Menu: The Gambia

Can anyone look at these babies and not smile? I mean, really. I love, love, love the joy pouring out of their faces. This picture could be used to replace depression medicine. And I just know it can help you do your taxes. That’s right. For anyone in the USA who has yet to file their taxes, take a moment to look at these babies, absorb the joy and peace. You’ll be calmer, nicer, and your brain won’t feel as much like scrambled jelly over the next 72 hours. That has to count for something.

Our Gambian menu features a special burst of fresh and local flavor – the spinach and green onions came from the very first day of the Cherry Street Farmer’s Market in Tulsa. Nothing like opening day at a farmer’s market, when all the goodies are vibrant, plump, and just waiting to be snapped, popped, and nibbled. I simply shut my eyes and imagined I was in Gambia. The temperature was about right – over 90 degrees.

West African Spinach with Groundnuts (Peanut Butter) [Recipe]
A nutty take on cooked spinach, typical of West Africa. Sliced red peppers and green onions add sweetness and crunch. If you’re feeling adventurous, swap the bell pepper with a hot chili pepper.

Mango and Ginger Cream Parfaits [Recipe]
Celebrate fresh mangoes with a delicate ginger cream sauce. The ginger cream sauce is a standby from The Gambia’s former days as a British colony. For a more casual approach, forget the parfait and simply spoon the sauce over a bowl of fresh mango.

Lover’s Iced Ginger Lemon Tea (Gingembre) [Recipe]
Spicy, hot iced tea – this oxymoron is totally possible with the heat from freshly grated ginger. A bright burst of lemon juice tames the wild flavor.


    • Sasha Martin says

      Does she love the water? Ava will swim all day if she could. Although she does like to dump water on other people with scoops.

  1. Jessica Bennett says

    Great picture! And I’d definitely swap the bell pepper for a chili pepper (I really don’t like bell peppers, plus I love heat). I’ve never tried mango and ginger together- sounds delicious!

    • Sasha Martin says

      That’s so funny – I am crazy about bell peppers (all but the green ones). Mango and ginger is a brilliant combo. That recipe posts tomorrow… let me know what you think!

  2. Caroline says

    Definitely adding the spinach recipe to my “must try list”. Unfortunately, I am not a big fan of ginger. I’m going to have to wait and read your recipe reviews about the strength of the ginger flavor before I decide on the others! I do hope you find them extra tasty, though 🙂

    • Sasha Martin says

      Oh good! You’ll have to post up a review once you try it. I’ll be interested to see another opinion.

  3. Great picture and first paragraph, but from my initial glance I really thought that you were suggesting children were on the menu. “Can anyone look at these babies and not smile” they’re just soooo delicious! It made me laugh anyway.

    • Sasha Martin says

      Ha ha – thanks for the laugh. No Hansel and Gretel *this* week. 😉

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