Fried Plantain, Ndizi Kaanga

Ndizi Kaanga is a popular meal in Zanzibar, usually consumed as a snack or side dish served along with a meal. It’s a nutritious snack and a favorite among locals. I actually like them along with pancakes for breakfast. The plantains used are the unripe ones, but green bananas...

Spicy Zanzibar Pilau Rice

Spicy Zanzibar Pilau Rice This recipe is close to the authentically spicy Pilau Rice which is similar to a biryani, an Indian-inspired dish from Zanzibar. There are many similar dishes throughout Africa, but this one is different in that it is heavy on the cloves. Afterall, the island of...

Cacio e Pepe, Pepper Pasta

This dish makes a great side for any broiled or grilled meat, as well as a quick main dish when you’re feeling really lazy, but want something yummy to eat. Print Recipe Cacio e Pepe, Pepper Pasta Course Appetizer/Starter, Lunch, World Recipes Cuisine Italian Keyword Black Pepper, Pasta Servings...

Spice Trade Chronicles 7- Morocco

As we travel though Africa, our next stop will be Morocco. Morocco is hot, the food is tantalizingly delicious, the colors are exotic. I love the way they cooks have been able to develop spice blends mixing hot, sweet and savory to make your taste buds sing! This is...

Moroccan Mint Tea

Moroccan Mint Tea is a soothing blend of loose leaf green tea and mint, usually fresh. This tea is made with an interesting tea made from Gunpowder tea, which are hand rolled tea leaves.  It’s really cool to watch them unfurl while they steep. Mix them with Spearmint Tea...

Moroccan Pancakes

These pancakes sound so fancy, but they are really very simple to make. They are totally make ahead, so they’re great for a holiday breakfast, a sleepover, or just when you want a Sunday morning treat. They are great with coffee or a nice strong cup of tea. Print...

Lamb Tagine

Lamb tagine can be made in a Dutch Oven if you don’t have a tagine. The tagine is great for presentation, but the stew cooks just the same in a Dutch Oven. This is one of Morocco’s famous dishes known throughout the world. It has the delicious aroma of...

Chicken Tagine with Lemon and Olives

This is a classic Moroccan dish. Serve this to friends and really impress them with your spice skills! This dish should even appeal to the kids, it’s spicy, but not hot spicy. Make it a party and serve a Moroccan dessert such as Orange Cake, and Mint Tea. Print...

Moroccan Orange Cake

This orange cake is a great end to an exotic Moroccan meal. It’s easy to make, just one bowl! If your oranges are really sweet, you can use just one cup of sugar. If you’d like to make it vegan, substitute the eggs with 2 tbsp ground flax seeds,...

Spice Trade Chronicles 6-The Netherlands

The Netherlands, formerly known as Holland, has been a global leader in trade since the late 1500’s. Netherlands literally means ‘lower countries’ where 50% of the country is only 3 feet above sea level! The Netherlands is a very largely populated country and is today, one of the largest...
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