Gumby, Dude!! Awesome of you to pop in - lemme fix you a plate!
Tough week for immigration law, employment/unemployment, the stock market, Russian spies and local aid...Still the privileges and largess we take for granted living in the USA are so glaring as I delve into learning about the many countries I'm cooking in (27 so far). I continue to be humbled by the spirit, courage and resilience so many people in our world face simply to provide a meal for their families with very little.
Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)(AF): Slightly larger than Colorado, Burkina Faso, formerly known as Upper Volta, is a landlocked country in West Africa. Its neighbors are Côte d'Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Benin, Togo, and Ghana. The country consists of extensive plains, low hills, high savannas, and a desert area in the north.
Here's a short list of some of the hardships the people of Burkina Faso have endured due to numerous coups, natural disasters and foreign exploitation.
Gumby, Dude! So awesome of you stop by - lemme get you a mini place setting PDQ!
The basic ingredients - egg plant, cabbage, peanut butter, onion, tomato paste and couscous
Grate the cabbage
Cook up the couscous (follow the directions on the package)
Crush the tomatoes (you can substitute a can of kitchen ready crushed tomatoes)
Add the grated cabbage and egg plant to the peanut, tomato mixture, cover and simmer
Whoaaaa!!! Gumby AND Barack in one night?? That's fresh.
Ian and Liam chowing down and...the happy cook - it's not every day Barack AND Gumby drop in!!
Munyu Caf Couscous
*The original recipe was written using kilograms, so I've converted to make it easier to follow
4 cups couscous
4 cups assorted meats, cubed (I used chicken)
1 1/2 cups peanut butter
1 large onion, chopped
3 tomatoes, crushed
6 tbsp oil
1 tbsp tomato paste
1/2 cabbage, shredded
2 small aubergines (egg plant), cubed
Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a large pot and add 4 cups couscous. Immediately shut off flame, stir couscous, cover and let rest.
Meanwhile, heat oil in another large pot and brown the meat in this before adding the onions, tomatoes and tomato paste. Mix thoroughly then add enough water to just cover and stir-in the peanut butter. Add the other vegetables then cover and simmer for an hour (adding more water as necessary) until everything is cooked. Serve the vegetable and meat stew on a bed of the couscous.
Final Assessment: Very tasty and filling. The egg plant and cabbage combined with tomato and peanut flavor was delicious.