I decided to set myself the challenge of a Culinary Tour of Africa. I had 6 dinner recipes, and 2 desserts to cook.
West Africa: African Peanut Stew
West Africa: Jollof Rice (and some Onion and Curry powder rubbed Drumsticks)
South Africa: Peri Peri Chicken (and leftover Jollof Rice)
East Africa: Kuku Paka, and Pilau (am attempt at Pilau…)
North Africa: Lamb Meatballs and Herb Couscous
North Africa: Shakshuka
Dessert! Malva Pudding
It was a fun experience. It was surprising to discover how much the country differs culinarily by region.
I attempted a few things for the first time:
First time Spatchcocking a bird (Cornish Hen)
First time making Meatballs.
And I discovered a few things about myself, such as: Owning a fancy expensive rice cooker has made me weak. I no longer seem able to cook rice on the stovetop. Unless I’m making rosotto. As you can see, both my African rice dishes turned to African Risotto of sorts..
All together, it was a lot of work and a lot of time. But it was worth it. I believe that food is the doorway to beginning to understand other cultures. Despite its nuances and differences, food is universal. And this was a fun way to do a little traveling myself. (I also watched BBC’s Africa thru all this.)