Sunday was the festival of Books and Food at FSIL. Students and staff are all asked to purchase a book to help the school to build its library. The day of the event, the books are available to be read and people do passage readings. As this is going on, students sell various Haitian delicacies, and particularly regional specialties.
Selling their wares
Orpha with the collection of books
I tried the specialty from Jeremie, called Tonm-Tonm. It was made by these hardworking ladies, who were beating up the root that makes the yellow stuff in the picture below.
This is the dish.
My instructions were thus: “Cut off a bit of the yellow stuff, put some sauce on it, and swallow. DO NOT CHEW.”
First attempt at “just swallow”
After I got the hang of it, it was actually pretty delicious: the root that they ground has almost the texture of bread dough. Just another day of exploration.