Ifisashi: Peanut Flour and Leafy Vegetables

Ifisashi: Peanut Flour and Leafy Vegetables

I introduce you yet another taste of my Zambia heritage, Ifisashi, a dish which incorporates peanut flour in the recipe. Ifisashi is a Bemba noun derived from the verb Ukusashila, which in a cooking context refers to the mixing of a dish with peanut flour.

Ifisashi is typically made with leafy vegetables such as collard greens, pumpkin leaves or as in the case of this recipe, my favorite, mustard greens.  There are some recipes for making Ifisashi which involve meat, poultry or fish dishes.

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Meat Pies

Meat Pies

A few weeks ago, I shared a recipe for one of the snacks I enjoyed in elementary school, roasted peanuts. When it comes to foods which I enjoyed from the school tuck shop, meat pies and sausage rolls were among my favorites. I love to make meat pies because they can be enjoyed as an appetizer, snack or a light lunch option.

If you have by any chance lived on my side of the world in Zambia or other countries on the African continent, you will recognize just how close this recipe is to what you have eaten before. It is very simple, a soft flour dough filled with beef, potatoes and onions in gravy. You might have also eaten meat pies from countries such as Britain and Australia. The recipes for those kind of meat pies are very similar Read more

Kuhu Chicken: Zambian Pan Fried Chicken in Tomato Sauce

Kuhu Chicken: Zambian Pan Fried Chicken in Tomato Sauce

I had to honor this chicken recipe with a name. I could not bear the thought that this beautiful and delicious dish which has a unique method of preparation does not have a name with which it can be recognized. The first word which popped up in my head was Kuhu, which in my mother tongue Si Lozi, simply means chicken. I know the name is repetitive but I like the sound of it. Read more

Turkey/Chicken Salad Sandwich

Turkey/Chicken Salad Sandwich

I shared with you in my recipe for the pumpkin pudding about how I don’t like to waste food; well after the thanksgiving dinner, I was totally satisfied and done with eating turkey. For the next few days I did not want to think about it so to avoid wasting the leftovers, I pulled the remaining meat off the bones and froze it in a Ziploc bag. Read more

Grilled Salmon and Vegetables

Grilled Salmon and Vegetables

This Grilled Salmon and Vegetables recipe was inspired by a dish I ate at a sports bar by the National Harbor, in Washington, DC. Yes, you heard me right. One Saturday afternoon, I ate Salmon and vegetables with a fork and knife at a sports bar and it was game day too! Now don’t get me wrong and let me explain how I ended up with this selection in a sports bar setting of all places. Normally, I do what everyone does at sports bars, Read more

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