|Population||2,173,999 (144th largest)|
|Land mass||10,689 km2 (74th largest)|
|Languages||English (official), lots of National languages|
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
The Gambia is the smallest country in mainland Africa and is in West Africa, surrounded by Senegal and with a coast bordering the Atlantic Ocean. The country takes its name from The Gambia River, which flows through the centre of the nation. Throughout history, the advantages of this river has meant that Gambia was colonised by first the Portuguese in 1765, and then the British Empire, until the nation gained independence in 1965.
The cuisine of Gambia includes traditional West / central African staples like peanuts, rice, onions, tomatoes, cassava and chillis, however, The Gambia River is especially rich with oysters, which feature in some dishes. Bridget made our favourite *again* – vegan peanut stew a.k.a. Domada ! This is a rich and flavourful dish made with groundnut paste, chilli, tomatoes and whatever root veggies are lying around (or chicken for special occasions).
- 1 lb chicken OR 2-3 large sweet potatoes OR 1 lb pumpkin cut into chunks / cubes
- 1 large yellow onion, finely diced
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 3 large tomatoes, chopped
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 2 cups of boiling water + vegetable stock
- 3 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 fresh red chilli, finely chopped
- salt + pepper to taste
- Heat some oil in a large pan on a medium heat. Fry the onions, garlic and chilli for 5 minutes. Add in the tomatoes and tomato paste and stir well.
- Next add in whatever meat / veg staple you are using (we used sweet potatoes). Stir into the mixture and then add the stock and peanut butter.
- Mix everything to combine fully and cook on a low heat for 30 – 45 minutes. The meat / root veg should be soft and cooked and the sauce should thicken up nicely.
- SERVE with fresh rice and greens = YUM!
Thank you and see you in Georgia! M + B x