Menu: Ghana

I’m starting to think my closet will never be cleansed of my wooly, winter-wear. Sure, the sun is trickling down through the leaves, but the heater is on full blast. The last few days have dipped into the thirties overnight. Sunday afternoon we even brought my sad lemon tree back inside, straining to pull the giant bushy tree back over the threshold to prevent more leaves from dropping 0r, worse, yet, to avoid losing the baby lemons. Even my once-happy tomato plants are complaining of frost damage.

To think – just last month it was 93F.

What can I say. That’s Oklahoma weather for ya.

The good news is our Ghanaian menu is great for all weather conditions. Indeed, many Africans eat spicy, hot food, even in the summer. The logic? Spices and warm food in hot weather induces heavy sweating; when your forehead breaks out into a sweat,Β the droplets catch a breeze and cool you down. Brilliant.

Of course, it helps that many Ghanaians cook in outdoor kitchens.

What sounds good to you?

Red Red (Black eyed peas in red sauce) [Recipe]
Stewed black-eyed peas with curry, red palm oil, poblano peppers, onions, and tomatoes. Often served with fried plantains [Recipe]

Spicy Chicken Peanut Soup (Groundnut Soup) [Recipe]
Chicken simmered in stock lightly seasoned with natural peanut butter, hot peppers, onions, and tomatoes. You can make this as spicy or mild as you’d like. Great served plain or over rice.

Watermelon Lemonade [Recipe]
Burst into summer with this refreshing mixture of watermelon, fresh lemon juice and sugar, to taste.

All recipes and the meal review will be posted by Monday morning.


  1. Jodi Heitmann says

    They all sound good. Guess you’ll get me cooking again! πŸ™‚

  2. Jessica Bennett says

    That is a great picture. When you do your cookbook (yes, I picture you in the future having a printed cookbook), you must have that picture in there.

    • Sasha Martin says

      He started it and I thought “oh my goodness, that is too cute” and ran to get the camera. I was afraid I’d miss it, but they were still happily sipping away. Phew.

  3. Tina says

    Can you imagine how many people we all know who would love this blog? I think I’m going to start sharing the entries more regularly and see how many people I can make smile every week! I’m a big fan of watermelon and lemonade, but have never tried them together. Can’t wait!

    • Sasha Martin says

      Tina, you are going to love the watermelon lemonade. Thanks for reading and sharing. I hope you’re feeling better since yesterday…

  4. Ruby says

    Cute picture and great idea to put another type of liquid into the watermellon. It looks like you are inspiring people back to the kitchen and cooking or else the international restaurants (lucky for me hubby still cooking away awesome stuff but if I have to anytime soon will be refering to this blog). Am sure that will happen even more after your book comes out ;), with today’s versions of “books,” such as Nooks and Ipads am sure you can add the video too.

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