Monday Meal Review: Angola

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This is meal #5 in my personal challenge to eat one meal from every country in the world. I am something of an "Eeyore." I wear worry like it's going out of style. These are just a few of the things I worry about when I put on a dinner party: - will the food taste good? - what if I burn the food? - what if the food is raw? - what if I don't have time to finish the meal? - will my friends like the food? - will I like the food? So what about this weekend's Global Table? I was … [Read more...]

Recipe: Muamba de Galinha (Chicken Stew)

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Serves 4 Muamba de Galinha gets its unique flavor from Red Palm Oil. This spicy stew tastes great with yuca, or serve over rice. Ingredients: 1 lemon, juiced 4 garlic cloves, crushed 1/2 tsp salt 1 1/2 tsp chili powder 1 chicken cut into quarters 1/2 cup red palm oil 3 onions, diced 1 whole chili pepper 3 tomatoes, quartered 1 lb pumpkin cut into 1.5" cubes 1 cup chicken broth 1/2 lb frozen okra Method: 1. Mix lemon juice, 2 garlic cloves, salt, and chili powder and … [Read more...]

Recipe: Camarao Grelhado Piri Piri (Grilled Prawns with Peppers)

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Serves 4 Prawns are a real treat, especially on the grill! For this Angolan appetizer we thawed frozen prawns in some of the marinade overnight (in the refrigerator). This simple step saved us time on meal day. I'm honored that this recipe was featured in Penzy's Spices' 2012 early summer catalog. Ingredients: 4-8 prawns 4 cloves garlic, crushed 4 green onions, chopped 1/8 tsp minced habanero 1 tsp cumin 1/8 tsp salt 1/4 cup white wine vinegar 1/4 … [Read more...]

Recipe: Cocada Angolana (Coconut Dessert)

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Serves 4-5 Cocada Angolana is an intensely sweet dessert. Make sure to add plenty of cinnamon; the warm spice rounds out the flavor. Ingredients: 1 cup water 2 cups sugar 4 whole cloves 4 cups grated coconut 1 1/2 cups whole milk 1-2 Tbsp cinnamon Method: 1. In a large pot over medium heat, cook water sugar, and cloves. Stir until dissolved. Heat until mixture reaches soft-ball stage on a candy thermometer (about 240F). 2. Using a spoon carefully discard cloves. 3. … [Read more...]

Recipe: Bâton de Manioc (Yucca/Cassava Sticks)

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Serves 8 What is a Bâton de Manioc? The pounded flesh of the yucca root, wrapped in banana leaves and steamed for several hours. These dense yuca sticks are great cut up and eaten with stew. They take on the flavor of the banana leaves (which taste like steamed artichoke). Ingredients: 2 lbs yuca (cassava) tubers banana leaves or aluminum foil Method: 1. Peel tubers. 2. (This step is optional in the US) Soak the cassava tubers in a bucket of water for about 3 days. … [Read more...]

Red Palm Oil

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I first heard about Red Palm Oil on Tuesday, when I was digging around for Angolan recipes. I am cooking with it this weekend so time to get educated! Turns out there's been a lot of hype about Red Palm Oil in the natural foods/health food world. With good reason. Red Palm Oil ... -  is popular in parts of Asia, Africa, and Latin America -  has been consumed for thousands of years -  has a high smoke point (437F) -  is red because its high in beta carotene and … [Read more...]

Menu: Angola

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This week at the Global Table we're eating like Angolans, lovers of hot and spicy food. I've never cooked with Habanero peppers, so I am eager for this challenge. Hopefully I don't burn our mouths off! Camarao Grelhado Piri Piri (Grilled Prawns with peppers) [Recipe] Marinated Prawns in garlic, green onions, cumin, and habanero peppers Muamba de Galinha (Chicken Stew) [Recipe] Chicken seared in red palm oil, then stewed with pumpkin, okra, onion, tomatoes, and habaneros Baton de … [Read more...]

About Angolan Food: most like it hot!

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In 1992 I moved to Paris. I brought my love of brownies with me. There was just one problem. No one sold or made brownies (there were amazing croissants everywhere, yes - but brownies, no). I was only 13 years old and I was homesick. By 1995 I went to extreme measures to get my hands on some brownies. I asked any American within shouting distance for a recipe. In a strange turn of events an Irish priest handed me a recipe scribbled on a scrap of paper. I'm not sure who told … [Read more...]