I had the privilage today to assist one of my associates cater an authentic South African event. She is from Ghana, and her husband is the US ambassader to Ghana. There is a charity program in CT called “Child Guidence Center” Many people donate everything from cases of wine; to art to catered affairs and then they conduct a silent auction. The cuisine of South Africa was one of the things people could bid on. It was donated by her brother in law who is head of pedeatrics at Stamford Hospital in CT. The bid for this event sold for $20.000.00 and will be held tonight and then again next Saturday with ten people dining at each event. I wanted to share with you the menu for this event because it was all very new to me and offered me a wonderful cultural experieance. First course Akra- Black-eyed bean with onions and green peppers (everything was cooked together then mixed into a fritter type batter and deep fried) Khebob-Tenderloin, onions, pepper grilled on a skewer (dusted with Soyu, very intence powder of peanuts, chilies, onion and garlic) Fish Balls- Flaked white fish (snapper) onions, garlic, green pepper and black pepper (pureed, rolled into balls, rolled in breadcrumbs and deep fried) Vegetable meat patties-Short pastry with ground beef, onions and black pepper (not unlike an empanada) Tropical fruit Extravaganza- Pineapple, quava, oranges, mangoes, papaya and watermelon (on skewers) Main Meal Fish in pastry-Whole red snappers par roasted then covered with homemade puff pastry scales and baked again. Yakayaka/Abodoo-corm meal steamed (White cornmeal formed into pancakes and steamed) Red sauce- Tomatoes, onions, garlic and vinegar (used as a base for a # of dishes) Gari Foto-Dried cassava,steamed with shrimp and beans. Jollof rice-Rice cooked in a tomato based sauce with vegetables. Garden salad (you know the deal hereJ) Broiled Chicken-seasoned with garlic, onions, black pepper and parsly. Yam balls (really Yucca) Mashed with onions, black pepper, parsly, and eggs. Rolled in breadcrumbs and fried. Chickpea sauce- Chickpeas cooked with sugar, onions and tomato sauce. Fried Plantains-you know this one. White rice. Beef olives-Pounded medallions of tenderloin rolled with a filling of carrots,onions and bread,then baked and topped with an intense tomato based sauce. Spinach with Aguise-This is a stewed dish with flaked salmon and dried shrimp. Dessert Banana fritters-blended banana mixed with sugar,eggs and milk Ice Cream J Sponge lemon pudding- Savoury twisted cakes with peanuts Liquor Afrikoko Ofam and Nuts-Ripe mashed plantain baked in palm oil. Bread and butter pudding Friut salad Tiger nut pudding-Tiger nut juice, rice meal, milk and sugar. Keep in mind all this food is for ten people only! I learned a great deal today about South African Cuisine and it’s culture as well as making new friends and supporting a great charity.