Groundnuts are a West African favourite. Pureed they can be made into incredible soups and stews. As a street food it has few equals. Glazed with honey and then baked, it turns into a snack made for when you just want to munch on something sweet to while away the time. Foe those moments of relaxation after a hard day's work, I guess.
This is where Africa, the Caribbean and other tropical locales meet Spain. Tortilla as some of you know is the English name for the Spanish favourite tortilla de patatas, traditionally made with eggs, potatoes and onion. in this version yam is the base instead of potatoes and a lot more ingredients are added to give it more flavour.
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!
The ubiquitous home-made West African ginger drink can be found in most West African cities and towns in creative recycled vegetable-oil bottles. The strength of these West African ginger drinks is not to be sniffed at. They pack a punch and can be served chilled or with ice.