I love to cook and over the last few years, after my husband finally got his visa and was able to join me here in United States, I have learnt to cook many African meals. During this time I have also learnt the joy of using many new spices and putting food together... I love African food. The first time I made something African was after we got married -- I made rice and beans with a tomato sauce for a fundraiser we had at church... well I can say that I have come a long way in 6 years.
One of the favorite meals that we make is black eyed beans, onions, tomatoes and gari with fried plantains. This recipe is very easy, although you do need to think about it early, but otherwise takes very little to make it
|black eyed beans with fresh tomatoes, onions and|
gari, served with fried plantains
Black eyed Beans
1 to 2 cups of black eyed beans - wash in water first and pick out any beans that are discoloured. Cook beans in enough water to cover and salt to taste. Cook for approximately 1 - 1 1/2 hours or until beans are soft. Watch beans while cooking and add water as needed. Water should be gone by the time the beans are soft. Once cooked place on plate and added fresh onions, tomatoes and gari (we buy the gari from an African Market).
Cut 1 -2 plantains in quarters and place in bowl, add approx 1 tbsp water and 1 tsp salt and mix. Fry plantains in hot oil until a deep brown colour. Enjoy.