Niger

Today, we travel to a beautiful country named for the Niger River in west Africa.  It is mostly covered by the Sahara Desert, and is nicknamed, the “frying pan of the world”!  The flag of Niger is colored with orange, white, and green stripes, representing the Sahara, innocence, and vegetation. It is considered rude to not inquire about one’s family at the beginning of any conversation, and also to not share any food you’re eating if you’re eating it in front of someone.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present an extremely flavorful dish- Efo Riro (vegetable soup)

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  • 4 large bunches of spinach
  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 3 bell peppers
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper*
  • 1 onion
  • 4 fresh tomatoes
  • 4 tbsp palm oil
  • 2 bouillon cubes
  • salt to taste.
  1. blend the peppers, onion, bonnet pepper,  and tomato in a food processor or blender until it forms a smooth paste.           niger
  2. Heat the oil in a pot, and add the blended mixture, dissolving the bouillon in the sauce, and bring to a boil.                                                  niger2
  3. Chop the spinach and kale, add to the pot after 10 minutes, then turn the heat down, salt, and simmer for 30 minutes.          niger4
  4. Serve with crusty bread!

So, I love spicy food.  I’ve never eaten a scotch bonnet pepper before though, so I had NO IDEA what I was in for!  They have a fantastically fruity flavor, and this soup was delicious!

BUT-

It was so hot, most of the family couldn’t finish it.  My 16 year old finished hers, but it was because she had a cold, and thought it would help cure it! I finished mine, but I had to put a scoop of sour cream in there to make it not burn too badly.

Overall- wonderful!  Next time I make it, I’ll probably use a chili pepper, or something a bit more mild.

Thanks guys! Don’t forget to let me know if you ever try any of these dinners!  The next dish we’re trying comes from the United Arab Emirates!

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