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Here is Bintu!
Hi, I am Bintu from Recipes From A Pantry and I am very excited to be guest posting today at Feeding Big and more for her series of Around the World in 80 Sundays. I would like to introduce you to food from Sierra Leone, West Africa
Food is at the centre of all our celebrations in Sierra Leone. Well music too.
Whether a Christian or Muslim or public holiday or more personal celebrations you never get away from the music played from every corner on every street. Hifi systems precariously balanced on top of cars, tables, roofs, drink crates, pumping out songs and all trying to compete for your attention and trying to be loudest.
In my home can remember tables piled high with the main dishes of couscous and Jollof rice, made even tastier by the accompanying sweet oniony stew.
Roast meat, plantains, sweet potato, yams, salads, banana bread and coconut cakes all complete the meal. Ginger beer would be cooling in the fridge whilst bottles of Guinness and Star Beer would spill out of huge buckets filled to the brim with ice cubes. Oh the memories.
Well, I would like to take this opportunity to share this ‘couscous Sierra Leone style’ recipe with you. The great flavour of this couscous comes from the onions, tomato and beef. It has the added bonus of looking extremely pretty when dished up. It is kind of a one pot dish especially if you can add in some cooked leftover meat.
By all means vary the vegetables you use to suit your own taste. You need to use minimal liquid because you want a ‘dry’ish’ vegetable base. So please do not skip the step of reducing the water in the stewing vegetables before adding in the couscous.
For the couscous
180g (1 cup) couscous
200ml (1 cup) boiling water
For the beef
300g beef (approx 1 cup)
½ tsp ground coriander (cilantro)
1 tbsp water
½ tsp oil
For the stew
1 (bell) pepper
Chilli to taste
1 bay leaf
1/2 a seasoning cube
2 tsp tomato puree
1 tbsp oil
110ml(1 cup) water
Add couscous and salt into bowl.
Pour over boiling water and mix well.
Cover for 5 mins then fluff it with fork and cover for another 5 mins then set aside.
Skip cooking the beef if you are using already cooked meat.
Cut beef into very small cubes.
Season beef with salt, pepper, ground coriander and mix very well and put in a pot, then add 1 tbsp of water and a bay leaf cook on low for about 10 mins until it is cooked and the water has dried up.
Then add 1 tsp oil to pot and fry the beef for 5 mins till brown, remove beef and set aside.
Peel and slice onions, deseed and cut pepper and chillies and add to pot with bay leaf, ½ stock cube, tomato puree, oil and water.
Mix these well, cover and cook for about 35 mins until soft. Keep an eye on this because if the water dries out before the vegetables cook then add in a tbsp of water at a time.
In the last five minutes open the pot and allow the water to evaporate.
When the water has completely evaporated add in the beef and stir for about 10 seconds and add in the couscous and mix till everything is well combined and warmed through.
Adjust the seasoning and serve with some grilled meat and salad.
I hope you enjoy it and please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
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