I wanted to end the tour with a real ‘ta da‘ dish…to go out with bang and a real challenge to my skills. Once again, I considered dessert because that is unique to FOODalogue’s usual fare, but I had difficulty finding a recipe that sang to me so…
I went with 2 dishes — both within my comfort zone, but both very traditional to the region. Chicken Jollof is a stewed chicken and rice dish, much like the Doro Wat from Eithopia (a dish I did during our 2009 culinary tour). Or you might even liken it to arroz con pollo (although very differently spiced). Imoyo is a plantain salad similar to an escabeche.
Let’s have a taste of Nigeria, shall we?
Plantain Salad Imoyo is boiled plantain, cucumbers, garlic, red + green peppers, garlic, evoo + fresh lime juice.
“The disobedient fowl obeys in a pot of soup.” Nigerian saying.
Chicken Jollof is chicken and rice that is stewed with vegetables, tomatoes and spices.
It is said that curry was brought to Western Africa, particularly Nigeria, during the age of British Colonialism. It seems officials who had been stationed in India and acquired a taste for curry took it with them when they were transferred to Africa.
Between you and me. I’ve enjoyed all the aromatic spice blends that I’ve used over the past 7 weeks while we made dishes from Thailand, Egypt, Japan etc., but I must admit to a little traveler fatigue. Between virtual and actual travel these past 2 months, I’ve put on a few extra lbs. and my tastebuds are longing to return to my more familiar FOODalogue fare.
The aromatics emanating from these type dishes, especially those with curry, are intoxicating…but they also tend to linger just a little too long. My house was just getting over the scent of Ras el Hanout from the Egyptian dinner when I made this meal. I think it took 2 days before I stopped smelling curry every time I walked in the door.
It’s good to be food-literate and explorative of new cuisines. To enjoy them every now and them. That’s the beauty of this event. AND, it’s good to return your standard fare…that which gives you comfort, that which your tastebuds and your olfactory senses readily embrace.
We will end this tour on Wednesday, March 2, with the bloggers’ round-up of Nigeria and a special farewell message. See you there.