African Food

As I had mentioned yesterday, we were going to have African food with some of our friends last night for dinner.  Sounds interesting, right?  Well it definitely was!  We didn’t go out to a restaurant for it, but to our friend’s house who is from Ghana, Africa.  He made us true, authentic African food.  When I first thought of African food, I didn’t even know what to imagine.  I’ve never had anything close to African food, as far as I know.  I’m always up for trying to new foods though, especially ethnic foods.

When we arrived, he and his wife served us a “rice ball.”  It was just a big ball of Jasmine rice all “smooshed” together.  Then they topped the rice ball with a stew-type dish.  I can’t remember what they called it!  It was essentially a stew that is made with a base of chicken stock, peanut butter, and water.  It has spinach, peppers, and a variety of other vegetables and spices added to it as well.  They also added some chicken into the mix. 

Here is my bowl already half eaten.  Obviously I was quite eager to try it out!  See half of my rice ball in there? 

    

Maybe it doesn’t look super appealing, but believe me, it was quite delicious!  I have never eaten anything like it, and I was quite impressed.  Usually I am able to associate a new food to something else I’ve had in the past, but I didn’t even know what to associate this dish with.  Needless to say, African food is quite a unique ethnic food.  I loved it.

We sat around the table during dinner while Doctor (our African friend’s English name) told us stories of when he used to live in Ghana.  He told us how the meal we had was considered a special meal that they would serve at Christmas and New Year’s.  He had a variety of other interesting stories to share with us too. 

We finished with an American treat – none better than homemade cookies!  Doctor’s wife made homemade chocolate chip cookies and white chocolate chip cookies.  I opted for a white chocolate chip cookie, and they were so yummy!  They were fudgy, moist, and perfectly flavored.  Mmmm!  She sent us home with a bunch, and I’m surprised I didn’t eat the whole bag on the way home.  They were quite tempting! ;)

We finished the evening with a game of Pit.  I can’t believe I had never played that game before last night – it was SO fun!  It’s a great game to play with a big group of people.  If you’ve never played before, look it up online and play it the next time you’re with a big group.  It’s way fun. 

Off I go to get ready to go to church, lunch, and then hit up Costco and IKEA (two of my favorite stores!).  Have a great morning!

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  1. says

    I was hoping you had gone to an African restaurant in SLC. Shucks! My boss is going to Ghana in December–his son is on a mission there and he buys cats from the market and eats them all the time. Shudder.

    • Ashley says

      Ooo don’t think I’d be a huge fan of the cats… *cringe* Doctor (the African) was telling us all sorts of interesting and strange things they eat!

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