Monday Meal Review: Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, & Republic of Congo

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NOTE: This is the MMR for three countries: Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Republic of Congo. We had some grand plans, Mr. Picky and I. We were going places. Specifically,  to a new house. Actually, it was built in the 1960's. But it would have been new to us, once we bought it. The house we're in is from the 50's, so this one seemed light years newer. As with any home, there was good and bad. The good? A quiet retreat on Lake Keystone with lake views and private … [Read more...]

Recipe: Fish with Banana Leaves (Liboke de Poisson)

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Serves 4 Steaming fish in banana leaves - extremely common in Africa - results in a light, healthy dish. Liboke is a congolese word (in the Lingala dialect) for packets of food cooked in banana leaves. Ingredients: 4 fish fillets (I used tilapia, you can use any white fish you like) 4 banana leaves (or sheets of aluminum foil) 1/2 onion, thinly sliced 1-2 tomatoes, thinly sliced lemon juice, to taste salt cayenne pepper Method: First, prepare the banana leaves. Trim off … [Read more...]

Recipe: Goat in Banana Leaves with Spicy Peanut Sauce

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Serves 4 This traditional African dish combines peanut butter with goat, two of the most common ingredients in many parts of the continent, especially west and central Africa. Hot peppers and cayenne add kick. Ingredients: 1 lb goat meat, cubed 1/2 onion, sliced thinly 1 poblano pepper, sliced thinly 4 12"x12" banana leaves (or sheets of aluminum foil) For the Sauce: 3/4 cup peanut butter 1 Tbsp bouillon 1/2 tsp cayenne water, as needed (I used 5 Tbsp) Method: Cube up … [Read more...]

Recipe: Congolese Mushrooms with Fresh Lemon Juice

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Serves 4 The people of the Congo forage for mushrooms deep within the forest. Mushrooms provide important nutrients and calories, especially when meat is scarce. This recipe is all about the lemon - with a flavor so intense that it brightens up any dish. Would be great with fish or wild rice. Ingredients: oil 8 oz button mushrooms, sliced 8 oz shiitake mushrooms, sliced 8 oz baby bella mushrooms, sliced 1 lemon, juiced salt & pepper Method: Heat up some oil in a large pan … [Read more...]

Recipe: Comoros Sandwich

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Serves 1-2 Piled high with juicy, sweet tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers, and rich eggs and mayo, this sandwich is popular in Comoros. Ingredients: 8" piece of baguette (I had to buy wide-style - "rustique" so it holds more) 1-2 tomatoes, sliced 1 cucumber, sliced (or 1/2 an english cucumber) 3 hard-boiled eggs mayonnaise, to taste Method: Slice a baguette in half lengthwise... watch your fingers! Spread with a thin layer of mayo. Or thick, if that's more your … [Read more...]

Recipe: Mashed Plantains

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Serves 4-8 The plantain's dense texture makes this a particularly hearty side dish. Our version is a rather coarse mash - like extra heavy duty mashed potatoes. You could keep going until it s as smooth as you'd like (you may need some hot liquid, like milk or stock, to help though). Ingredients: 5 ripe plantains salt pepper 3 Tbsp butter Method: Make sure your plantains are ripe. This is what ripe looks like... the blacker they get, the sweeter they taste, and that's a … [Read more...]

Video Saturday: Comoros, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo

Kick off your shoes, sit back and take a "slide show" trip to the stunning Comoros Islands. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSmxkyHVM6E&feature=related And then there's the Congo... worms, worms, and more worms. While this video is rather silly, it does show photos of authentic Congolese food. Plus, who am I to criticize silliness? httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60zZAIbsVpI What's for dinner at your house? I hope you have happy plans! :) … [Read more...]

Congo Bars, Extinct Fish & Margaritas (with poll)

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Happy Fun Fact Friday! I had the most wonderful, GIANT margarita earlier, so I am going to keep this brief. Mostly because I keep misspelling words. (don't worry, I'm writing this Thursday night, not Friday morning ;) ) #1 In case you were wondering, Congo bars are not an authentic Congolese dessert. If they were, you can bet I would have made a batch (or three). #2 There's a big, crazy-looking fish that lives in the deep waters near the Comoros islands. Its called the … [Read more...]