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It has rained almost daily this summer since July 4th. It has been a nice break not having to water the garden, but also makes outdoor activities difficult. Even when the sun is shining, the mosquitoes are out in full force so we haven’t been able to spend time in the backyard.

Pannekoek are crepes from South Africa, originally from the Netherlands and Belgium. They are often eaten on rainy days, like we have been experiencing all summer. The crepes are pan fried, then sprinkled with lemon juice and cinnamon sugar. This Pannekoek recipe reminded me of my childhood. My mom would often spread a little butter on German pancakes or flour tortillas and sprinkle them with cinnamon sugar.

These are best eaten quickly after they are made. While you are making the crepes, turn the oven on the lowest temperature. Place prepared crepes on an oven safe plate and keep warm in oven until all the crepes are done. Mine usually get eaten as I am making them, so they don’t last long enough to place in the oven.

Keep an eye on the crepes as they are cooking and adjust the temperature between medium and medium-low as needed. They cook quickly and shouldn’t become dark.

Place a large 12 inch skillet over medium heat and add butter. Once melted, pour into a small bowl and add 2 tablespoons to the crepe batter. Use the rest to oil the pan between crepes.

Pannekoek are crepes from South Africa, originally from the Netherlands and Belgium. They are often eaten on rainy days, like we have been experiencing all summer. The crepes are pan fried, then sprinkled with lemon juice and cinnamon sugar. This Pannekoek recipe reminded me of my childhood. My mom would often spread a little butter on German pancakes or flour tortillas and sprinkle them with cinnamon sugar.

Pannekoek are crepes from South Africa, originally from the Netherlands and Belgium. They are often eaten on rainy days, like we have been experiencing all summer. The crepes are pan fried, then sprinkled with lemon juice and cinnamon sugar. This Pannekoek recipe reminded me of my childhood. My mom would often spread a little butter on German pancakes or flour tortillas and sprinkle them with cinnamon sugar.

It has rained almost daily this summer since July 4th. It has been a nice break not having to water the garden, but also makes outdoor activities difficult. Even when the sun is shining, the mosquitoes are out in full force so we haven’t been able to spend time in the backyard.

 

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RECIPE OF THE DAY: Kokoro

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Kokoro is a popular crunchy snack with Western Nigerian origins. It is not unusual to find street hawkers carrying this tasty snack around in trays placed on their heads. There are two types of Kokoro sold in local markets with the difference being only in shape as well as a distinction on whether this African snack is spicy vs non-spicy.

Category, DifficultyIntermediate

Yields10 Servings
Prep Time30 minsCook Time15 minsTotal Time45 mins

 250 g coarse cornmeal
 130150 g (cassava flakes)
 34 tbsp sugar (substitute with honey or sweetener)
 1 tsp cayenne pepper
 1 tsp powdered ginger (optional)
 Vegetable oil
  Hot boiling water

Ingredients

 250 g coarse cornmeal
 130150 g (cassava flakes)
 34 tbsp sugar (substitute with honey or sweetener)
 1 tsp cayenne pepper
 1 tsp powdered ginger (optional)
 Vegetable oil
  Hot boiling water

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Kokoro

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RECIPE OF THE DAY: Moroccan Lamb Tangine With Asian Pears

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There’s a lot happening with each bite of this Moroccan Lamb Tagine with Asian Pears! Lamb shoulder is rubbed with a spicy, herbaceous, garlic marinade and accompanied by figs, dates, Asian pears, red onions, and honey. Let’s start with the obvious; What the heck is a Tagine and why should you cook with it? A tagine is an earthenware cooking vessel with a history dating back to 9th century North Africa. Tagine also the word used to describe the food as we would say a stew or a curry.

Category, , , DifficultyIntermediate

Yields1 Serving
Prep Time30 minsCook Time2 hrs 30 minsTotal Time3 hrs

For The Marinade
 3 cloves garlic
 3 red chilis
 2 tsp salt
 3 tsp cumin
 3 tsp paprika
 2 tsp olive oil
 Juice of 1 lemon
 Cilantro
 Parsley
For The Lamb
 2 lbs boneless lamb shoulder
 2 tbsp olive oil for tagine
 2 tbsp vegetable oil to sear lamb
 6 oz pitted prunes
 6 oz dried figs
 2 asian pears, quartered and cored
 3 tbsp orange blossom honey Finely chopped Parsley and Cilantro for garnish.
 2 medium red onions quartered

Ingredients

For The Marinade
 3 cloves garlic
 3 red chilis
 2 tsp salt
 3 tsp cumin
 3 tsp paprika
 2 tsp olive oil
 Juice of 1 lemon
 Cilantro
 Parsley
For The Lamb
 2 lbs boneless lamb shoulder
 2 tbsp olive oil for tagine
 2 tbsp vegetable oil to sear lamb
 6 oz pitted prunes
 6 oz dried figs
 2 asian pears, quartered and cored
 3 tbsp orange blossom honey Finely chopped Parsley and Cilantro for garnish.
 2 medium red onions quartered

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Moroccan Lamb Tangine With Asian Pears

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RECIPE OF THE DAY: Ogbono Soup

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Ogbono or Apon comes from the seeds from the African Mango, also called Wild or bush Mango, which is then ground into the powder used in making Ogbono Soup. The African mango seed is said to have an impressive amount of healthy fats and fiber as well as other great nutritional benefits that would make you want to eat Ogbono Soup more often than you currently do…. 🙂 I tend to use a lot of dry fish in my cooking primarily because Mum makes it and its always readily available but any meat or fish will do…. We also had fresh water leaves which mum brought from her farm (bless her!) so I used water leaves in these but you can use any green vegetables from Ugu (fluted pumpkin leaves) to spinach, kale, bitter leaves, Scent leaves or Uziza.

Category, , , DifficultyIntermediate

Yields12 Servings
Prep Time15 minsCook Time35 minsTotal Time50 mins

 115 g ground Ogbono/African Mango Seeds
 250 ml Palm Oil
 2 l Water
 2 tsp Salt
 4 stock Cubes (4 grams each)
 1 ½ tsp ground dry Pepper
 5 tbsp ground Crayfish
 Dry Fish, Fish or cooked Meat
 250 g Water Leaves, Spinach or Fluted Pumpkin Leaves (Washed and Chopped)

Ingredients

 115 g ground Ogbono/African Mango Seeds
 250 ml Palm Oil
 2 l Water
 2 tsp Salt
 4 stock Cubes (4 grams each)
 1 ½ tsp ground dry Pepper
 5 tbsp ground Crayfish
 Dry Fish, Fish or cooked Meat
 250 g Water Leaves, Spinach or Fluted Pumpkin Leaves (Washed and Chopped)

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Ogbono Soup

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