Tuesday, 20 October 2009

beans stew and home-made pizza

I made my homemade pizza for dinner tonight. Whilst I was about it, I decided to quickly cook some red-red. Beans stew made with palm nut oil. Cos I bought some plantain and they'll be nice and ripe tommorrow, and I'll be out most of the day so I can look forward to eating it when I get home.


I make the pizza dough, using 1/2 -3/4 wholemeal flour and 1/4 white flour, in my bread machine so it's really quick. Whilst it's tumbling about in the machine, I cut up some chicken breast- very fine. Then toss it in some season-all/garlic/black pepper and quick fry it and set it aside. I roll out the dough(cos it only takes 45min the the bread maker), and pre-bake it for 7 mins or so. I cut up some chillies, onions and mushrooms. I Mix some tomato puree or boil down some canned tomatoes, add in some olive oil,garlic,oregano and seasonings to taste. I spread it on the pre-baked dough and add all the toppings, including some mozzerella cheese. I bake for roughly 10mins and we have lovely pizza.

did I do this recipe before?
Anyway I cheated a little cos of time.( I used canned beans instead of boiling the dried beans)

2 cans black eye beans
1 can adzuki beans(you can use all black-eye beans if you prefer)
1 can chopped tomatoes
1scotch bonnet(pepper)
1 medium onion finely chopped.
1 large clove garlic
1 heaped tbs of powdered smoked shrimps(you can substitute shrimp flavour stock cube)
1 stock cube(magi) or vegetable/chicken/beef( if you substituted shrimp stock cube then reduce or leave out this)
4tbs palm nut oil (zomi)
1 can tuna chunks(optional)
1 tbs season-all

what I did....
I heated the palm oil ZOMI and added the onion/pepper/garlic. I let it fry for a few minutes- until onions were translucentish(is that a word?)

Then I poured in the chopped tomatoes(actually I left out about 1/8 of the can cos I don't like it too tomato-ey)

allowed to cook stirring ocassionally, another 10min -added the shrimp powder,stock cube

let it all cook a bit more.....
Then I opened and drained the beans and added that. I let the whole lot cook for 10 min and adjusted seasoning etc. It was lovely at this stage, but I decided to add some drained canned tuna near the end since I live with folk who want their meat or fish.

make sure you use Zomi, which is specially spiced palm oil from Ghana. Ordinary palm oil will taste awful IMO. If you can't get zomi, then use vegetable oil.
This is the first RED. The second RED is the fried ripe plantain that accompanies the stew. You can also serve the stew with a sprinkling of Gari(a granulated flour made from fermenting and frying grated cassava)

....and the next day - the other Red, fried plantain. I peeled the skin and sliced it. Instead of frying, I rubbed some veg oil on them and roasted in the oven. That way you get the fried taste/look with very little oil.


Alaiyo said...

All of this looks yummy!

So said...

Home made pizza and fried plantain are the best!!
It feels to enjoy a meal you've made yourself.