Recipes Using Ugandan crops
Ground nuts (like peanuts) are an important part of the diet. They are roasted, pounded to a pulp and then made into a sauce which may be used with meat or matoke or vegetables. Here is a recipe for Groundnut Stew, using peanut butter, which you might like to try:
Potato and Peanut Rissoles (La bonne cuisine congolaise)
Plantains or green bananas are the staple food for most people living near Lake Victoria. Called 'matoke', they are usually steamed, using the banana leaves as a wrapping, then mashed and eaten warm. You could try doing this, using the greenest bananas you can find and wrapping them in aluminum foil. To steam them, put some stones in the bottom of a large pan and cover with about 2.5cm (1in) of water. Place the banana parcels on top of the stones and steam them for about 10-15 minutes. Take care that the pan does not boil dry.
When ready, drain off the water and mash with a pestle or ladle and serve. For cultural reasons, it is considered bad manners to serve un-mashed bananas to guests.
Sweet Potatoes or Yams
These are very common and most families grow their own. They are usually peeled and boiled and eaten like ordinary potatoes. They may also be baked. Can you find some in a shop locally? How much do they cost? Can you buy some and try cooking and eating them?
This is a grain which has to be pounded to make a coarse flour. This is made into a kind of porridge, often eaten at breakfast time. Can you obtain some wheat or barley grains (from a health food shop) and pound them to make your own flour?
Millet - cassava bread
For this recipe, use ground flour (made from millet as above) mixed with cassava flour at a ratio of one to four. Boil water in a pan. Add flour while stirring gently. It will begin to hold, turning the mixture in the pan to a dark brown. The bread will get tougher so hold the pan with a cloth and continue to mix until all portions of white flour disappear. Maintain heat under the pan throughout. When the bread is hard enough, turn the pan over onto a tray. The bread is ready to eat -serve hot.
Pineapple Nut Bread
The African Cookbook by Bea Sandler
You will need:-
The African Cookbook by Bea Sandler You will need 1 mixing bowl 1 frying pan waxed paper 2 teaspoons 15g margarine (l/2 oz) 100g cooking chocolate (3 1/2 oz),100g of unsalted peanuts(3 1/2 oz)