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I am Nkatie Cake

Nkatie Cake

I am Nkatie cake! I hail from the West african nation of Ghana. I have difficulties remembering when I was born but I think it was around the time that processed sugar became widely available in Ghana. My first name, Nkatie or Nkati means groundnuts (peanuts) in Ga and Twi respectively, both local languages in Ghana and my surname is adopted, apparently from some sweet tooth folks from Europe a very long time ago. In Ghana some people affectionately, i’d like to think, call me “jaw breaker” probably because I really am not that easy to chew.

I may not be easy to chew but I am super easy to make. Unsalted roasted groundnuts (peanuts) and some sugar is all you need to breathe life into me.

roasted peanut seller ghana

Roasted peanut vendor

My favourite hang outs are usually on the streets of Accra and elsewhere in Ghana, usually perched on the head of a vendor. Ironically, the roasted groundnut or peanut you need to make me also come perched on the head of a vendor.  I guess I am what you’d call a typical Ghana street food.

These days I have become trendy and would normally be referred to as a snack. People make me to serve at parties and at momentous events. Foodies may yet turn me into a cult snack, in the mold of kale or some healthy green coloured fruit juice maybe. Who knows? I may just get off the heads of those tiresome gossip mongers and finally assume my rightful position on a slate plate in a fancy restaurant. In fact I am certain I have all the qualities needed to grace the finest food festivals in the world. The doyens in food and travel magazine such as Saveur have already started making noise about me.

This is my story rather like the content I hail from. My pioneer journey in this world on here is merely the beginning.

Nkatie Cake

Nkatie Cake

Crushed peanuts and sugar

Nkatie Cake

Nkatie Cake

 

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