Category Archives: African

Moroccan Style Tajine Chicken with Cauliflower Couscous

Couscous is not one of my favorite things.  I think it was because of all the West African Mechoui(s) (Mutton stuffed with couscous) I attended for receptions, births, marriages or whenever anyone wanted to celebrate anything.  The really elegant Mechoui(s) … Continue reading

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Border Crossings

Having spent more than half our lives in foreign countries, many of them African, we’ve crossed a few borders.  In West Africa, we loved to hop in the car and travel to a neighboring country for 3-4 days.  Border crossing … Continue reading

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Villiers-Louis: Deep Country

What a nice Mother’s Day!  Even though Jade and I were the only ones celebrating Mother’s Day today, we joined our friends Alain and Sophie of Villiers-Louis in a celebration barbecue for Sundays, beautiful weather and open spaces. I call … Continue reading

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Empty Cupboard Syndrome, Romanesco and Sweet Potatoes

Today just as I was finishing up a romanesco gratin to take to a lunch, I realized I didn’t have any more ready made bread crumbs and was appalled.  I had to sit down and calm myself.  I really HATE … Continue reading

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Confit de Poulet aux Fruits Secs

My inspiration for today’s dinner comes from the website, Elle a Table  http://cuisine.elle.fr/Elle-a-Table/Recettes-de-cuisine/Confit-de-poulet-aux-fruits-secs-833698 and it’s a good one.  With the spices and dried fruit, it has a Moroccan-like flavor.  Good thing I was in tajine mode today.   So easy and … Continue reading

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The Cuisine of Ile de Maurice

We were so lucky to meet Twayab, a perfectionist at his job of house restoration and a superb cook.  He and his lovely wife Mina invited us over to sample his native foods from the island of Mauritius. We began this … Continue reading

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Calamari Stew

I woke up this morning thinking of some calamari we once had in Cotonou, Benin; a rich, thick, garlicky, tomato-ey, spicy stew.  We talked about it for days!  I just happened to have some calamari rings in the freezer :)Continue reading

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Fatima’s Lentils with Spiced Cured Pork Shoulder

Abdel’s (stove care) mom gave me the recipe for her delicious Moroccan lentils.  I didn’t have the ras el hanout spice so I made it from fresh ground spices.  Fantastic!  Did I mention that Emile Henry’s tajines are easy to … Continue reading

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This Is Not a Bhaji Omelette

Bangladesh was one of the family’s least favorite posts.   I don’t know what happened there, many expats loved it.   One of the things I  didn’t like was that women were not welcome in the open market.  Decent women … Continue reading

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Spicy Moroccan Lamb Burger

Back to Jamie.   Today’s recipe is inspired by this month’s edition of Jamie magazine.   While making the burgers, I started to feel slightly uneasy and disloyal because I wasn’t exactly following the recipe.  Again.   Willfully fiddling with … Continue reading

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