Menu: Togo

togo-menu

The last three people I’ve told that I’m cooking Togo have asked me what kind of food Togo is, not realizing Togo is a small west African country. So, friends, let’s learn together. Let’s put the Togolese spirit on our tables… along with a bit of their food.

We’ll get to the menu we selected in a moment. First, let’s discuss the ‘spirit’ part of the meal. This week, I sought out some inspirational words from Togo.

I had no choice. I’ve been feeling overwhelmed lately. For starters, I’ll be speaking in front of 3,000 people at the World Domination Summit in Portland, Oregon. No biggie (total biggie!!). ┬áSecond, I’m about to turn in the next 1/3 of my memoir (I foresee a few all-nighters to finish the pages up). Third, my daughter is about to turn four (when on earth did that happen?). Fourth, I’m about to celebrate my fifth year of marriage (seriously, where has the time gone?). Fifth, I just spent the weekend visiting with my BFF from high school. It’s been 8 years since we saw each other last, and now I miss her. Again.

Phew.

When I scanned all the proverbs for a bit of cheer, I found one that really spoke to me.

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Perhaps that is the key. Even in the midst of stress and change, we must continue to forge on. We must continue, chin held high. After all, we can still see… even when crying. Do you agree?

Let’s consider this proverb from Togo, over a bite of food.

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

Grilled Togo Chicken [Recipe]

Grilled chicken legs that were marinated with onion, garlic, ginger, and red palm oil. Add some cayenne for heat, if desired.

Tomato Cornmeal Cakes with sauce | Djenkoume [Recipe]

Think polenta, or perhaps even sand castles… but with the signature flavor of red palm oil, tomatoes, onion, garlic, and ginger.

Oof, I feel better already!

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Comments

  1. Samantha says:

    Thank you for posting this timely proverb~ been feeling really stressed lately due to assessment and I think I just might have failed one. :o But your words really spoke to me. I hope you’ll be able to overcome those mountains with your head held high. I know you have a lot of cheerful spirit!

    • Sasha Martin says:

      Just remember, failure is relative… whether or not you failed the assessment, things will work out and you’ll continue forging your path, one way or another. Good luck!

    • It’s not failure – it’s pre-success! That’s my theory anyway. I’m doing a course starting in September where you have a whole module on the importance of failure and iterative design in the creative process… so I reckon there must be something in it :)

  2. Portland, huh? That’s about 45 minutes south of me! If you get the time when you’re there, check out the Fubon Asian Market on SE 82nd…and make sure to visit VooDoo Donuts!

    • aunty eileen says:

      What is perceived as failure… is an abundance of experience and knowledge…. wisdom!

      Equally important is to ‘follow the gut’.

      • aunty eileen says:

        I believe ‘wisdom’ is the brightest star to reach for: from wiki: “Wisdom is a deep understanding and realization of people, things, events or situations, resulting in the ability to apply perceptions, judgments and actions in keeping with this understanding. It often requires control of one’s emotional reactions (the “passions”) so that universal principles, reason and knowledge prevail to determine one’s actions. Wisdom is also the comprehension of what is true coupled with optimum judgment as to action. Synonyms include: sagacity, discernment, or insight.”

        Many years ago when my husband and I were dating while at a country fair… I saw and instantly fell in love with a hand made item for sale. All hand made with items from the earth. A large oval rock and a small oval rock surrounded with dried grass for the nest holding the small rock, a flat piece of rough old wood (for the base) and a petriefied graceful branch which holds the large oval rock. The large rock was painted to represent an OWL……. I still have it and cherish it as one of my most beloved posessions.

  3. Enjoy yourself here in Portland. Just remember there is an awful lot to see. You’ll wear yourself out seeing it all. Best of luck on your presentation. What you have to say is well worth hearing and interesting. I’m sure you’ll do a great job.

  4. Brian S. says:

    This menu looks fantastic. Sometimes outside a restaurant I see a sign like this and it makes me think of Togo and I tell whoever I’m with “Look that restaurant features Togolese cuisine!!”
    http://www.ahappyhippymom.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Chilis-to-go.jpg

  5. Classic Brian! Good luck at the summit Sasha!

  6. …the better part of Wisdom is turning a failure into a victory…

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