I need a little Africa in my life!
Last week, my friends Taylor and Bethany came to visit. While they were here, they treated Ben and I to a special dinner. Since food is expensive here, and we don’t often buy meat or certain fruits and veggies, they gave us the gift of yummy by taking me shopping and buying me groceries for an awesome meal.
We decided to make one of Ben’s favorites: meat sauce on rice, Africa style. Well, sort of. We didn’t have any curry powder. But I improvised, and it turned out great!
- A couple pounds of beef
- Oil for frying
- An onion
- 4 oz of tomato sauce
- 2 T pilau masala
- 1 T of garlic
- 1 t of ground ginger
- 1/4 cup corn starch
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 cups Chicken broth (or bouillon cube and water)
Cut the meat into one-inch cubes. Slice onions.
Heat oil in a frying pan. Fry onions until translucent. Remove from pan.
Fry meat until thoroughly cooked.
Add spices to meat and stir.
Add tomato sauce, water/broth, and onions. Allow to simmer.
Slowly whisk in corn starch until sauce is thick.
Serve sauce over rice. Pair with tropical fruit and salad. Enjoy!
If you’ve never had game meat before, this is a great way to try it. Make these venison bratwursts and have a taste of the wild outdoors.
What you need:
-Venison brats. Ours came from the deer my dad hunted last fall. You can also get them from butcher shops or order them online.
-Three bell peppers, sliced.
-One onion, sliced.
-Olive oil, 1/4 cup.
What you do:
-Prepare peppers and onions. Place in tinfoil, sprinkle with oil, salt, and pepper. Wrap and grill for half an hour.
-Grill brats for 20-30 minutes.
-Place brats in buns. Top with pepper mix. Enjoy!
I’m not sure what one might call this dish; I’m sure it has a name somewhere, but I don’t know it. I do know that it was yummy.
Ben’s first semester of medical school is over! Many people prepared to leave for the break with a still fully-stocked pantry, and I was happy to take the food off their hands for a discounted price. I now have more types of condiments and interesting Asian food than I even knew existed, and I’m looking forward to learning to make new things! One other spouse was generous enough to sell me the entire contents of her fridge for almost nothing– including meat! Ground beef, even! That stuff is not cheap here, friends. I was so thrilled with this blessing that I hurried home and threw together a pasta dish that smelled like Heaven had a barbeque.
Here’s how to make my Meaty Noodle Thing:
- Package of macaroni pasta
- One pound of ground beef, cooked
- One jar of pasta sauce (I used Prego)
- 1/3 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
- 1/4 cup onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup of shredded cheese
- 1/4 cup unsweetened yogurt
- Garlic salt, pepper, salt, oregano to taste
Prepare meat and pasta. Save the oil from the ground beef in the pan.
Heat up sauce.
Sauté the veggies in the beef oil. Add seasonings.
Mix cheese and yogurt into the sauce. Add veggies.
Mix pasta and sauce.