I love left overs. Some such as these (the Ghana gravy, Ghana salad and domedo) can all come together to create a rather interestingly basic versatile dish. The various flavours as well as the convenience of throwing the ingredients together in less than 20-30 minutes makes this a great dish for when you can't hang out in the kitchen for too long.
Stewed berries (blackberries, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.
Waakye is a great Ghanaian meal made of rice and beans. Traditionally it is consumed with gari, meat or chicken stew and shito. Adding Sautéed spinach makes this meal an even bigger power house. Spinach, known in Ghana as kontomire is known for good health. With no meat in sight this one pot meal qualifies as vegetarian and is packed full of flavour and variety. Avocado and a sprinkling of sesame seeds are used as garnishes.
Arguably the easiest and most convenient way to cook west Africa's iconic jollof rice is to bake it in an oven. On this occasion, instead of the more popular chicken or beef jollof rice, sea food takes centre stage in this recipe. A lobster, king prawns, mussels and clams give this sea food jollof rice a twist that will whet your appetite and nothing gives you that typical coastal West African flavour than this one pot baked dish.
The truth is baked jollof is not traditional, it goes against everything your mum told you about a woman that can cook jollof, it will not impress the men who just love to see their wives in the kitchen for hours but it will certainly save your time. It's like discovering the microwave or frozen meals all over again except this time you actually made it. So if you are like me and your time is precious, try the recipe below and thank me later!
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.
Wali wa Nazi is coconut rice popular amongst the Swahili people of East Africa. It owes its popularity to the plentiful coconut trees along the East African coast.
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