I am a coastal girl. I grew up close to fisherman’s markets, and they always had their fresh catch for sale everyday. While there was no lack of customers looking to buy the fresh seafood on offer, there were usually leftovers from the day’s catch. Typically, leftover seafood is smoked and dried to prolong its shelf life, and is later sold to use in local stews and soups. Sometimes however, fishermen just ate the leftover catch of the day, especially if there was an abundance of smoked or dried seafood. This fisherman’s fried rice recipe is a rendition of one of the delicious meals that could be made with the daily leftover catch.
Hello my people! Mother’s day here in the U.S. is fast approaching, and for mother’s day brunch, I wanted to make something easy, delicious and something that reminded me of home. Typical brunch food seemed rather boring to me, so I pulled out my “small chops” hand book. There is a lot of Indian and Middle eastern influence in Africa, and in East Africa, these Sambusas are the African sisters of Samosas. They are essentially the same thing, but in a lot of east African countries, meat is added to the filling. I have had Sambusas/Samosas with potatoes and meat, with rice and meat , and like in this case, with peas and meat.
I am trying not to start my recipe posts with the usual “I love…”, so here goes my attempt. Once upon a time, I was introduced to a Senegalese restaurant in downtown Baltimore by one of my dear Cameroonian friends. This trip created a soft spot in my food heart (aka my belly) for Senegalese cuisine. As a Nigerian myself, I thought that nothing could rival Nigerian food in this spot, but after I tasted the National dish of Senegal, Thieboudienne, there was a mini war for my food heart. Thieboudienne is a mouth watering rice and fish dish that is like nothing I had before.
I struggled for a little while coming up with the title of this recipe. As some of you may know, this picture looks like your typical egusi soup, but it is not. I, like many people I know live in “abroad”, which means I don’t always have easy access to African ingredients. Luckily for me, I do have an African store close by, so I don’t always struggle to find my home ingredients. Truth be told, African stores don’t come close to providing as much variety as is found back home, but… it meets the needs here just fine. One day however, I was out of Egusi…
When I had fish rolls as a kid they sucked! My mom never made fish rolls, and the ones that I bought from street vendors and fancy restaurants sucked! Then I grew up and made friends from Cameroon that made awesome fish rolls; nothing like what I had as a kid. A perfect combination of a crisp and light crust with a savory fish filling. Let me tell you the story of how I shifted from hating fish rolls and share the recipe that made me fall in love with them.
Keema Chapatis are kind of amazing. There is really little to say about it. What’s so amazing about this amazing stuffed flat bread?… Let me tell you.
Africans eat Ramen noodles? Yes we do, not like you may think, but yes we love our Ramen. Instant Ramen is mostly popular in Western and Southern Africa, and the way we tend to eat our Ramen is usually different from the way the rest of the world eats Ramen. Here is how…
So I didn’t post a new recipe last week. Well, I went on a brief reflective journey, and as part of my reflection, I thought about food… A lot!! Don’t laugh at me, but as part of my food reflections, I thought about bullion cubes…
I don’t always eat spicy food, I promise! I do admit that I love the tantalizing burn of spicy food on my tongue, and the depth of flavor that comes from spicy peppers that sometimes may to be masked by its heat. Like I was saying I don’t always eat spicy food. For those who like mild meals, this Moroccan rice salad is your fix.
So if you have seen some of my earlier posts, you would know I really enjoy cooking with seafood; I could eat fish all day if I had the chance to. Well, for those who love seafood as much as I do, this is going to be one of your favorite recipes for prawns ever.