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African Style Holiday Banquet

African style holiday banquet

Could you imagine holding an African style holiday banquet; pulling out all reservations and creating dishes from your kitchen that you thought you would find only in another continent? Imagine entertaining and enticing guests to experience a charming world that is new and welcoming. Are you ready?

Simply begin with this one phrase, “Karibu – Welcome.” These are the words you hear as you enter an East African household. Following, are the rush of aromatic smells of food cooking, and the incense of oud (pronounced OOD) permeating the air. Tables are set with either European flair, sometimes with lace and silverware, or traditionally with intricately colored mats called mikeka, and no silverware.

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It is commonplace for the women to all be in the kitchen helping with preparations. Laughter and talking fill the air to accompany the burgeoning smells that are commingling to make the home dance to the music that will eventually play.

Each family event is an excuse for celebration and catching up on stories while the entrees are set.

A typical East African meal will consist of salty, sweet, and spicy dishes. To start your African adventure are a selection of recipes that are very simple and delicious.

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Mbuzi Kukaanga – Pulled Pepper Goat: A Salty Dish

African style holiday banquetIngredients:

• One lb. of goat (cubed)
• 1 large onion (sliced)
• 1 tsp of garlic (crushed)
• salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

1. Saute the sliced onions and garlic in a little oil until caramelized.
2. Add goat, salt, pepper and saute until slightly browned.
3. Add water enough to cover the goat chunks let boil and then cover and lower to med – high heat.
4. Let water boil down to let the meat caramelize and stir thoroughly. If meat doesn’t separate, then add more water and repeat process until the meat separates from itself. This will take roughly 3 hours.

Ndizi Na Nazi WaTamu – Coconut Cream Plantains: A Sweet Dish for your African style holiday banquet

African style holiday banquetIngredients:

• 1 frozen package of plantains
• 1 can of coconut milk
• ¼ tsp. cardamom
• ¾ C sugar (or to taste)

Instructions:

1. Empty packet of plantains into large pot with coconut milk. Use coconut milk can to fill with water and add to pot.
2. Bring to boil, then bring heat down to med-high and add sugar and cardamom.
3. Once the bananas are ready, prepare on a plate with appealing pattern.
4. Leave coconut milk in pot to condense further and caramelize. (about 10 minutes)
5. Drizzle the sauce over bananas in a design to make a pretty presentation.

Mchicha Na Nazi – Coconut Curry Greens: A Spicy Dish for your perfect African style holiday banquet

African style holiday banquetIngredients:

• One can of Glory collard greens
• 1 bag of frozen spinach
• 1 can of coconut milk
• 1/2 C of tomato sauce
• One tsp. of garlic powder
• 1 tsp. of onion powder
• 1 tbsp. of sugar
• 2 tbsp. of vinegar
• 1 tbsp. of crushed red pepper
• 1 tbsp. of curry powder (or to taste)
• salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

1. Empty packet of spinach into large pot and place on stovetop on high until warmed.
2. Add all other ingredients except coconut milk.
3. Stir until mixture thickens.
4. Add coconut milk keep stirring until well blended and heated.
5. Serving suggestion: Serve with white rice.

Traditionally meals are served picnic-style and without silverware. But feel free to make your own new traditions. Imagine integrating it with African Safari experience in South East Ohio: It would be a perfect African budget Safari.

Wishing you a wonderful African style holiday banquet.”Salaama – A farewell and greeting meaning Peace”

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Afronism Team

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