Another quick post as I play catch up…
I went with a very simple fried fish recipe for our main dish. We made the creatively named “Chad salad” as a side and jus de fruit (AKA mango shakes) for dessert.
Chad Broiled Fish (recipe)
I don’t remember what type of fish we used anymore… I want to say it was mahi mahi? We (Tyler) cut slits on the fish filets and stuffed in slices of garlic.
Then they were dredged in flour and fried until golden brown. They were topped with tomato slices and salt/pepper/chili powder, then covered and left to simmer for 40 minutes.
Chad Salad (recipe)
Chad salad is one of the most bizarre recipes of unexpected ingredients that I have ever made. One of the other global food bloggers made it and said it was pretty good, though, so we gave it a chance. This salad consisted of lemon juice and zest, cooked rice, sliced cucumbers, sliced bananas, raisins, almonds, salt, coriander, cumin, cayenne pepper, and honey. Yep.
It was served chilled and looked like this:
Jus de Fruit (recipe)
This was essentially a mango shake… get out the blender and toss in a few ice cubes, mango, whole milk, sugar, and cardamom powder (!!):
This meal was a smashing success! That is not something we are accustomed to with our experiences of Africa so far. The fish was done perfectly and had excellent flavor. The salad was surprisingly delicious, considering the strange assortment of ingredients that it contained. And the mango shake was absolutely delicious. It was thick and creamy, and the mango and cardamom gave it excellent flavor. I might not be quick to make the salad again, but I would definitely repeat the fish as an easy weeknight meal and the shake for a cool summer dessert.