Sendy Nervil has Instagram cooking channel

BROCKTON – In St. Louis, Haiti, Sendy Nervil, an 8-year-old girl, walked two blocks to a fierce running river and spent the day watching her grandmother scrub clothes and cook recipes passed down for generations. The family caught fish and picked ripe mangos hanging on the trees.

Nervil, now 26 and living in Brockton, films herself cooking Haitian recipes for YouTube and Instagram and has more than 48,000 followers. 

“By the age of 12, I was a master at cooking. I knew how to make complicated dishes like legume,” said Nervil.

Legume is a beloved dish in Haitian cuisine. It’s a mixture of stewed vegetables and an array of meats and sometimes crab for a fancier dish. The different regions of Haiti have different versions of the dish, Nervil said.

Legume is not easy to make and requires several hours of preparation and cooking.

The dish is served with fried plantains, white rice and sometimes yellow yams.

Sendy Nervil, of Brockton, holds up a platter of pate on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021.

In Haiti, girls are taught at a young age to cook and clean, Nervil said. She spent her childhood exploring the mountainous region of Haiti with friends and exploring her love of cooking.

“What I like the most about cooking isn’t eating but seeing people’s reactions to my food and them telling me how good it is,” Nervil said.

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