Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Red - Red, African Yam & Friends

Though I took my camera to dinner I completely forgot to take a photo of what my friend served for dinner: Red-Red (Black Eyed Pea Stew) and African Yams. 
These are dishes from Ghana but other African countries also make and consume these tasty dishes.

I searched several recipes on line and the stew I found in the posted video seems to more closely resemble the black eyed pea stew cooked with tomatoes, scotch bonnet peppers, ginger, garlic and onions.
But I know my friend also used cabbage and bay leaf and perhaps some fish.  Fish (salted or dried, sometimes canned) seems to be the ingredient most often added.  But variations exist. My friend made it with chicken cooked until falling off the bone and shredded/  He served the dish with African yams which I've never had before.

(Photo Credit:  Africana L.L.C) ~This is what uncooked African yam looks like.

(Photo source: Adamara's Blog) ~ This is a cooked African yam with stew.
I love potatos and the African yam reminded me of Russet potatos except that it is more dense.
I've never seen these in
the local grocery store. My friend had to go to the next municipality (about an hour out of town) to buy them.

He said he will make fufu (foofoo, foufou) next time.  I have had it before and I love it. Fufu can be made with many things: cassava, African yams, potato, corn and perhaps more. You pound the ingredient for so long until it becomes soft and sticky like dough.  Once fufu is finished you work a bit of it between fingers and use it to scoop up some soup.  I like mine with ground nut soup.

(Photo credit: Whats4eats) Here are some ladies making yam fufu the traditional way.

If you would like to try a recipe for Red-Red you can click here for one variation. 
There are many others on line.

I always appreciate friends who take time out of their busy schedules to prepare a meal for me.
The food is generally very tasty when you enjoy sitting down to someone else's labour and shared conversation.
I've asked my friend to join me and my family members for the Christmas meal this year.
He usually goes to his auntie's for holiday meals but his uncle's health is in decline.   His aunt is busy looking after her husband's needs and she doesn't have the energy, strength or time to entertain at the holidays.

We are fortunate to live in a city where people are generally quite hospitable especially at holidays meals.
One can often get an invite or several invites to dinner but it is nice to spend time with friends who are like family.

Come back again soon.
 I hope to share a special event with you next time.
Enjoy the rest of your week.


  1. my hubby and I love black eyes and just had a big pot of them. we would like the stew and I have never heard of or seen the yams like this. sounds good to me.

  2. What a lovely time you had. I don't think I've ever had food like this before -- but I would love to be adventurous and try it. You make it sound very delicious!

  3. ...definitely making a vegan version of sounds delish...and the yams look like the type of potato I really like...

    ~Have a lovely day!

  4. There's much to learn by sharing a table with other people. We have to be exposed to different food to get a better idea of how others live.

  5. That is exactly the definition of friendship. To have a friend you must be a friend.

  6. Love the quote by Thomas Hughes!

  7. That sounds really interesting. I get so mad at myself when I forget to take a pic but so glad I was enjoying myself to not be concerned about it also.

  8. I seem to recall eating a lot of black-eyed beans in my somewhat impoverished student days!

    If you get a chance, you should go to Switzerland, it was wonderful. I was there in July - back home now.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  9. That is something different but sounds tasty.

  10. I do love African dishes, bet you enjoyed that meal. I grew some great yams in the garden this year, a very successful crop. Have a good day Diane


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