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16 April 2011 Dinner News – Nigerian Election Day

Jollof Rice with Plantains and Salad

Jollof Rice with Plantains and Salad

Today is the dawning of a new era in Nigeria – Presidential elections with independent observers and country rich in natural resources ready to turn the page on decades of mis-management and greed.  It may not get the bandwidth that the Middle East commands, but let us all hope that it doesn’t need it. Many invading cultures and the influence of regional tribes make this a colorful and flavorful way to bring the news to your dinner table.

The Menu

Entree

Plantains and Eggs Revisited – Shrimp and Persimmons bring a tasty twist

Egusi Soup – Made with the seeds of the unique Egusi melon.  Pumpkin seeds can not be used as an alternative. Palm oil and crayfish make this dish an adventurous dish for a typical American pantry.

Suya – Peanut crusted beef kabob.

Pepper Soup – Offers African spice mix with mega mart substitutes for a combination that can be found by a home cook.  The recipe also calls for ground crayfish which our local Asian market carries.

Tuwo shinkafa or Masari with Gbergiri Stew – Mashed rice or corn served as a side to locust bean stew.

Side Dish

Funkaso – Millet pancakes that soften this hard grain with a 4 hour rest and can be served with a main or as dessert with honey.

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11 March 2011 – Republic of Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

Election Tension
Continues to Grow

Girls selling corn and eggs

Girls selling corn and eggs

The Meal

Meals are a community affair where talking is discouraged.  Elders eat first to ensure the food is not spoiled and rice is often rolled into a ball and used to scoop meat and sauces.  Once the meal is over a bowl of water is passed around to clean your hands.

Divine Chocolate Bars

Republic of Côte d’Ivoire is the largest exporter / producer of chocolate in the world, but they hardly use the beans in cooking.  You may have noticed Divine chocolate bars in the organic section of your grocery store, but the story behind them goes much farther than the beans themselves.  Fairfood.org web site has a good guide explaining the challenges with the production chain, how they prioritize the issues, what solutions they have put in place, and what sustainability initiatives are currently underway… including Divine chocolate bars.

Entrees

Kedjenou (Whats4Eats)

Slow cooked chicken and eggplant stew.

Calalou (Answers.com)

Shrimp, meat, and spinach stew that crossed over to the Caribbean as a soup of the same name.

Ivory Coast Halibut (Answers.com)

Fish, pumpkin, coconut, and rice casserole.

Side Dishes

Foutou (iAgora.com)

Boiled plantain and cassava mashed into balls.

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Posted by on 11 March 2011 in Africa, Ivory Coast

 

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