Menu: Benin

Although Benin is an impoverished country with many people living off a simple diet of fufu, yam, rice, and beans, the cuisine also offers upscale, global flavors, most notably influenced by French flavors and techniques.  For example, this menu features crab, an commonly fished for in the south of Benin, prepared in a simplified French manner with eggs and vegetables.

Crabs from Benin [Recipe]
Lump crabmeat baked with egg, onion, garlic, tomato, and hot chili peppers

Pureed Black-eyed Peas [Recipe]
Steaming hot black-eyed peas are pureed and beaten with butter

Coconut Rice [Recipe]
White rice simmered in rich coconut milk

Green Baby Bananas in Orange Sauce [Recipe]
Bananas baked in orange juice and brown sugar. Serve hot as is, over plain cake, or with ice cream.


  1. Ellen says

    I absolutly love your blog! I read it everyday and I think it’s so awesome that someone in our seemingly uninteresting town of Tulsa can do something so interesting and bold. Mondays and Tuesdays posts are my favorite but everyday is interesting. If you ever need an enthusiastic dinner guest, I’m offering!

  2. John in Tulsa says

    Can’t wait to try these dishes. They sound scrumptious and simple.

  3. Megan says

    I am a little disappointed that you didn’t go with the “deep fried peanut butter.” Just typing the words made me a little happy. It sounds like a really interesting country. Can’t wait to see the pictures! 🙂

  4. Hi,

    i don’t speak really well in english, but i found great the way you travel, we maybe could share experiences, i invite you on my facebook profile ’cause we’ ve Benin love in common.

    Have a nice day

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