Monday, January 29, 2018

An Exotic Dinner

Cuisine de Côte d'Ivoire et d'Afrique de l'Oeust is a very exotic cookbook that I bought on my most recent trip to Paris.
In English the title is "The Cuisine of Ivory Coast and West Africa." I have never had West African food, but I'm curious
and we were ready to experiment -- finally since we've had the book for over a year.
We picked a recipe with obtainable ingredients: chicken, onions, tomatoes, peanut butter, okra, eggplant, chicken broth,
small hot peppers, thyme, and bay leaf, to be served over rice. There were some very startling recipes in the book,
especially the ones that called for "smoked agouti" which is a rodent-like wild animal -- the greater cane rat in English.
According to the recipe, I browned the chicken and onions and added the tomatoes. Then I prepped the eggplant which
you can see at left. I readied the okra, which was frozen, and the peanut butter.
I used two jalapeños and one serrano pepper.
After cooking the chicken and tomatoes for half an hour, I added
the rest of the vegetables. Then, as directed, I cooked it another half hour.
A bowl of chicken and peanut sauce with rice. It was extremely delicious and we both really liked it.

7 comments:

Jeanie said...

I can practically smell it from here! Yum!

Beth F said...

looks good

Judee Algazi said...

I once made a West African soup and it called for peanut butter too.. must be a common ingredient in this type of cooking. Very weird about the rat recipe. Glad you found a recipe that you enjoyed

Claudia said...

That looks really yummy! We have some of what might be those greater cane rats here, trying to get my papayas before I can. I've got the Marcus Samuelsson book on African cooking - The Soul of a New Cuisine - which is misnamed to my way of thinking, as it is an old cuisine. Excellent resource all the same.

Carole said...

Lovely colour. Cheers

Esme said...

Anything with chicken and peanut sauce is always a winner

Laurie C said...

Looks absolutely delicious! We have a large Cape Verdean population in our city so we can get most West African ingredients pretty easily, but I don't think I'll ask for smoked agouti any time soon!