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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Grilled Peri-Peri Wings

Grilled Peri-Peri Wings

It was bound to happen. The fact that one of this days I was going to get round to sharing a recipe involving the Peri-Peri chili pepper to which my blog owes its name. On my about me page, I share with you how When I was growing up, the mention of a dish having been seasoned with Peri-Peri chilies evoked expectations of enjoying a dish which was flavorful, colorful and tantalizingly hot; these Grilled Peri-Peri Wings attest to that notion. Read more

Buttermilk/Wholemilk Pancakes

Buttermilk/Wholemilk Pancakes

One of the ways I honored my mother this past Mother’s Day was to recreate a recipe she used to make for us on the weekends for breakfast, Buttermilk Pancakes. However, even to this day I have never seen her use buttermilk to make them. I have therefore decided to add both names to the title because when you search online or in cookbooks you will run into Buttermilk and not Whole milk Pancakes. In case you are wondering to yourself why she chooses to use whole milk and not buttermilk, I have not had this conversation with her but here are my thoughts; honestly, where I come from in Zambia, food ingredients are not cheap and if you are going to buy a grocery item you better make sure it is versatile! Read more

Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Pudding

Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Pudding

When I was growing, we were not allowed to play with food. Any slight indication of shoveling food around the dinner plate called for a reprimand from my mother. She would remind me of the children on TV who were starving from famine in parts of the African continent. And then she would also remind me that food was not cheap and that there were children in our own communities who did not have the privilege of enjoying a satisfying meal on a regular basis. So I developed a healthy respect for food. To this day, I don’t like to play with food or waste it; I do my best to make sure my groceries end up on the plate and not in the trash can. Read more

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