Spicy slaw rooted in Haiti
You might need help pronouncing both the name and first product of Haitian-American Blonde Beauchamp’s new company, Craic & Blonde. Beauchamp is making pikliz (pronounced PICK-lese), a spicy vinegar-based slaw ($6.99 to $7.95 for 5.9 ounces, available in mild and hot varieties). Habanero peppers — minus their mouth-numbing seeds — are pickled with carrots, cabbage, and shallots in this traditional Haitian version of hot sauce. In a nod to the good times Beauchamp had while recently earning a master’s degree in business in Ireland, her company name pairs the Irish word for fun (craic is pronounced crack) with her own first name. No need for further translation. Just say “Pikliz, please.” Available at Shubie’s, 16 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead, 781-631-0149; Siena Farms South End, 106 Waltham St., Boston, 617-422-0030; Joppa Fine Foods, 50 Water St., Newburyport, 978-462-4662, or go to www.thecraicandblonde.com.