Cuisine - African
This tasty clarified butter is a basic ingredient in the preparation of traditional Ethiopian foods. It is also great spread on breads of any kind.
This is the green chile counterpart to Ethiopian Berbere, but there are some differences. It's green, it's much milder, and instead of placing it in stews, it's a condiment or dip for breads and meats.
Fish is such a common and cheap food in West Africa, it's no wonder that there are numerous recipes for spicy fish cakes such as these. Try them served hot with a spicy dipping sauce.
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.
Here is another popular fritter from West Africa with two sources of chile heat. Serve them with a dip
The blending of eggplant (often called garden eggs) and fish creates a unique taste treat from Ghana. The extra taste addition comes from shrimp. Because the eggplant is salted to remove excess moisture, go easy on any additional salt when cooking this dish.
This dish originates from Africa but was adopted by the Portuguese and is now one of their main dishes served in restaurants, cafés, and bars. It is a simple but tasty dish, and is a fond memory for me. The dish is usually served with crisp hot french fries, but you could serve boiled new potatoes if you prefer. Note: This recipe requires advance preparation.
This South African recipe is a party favorite. However, take care to not over cook the calamari; it turns from tender to tough and chewy very quickly, so removed from the pan the moment it is done.
Here is an unusal-- and spicy-- salad from Madagascar.
Nitir kebe is Ethiopian spiced butter that is an ingredient in many that country’s dishes. It certainly gives an exotic twist to a summertime favorite in the U.S.A. Be sure to buy ears with some of the stalk attached for a great handle. The spiced butter freezes easily.
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