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:…





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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Kelewele Recipe


2 bananas, peeled and cut into chunks

2.5ml (½tsp) ground ginger

2.5ml (½tsp) cayenne pepper

1ml salt

45ml (3Tbsp) lemon juice, freshly squeezed

oil, for frying



  1.  In a bowl, mix the ginger, cayenne pepper, salt and lemon juice.
  2. Add the banana cubes into the mixture.
  3. Let the bananas marinate for about 20 to 30 minutes.
  4. In a saucepan, heat oil and fry the marinated bananas until they are golden on both sides.
  5. Transfer to a paper towel.


For more info on Kelewele, check out the site African Chop and there’s more in depth info here


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