Mit mit a, an Ethiopian spice mixture, is used to spice up and flavor stews, or w'ets. It is made from the small and hot African chiles that we know as piquins and is sprinkled over raw meat (kitfo), especially lamb.
Pili pili, also called piri piri, is served as a table condiment in all West African countries, where it heats up grilled meat, poultry, shrimp, fish, and even vegtable dishes. Nearly any green chile can be used to make this sauce. Some recipes call for tomatoes or tomato sauce to be added, and some recipes call for red chiles, either fresh or dried. To make Pili Pili Mayonaise, combine 1 tablespoon of this sauce with one cup of mayonaise and serve with cold, cooked, shelled sprimps or prawns.
Nowadays it's easy to re-create the chili that Wick used in the first cook-off against H. Allen Smith--just buy some of the famous Wick Fowler 2-Alarm Chili Mix. Or, you can follow the recipe below, which chili legend holds is Wick&rquo;s original version that he cooked in Terlingua in 1967. Remember to remove the Japanese chiles and the chilipiquins before serving. If this chili is too hot, Wick recommended drinking a pint of buttermilk.
This aromatic mixture from North Africa is also found in Turkey and Jordan. It is sprinkled over tajines and vegetables. Tunisian cooks make a paste of it with olive oil and spread it on bread before baking. The cayenne is optional. Sumac seeds are found in Middle Eastern markets.
The use of peanuts, also called groundnuts, in soups and stews is common over all of Africa but is especially popular in the west. "Chop" is African slang meaning food or a meal. The vegetables in this stew can be varied to suit your tastes; if you do, however, eliminate the okra it will alter the consistency of the sauce. The important step to remember in preparing this soup or stew is to mix some of the broth with the peanut butter before adding to the soup to keep it from curdling and breaking apart.