Monday Meal Review: Mozambique

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THE SCENE: Recently Tulsa was blown over by some pretty mighty winds. Trees scattered their branches - the old, the cracked, and the decrepit littered the neighborhood streets. The next day I walked with Ava while she rode her tricycle.  Every few minutes I stooped over to the pavement, gathering small twigs and branches until my hands were full.  I would use the firewood in our chimnea. While I hate to see something good go to waste, I still felt a twinge of shame when the occasional … [Read more...]

Recipe: Swahili Ginger n’ Milk Tea

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Whether the sun is blistering or the snow is falling, Mozambique has the answer for you. Ginger - crazy ginger tea. The beauty of this drink is in the simplicity. There's no long list of spices, as with Indian Chai (although, goodness do I love and adore a good cup of Chai). It's purer than that. Every mug gently cradles steeped black tea and fresh grated ginger, topped off with creamy milk and sweet spoonfuls of sugar. It's a little bit spicy and a whole lot of comfort. Served cold, this … [Read more...]

Recipe: Lemon & Garlic Piri Piri (with poll)

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Welcome to golden, fire-breathing sunshine. This is piri piri, a famous hot sauce in Africa which has hundreds (thousands!) of variations. Today's rendition comes from Mozambique, where bright lemon juice meets smooth olive oil, tiny hot peppers, and a healthy scoop of red pepper flakes. Piri Piri has her roots in Portuguese culture, whose influence is still felt today in Mozambique. Keep in mind that you can make piri piri by mincing a mountain of hot peppers, if you're brave. In that … [Read more...]

Recipe: Chicken Mozambique with Coconut Piri Piri

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Have you ever had one of those days where no amount of air conditioning cools you down? Where summer heat clings to your skin like extra, unwanted insulation? Where you don't even want to hold hands, for fear that one extra degree of heat from another human might make you cry? Yesterday was one of those days. It. was. hot. Sometimes washing my face solves the problem. Sometimes I have to soak my feet in cold water. Other times only the cold brine of the ocean will do (unfortunately … [Read more...]

Menu: Mozambique

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This is childhood: an overzealous hug and a kitty who has lost the will to struggle. This is also childhood: faces small enough to fit behind the glass. Both of these photos come from this week's lovely Global Table. I themed the menu around all-things-barbecue because steamy Mozambique has all sorts of BBQ goodness going on. The Piri Piri sauce can go on just about anything - rice, meat, soup, stew, so be brave and whip it up on your next whim. Even better, carry a little to your next … [Read more...]

About the food of Mozambique

Traditional Shangaan Dancing. Photo by JJ van Zyl.

I love a little eye candy in the morning. This week I searched Pinterest for Mozambique and found the most beautiful photos; sparkling clear waters, titanic mountain rainges, lovely ladies and adorable children. Page after page filled with the beautiful and the rugged, the charming and, yes, the unexpeted bits of the Southeast African country. Welcome to my new favorite hobby - looking up countries I know next-to-nothing about on Pinterest. In fact, the less I know about a country, the more … [Read more...]