One of the joyous adventures of life is meeting new people and forging friendships. I can't think of a better place to start than in the kitchen. Food is "people glue", because no matter how different we are, everybody eats. This weekend we hosted some friends from West Africa, and together we had a blast learning how to make a meal from their homeland, Liberia. Many thanks, M- and Z-. We learned so much and we appreciate your friendship. Thanks also to D- and K- for taking the pictures.
If you've read along this far, push the start button, and welcome to my kitchen...
In the pot: smoked fish, eggplant, beef, onion, HOT peppers, toasted sesame seed ground into paste, peanut butter, and did I mention HOT peppers (whew!)
Sharing stories while cooking
You need muscles to stir fufu - this is a starch made from plantains. It reminded me somewhat of polenta, or a giant gnocchi!
M- showing us how to form the fufu "pattie".