a tradition but I wasn't sure why?  As an adult I've learned why it so important to make this delicious dish and share the history behind the soup with the next generation.


{Soup Joumou (French: soupe au giraumon) Haitian tradition holds that the soup was enjoyed by the slave masters on the former French colony, while the Haitian slaves were forbid it.

Consequently, Soup Joumou is traditionally consumed on New Year's Day (January 1), as a historical tribute to Haitian independence in 1804. A famous mildly spicy soup native to Haitian cuisine.The soup is traditionally based on a large winter squash that resembles a pumpkin. The squash slices are simmered in a saucepan along with pieces of beef, potato, plantains and vegetables such as parsley, carrots, green cabbage, celery and onions. The pumpkin is then puréed, usually in a food processor, with water and the purée is returned to the saucepan, where salt and seasoning along with garlic and other herbs and spices are added. Thin pasta such as vermicelli and macaroni and a small amount of butter or oil is sometimes also put in. A small amount of lime is added before serving. The soup is always served hot and is usually accompanied with a sliced bread with which to dip in the soup. -Wikipedia}









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