8 Irresistible Food Blogs From Sub-Saharan Africa
July 17, 2014 2:33 AM   Subscribe

I LIVE for this sort of thing. Thank you!
posted by magstheaxe at 3:53 AM on July 17, 2014 [2 favorites]

I just had lunch ..aaaaaand now I'm hungry again. Those dumplings look amazing.
posted by digitalprimate at 4:11 AM on July 17, 2014

It's amazing how much easier it looks to make attieke in a rice cooker than over an open fire! Fun stuff, thanks!
posted by ChuraChura at 4:25 AM on July 17, 2014

Acheke is delicious. When it's acheke night, I can't wait until dinner.

There has to be some place you can buy it from in the US, right? I don't know if I'd want to try it in the rice cooker, though, I'd probably mess it up.
posted by Kutsuwamushi at 4:51 AM on July 17, 2014

Oh and the above is yet another food blog
posted by infini at 4:59 AM on July 17, 2014

Sadly, there is no African store in my hometown or anywhere close to my hometown as far as I can tell. The big Asian market has started to stock a few African goods, but they didn't carry acheke the last time I was there.
posted by Kutsuwamushi at 5:43 AM on July 17, 2014

Love it. The Kadi blog has many recipes I'm familiar with. But it's wrong about the bissap - mint is NOT optional. (Ok, I guess it is, if you want something that is only super delicious instead of super DUPER delicious.)
posted by solotoro at 6:24 AM on July 17, 2014 [1 favorite]

Here you go, and its also available on Amazon
posted by infini at 6:31 AM on July 17, 2014 [1 favorite]

Last time we tried to make bissap, we had a bottle that got put in the back of the food cabinet, and kind of forgotten about...

Until it fermented to the point that the gas pressure blew the cap off the Coke bottle we were using, and blew fermented bissap everywhere. Turns out ants REALLY like fermented bissap.
posted by ChuraChura at 6:32 AM on July 17, 2014

Sadly, there is no African store in my hometown or anywhere close to my hometown as far as I can tell.

I just checked on google, and there is actually an african store about 45 miles from where I am sitting. I was expecting that answer to be more like 200 miles or more, so that is amazing and I am sitting here smiling imaging the things I will make.

Great post, thanks! I have spent only a little time in Africa, but the street food especially was oh so good and I miss it always.
posted by Dip Flash at 6:38 AM on July 17, 2014 [1 favorite]

This is a GREAT post. About the only thing I know about African food is that the Ethiopian and Eritrean places I've tried are fantastic. I cannot wait to read all these blogs. Thank you!
posted by kristi at 8:39 AM on July 17, 2014


I'm a little sad that there isn't a blog about Ethiopian food, because I've found it really hard to find good (or many) Ethiopian recipes online. But, I am excited about working more African food into my repertoire! Thank you!
posted by mudpuppie at 8:54 AM on July 17, 2014

I did a quick search for Ethiopian food blogs and haven't yet come across one that was by an Ethiopian or not attached to branded products or books...
posted by infini at 10:41 AM on July 17, 2014

My wife was born in Nigeria but moved away so young that she wasn't raised cooking much of the food. We've slowly been going through recipe books, youtube videos and food blogs to learn how to make a few things (Moi-moi! Osmandialo! Obono! I'm sure I spelled all of that wrong!). It's a tasty journey, and has helped her have something to chat about with relatives still in the Old Country, too. I'll be showing her this list tonight. Sure she'll love it.

Thanks for the post!

posted by Pecinpah at 12:33 PM on July 17, 2014

Moi moi in a can might help you gain some brownie points?
posted by infini at 1:56 PM on July 17, 2014

Really nice. Of course I'm riveted by the Nigerian blog - great thing is she goes on food tours when in unfamiliar places, hence the current focus on Northern Nigeria. She's doing her Youth Corps! NYSC is a kind of National Service: graduates have to serve for a year away from their state of origin.

O man I love that there's a recipe for those little coconut sweeties. And for suya.
posted by glasseyes at 2:31 PM on July 17, 2014

Moi moi in a can. Twenty bleedin quid, they're avin a larf aint they?
posted by glasseyes at 2:37 PM on July 17, 2014 [1 favorite]

This is everything that's perfect about MeFi. Thanks. I just ate dinner, and now I'm starving.
posted by petrilli at 6:48 PM on July 17, 2014

glasseyes, that's for a case of 12 cans. Tesco now has vacuum packed Jollof btw from the same company.
posted by infini at 11:28 PM on July 17, 2014

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