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Fufu with Grasscutter (aka Cane Rat). Ghanaians make futu with cassava. Ivorians make it mostly with plantain.
Chicken with Jolloff Rice. A dish that some of the more squeemish visitors can handle.
Fufu (upper left) and Banku.
Boiled plantains--often served with Garden Egg Sauce.
Garden Egg Sauce. Eggplant is called "Garden Egg." West Africans grow a yellow variety that has an oval shape.
Fried Yam with Fish in Hot Pepper
Kenkey with Fish and Hot Pepper, 2003. Kenkey is fermented and cooked corn paste that is steamed and served with meat in a vegetable sauce.
Red-red, served with any meat. Contains cowpeas (Black-eyed Peas) cooked with onions fried in palm oil (red) and plantains fried in palm oil (red.). Hence, red-red. Served with chicken, fish, or goat or any other meat. If you are vegan, this dish will satisfy you. When well made (not too oily, lots of fried onion) this dish is superb.
Pangolin Stew, Daloa, Cote d'Ivoire, 2004.
Aloko: plantain fried in palm oil. One of the most popular West African dishes for the Western tourist. Cote d'Ivoire, 2006.
Chicken Kedjenou with rice. Green pods are chilis, which are quite spicy. Depa, Cote d'Ivoire, 2006.
Grilled fish Abidjan-style. Actually, the fish is deep-fried without a coating, covered with chopped onions and tomatoes, drizzled with mayonnaise and served with a hot chili condiment. Grand Bassam, Cote d'Ivoire, 2006.
Ateke, the Ivorian version of Gari. It is made by grinding fresh and fermented cassava together. This is dried and then steamed when needed. Ateke is served with grilled fish and meats, as well as stews. It has a lightly sour flavor. Grand Bassam, Cote d'Ivoire, 2006.
Tilapia with red-red and aloko. Ghana, 2006
Palaver sauce with boiled yam. Ghana, 2006.
Tilapia with Fried Rice. Ghana, 2006
Green-Green. This is made with Grasscutter and snail in a vegetable sauce. It tastes as good as it looks. Stan Thompson, on tasting his order said:: "Tom, this is the last time I follow YOUR advice." Kumasi, Ghana, 2007.
Making Red-Red. Note pot of Aloko (plantain fried in palm oil), chilies, and onion. Ebekawopa, Ghana, 2007. Photo by Stan Thompson
Making Cassava Fritters for sale along the road. Ebekawopa, Ghana, 2007. Photo by Stan Thompson
Preparing breakfast for us in Ebekawopa, Ghana. Red-red (lower right) and fufu (left). 2007. Photo by Stan Thompson
Making palaver sauce: chopping the greens using a machete. Note the really small machete that probably snapped in the field and is now spending the rest of its life as a kitchen knife. Mmaniaye, Ghana, 2008.
Selling fritters in Cape Coast, Ghana, 2007. Photo by Stan Thompson.