Cookbook offers help for Haiti

Chef David Greenwood-Haigh, right, with Rotary Club of Stamford St Martin's member Karen Steinhauer and New College Stamford students, Joe Bartram, 19, and Paige Fenner, 17

Chef David Greenwood-Haigh, right, with Rotary Club of Stamford St Martin's member Karen Steinhauer and New College Stamford students, Joe Bartram, 19, and Paige Fenner, 17

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A TASTE of Creole cooking was on offer at the launch of a Haitian recipe book.

The Rotary Club of Stamford St Martin’s hosted the launch night of chef David Greenwood-Haigh’s new book, Bon Mange Kreyol, or Good Haitian Cooking, at New College Stamford on Tuesday evening.

The book is a collection of recipes inspired by Haitian cooking. It came about after David’s visits to the Caribbean country to help with the relief effort, following the devastating earthquake in January last year.

Profits from the book, which costs £10, will go towards the Hands of Hope charity, a Christian group which offers support to impoverished families in Haiti.

A total of 41 guests at the launch party were treated to a variety of Haitian dishes cooked by NVQ 2 and VRQ 3 catering students from New College Stamford.

Courses included Joumou Haitian Soup of Freedom, which is a spiced pumpkin soup, seared red snapper and a trio of lime desserts.

Rotarian George Hetherington, who helped organise the launch, said: “It was a great success. Andrew Brook, chairman of Hands of Hope, said it was like a dream come true.

“The book shows everything that is Haitian. It is full of sayings and pictures and captures the sense of Haiti.”

The launch also featured a talk from Andrew Brook and a presentation from David Greenwood-Haigh about Haiti.

David works as a chocolatier for Divine Chocolate.

The book was designed by Rotarian Karen Steinhauer, and 1,000 copies have been printed.

As well as a range of recipes based on authentic Haitian cuisine, it contains information about the country’s rich culture and history.

To buy a copy simply fill in the coupon available in the Mercury.