​                    FRIED PLANTAIN BANANAS

INGREDIENTS:  Plantains, vegetable oil, and salt

Wash the plantains, and pat them dry.  Leave the peeling on the plantain while you cut it into thick slices, ½ inch.  Remove the peeling from the slices. Place the slices on a plate and lightly salt them.

 In a frying skillet or an electric fryer, put in vegetable oil, using about the same amount as you would use for frying French fries.  Heat the oil.  When it is hot, gently place the Plantain slices into the hot oil.  Fry until golden brown, then remove the slices and drain them on paper towels.  Serve immediately.

Enjoy this simple recipe,



Papaya Coleslaw

Green, unripe papaya can be used for several recipes. One of our favorites is Papaya Coleslaw.  Because the size of the papaya you buy can vary, it will be necessary to adjust the amounts of the other ingredients accordingly.


​one small unripe papaya


1/2 cup mayonnaise

​1 tsp. prepared mustard

1/4 tsp. vinegar

​(You can substitute 1 tsp. Dijon mustard in place of the mustard and vinegar.)

1 tsp. sugar

1 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

Adjust the amounts of the sugar, salt, and pepper according to your taste.

Optional ingredients:  grated carrots, or any other thing you like in your coleslaw.

Directions:  Wash the papaya.  Use a sturdy knife to cut it into pieces for grating. Peel each piece and cut off any seeds and stringy membranes from the middle of the papaya.  Grate the pieces of fruit into a mixing bowl.  In a small bowl, combine all of the sauce ingredients.  Taste and make any adjustments you desire to make.  Add part of the sauce into the grated papaya, then mix thoroughly; add more sauce a little at a time until it seems right to you. You may need to make more sauce depending on the amount of papaya and your tastes.

Hope you enjoy this recipe,


Food Recipes From West Africa

We would arrive with a large bowl lined with paper towels to catch the grease. She would dip 20 or 30 out and place the hot yummy, Yovo Dakaws in our bowl.

This lady had her "Doughnut Shop" set up around the corner from the house we lived in for years.

We would take them straight home, spread Nutella on them and eat desert first.

Yovo Dakaw (white flour doughnut) -- A popular West African street food.


          2 cups + 1-2 tablespoons warm water

·         2 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast (1 packet)

·         3 1/2 cups flour

·         1/2- 3/4 cup sugar

·         1/2 Tbsp salt

·         Oil for deep frying


         1.   Mix salt, sugar, water, and yeast. Set aside for 5 minutes.

         2.   Add flour and mix.

         3.   Let the mixture rise for approximately 1- 2 hours

         4.   Pour vegetable oil into a large, sauce pan, until it is at least 3 inches deep, and place it                  on low heat.

         5.   Test to make sure the oil is hot enough by putting a ‘drop’ of batter into the oil. If it is not                hot enough, the batter will stay at the bottom of the pot rather than rising to the top.

         6.   When the oil is hot enough, use a spoon to dish up the batter, and another spoon or                       spatula to drop it in the oil, sort of in the shape of a ball.

         7.   Fry for a few minutes until the bottom side is golden brown.

         8.   Turn the ball over and fry for a few more minutes until the other side is golden brown.

         9.   Use a large spoon to take it out of the oil. Place them on paper towels to soak up some                  of the excess oil.

         10. You can roll the finished product in table sugar or powdered sugar to make it sweeter.                    We love to put Nutella chocolate spread on them.

               This was one of our family favorites and a big hit with those who came out to visit us                      from the States.


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