Ugali is like mashed potatoes, but gummy and without flavor. You scoop it into your hands and make what resembles a mashed potato taco. I respect the concept.
And though the ugali and the peanut butter chicken soup were the most interesting, what I really walked away with is the fact that plantains are like bananas without flaws. If I could find them in bundles, I would eat them all day, every day.
Food Fact from Jenny:
The staple food in DR Congo is cassava. This root vegetable is often ground into a paste and served with plantains, fish or bushmeat. Grubs and caterpillars are also collected to provide protein. [source]
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Our Congolese dinner.
Soup, greens and potatoes, ginger, plantains, and caramel and coconut. It was a good night.
Preparing our batch of ginger beer.
Ginger got naked.
It tastes like soda (without the carbonation). And then it tastes like fire.
Plantains soaked in salt and spices.
MTF2 is a great excuse to constantly be eating fried food.
The consistency is mashed potatoes + a bottle of glue.
Spinach and potatoes. The very best vegetables have to offer.
Our completed moroko.
Jenny likes this photo a lot. Eric will pretend it doesn’t exist.
Here at MTF2, we rarely use an appropriately sized pots.
Jenny’s beautiful hand-shredded chicken.
Peanut butter, chicken stock, tomatoes, and spices. Mmm?
Chicken Peanut Soup. The flavor is very subtle and earthy. Not revolting, as Jenny feared.
Caramel, coconut, and cinnamon. Eric approves.
It looks even tastier up close.
The fried plantains were gone a moment later.
The dishes were easy to make, and they were delicious. We will definitely be making them again.
Good job, Congo!