Recipe: Corn with Plantains

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Serves 4 Corn with plantains is a common pairing in West Africa. Add a little heat with your favorite hot pepper, or use regular bell peppers. Our version is vegetarian/vegan. Ingredients: 1 tsp red palm oil 1 lb fresh or frozen corn 2 yellow plantains 1 chili pepper (I used a poblano from my garden that turned red), diced 1/2 cup water Method: Heat up a little oil in a medium pot. Chop up a couple of plantains... ... and add them with the corn. If you're … [Read more...]

Recipe: Fried Fish

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Serves 3 Fried fish is a common food around the world. At its best this dish is crispy with a moist,¬†flaky¬†interior. The secret to great fried fish is to preheat the oil completely before adding the fish. Also, dredging the fish in a little flour ensures a golden, crispy surface. You can use any fish, just watch the thickness - thin pieces will cook up in a flash. Ingredients: 3 fish fillets (we used catfish) 1/4 cup flour 1 tsp pepper 1 tsp salt Method: In a large plate, … [Read more...]

Video Saturday: Cameroon

Happy Saturday! This BBC video is all about eating bush meat in Cameroon - hunting and cooking it. Hunting for food is common around the world, even today - despite supermarkets and other conveniences. Enjoy! httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOe_4lTRhU0 … [Read more...]

Menu: Cameroon

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My husband about climbed the walls with excitement when he found out we were making Groudnut Croissants (well, there was a five second delay, until he realized that by "Groundnut Croissants" I meant croissants spread with ooey gooey peanut butter). Who wouldn't? Peanut butter rolled up into a steaming croissant? Yes please! Our Cameroonian menu represents a crossroads of cultures and traditions. With elements of West African and French cuisine, the simple recipes below are easy to prepare and … [Read more...]

About the Food of Cameroon

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Wild bush meat and French pastries. If you're going to stereotype Cameroon, that's just about the best way to do it. This unusual food combination stems from Cameroon's origins, in 1961, when this African country formed from the union of two colonies, one British and one French. Like most coastal African countries, the people on the shore towns of Cameroon rely on fish, serving them up grilled, fried (recipe), steamed in banana leaves, or stewed with plantains, corn, yams, or beans on … [Read more...]

Recipe: Cambodian Grilled Eggs

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Makes a dozen eggs I met my match with Cambodian Grilled Eggs. My patience and sanity were pushed to the limits. Not one to take a beating, however, I salvaged what I could from this tricky recipe and ended up with twelve super tasty eggs. This popular Cambodian street food makes for a fun side dish at a barbecue. You'll be *almost* stress-free if you prepare everything a day ahead, saving the last step for the barbecue itself. Definitely DON'T make this dish last minute. You'll be … [Read more...]

Recipe: Grilled Corn with Coconut Milk

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Serves 4 Sweet and tropical, our recipe is inspired by Steven Raichlen's Planet Barbecue. His version adds sugar and other goodies to the coconut milk basting liquid. Our corn on the cob is a little simpler - basted straight up with plain coconut milk. The creamy coconut milk gives corn a mild tropical flavor - perfect for a summertime barbecue. Serve with extra coconut milk on the side, for those who like to slather on extra coconut goodness. Ingredients: 1 small can of coconut milk … [Read more...]

Recipe: Chicken and Pickled Lime Soup

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Serves 2-4 Although Cambodian Chicken and Pickled Lime soup is light and healthy, the broth contains considerable zestiness from the sliced pickled limes. If you don't have time (or the right weather) to pickle limes, substitute fresh lime juice and zest to taste. The flavor won't be the same, but you'll get the spirit of the dish. Our recipe was inspired by Karen Coates' travels to Cambodia. My version includes lemongrass because it is growing like crazy in my garden and I thought this … [Read more...]