Okra originated from the Nigerian Igbo word Okuru. The new world especially the creole world has championed it for centuries as gumbo. I crave my okro stew or soup with as much viscosity as possible. This tends to be the favoured African method with the addition of sodium bicarbonate to make it even more slimy. The recipe below is the traditional Ghanaian okro stew.
There’s a whiff of culinary greatness about rice and beans combos in general. I’m pretty sure it has a lot to do with the fact that the combination provides both protein (beans) and carbohydrates (rice). Waakye is the local Ghanaian name given to this rice and beans combination. I recall having this in plantain leaves with assorted meat and fish, shito, waakye stew, gari, boiled eggs and macaroni as sides as a kid
Quimbombo similar to gumbo is okra based and has it’s origins in Africa. It is a popular stew in Cuba and is known to have been introduced into Cuba through the slave trade.
Ghana Chicken stew with rice holds a special place in my heart. This dish signified new beginnings and transition from boyhood into manhood. This was the dish my family had every Sunday without fail. The day that we all put on our Sunday best and waltzed into church.
Nkontomire or Kontomire is the name given to Cocoyam leaves or taro in Ghana. Taro which is a source of vitamins A and C is also native to other countries in Africa such as Nigeria (biggest producers in the world), Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. In Egypt they are called kolkas and in Europe it had been used since Roman times
Gari Foto (Foto is pronounced as Fortor) has always struck me as a functional energy packed meal for time poor folks. It is not a dish to be swooned over for its visual aesthetics and neither does it lend itself to gimmickry.
Red Red is simply black eyed beans in tomatoes, onion, pepper, palm oil mix sauce served traditionally with fried plantain and or tatale. This meal must have elicited so much red passion and excitement in folks that it was named twice! Red Red!
An Omelette with toasted bread (great meal if you are planning on shutting your brain and lazing about with a remote control in hand) but with duck eggs instead of chicken’s!
This stew will lovingly pepper you back with kisses hard and fast but if you prefer a little bit more T.L.C then i’d highly recommend that you move on to something else. This should really be had and enjoyed as it was dreamed up by our Ethiopian ancestors – spicy!