Perfect Blends originated from wonderful memories of my youth. My beloved grandmother raised me in New York City on the Upper West Side. We spent a lot of time in the kitchen together, where I would often assist her. My main task was to cut and combine a variety of fresh herbs such as parsley and scallions, and different spices such as scotch bonnet pepper and cloves in a blender or a wooden mortar. I would grind those ingredients, using a pestle to mash them into a paste.
This paste was added to all the wonderful meals she created in the kitchen. I recall the delightful aroma of these blends of herbs and spices while cooking on the stove. It was during those treasured moments with my grandmother I learned the origin of the recipes and cooking methods of our homeland, Haiti. She would tell stories about her childhood, the different lessons she learned. The benefits of wholesome cooking, living a healthy lifestyle, and using fresh herbs to balance one's diet were a must. Making her own seasoning ensured she was getting the right amount of salt and natural ingredients without sacrificing flavor. Surprisingly, she too had the same task in the kitchen as a young girl.
In many traditional Haitian homes, women would create their own 'Epis,' which means seasoning/spice in Creole & French. This method is the staple of Haitian cooking, combining a variety of fresh herbs and spices. These mixtures added a healthy, savory flavor to all their meals, which was essential to their health and everyday cooking. The Epis was used as a base to flavor soups, stews, marinated meats, fish, and sautéed all legumes.
Now married with children, I've kept those great memories and traditional recipes alive. As family and friends enjoy my meals made with these blends they rave about the unique authentic flavors their palates experience. They urged me to share my homemade creations with everyone who desires healthier options of seasonings and wants to add some zest to their everyday meals. I hope you enjoy!
Perfect Blends LLC
In loving memory of my beloved grandmother Marie Bouzi