Fonio Stirfry
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by thecanadianafrican
1M ago
As part of my series called “Millet Mondays” where I share fun ways to use African millets, we are making Fonio Stirfry. This is a quick and nutritious lunchtime dish that can be done in about 30-45 minutes. What is Fonio? Fonio is a gluten free grain from West Africa also dubbed as hungry rice. It cook very quickly (in less than 10 minutes) and more than quadruples in size. It is also a great alternative to white rice and quinoa with a nutty and earthy flavour. For more details on fonio such as nutrition information and where to purchase, make sure to check out this blog post (Three Ways to C ..read more
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The Perfect West African Birthday Cake
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by thecanadianafrican
5M ago
It’s my birthday. So in true Eat with Afia fashion, I decided to make my own birthday cake. I wanted a cake that truly reflected who I was, the beginning of fall, and my deep deep love for West African food. Quintessential West African dessert? It is no secret that West Africa does not have the same dessert culture as what people in Western countries are familiar with. We do not have regional pie recipes, cakes, cookies, and many more. Instead, you will find fried dough, candies, and little nibbles. In the end, Western food culture is different from West African food cultures, which means our ..read more
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Kid-Friendly Tomato Stew
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by thecanadianafrican
6M ago
This child-friendly and delicious tomato stew recipe has 4 hidden vegetables that not only boost the nutritional value of the stew but also add a ton of flavor. The best part is that you can take this stew base and use it to make three amazing meals. You can make these meals at once or at any time you like. Plus the stew base can be frozen and used months later. Print Child Friendly Tomato Stew Kid (and adult friendly) tomato stew recipe with 4 hidden vegetables Course Sauce Cuisine Ghanaian Prep Time 15 minutes minutes Cook Time 45 minutes minutes Total Time 1 hour hour Servings 6 Ingre ..read more
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Vegetarian/Vegan Waakye Stew
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by thecanadianafrican
6M ago
This recipe provides an in-depth walkthrough on how to make one of our traditional red-based stews in Ghana. What is Waakye Stew? Waakye is a popular rice and beans dish eaten for breakfast or lunch in Ghana. Waakye consists of rice cooked with beans and sorghum stems served with coleslaw, protein, spaghetti, gari, and shitɔ (a Ghanaian hot sauce). A major component of a complete bowl of waakye is the stew. It is very similar to Ghanaian tomato stew but with a few embellishments that take it to the top. Waakye stew is rich, incredibly flavourful with lots of savoury and umami notes. What you w ..read more
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2 Essential West African Spice Blends
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by thecanadianafrican
7M ago
Spices are essential to flavourful West African cooking. They give our soups, stews, and dishes their authentic flavor and show a mastery of flavor. This blog post provides two essential spice blends you can use to make a plethora of West African recipes with details on substitutions and flavors. Spice blendsWhat are essential West African Spices? The use of spices in West Africa is its own culinary subfield. Depending on where you are in the region, you will see various spices (both indigenous and imported) used to a different extent. Fermented locust beans (also known as iru, sombala, dawa d ..read more
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Vegetarian Native Jollof Rice
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by thecanadianafrican
9M ago
This recipe provides a 100% vegetarian approach to Native Jollof, a unique take on Jollof Rice from Nigeria. When most people think about Jollof rice, they think about a collection of spicy tomato-based rice dishes that are found across West Africa. However, across this same region, you find more localized and unique versions of “jollof rice”. These recipes use traditional ingredients that are unique to certain regions or highlight their unique culinary culture. Native Jollof is one of them — a variety of jollof rice found in small pockets of West Africa like Nigeria, that is unlike regular Jo ..read more
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Fish Free Thieboudienne
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by thecanadianafrican
11M ago
This fish free theiboudienne is a 100% plant based alternative to Senegalese thieboudienne. It is full of flavour, and absolutely delicious. Most people know thieboudienne (pronounced cheebu jeen) as the Senegambian fish based red rice. Usually, the fish flavours (from the fried fish and fermented salted fish) are highlighted as the star of the dish. As a vegan (and even as a seasoned cook), there is no way I could 100% make substitutions that work, nor can I claim this is an authentic and traditional recipe. However, I think thieboudienne is as much about the vegetables and plant-based flavou ..read more
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Nokoss Tofu
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by thecanadianafrican
1y ago
This Senegalese-inspired tofu dish uses Senegalese green seasoning (Nokoss) to season tofu, making it lip-smackingly delicious. Many people say they do not like tofu, nor do they think it is flavourful. This recipe is going to (hopefully) prove them wrong. Tofu is a blank canvas that can take on a lot of flavours. So instead of shying away from tofu, it is something that should be embraced. And one way to do so is with Nokoss. This green seasoning uses fresh herbs, lots of garlic, onion, and seasonings to turn tofu from flavourless to flavourful. This recipe is perfect as a plant-based protein ..read more
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Spicy Peanut Cake (Vegan)
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by thecanadianafrican
1y ago
This spicy peanut cake tastes just like reeces pieces but for grown up. It has the rich flavour of peanut butter, the heat from pepper, and warmth from the spices. This recipe is vegan-friendly, egg-free, dairy-free and tastes just like any regular cake you can make. My current food inspirations have been all about taking familiar flavours and snacks I had growing up in Ghana and turning them into treats that everyone knows — whether that means adding fonio or teff to chocolate chip cookies, or tiger nut pudding into coffee cake. The next on the list is to turn adaakwa into a cake, which also ..read more
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Orange Paradise Cake (Vegan)
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by thecanadianafrican
1y ago
This dairy-free, egg-free orange paradise cake uses fresh citrus to make this sweet, moist, and absolutely delicious cake. This crowd-pleasing cake pairs beautifully with a strong cup of coffee, tea, or as dessert. Oranges are available all year round, but when it’s in season in the winter, it provides a dose of sunshine and Vitamin C. I have been going through a ton of oranges this season so I thought I would share one of the lovely ways I have been using up these oranges. This orange paradise cake is a play on words based on the two major ingredients in this dish: oranges and grains of parad ..read more
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