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19.9.08 - 21.9.08
I can easily say that there are very few overweight people in Bordeaux in General. Seeing a "fat" person is very rare, especially in the women since they are either paper thin or very average. My roommate mentioned to me that she read in an article that it had something to do with Yogurt. I still don't know whether it's true or not, but the French really fucking love Yogurt. In California, a regular grocery store will have the Yogurt in the dairy isle... but here, Yogurt has it's very own isle. In Auchan (refer to last entry), they have two entire lanes dedicated to just Yogurt. There are so many different kinds that it's perplexing. There's actually just tons of dairy, now that I think of it. OH, and it's so strange how they do refrigerate some milk and eggs, but the bulk of milk and eggs are not refrigerated. I don't get it, really. Anyway, since this blog is about food, i'll just continue on that route.
As I’ve said before, the multiculturalism of Bordeaux is one of its most attractive features and as a result, Hillary and I have learned how to make a fabulous Senegalese stew called Mafé. This dish was first prepared for my roommate by Dou, a guy who is quite taken with Hillary… but I won’t go into THAT.. Haha…
Anyway, I’m really impressed with this stew because it really reminds me of a Mexican sauce, “mole” and it’s cool to know that on opposite parts of the world, two different cultures have a very similar dish. After this dish was prepared for Hillary a couple of times, she was able to replicate it for me. To be honest, I didn’t want to try it, it sounded weird and I wasn’t in the adventure mood, but I couldn’t stop eating it after I did! Here’s the recipe, as dictated to me by Hillary:
Potatoes (you can add carrots or other veggies too)
Any type of bouillon cube (chicken, beef or veggie)
Water, Salt, Pepper, Habanero pepper (optional)
The original preparation was also with beef (I later used chicken and really liked it), but it tastes great vegetarian as well.
First, sauté the onions and potatoes in some oil. After getting a little tender, crumble in the bouillon, stir, add tomato paste (Hillary loves tomatoes, so she added a whole can), add water and let simmer (5 mins). Add as much water or as little as you like, depending on the consistency that you’d like. Finally, add two heaping spoonfuls of peanut butter and if you want it spicy, add the habanero pepper or spicy sauce of choice. Salt and Pepper to taste and let simmer for 15-20 mins. This is Hillary’s preparation, but it is traditionally a meat stew, so you can brown some cubes of beef or chicken with the onions in the beginning. Finally, serve over rice and be ready for DELICIOUSNESS.
Yea, I know what you’re thinking.. Tomato paste and peanut butter? Yuck! But no, seriously, this is amazing. I too was a skeptic, but this dish is fabulous. In some ways it reminds me of the Mexican mole, but in others it reminds me of Indian food, like curry. Anyway, just fucking try it.