Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Play in Full Color

My puppy Mable loves her purple ball that I found for her at the local petshop. She literally won't leave it alone, she has to be close to it at all times! It's like her security blanket. I finally got a picture of her where she wasn't flinging her head around like a crazed little monkey. She still kind of looks like one though! :0)

Side note: She's a Beaglier pup (6 months old). Beagle mixed with Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. She's a hound but with webbed feet!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Akara Cakes!

The other night I made Nigerian Akara black eyed bean pancakes with a special made-from-scratch chili sauce! The cakes are made from mashing and blending a mixture of black eyed beans (mashed beans that simulate a flour are called a 'pulse' in traditional African cooking), onion, garlic, salt and pepper to taste, a dash of olive oil, and optional chilis. Then you dollop some of the batter onto a hot skillet; frying them in red palm oil, or an oil you have on hand which in my case was grapeseed oil. It turned out really delicious and I felt transported by all of the flavors. The chili sauce I made was a simple mixture of around 3 medium red chilis (take most of the seeds out) diced up finely, a tablespoon of dijon mustard, a little bit of water, a few teaspoons of cane sugar, and some diced up tomato (preferably yellow). I also added a bit of basil and thyme. Stir all of these things together in a hot skillet and let it get a little bit thick. Enjoy the smell, because it is awesome! And don't worry about exact measurements...go by the smell, and taste along the way. Then spoon onto the plate and enjoy! It goes great with the pancakes, and a side of fresh corn.