Needless to say my first experience with goat soup wasn't a truly pleasant one. I have though, over the years, come to love it. It is probably one of my favorite soups.
1/ 2 lb to 1 lb goat meat
1 tsp salt
1 tablespoon garlic and ginger paste ( I buy this at an African Market)
1/8 cup of onions or to taste
Place all these ingredients in large pot. Add water to just cover the meat and boil for 1 - 1 1/2 hours. I do sometimes boil the meat longer if it is old as that will make the meat tender.
2-3 cups water
1 tbsp tomato paste
2 roma tomatoes,
1/4 cup onion
1 clove of garlic
2 tsp anise
1 tsp ginger - fresh if you have
salt to taste
hot pepper to taste.
Once the meat has finished it first boil, add 2 -3 cups of water and 1 tbsp tomato paste (if you would like a darker soup, add more tomato paste). Bring to a boil. At this time I take out my mortar and pestle and grind the tomatoes and onions. Add to soup, continuing to boil . Next I grind the garlic, anise and ginger and add to soup. Bring to a rolling boil. Once the soup has boiled for about 10 minutes or so, I will taste it and add salt. The salt will bring out the flavor of the other spices but if you still need more flavor add more garlic, anise and ginger to taste. Prior to serving I add the hot pepper and also add more onions. Serve with rice or fufu.
The rice is served on the side and a spoonful of rice is dipped into the soup and eaten. I will write about fufu for those of you that don't know what it is at a later date.
As I have many pictures of Togo, I am going to leave you with some of the market pictures I took on my first trip there in 2005.
|the soup market|
|I thought this lady was beautiful, took the picture more because|
of her then the things she was selling.
|This was the kettle that the soup was in|