Sunday, September 20, 2009

#15. Try Ethiopian Food


Entree ala Addis Ababa

Besides my trip to Egypt about 10 years ago, I haven't had a lot of experience with African cuisine. Come to think of it, Egyptian food may count as Middle Eastern cuisine. Have I ever had African food before? I'm a fairly adventurous eater, but I don't think that I've ever had the opportunity to eat food from the African continent.
That is why I put this on my list. Ethiopian food is quentissentially African. It was hard to find a recipe that I could make that was Ethiopian. There are a lot of exotic spices that are available there that aren't found in every Kroger or Walmart. I found this recipe and there was only one spice it contained that I had not heard of. It is called cardomom. I was lucky enough to find it at Payless, but I was dismayed that the price was $15. Nevertheless, I swallowed my cheapness and purchased it. Afterall, I wanted to do this recipe correctly. The recipe was called Beef Stew in Berbere Sauce.
Cooking it was easy enough. I was surprised by all the spices that the recipe contained. Besides the aforementioned cardomom, there was ginger, paprika, cayenne, allspice, cloves, cumin, cinnamon, and tumeric. I carefully added all the ingredients together. I was only slightly dismayed when the final product bore a striking resemblance to cat food. The taste wasn't good, nor was it bad. It was just blah. I'm not a big fan. Maybe I misprepared it, but I don't think that I'll ever make it again to find out.

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