You can catch the Shoki, the Shaku Shaku, and the Azonto dance crazes on any wedding video on YouTube. Queens are wrapped tight in their Gele headwear. Men are donning their colorful lace kaftans or bubu. Ghana, Guinea, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Mafe or Tigadegenan, Jollof and Black Panther, Africamania is everywhere. The popularity of the continent of Africa has exploded. The riches of the continent of Africa are some of the most well-known secrets on the planet.
For centuries, the continent has been exploited for its blood diamonds and fool’s gold, but the best treasure of all is its food. It has delicious food. African Cuisine is as varied as the continent itself from Moroccan tagines pots of chicken slow cooked to perfection with vegetables to Ethiopia’s Injera—a soft wet bread used to increase the eating pleasure of any meal. Let’s re-mention Jollof rice is also known as Thieboudienne or Senegalese Jollof Rice and Fish. This African fried rice is a favorite. It’s also found in other West African countries such as Guinea, Ivory Coast, and Ghana just to name a few. As you can see, many West African and Central African cultures share similar food cultures, so it’s not unlikely to see your favorite Senegalese meal in a Guinean restaurant. And locating an African restaurant in the USA isn’t that difficult these days. Many times when I travel, I search for one because many African restaurants usually serve halal food.
But if restaurant hopping isn’t your thing or you just prefer to experiment, then you are in for a treat with Fofky’s Kitchen: Easy Ivorian Street Recipes for Traditional Street Foods by Papatia Feauxzar. Fofky’s Kitchen brings us some new and exciting recipes and not to mention easy to make meals from the Ivory Coast. Included in this awesome cookbook are some of my favorite drinks such as Ginger Juice aka Ginger Beer and Bissap (Hibiscus) Tea.
The book is divided by meal types; snacks, beverages, porridges, entrees, etc. The one that piqued my curiosity is the Fried Yams! Yes, you can fry yams. I never knew that, but now I do, and I will. But wait! You can boil them too! That along with some braised beef and grilled chicken recipes will be sure to enhance your food repertoire. And she hasn’t forgotten the lazy at heart, moi! If you are anything like me, then you will love the recipes Papatia included on doctoring leftover rice and stew. I never know what to do with my leftover rice and I almost always end up making a stir-fry or rice pudding. Now, I can make Riz Couché.
Go ahead and enhance your palate with Fofky’s Kitchen: Easy Recipes for Traditional Street Foods by Papatia Feauxzar!