Garden egg stew is one of the most popular stews in Ghana. It has the African egg plant commonly known as garden eggs or (known in Ghana as nyadua in the Twi language, s3b3 in Ga, ntrowa in Fanti and Agbitsa in Ewe and solanum aethiopicum in Latin) as its main ingredient.
Never mind the fact that these roasted potatoes are arguably healthier. No deep frying pan in sight. These are dusted with West Africa’s suya or chinchinga spice before roasting for that extra flavour. They can be served as part of any meal, although they particularly go with roast or tray baked chicken.
No self respecting party in countries like Nigeria, Togo and Ghana goes ahead without the ubiquitous (egg) fried rice. This and other West African twists to the original Chinese fried rice is what this recipe is about. There is no need for Chinese spices, soy sauce or oyster sauce. Instead these are replaced with optional typical West african spices and peppers.
As breakfast, street foods and snacks go, koosé or akla is one of my absolute favourite. Growing up in Accra, I thought this was a purely Ghanaian or perhaps more specifically a Hausa breakfast snack until I learned in multi-cultural London that Akla (as my household called it) or koosé (as others, mainly the Hausas in Ghana called it) was somewhat universal.
Piri Piri, (also spelled peri peri, pili pili) and which means “pepper pepper” in Swahili was synonymous with a handful of countries, notably Mozambique, South Africa, Angola, Namibia and Portugal. Go to any notable restaurant in the main cities of these countries and there is a good chance that any seafood platter you order will come with grilled piri piri prawns.
Piri-piri or peri-peri is Swahili for ‘pepper-pepper’ otherwise known as the African birds-eye chilies. It is a hot chili that comes originally from Mozambique, where it was adopted by Portuguese settlers.
Abobie or Abobi (anchovy pepper sauce) is a delicious fresh pepper sauce mainly found in the Volta region of Ghana. The main ingredients are pepper (habeneros, green peppers or kpakpo shito), onions, ginger, salt to taste and the all-important anchovies. In Ghana anchovies are affectionately called “Keta School boys”. Keta is a reference to the small town Keta in Ghana mentioned in Maya Angelou‘s All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes.
Peppered stewed gizzard is particularly popular in Nigeria where it is usually considered as a snack, starter or a side. In Nigeria, Uganda and Cameroon gizzard in general is traditionally set aside for the oldest or most respected member or members of the family.