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Kitchen World Tour day 31.

Main: Pastel Com Diablo Dentro (Pasty with Devil Inside) with Jagacida and Salad

Dessert: Fidjós

This meal was almost a disaster. The Pastel batter is a mix of sweet potato and corn flour (not cornstarch, corn flour is masa or maize flour or fine polenta). The dough was really hard to work with and kept falling apart. I ended up using a little wheat flour in the mix to give it some stiffness and dinner worked out, it was just served a little late.

The dough is stuffed with a mix of spicy fresh tuna (the devil inside) and then pan fried till they are crispy. Ended up making way too many but they were all gone by morning. The dish was accompanied by Jagacida, sometimes known as Jag.

Fidjós are banana fritters also fried and dipped in cinnamon. Delish.

Was a hard meal to research and put together but ended up great. Instead of Pastel Com Diablo Dentro, I’m sharing the Pastel de Milho (Chicken) recipe which provides excellent instructions for the pastry process.

Next Up: Central African Republic

Main: Maple glazed chicken wings accompanied by a blue cheese sauce, with Poutine.

Dessert: Maple pancakes with blueberries and crispy bacon.

Canada was quite a challenge. Decided to go with the Canadian unofficial national dish Poutine, chips, cheese curds and gravy.

Got up early to make the curds. To make curds you need unhomogenised milk and an acid like lemon juice, vinegar or a rennet. Heat the milk to close to 95 degrees Celsius, drop in the acid and you have curds, which are actually the first step in making any cheese.

The gravy was also a challenge. If you read recipes online some people say use an instant gravy. I believe a gravy is a thing that takes time and instant gravy is not thing that should exist. The gravy for this was made by caramelising some onions and garlic, adding fresh rosemary, mushrooms and thyme. Add some Worcestershire sauce and tomato paste, and cook it down for a few hours. Then you can thicken it with butter and flour at the end.

Blueberry Bacon Pancakes. Every mouthful satisfies, while somehow making you feel that it is so very wrong (bacon + sugar). The Maple Chicken Wings with a Blue Cheese Sauce were devine.

All in all this was a sensational meal but if I ate like this regularly I would already have passed onto the next life.

Next up: Cape Verde

Kati Kati and Jollof Rice

So this is my first go at Jollof Rice. Most west African countries claim to be the origin of Jollof which has in recent years sparked what has been called the Jollof Wars.

I am going to have to try some other countries’ Jollof to get a sense of what all the fuss is about.

Kati Kati African Grilled Chicken

Cameroonian Jollof Rice

Next up: Canada

Day 28: Chicken Amok, Khmer Pickled Vegetable Salad and Jasmine Rice

This dish is simply WOW. The best thing I have made so far from the 27 countries I have cooked. The flavour profile is spectacular.

If anyone feels like trying any of the recipes I have cooked so far, this is the one you should try. Even if you are vegan I highly recommend it. To create a vegan version I would suggest replacing the chicken with sweet potato and you are good to go. Can’t recommend this meal highly enough.

Cambodian Chicken Amok

Khmer Pickled Vegetable Salad

Next Up: Cameroon

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