Recipe: Grilled Plantain spears with crushed peanuts | Boli Bopa

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This is so quick, it's silly. All you need are a few medium-ripe plantains (as pictured), some red palm oil, and a bit of salt & hot pepper. You can find the red palm oil at your natural grocer or, if you're lucky enough to have an African market, there. You brush on the red palm oil (back in the day I wrote a bit about this popular west African oil)... Sprinkle with salt and whatever spices you like (think hot, like cayenne... or mild, like paprika)... Grill until tender and … [Read more...]

Recipe: West African Peanut Kebabs | Suya

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My pantry's name is Patty.* She's actually just a shelf in the laundry room, above the vacuum cleaner and mop, but I love her all the same. Right now she could use a diet - she is packed with boxes upon boxes of noodles, rice, 8 kinds of oils, soup, 4 bags of coffee from around the world, 4 kinds of dried chili peppers, and fishy bouillon cubes I bought 2 years ago for one of our Global Table meals and promptly forgot to use (I'm going to go ahead and presume they aren't good any … [Read more...]

Recipe: Grilled Sweet Potato & Bacon Salad | Kumara

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When I read that New Zealander's love "kumara," I wondered what this dreamy word could mean. When I found out kumara are simply a variety of New Zealand "sweet potatoes," I was thrilled. Sweet potatoes are on my "will-eat-any-time-of-day-for-any-reason-especially-for-my-last-meal" food list. Not many foods make that cut. Today's salad takes inspiration from New Zealand's love of barbecue. For color I combined two kinds of sweet potatoes on the grill before tossing them with bacon, green … [Read more...]

Recipe: Grilled Island Fries

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Ok. So even in the summer I crave french fries. But I don't crave heating up a big pot of oil inside the house. There's a solution: grilled fries. The fine people of Nauru love their fries. While most of them enjoy deep-fried fries, we covered that with Belgium Pommes Frites. So, inspired by their island setting - where the fine people of Nauru love to grill - I thought it'd be fun to try grilled fries. And it was fun. In my research I found several ways to make these, including … [Read more...]

Recipe: An Alligator’s Bite (Bushmeat Skewers) w/ poll

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In the muddy waters of Namibia you can find all manner of crocodile. They are both hunted and hunters, so it's best to keep your wits about you if you find yourself in their snappish company. Since I live in the part of the world where alligators roam (or very near to it, as they can be found in Georgia, just a couple of states away), I made this quick substitution for this traditional Namibian bushmeat. If you'd like to know the difference between a crocodile and an alligator, I've been told … [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...]

Recipe: Balkan Burger (with poll)

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You don't have to know how to pronounce it to enjoy eating it. Pljeskavica. If this long, meandering string of letters makes you stutter, just clap your hands, because that's what Pljeskavica means - the sound of hands clapping as the "Balkan burger" patties are formed. And this is not just a big word. This is big food. This is the original "super-size." Not only are the patties large enough to cover a small plate, they contain as many as 6 cuts of meat from three different animals. … [Read more...]

Recipe: Ajvar, Roasted Pepper Spread

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Some days I dream about reinventing myself - pulling myself up, out of the ordinary into the wildly wonderful. On these ornery-sorts-of-days, I imagine myself strutting around in a bold color I've never worn before, like mustard yellow. On really good days I actually make these dreams happen. I become a mustard-wearing queen. Other days I just end up wearing mustard. Literally. That's the way life goes: sometimes change works, sometimes it doesn't. The fun is in the trying. Are you willing … [Read more...]