Recipe: Cornmeal Pap

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Serves 2-4 In Botswana, Cornmeal Pap is eaten with the fingers, dipped into stews to pick up additional flavor. Like soft polenta, Cornmeal Pap goes well with any stewed meat or vegetable. The mixture stiffens up quickly, however, so serve immediately after cooking. NOTE: Please use white cornmeal for authentic pap. (I had to substitute yellow) Ingredients: 1 cup cornmeal (fine or medium grind is best) 1 quart stock (vegetable, chicken, or beef) salt pepper Method: 1. In a … [Read more...]

Recipe: Stewed Beef (Seswaa)

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Serves 2-4 Seswaa is traditionally highly salted. In fact, the simplest renditions of this yummy dish are made with nothing more than beef, salt, and water. Our version includes onion and minimal salt, since I was serving it to my daughter. The thickened juices become rich from long, slow simmering. Something between gravy and pulled pork in texture, this dish would be wonderful poured over biscuits. Ingredients: 1 1/2 lbs beef, cubed (I used chuck) 1 large onion, chopped water 2-4 … [Read more...]

Recipe: Stewed Spinach Greens

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Serves 2-4 I love this easy, no-nonsense, super healthy side dish from Botswana.  Simply steam spinach in its own juices until all the vegetables are soft. If you'd like to leave the tomatoes a little firmer, add them half way through cooking. Ingredients: 1 lb baby spinach 1 large onion, sliced thinly 2 tomatoes, chopped 1 green pepper, sliced thinly oil salt pepper Method: 1. Add all ingredients to  a large skillet or wok. Cover and heat over medium-low, stirring … [Read more...]

While I’m Cooking: Bostwana Video

Today I thought I'd share a PBS clip and then one from the funny  British car show, "Top Gear," in Botswana. There are seven parts to this video out on youtube, and I would highly recommend them, if you enjoy this first segment. They go over the salt flats, through the kalahari, and then the Okavango … [Read more...]

Fun Fact Friday: Botswana (with poll)

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Aren't Friday's are just ... the best? A day of completion - the week's end - on the eve of renewal! I hope your Friday is wonderful. For a little entertainment, check out these factoids about Botswana... On the dry side... Two thirds of Botswana is covered by the sands of the Kalahari desert. In these parched areas, a variety of wild melon supply water and nutrition to inhabitants. Vegetables are often salted and dried for preservation. The marama bean, encased in a hard shell and … [Read more...]

Technique Thursday: How to prepare and eat Loofah

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Yes, you read that right... loofah. I had no idea that when I began eating food from all around the world, I would end up running across loofah. Turns out, in Botswana, as well as many, many other countries, Loofah is common eats. The more I read about it, the more I realize that Loofah is not so "exotic" as I originally thought. Whoa, now. Before you run off to your bathroom to slice and dice and cook up your loofah, let me explain. When I say loofah is common eats, I don't mean the … [Read more...]

Menu: Botswana

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Although simple in preparation, our Botswana Global Table relies on the freshest produce and meat, as well as gentle, slow cooking for fantastic depth of flavor. PS. Ava turned one on the 4th! Happy Birthday, Ava! Stewed Beef (Seswaa) [Recipe] Slow-cooked beef with just water, onion, salt, and pepper. The meat is often pounded to make a fine texture and flour can be added to thicken the stew into a gravy. Stewed Spinach Greens [Recipe] Spinach cooked slowly with onion, tomato, bell … [Read more...]

About the Food of Botswana

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Today is a great day. While learning about the food of Botswana, I raised my eyebrows at least five times. I love days like that. Plus, I almost convinced my husband we were going to be eating worms. That's right. Worms. You should have seen his face. The people of Botswana prize Mopane worms as a national specialty. This unusual delicacy is actually a caterpillar who earned its name by feeding on the local Mopane tree. The worms are eaten fresh, dried, or canned with tomato sauce or … [Read more...]