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    Nutrition Facts

    Serving Size 1 guests 0g

    Recipe makes 3462 guests)

    The following items or measurements are not included below:


    1 dash salt and pepper

    Amount Per Serving %DV
    Calories 1
    Calories from Fat 0 (24%)
    Total Fat 0.0g 0%
    Saturated Fat 0.0g 0%
    Monounsaturated Fat 0.0g
    Polyunsaturated Fat 0.0g
    Trans Fat 0.0g
    Cholesterol 0mg 0%
    Sodium 0mg 0%
    Potassium 1mg 0%
    Total Carbohydrate 0.1g 0%
    Dietary Fiber 0.0g 0%
    Sugars 0.0g
    Protein 0.1g 0%

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    Recipe for Elephant Stew (From Griot's Cookbook)

    Recipe #236340 | 102 days | 60 days prep
    Adrienne in Reisterstown

    By: Adrienne in Reisterstown
    Jun 21, 2007

    In 1985 (the year my daughter Rachel was born), I bought a book called The Griots' Cookbook: Rare and Well-Done (publisher C. H. Fairfax Company, Columbia Md.). I've been cooking from this book for so long now the pages are all frayed and dog-earred. The recipes here are truly tried and tested — comfort food at its best. But first...a bit of info. Let's start with just what exactly is a Griot. in it's study on blues in America defines a Griot (pronounced 'GREE oh') as a West African performer who perpetuates the oral traditions of a family, village, or leader by singing histories and tales. Griots typically perform alone, accompanying themselves on a stringed instrument, and are considered by many musicologists a critical African root of the solo acoustic blues that developed among African American communities during the early 20th century. calls them wordsmiths who use poetry, proverbs, and rhythm to teach villagers about their history. Their home is the territory of the Mande peoples, i.e. the states of Mali, Gambia, Guinea and Senegal, where their tradition is alive to this day. "Griot" is the French term for this class of musicians; the local terms are jeli in northern Mande areas and jali in southern Mande domains. In the Bambara and Malinke languages "djeli" means "griot" and also "blood". In their inherited duty and vocation, the djeli are the life-blood of Malian society. As oral historians, storytellers, singers and musicians, they keep the past in living contact with the present by acting as ajudicators, arbitrators, even match-makers. Both men and women practice this vocation. As you can guess, this is a very special cookbook and well-beloved in my house. This book is now rare and extremely difficult to find. It was compiled by American Griots Alice McGill, Mary Carter Washington and Elmira M. Washington, all well-known and familiar local names if you were born and bred in Baltimore. The book was created as a fund-raiser for the local jazz station, WEAA broadcasting from the campus of Morgan State University which is where I work. With that background, I shall share the very first recipe that appears in the book...don't be afraid to read it through. I promise you, it's worth it!

    3462 guests (change servings and units)


    • 1 medium elephant, diced
    • 1 dash salt and pepper
    • 1 onion
    • 16 ounces elbow macaroni
    • 2 rabbits


    1. 1
      After the 60 days it takes to dice the elephant, put in a 5 ton casserole. Add salt, pepper, onion and simmer gently for 6 weeks.
    2. 2
      During the last seven minutes, add the macaroni.
    3. 3
      This serves 3,462 guests. If the guests bring guests, add the rabbits, but only if absolutely necessary because most people don't like to find hare in their stew.
    4. 4
      Ok -- so the first recipe was a funny -- but funnies feed the soul too!

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    From: Chef #522177

    On Apr 23, 2008

    I've come back to this many times! It's funny for a good chuckle. I'm going to give a copy to my brother in law (he's south African with a great sense of humour), I know he will get a kick out of it. See this site is not only for recipes it lifts your spirits too!

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    From: Julie Tremmel

    On Aug 17, 2007

    Oh my gosh this is great I have been reading through you humor is catching! Have to agree no hares needed in my stew. Keep the recipes coming please.

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