Recipe: Spiced Peanut Powder (Kan Kan Kan)

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Makes about 1/2 cup This is my own version of the jarred Kan Kan Kan spice blend popular in Burkina Faso. The raw peanut powder offers a slight grassy flavor, dominated by heat from the chili powder and saltiness from the bouillon. Try with our Grilled Lamb Brochettes. While the jarred stuff alleges to be an aphrodisiac, I happened upon the description of this spice blend on an expat blog which - unfortunately -I can no longer track down. I mixed it together to taste. If you want the … [Read more...]

Recipe: Bolivian Peanut Soup (La Sopa de Mani)

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Serves 4 Bolivian peanut soup is a delightful way to serve up good old fashioned meat and potatoes. Cook this soup gentle and slow. If you do, the beef will be moist and tender and the potatoes will bursting with the flavor of their juices. The most unusual part of this soup is biting into the occasional crunchy peanut. Serve with Bolivian Hot Sauce. Ingredients: olive oil (or peanut oil) 1 large onion, chopped 3 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tsp oregano 1 tsp cumin 1 lb beef, cubed 1 … [Read more...]

Recipe: Stoofvlees (Belgian Beef Stew)

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Serves 2-4 (on a bed of French fries) Stoofvlees is a typical stew in that there are as many variations as there are people making it. Depending where you live in Belgium, Stoofvlees might have more or less vinegar, slightly different spices, and a textural range from soupy to thick and sludgy. My thick, hearty version sits well on fries, but if you want it more "soupy," feel free to add more beef stock. Ingredients: For the marinade 1 pound stew beef, cubed 1 onion, chopped 3 … [Read more...]

Recipe: Kangaroo Bites with Mango and Pineapple

Grilled kangaroo is tender thanks to an overnight marinade

Serves 10 The longer kangaroo ages, the stronger the flavor. If you like less gamey meat, purchase frozen kangaroo. To keep the meat moist and tender, marinate overnight and don't cook too long. This recipe produced meat that tasted a lot like steak (to me). Ingredients: 2.5 pounds kangaroo loin, cut into 1" cubes skewers - about 20 1 large mango 1/2 pineapple cubed or pineapple tidbits Mango marinade: 1/2 cup whole milk yogurt 1 cup mango juice 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 … [Read more...]

Technique Thursday: How to Properly Cook Kangaroo

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Here's a sentence I never thought I'd utter: "There are 2.5 pounds of kangaroo loin in my deep freeze." Yippee! I'm very much looking forward to cooking the kangaroo but, at $19.99 a pound I want to be sure and cook the meat properly. Plus, I figured you were curious, too! What I found out: Kangaroo meat is dark, like beef,¬†and lean. Very lean. With only 2% fat, proper preparation and cooking is critical to kangaroo. Step 1: An overnight marinade is ideal. This will … [Read more...]