Two things in the world that unite Africans, food and football. With regard to the latter, we tend to build walls or silos around ourselves but when there’s a game of football, all those walls and silos disappear. We all become African, not South African, not Ghanaian and definitely not Nigerian. As I was watching the games last night, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of pride and it is awesome to witness the enormous support given to the teams representing our continent. Some of the tweets from last night’s games:…
— Darren Charles King (@DKtheDrummer) June 21, 2014
African teams did quite nicely overnight in the #WorldCup2014. Ghana drew 2-2 with Germany and Nigeria beat Bosnia & Herzegovina 1-0.
— Business Report (@busrep) June 22, 2014
— Given Mkhari (@MkhariGiven) June 21, 2014
I thought I would take advantage of the World Cup and share a recipe from Ghana, Kelewele. It is a street food and made by seasoning and frying ripe plantains. Kelewele is eaten as a snack and trust me it goes down well with beer or a glass of wine….Hope you get to try it!
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2 bananas, peeled and cut into chunks
2.5ml (½tsp) ground ginger
2.5ml (½tsp) cayenne pepper
45ml (3Tbsp) lemon juice, freshly squeezed
oil, for frying
- In a bowl, mix the ginger, cayenne pepper, salt and lemon juice.
- Add the banana cubes into the mixture.
- Let the bananas marinate for about 20 to 30 minutes.
- In a saucepan, heat oil and fry the marinated bananas until they are golden on both sides.
- Transfer to a paper towel.