June 1, 2008
African Recipes Secrets Ezine – 001

Welcome everyone to the first edition of the African Recipes Secrets E-zine! Thank you for sharing my love of cooking and baking African cuisine!

African Recipes Secrets has only been online since the beginning of this year. But already my website is becoming a wonderful resource for both traditional and contemporary African recipes.

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Your Kitchen Helper,



* New African recipes highlights (recipes added to the site in May, 2008)

* A quick and easy African meal (you get it before it's posted on the site)

* A featured story - 'DONABE' Jollof Rice from Tokyo, Japan

* A featured Liberian proverb

New African Recipe Highlights

The following are all the new recipes added to the African Recipes Secrets website during the month of May.

Soup Recipes

Hot Pepper Soup

Dessert Recipes

Sweet Potato Pone
Coconut Pie
Pistachio Cake

Barbecue & Grill Recipes

Roast Pork with Pepper Sauce
Shish Kabob (aka Pepper Meat)

Chicken Recipes

Grilled Game Cornish Hen

Warm weather is fast approaching (for most of us not residing in the tropics.) To help you prepare for your outdoor barbecue, I will be adding some drink recipes and additional recipes for the grill soon.

Please check back often. Or better yet, sign up for my site blog (through the NAV bars on the left) and you will be notified every time a new recipe is added.

Quick and easy African meal (not yet added to the website)

Sardines and rice is a super quick meal. All you have to do is cook the rice. This is one of Africa’s poor man’s food. But it is still delicious and very healthy. Sardines have Vitamins B3, B12, and D. They also have calcium, omega-3 fatty acids, and of course protein.

Sardines & Rice

Two cans of sardines (in oil)
1 ½ cup of uncooked rice
1 Tbs margarine
1 pod of hot pepper

Cook your rice in water with a pinch of salt according to the directions on the packaging.

While your rice is cooking, use a fork and a sharp knife to cut the pod of pepper into tiny pieces. Open the sardine cans and drain off as much of the oil as you can.

Add 1 Tbs of margarine and the pepper to the cooked rice while it is still hot. Mix well. Dish up into plates.

Transfer the sardines onto each plate of rice. Use a table knife to open up each sardine and remove bones. Cut up your sardine with a knife. Enjoy peppered rice with sardines. Sprinkle on some salt if desired.

Feeds two or three people (depending on your appetite).

Featured recipe story - DONABE Jollof Rice from Tokyo, Japan

DONABE Jollof Rice

I have a Japanese friend in Tokyo named Noriko. She made Jollof RIce using an interesting cooking method and Japanese rice. She sent me some photos along with her story.

Here is her blog post about her experience making Jollof Rice.

“I tried another African recipe, Jollof Rice, yesterday. I wanted to make it just like the way the recipe says, but I needed to make some changes.

First, I couldn't find parboiled rice, so I used the Japanese rice I usually use instead.

Next, I don't have a gas oven, so I decided to use DONABE, an earth pot. (I wonder if I could call this dish DONABE Jollof Rice...)

I had a gas oven in my own house in Kyushu, but I I moved to Tokyo last year and am living in a rented house. There is no space in my small kitchen to put a gas oven. Cooking in an electric oven doesn't satisfy me.

This is my first time using SPAM. I thought Spam would be really greasy and salty, but it was not.

My children really liked it and had another helping, again and again. I hope I can make this with parboiled rice using a gas oven someday.”

Noriko, thanks for sharing.

Featured Liberian Proverb

“Hunger make monkey eat pepper”

This basically means that when you are hungry, you will eat anything. For example, this proverb is commonly used in Africa by parents of small children who are picky eaters.

If you're a parent, I’m sure you can relate. Kids love to eat sweet and nice tasting foods. But they don’t like to eat vegetables and other bland tasting, ‘good for you’ foods.

I can still remember my mother telling us kids “hunger make monkey eat pepper”. And sure enough, when we got hungry enough, we were glad to eat the food that was there.

Special offer

African Recipes Secrets will soon begin to make available African-related items for sale on the website. Examples are mango jam, guava jam, fried pepper, batik napkins, beaded holders,and runners, and more.

A special introductory offer will be made to those receiving my e-zine newsletter. So tell your friends to visit African Recipes Secrets and sign up for next month’s newsletter so they do not miss out on the special offer.

I hope you enjoyed reading this introductory issue of my e-zine. Please contact me and tell me what you think, I'd love to hear from you.

Until Issue #2,

Sonia, your kitchen helper