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World Food Friday | Ghana

“red red” — black-bean bean stew cooked in red palm oil with tomatoes, peppers, onions & spices (x)
waakye boiled rice and beans that are cooked together, along with tomatoes & spices; usually eaten for breakfast or lunch (x)
talapia & banku grilled talapia fish (with the head, scales and tail in tact) served with banku (a thick maize dough ball) (x)
kelewele fried plantains, seasoned with spices; a popular street snack (x)
jollof rice rice cooked with tomato paste, peppers, onions & spices; a popular side dish (x)
fufu in groundnut soup mashed cassava dough ball, often served in ground nut soup (which has a spicy, peanut broth) (x)

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On the 28th of April we visited the first migrant kitchen in Athens that took place in Vryssaki, a small cultural center and café in Plaka. 

The idea of the Migrant Kitchen is an initiative of the  Culinary Backstreets Istanbul. In Athens the first one of a series of such was organized by Culinary backstreets Athens, Vryssaki, and the N.G.Os “Give Hope” and “Omada Asty”. Two cooks from Ghana  prepared for us a small example of their local cuisine.

The main dish was nkrakra soup with fufu, a classic Ghanaian dish. Nkrakra was made by chopped pieces  of beef with a  spicy sauce. Fufu is  a dish made by mashing and boiling cassava, forming a smooth puree. The main dish was also followed by a side dish made from chopped and boiled okra.

The beef was quite spicy, but the taste of it was not something foreign to us. On the other hand, the other dishes helped to quench the thirst from all the spice and their taste, especially fufu’s taste, was something different. It was an overall pleasant experience, and we will definitely pay a visit to the next Migrant Kitchen!

 

 Culinary Backstreets http://www.culinarybackstreets.com/

 Vryssaki http://www.vryssaki.gr/main.php?cat_id=268

N.G.O. “Give Hope” https://www.facebook.com/pages/Give-Hope-Greece/182892545151956 (Greek)

 N.G.O “Omada Asty” https://www.facebook.com/OmadaAsty  (Greek)

About Ghanaian Cuisine

Fufu with peanut soup and meat

Ghanaian cuisine is the national cuisine of Ghana. There are traditional dishes from each ethnic group, tribe and clan. Ghanaian main dishes unlike other cunalyes, are organised around a starchy staple such as rice, Fufu, banku/etew, kenkey/dokonu, tuozafi, dzidzii, akplidzii, yakeyake, eto, akyeke, etc. with which a sauce or soup saturated with fish, meat or…

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I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned that in Ghana, it is customary to eat with your hands.

Well, here I am, eating okra stew with chicken and banku with my hands, safe from the hustle and bustle of Saturday market life at Rawlings Park in Accra. 

This is my secret happy place when I’m running Della errands in Accra. Especially because the waiters know that this white lady won’t be needing a spoon.