Menu: Rwanda (& Giveaway)

Today is one of those days. I feel like singing. You see,sometimes a country is so far from anything I know, I have no idea what to expect. Then a meal like this happens. Fun. Interesting. Satisfying.

With each bite we’re a little closer to our friends across the deep, salty blue.

This is Rwanda: simple food, full of cozy comfort. Each item on the menu is a regular staple, from the bananas to the plantains, and from the sweet potatoes and to the crushed peanuts.  Let the warmth carry you through the blustery chill, all the way to the other side of winter.

P.S. Consider enjoying  this meal lakeside, as though you were in Rwanda.

P.P.S. If you can include a gorilla in your company, even better. Rwanda is known for her beautiful Mountain Gorillas.

All recipes and the meal review will be posted throughout the week.

Vegetarian Agatogo with Collard Greens  [Recipe]
A nutritious and satisfying stew of plantains and collard greens simmered with tomatoes, onions, and garlic. Finished with a sprinkling of crushed peanuts.

 White Sweet Potato Fries [Recipe]
Sweet potatoes are one of the main staples in Rwanda, and are especially beloved as fries.

Tropical Fruit [Recipe]
 Rwandans love any and all tropical fruit (think pineapple, mango, bananas and more), but especially enjoy their salads with a bit of fresh, butter avocado.


Get your fall cooking in gear with this Global Gourmet Gift Basket from Saffron Road.

This gift basket has a set of super cute wooden spoons, spring green measuring cups, a coordinating dish towel and a World Cuisine apron. Finally, you will be equipped with three premium quality broths to whip up your favorite fall recipes.

If you can’t use the gift basket yourself, the holiday season is just around the corner. Gift hunting for your Great Aunty, twice removed? Done!

Love, love, love!


These are the all-natural (yay!), kettle cooked broths you’ll find tucked inside:

And, in case you were wondering, Saffron Road offers All Natural, Halal certified products. In their words:

“We know that great food begins at the farm, so we source our ingredients from only the finest producers available. It’s no coincidence that we buy from small sustainably run farms. All of our livestock are humanely raised with 100% vegetarian feed and are never given antibiotics. Our Halal tradition demands their proper care and welfare.”

.. they can be found in your local Whole Foods. Plus… they are now at more than 3 dozen retail locationsnationwide, including Stop and Shop, and Food Giant. Hello… that’s great news!



Congratulations, Kc192 who said if they had to eat the same soup for five years:

Oh wow… I love soup… My first thought was baked potato soup. Then i changed to creamy chicken and wild rice. Then I think I settled on tomato. Although chicken and corn chowder sounds sooooo good….

Please email me by November 19 to claim your prize!

Answer our Giveaway Question:

If you could only eat one soup for the next five years, what soup would it be?

There’s no right answer, so have fun with this one…

That’s it!

Bonus entries will be provided for those that tweet this giveaway with hashtag #globalgiveaway and/or share it on Pinterest and Facebook.

Leave your answer in the comments below. One winner will be chosen at random and announced in the Monday Meal Review on November 12 , 2012. Prize must be claimed by November  19, 2012. Saffron Road is sponsoring this giveaway. They wanted to share some global foodie love with you. Enjoy!



  1. dutchgirl says

    Definitely creamy tomato soup! You could wake me up at night for a hot steaming bowl of this stuff!

  2. I recently tried a black bean soup that was fantastic. So for me it would be black bean or a yummy Italian soup, nice and hearty!

  3. Nice menu! A spicy Chinese wonton soup would be my choice, closely followed by the classic French onion soup.

  4. Oh wow… I love soup… My first thought was baked potato soup. Then i changed to creamy chicken and wild rice. Then I think I settled on tomato. Although chicken and corn chowder sounds sooooo good….

  5. Love your photography Sasha !Not a soup person but if i have to choose one,Tomato Basil soup will do.

  6. I could eat tomato soup for the rest of my life. Any kind. My mom’s, my version, the one they sell at Mod’s on Boston in downtown Tulsa… Any version I would try. I want some now. Excuse me…

  7. annaclarice says

    A warming bowl of Chinese Hot and Sour Soup. Light enough to eat it any time but warming enough to make me feel warm on a cold winter’s eve.

  8. If I could eat my boyfriends homemade crab chowder for the next 5 years I would be aokay with that!!!! Thanks!!

  9. Christine Costa says

    It probably can’t be defined as “soup,” technically, but a hot steaming bowl of pho!

  10. I would have to go with lentil. I already eat it all the time, and I get to cheat a little here, since there are so many varieties of lentil soup.

  11. Francesca says

    I would eat “zuppa di farro”, the Tuscan soup with spelt, beans, rosemary, garlic, olive oil… Yum.

  12. My own chicken and wild rice. Hearty and healthy, flavored by dried porcini mushrooms and heavy on the vegetables.

  13. ‘3 B’s’: bones, beans, barley! Infinite variations. Just cooked my first Fall turkey, as much for the carcass as for the meat. Boiled the bones for the broth (3B’s). Found some yellow split peas in the pantry, along with the ever-present barley. With a few root vegetables (and some leftover spaghetti sauce), a lovely soup.

  14. So difficult to decide. My first thought was a curried sweet potato soup which is absolutely wonderful, but I think that I would choose an Italian-style sausage, bean and pasta soup. So delicious! With tomato, spinach and beef broth, I don’t think I’d ever grow tired of this one.

  15. I would eat Saffron Road artisan roasted chicken broth. I spent a lot of time in the hospital battling head/neck cancer and even had my mouth wired shut for a while, and had to eat through tubes in my nose. So from experience Chicken broth filled me, on a daily basis and provided me with the nutrients I needed. Funnily I still love it, cooking with it, etc. You would think I would never want to touch the stuff again, but no, I still love it. Now that I can cook/eat normally I use it in a lot of my dishes esp. to make other soups, so yup I am standing with this decision.
    Best Wishes

  16. Vienna says

    If I had to stick to one soup, it would probably be Italian Wedding Soup the way my Nonna used to make it. Lots of spinach, tiny meatballs, no past (in her version), but a beautiful “lace” of Parmesan, eggs, and breadcrumbs drizzled throughout.

  17. My grandmother’s beet borscht with homemade kluski! I love all of the Polish foods that she made!

  18. NepaliGirl says

    Lentil soup or “dhal” ! I have been eating it almost everyday for past thirty years already 🙂

  19. Mo Elizabeth says

    I could not live without Chicken Soup! What would happen when I got sick if I didn’t have it?

  20. Leslie says

    Homemade, Manhattan Clam chowder with; thyme,garllc and chopped fresh parsley, green pepper, celery, onion, carrot, roasted tomatoes and cubed red potatoes, add extra red pepper flakes, at the end to taste. Yum healthy and good tasting. Add a baguette and a bottle of Pino Grigio and friends to share it with.

  21. I know it sounds boring, but def. chicken noodle. I like a lot of soups, but if I could only have 1 for the next five years, I wouldn’t get tired of good ole chicken noodle soup!

  22. Marina says

    Right now, in the fall season i feel like eating creamy pumpkin soup with sweet potatoes the whole time! 🙂

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