Assignment 99: Republic of the Congo

Location: Central Africa Population: 5.2 million Capital:Brazzaville Geography: Sub-Saharan with some forest coverage Language: French Signature flavours: Peanut, greens, eggplant, tomato, chicken The Menu When I get an African assignment, my first inclination is to turn to the wonderful Africa Cookbook by Jessica B. Harris. As usual, it didn’t disappoint, featuring Congo’s national dish: Mwambe….

Assignment 89: Cameroon

Location: Central Africa Population: 26.5 million Capital: Yaoundé Geography: A varied landscape of coastal regions, mountains, savannah, desert, and rainforest Language: English, French Signature flavours: Seafood, chicken, legumes, root vegetables, plantain, corn The Menu I would be lying if I said the prep for this assignment was anything other than chaos. Despite careful planning (I…

Assignment 83: Niger

Location: West Africa Population: 22.4 million Capital: Niamey Geography: A landlocked desert nation with a small area of savannah Language: French Signature flavours: Peanut, beef, mutton, tomato, corn, millet, leafy greens, baobab The Menu I had a little trouble finding recipes at first, in part because Nigerian cuisine is much better documented on the internet…

Assignment 82: Tanzania

Location: East Africa Population: 56.3 million Capital: Dodoma Geography: A mix of mountains, plains, and warm coastal regions, including several offshore islands Language: Swahili, English, Arabic Signature flavours: Beef, coconut, potato, seafood, cumin, cardamom, eggs, banana The Menu It was Eric’s first time undertaking an assignment since January. A combination of procrastination on my part…

Assignment 74: Botswana

Location: Southern Africa Population: 2.3 million Capital: Gaborone Geography: A flat landlocked nation, most of which lies in the Kalahari desert Language: English, Setswana Signature flavours: Sorghum, beef, corn, beans, nuts, marula, mopane (silk worms), melon The Menu It has become habit for us when a new assignment comes up to log on to the…

Assignment 72: Rwanda

Location: Central East Africa Population: 11.2 million Capital: Kigali Geography: A highly mountainous country comprising forest, savannah, and lakeland Language: Kinyarwanda, English, French Signature flavours: Corn, greens, peanuts, eggplant, chicken, beans, dairy The Menu When Eric drew the Rwanda assignment, his first thought was that another pap was going to be on the menu. He…

Assignment 61: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Location: Central Africa Population: 78.7 million Capital: Kinshasa Geography: An equatorial country covered in jungle and savannah Language: French Signature flavours: Beans, roots vegetables, leafy greens, peanuts The Menu This was the first assignment after a holiday hiatus that gave Eric and I some much-needed rest. I have to say that I enjoyed taking a…

Assignment 58: Kenya

Location: East Africa Population: 49.1 million Capital: Nairobi Geography: A mix of savannah, desert, and fertile highland Language: Swahili, English Signature flavours: Corn, ginger, leafy greens, beans, chicken, potato The Menu When Eric got his Kenya assignment, he wondered how similar he would find it to  Zimbabwe, another East African country from which he cooked…

Assignment 44: Eritrea

Location: The Horn of Africa Population: 5 million Capital: Asmara Geography: A mix of desert and fertile highlands and plains Language: Tigrinya, Arabic, English (working languages — Eritrea has no official language) Signature flavours: Teff, fenugreek, ginger, lentils, turmeric, berbere, lamb The Menu Like Uruguay to Argentina, Guatemala to Mexico, Eritrean cuisine’s online presence is…

Assignment 33: Lesotho

Location: Southern Africa, contained within South Africa Population: 2.2 million Capital: Maseru Geography: A high-lying, mountainous country with a relatively cool climate Language: Sesotho, English Signature flavours: Root vegetables, greens, corn, beans The Menu I am not exaggerating when I say I could only find a handful of recipes from Lesotho. I did find a…