This hearty soup filled with beef, barley, and vegetables is one of those classic comfort foods. It’s thick, delicious, and nutritiously packed.
Category: Central African Cuisine and Recipes
This recipe, Equatorial Guinean Grilled Fish with Three sauces, is one of the traditional and staple recipes of that country. As we’ve researched recipes from all around the world, we’ve come to notice many patterns and tastes in various regions. In this case, the importance of peanut butter in Central African cooking has stood out.
The Cuisine of Equatorial Guinea is a blend of the cuisines of the native tribes, as well as that of Spain (their colonial motherland) and Islamic states such as Morocco. As the wealthiest nation in west Africa, its cuisine incorporates various meats. These include game and bush-meat as well as imports. Fish and chicken are common dishes. As seen in the dishes here, chillies and other spices are popular.
Injera, sometimes transliterated enjera; is a yeast-risen flatbread with a unique, slightly spongy texture. Traditionally made out of teff flour, it is a national dish in Ethiopia and Eritrea. A similar variant is eaten in Somalia (where it is called canjeelo or lahooh) and Yemen (where it is known as lahoh).
Gabon food is best known for its locally produced fruits and vegetables, where the most popularly produced ones include bananas, pineapples, papayas, guavas, bushbutter, mangoes, coconut, avocado, eggplant, feed corn, bitter eggplant, peanuts, sugarcane, and plantains. Bush meat and fish, which are good sources of protein, are also popular food items in Gabon. Fish stews and meat are quite popular in Gabon.
The most used ingredients in the Central African cuisine are the plantains and cassava. The cuisine here is a wonderful combination of fruits, vegetables, meat and fish. The tradition there is to cook Fufu-like starchy dishes, which are usually prepared from fermented cassava roots. These strange but also delicious dishes are sometimes used to garnish grilled meat.
Due to these characteristics, the Burundi cuisine is very representative of the African culinary culture, as it includes beans, which are the staple of Burundi cooking, exotic fruits (mainly bananas) plantains, sweet potatoes, cassava, peas, maize and cereals, like corn and wheat. Not much meat is consumed in Burundi, because animal breeding is a secondary occupation; still, there are some dishes that include goat and sheep meat but cows are very sacred.
Cameroonian cuisine is one of the most varied in Africa due to its location on the crossroads between the north, west, and centre of the continent; added to this is the profound influence of French food, a legacy of the colonial era. The national dish of Cameroon is ndolé, a stew consisting of fish or beef, nuts and bitter greens.