Africa has a long history of banana cultivation. Phytolith discoveries in Cameroon dating to the first millennium BCE triggered an as yet unresolved debate about the date of first cultivation in Africa. There is linguistic evidence that bananas were known in Madagascar around that time. The earliest prior evidence indicates that cultivation dates to no earlier than late 6th century AD. It is likely, however, that bananas were brought at least to Madagascar if not to the East African coast during the phase of Malagasy colonization of the island from South East Asia c400CE.
Here we have a simple, healthy drink made with just 1 banana. Idea from The 80/10/10 Diet by Dr. Douglas N. Graham, a cool raw food book.
Delicious with rice dishes, particularly spicier ones of Indian style. But my family likes this with Middle Eastern rice dishes as we don't eat very spicy and DH loves a sauce with rice. You may add a squeeze of pomegranate juice from the husks of the seeded pomegranate depending how you remove seeds or add a little pomegranate molasses instead, found in Middle Eastern shops. A note to self, change it up a bit by adding fresh finely chopped mint when using sweet white onion sometimes. Modified from a recipe by Nigella Lawson on http://www.foodnetwork.com
This is a staple in our home. A simple salad that is made throughout the Middle East, Arabian influenced African countries such as Sudan were it is called Salatet Zabady bil Ajur & the Mediterranean. It is served as a mezza or salad side dish. It is especially good as a cool sauce to be paired with hot rice dishes as we do. Recipe#387395, for example. Modified from Delights from the Garden of Eden by Nawal Nasrallah. Prep time does not include 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
Wonderful, aromatic and flavourful! The best Muhammar I have made and I have tried a number! Very important to use a cast iron pan or heavy pan and lots of butter to form the crust part properly, this makes it way more flavourful as well. This is very good served with Gulf Arabian fish or shrimp dishes as it is traditional. Modified from a recipe found on http://desertcandy.blogspot.com. A great example this rice goes with is recipe#443922.
Similar to the flavourful potatoes you can purchase in Lebanese restaurants throughout Ottawa, Canada. This goes really well with recipe#44858 marinated chicken breast, Recipe #409286, and a garlic sauce like, recipe#108234 without the cilantro and a little Balkan yogurt to lighten it up, along with, recipe#254171, for a meal like the restaurants only way better! Recipe modified from a recipe found on http://homemade-recipes.blogspot.com
We enjoy this delicious Iraqi recipe. It gives turnips/rutabaga/swedes a delicately sweet taste and a lovely hue. Modified from, Delights from the Garden of Eden by Nawal Nasrallah. NOTE: If using the small real white and purple type of turnip do not leave to soak in the water date syrup mixture after cooking as they may become waterlogged.
To hold the pieces together instead of icing, this can be used. Do not do this part with the children as it is extremely hot. This is the way my mom does it but I will also credit http://www.kaboose.com
This is a tasty fried fish which we like served with rice and Recipe#387327. I have made this with whole deboned light skinned fish as well increasing the coating as needed based on fish size. No need to remove the heads! I always make our version gluten free using double the amount of white rice flour and half the amount sweet rice flour & tapioca starch, though it fries OK I can see it would work better with regular flour. Modified from Delights from the Garden of Eden by Nawal Nasrallah.
Brazilian grown ingredients make a traditional oatmeal of the region both healthy and vegan! A wonderful satisfying breakfast which is fresh, soft and crunchy! You may add raw/unpasteurised honey to the cooked oats to sweeten slightly but it really doesn't need it!!! Would also not be vegan that way. Modified from a recipe found on, evolvingwellness.com.
These are tasty little muffins, airy and light textured. To make these more of a sweet muffin, add a dash of vanilla and some raw honey and do not add the rosemary. Modified from a recipe found on http://www.balancedbites.com
This has a lovely flavour. Nice with a cup of tea when craving something sweet. I think this is a very old Iraqi recipe. Here is what Nawal Nasrallah author of, Delights from the Garden of Eden has to say about it. "A simple rice sweet enjoyed with a spoon. It is important to toast the rice to perfection, as this will give the dessert a delicate golden hue and a wonderful aroma. She is of Iraqi decent. Modified slightly from her recipe.
Soy sauce and fish are staples of many of the Pacific Islands where Asian influence has become infused into local cuisine. The abundance of shoreline provides ease to fresh fish as well. Here tasty glazed salmon kabobs, which go well with some sliced green onion, chopped ginger and fresh black pepper fryed in some butter and then mixed into a bed of cooked Basmati rice, my preference. I think this recipe was originally from the Highliner website.