Event

Africa is big: learn by cooking traditional recipes

25 March - 17:00-19:00 | Africa is the world’s second largest continent in both population and size. The continent is home to numerous and diverse nations, languages, cultures and traditions. Despite this fact, many people still treat/see Africa as if it is one country - one of the most misconstrued stereotypes about Africa. This activity intends to showcase the rich array of cultures and traditions from the African continent, but also deconstruct dominant narratives of Africa as a single country.

UCAS will teach you to make traditional African recipes from all over the continent. During the workshop the cook will not only explain how to cook the traditional dish, the cook will also share stories about the country where the dish originates from and some cultural, historical and religious aspects of the dish. In this way, everyone can learn and understand the different local cultures that are present in the African continent.

Have you cooked this dish? Please, send a picture of you eating the dish to our Instagram: @ucas_wur!

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Monica and Dinah show us how to cook matoke (highland banana) with a peanut sauce.

Preparation time: ~ 45 minutes

Ingredients for 2 persons:

  • 6 matoke bananas (you can buy these at the African shop in Hoogstraat)
  • 2 onions (in cubes)
  • 2 tomatoes (in cubes)
  • 1 eggplant (in cubes)
  • 1 paprika (in cubes)
  • 400 gram mushrooms (we used dried ones)
  • 2 cloves of garlic (finely diced)
  • 4 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 0.5 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoon curry powder

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Chinyere and Wendy show us how to cook a Nigerian soup called Egusi with poundo (pounded yam).

Preparation time: 1 hour

Ingredients for 6 persons:

  • 300 g egusi/melon seeds (grounded)
  • 250 g yam flour (pounded yam/poundo)
  • 500 g goat meat or beef (for a vegetarian substitute you can use mushrooms)
  • 500 g stockfish
  • 35 g crayfish
  • 300 g kale (you can also use pumpkin leafs or spinach)
  • 3-4 Scotch bonnet peppers
  • 180 ml palm oil
  • For seasoning, you can add maggi cubes and salt to taste.

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Samah explains how to make a Sudanese type of tea called chai mugannan.

Preparation time: ~ 10 minutes

Ingredients for one cup of tea:

  • 250 ml of milk
  • 2 teaspoons of tea leaves
  • Cook this together with the tea: For spices your will use cinnamon (1 stick), cardamom (4 pieces), ginger (2 slices)
  • Sugar (according to taste)

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Nyasha, Tanyaradzwa and Ellis show us how to cook a Zimbabwean dish called mutakura, also known as samp.

Preparation time: ~ 2 hours

Ingredients for 2 persons:

  • 125 g of dried peanuts
  • 125 g of dried groundnuts/bambara nuts (you can also use black-eyed peas as a substitute)
  • 125 g of dried maize
  • Water
  • Salt

!! Before you start cooking, soak the groundnuts and maize overnight for around 12 hours !!