Menu: Senegal (& Giveaway)


Those of you who have read this blog before know my refrain “We create peace when we learn about each other, when we understand one another.”

To be clear, learning is not the same as understanding, but to understand we must learn. And we can do this through food.

And so here we are.

Well, today I found a very similar saying from Senegal:

“In the end we will conserve only what we love;
we will love only what we understand;
we will understand only what we are taught.”

The beauty of these words is in their simplicity. To conserve is to protect. Yes, our environment. But also each other. We must find our way to love through learning, friends. This week, by learning about Senegal, we’re coming closer to love. To peace. To conserving each other and our beautiful cultures.

Let’s do it.

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

Senegalese Salad [Recipe]
It’s not too late to bring in the New Year right. Try this lime squeezed black-eyed peas salad tossed with peppers, parsley, and green onion. Served with sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, avocado, and hard-boiled egg. This is health itself.

Chicken Yassa  [Recipe]
Chicken braised in onions and lemon juice, spiked with mustard and green olives. All served over rice.

“PB & Peanut” Sugar Cookies | Cinq Centimes [Recipe]
An indulgent treat inspired by the street vendors of Senegal. You’ll only need 3 ingredients.

Weekly Giveaway

Today, because there’s nothing better than helping others, I’m giving away a $50 Gift Card to Ten Thousand Villages.

If you haven’t been to this amazing site yet, you’re in for a treat. Each product is Fair Trade and made by local artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.

That means everything you purchase helps people in villages who are working hard to make a living.

It’s honest. And cuteness abounds.

Here’s just a few of the hundreds of products they sell…


The little bicycle dude toy? Ava’s getting one for Valentine’s Day.

Lil’ Mr. Orange Head is only $10, which just about knocks me over.

Of course, there’s also fine products selling for several hundred dollars, if you’re looking for something fancy pants.

[dropshadowbox align=”center” effect=”lifted-both” width=”350px” height=”” background_color=”#f1f1f1″ border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]How to Enter:

1. Leave a comment in this post and tell me the nicest thing someone has done for you lately.

2. For extra entries, share the contest on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter (#GlobalGiveaway). [/dropshadowbox]

UPDATE: Loving all these comments today! Makes my heart happy to know such love and kindness is in your lives. We can keep the goodness flowing, by paying it forward. xo Sasha

UPDATE #2: A winner has been selected (scroll to the bottom of our Meal Review to see if it’s you!)

Winner will be chosen at random and announced on January 14, 2013. Prize must be claimed by January 21, 2013.


  1. Kelster says

    I was invited to Christmas dinner when my plan was to spend it alone – moping (ha!).

  2. My mom brought me an old pressure canner and some mason jars after she found out I wanted a pressure canner. It used to belong to a lady that I really respected, that had passed away. Come to find out it was saved from a landfill/recycle bin. It is in perfect condition.

  3. My younger brother brought home a bouquet of gorgeous pink flowers to welcome me and my two-day-old daughter back home from the hospital! 😀

  4. My sister made caramels the other day for us to have in the house. So, fattening but nice nonetheless.

  5. donna says

    A friend was in NYC and picked up some grape molasses for me at an awesome ethnic market so that I could make authentic Turkish Simit!

  6. Nicole (MyLoveForCooking) says

    I absolutely love everything about this post! We are definitely kindred spirits girl! 🙂 Thank you for sharing this. XO Nicole

  7. Ellen says

    Everyday my mom takes care of my dog while I’m at work which she doesn’t have to do but she does. I’m grateful everyday.

  8. my fiance bought me a new nikon lens, something i was going to purchase anyway but he beat me to the punch. also, my dear friend nuria hosted a Spanish Churros Breakfast recently for me because i was craving it. one of the best Saturdays in a long time.

  9. Megan says

    My mother paid a ridiculous amount of money to ship Christmas and American treats to me and my husband in South America (the package just arrived two days ago). I never knew how much something simple like barbecue kettle cooked potato chips could remind me of home. It was so nice to have a taste of home. Now I’m trying not to eat everything too quickly!

  10. Kristin says

    My brother-in-law helped my son order all of the parts for and assemble his own computer!

  11. My coworker offered to meet with my clients so that I could stay home when I wasn’t feeling well – even though she was already swamped with her own stuff!

  12. The nicest thing someone has done for me lately is when we took our female dog into the vet to get spayed. She had some complications once they got in to do what they needed to do. Her surgery could and should have cost us well over $200, but the vet knew our situation with my husband being laid off work and cut us a break and only charged us $150. They asked us to pay it forward, which we will happily do.

  13. annaclarice says

    Knowning that my Christmas stocking is always hung “just for looks” my friend brought me a stocking filled with goodies on Christmas Eve.

  14. My husband took our 8 month old this weekend for father/son time on Saturday and Sunday so I could scrapbook and relax 🙂

  15. My mom spent lots of money to get 2 Christmas packages to me on time (she shipped them from Florida to Portugal!)

  16. A friend of mine looks after my son for a few hours every week to give me time to work on a personal project. She has three kids of her own so she has her hands full … I appreciate it enormously!

  17. Jessica Bennett says

    I haven’t been feeling well recently and having trouble getting around. One of my neighbours has been helping me- yesterday she helped me get my trash/recycling out to the curb. I couldn’t have done it myself. I have been so thankful for her help.

  18. Sleepyheadedmom says

    My son gave me a big hug and told me “I love you and I hope you live for a hundred days”. (his concept of time is off but that was sweet), and my fiance bought me a new hand mixer the other day. I’m a lucky girl.

  19. My sister hand carved and painted a kokeshi-style replica of one of my corgis. She knows how much I love my dogs and kokeshi. This was an amazing, thoughtful and beautiful gift. This was not a Christmas present just a random act of love.

  20. Deanna says

    Last night an acquaintance greeted me at a volunteer committee meeting, then reached over and gave me a hug. We’re not close friends, but she had no idea how much I needed that right then. I had backed my car into the garage door just as I left for the meeting and was feeling pretty bad… She must have a sixth sense!

  21. My husband surprised me with flowers just the other day, something small, but very special coming from him.

  22. simone says

    My coworker keeps bringing chocolate treats to work for me, just because she knows I’m a chocoholic 🙂 Love working with her, she’s a very thoughtful and kind lady! And we just watched the movie “Pay it forward” a few days ago .. loved it!!! The collective biggest nicest thing was a meal train organized by my moms group when I had my second daughter. Virtual strangers making lovely and yummy meals, hand delivered… That really blew me away!

  23. Nancy says

    The lock on my classroom door broke yesterday, locking in my purse, phone, car keys and computer. It wasn’t fixed till this morning. My coworker bought me dinner and took me to our evening class.

  24. Katherine says

    My best friend and her husband turned their bedroom into a restaurant with 1 table and served a tenth anniversary dinner to my husband and me.

  25. Kendra says

    A couple of weeks ago, a group of friends and I went to Mimi’s for breakfast. Sitting in the booth next to ours was our senior pastor and his young son. We go to a very large church (more than 6,000 people attend weekly), and our pastor has only been with our church for a couple of months, so he recognized us but didn’t really know us. We said hi to him but didn’t want to interrupt his time with his son. After they had left, our waitress came to our table and told us he had just paid our $60 bill, and included a large tip!

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  27. The nicest thing someone’s done for me lately is when my best friend gave me a belated christmas gift yesterday and it was just so perfect and iconic of our relationship- she is the greatest!!

  28. What an awesome giveaway! This week, someone I have only recently met offered to bring me dinner to help out because she knew my husband was going to be away.

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