Eat a baguette like a west African

I know it’s springtime and I’m supposed to be nibbling lettuce, trying on my bathing suit five times a day, and sipping nothing but water. Life doesn’t always work out like that. Last night, for example, I was in huddled in the closet with Miss Ava. That’s right – my noisy almost-two-year-old and I were waiting out two rounds of tornado sirens.

It was chaos.

Fearing for my life makes me crave comfort food. If you are surviving on lettuce and water, please forgive me for this post. You might wait a day to try on your bathing suit.

I thought I’d heard it all when it came to baguette sandwiches. I was wrong. Here are two West African sandwiches that I would gladly eat while hiding from a tornado:

The Omelet

This one is pretty straight forward, but about as decadent as it gets: a deep-fried omelet laid across a baguette. It’s sold at the tanganas, or street food shacks, that you can find along dusty dirt roads in the Gambia. For those of you who frequent Burger King, it might sound familiar. Maybe that’s where B.K. got the idea from?

According to Lonely Planet, the common accompaniment is instant coffee with loads of sweetened condensed milk.

The Neibbe

Take a hot mixture of beans, tomatoes, onions, and spices, and tuck them tucked into a giant baguette sandwich slathered with hot sauce. This vegan sandwich sounds epic.

What would you try? In case either of these don’t appeal, you could always try the coupé coupé sandwich (bbq meat) that we made last week.

Source: Lonely Planet The Gambia & Senegal


  1. Jessica Bennett says

    Oh, those sandwiches sound equally good! I can’t seem to find more details about the Neibbe, but I’d like to make one. Do you have a recipe somewhere?

    Obviously you survived the tornado. I hope it didn’t do too much damage. We had a bad one come through here last week, and a couple thousand were affected. Fortunately, many area residents and organizations are offering donations, food, and shelter.

    By the way, I watched The Social Network last night. Well done. It made me have sympathy for Zuckerberg. I wonder if that was Kevin Spacey’s doing. He was executive producer, and he seems to like characters where you don’t know whether to loathe them or feel sorry for them.

    • Sasha Martin says

      Jessica, I don’t have a recipe. I found this information in the Lonely Planet guide (see link at bottom of post).. and there isn’t too much information given beyond what I’ve said.

      The sirens went off because circulation was found, but there was no lowering, thankfully. I’m sorry to hear about the one that hit hear you. Tornadoes are so terrifying.

      I enjoyed *The* Social Network too 🙂 I agree with what you say about Spacey. Almost always makes for interesting watching. I googled Zuckerberg and found some interviews and found him to be a LOT like how he is depicted in the movie.

    • Sasha Martin says

      Hi Alicia – welcome 🙂 I’m glad to have you on the Adventure. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

  2. I still have to find something I won’t eat inside good bread. Last holiday in southern Italy (Calabria, to be precise) I ate a sandwich containing nothing but remaining of the pork after butchering (legs, feet, skin, bones and so on), boiled in water and their own fat for 5 hours or so. The meaty part was sort of ok… The jelly one, I admit I could not finish it. Eek.

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  4. Jennifer Welcher says

    When I was in Gambia we survived on niebbe, benechin, and domadah. I’d love to find decent recipes for these!

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