Having to miss out last nights destination due to unforeseen circumstances – the recipe will be saved in case we land there again – the globe was spun and we head back to the continent of Africa to explore The Democratic Republic of the Congo…which we know simply as Congo..
Located in Central Africa and was originally Zaire from 1971 to 1976, borders Zambia and Angola (previously visited) to the South, the Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic and South Sudan to the North. To the east there is Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania and Uganda and on the West, The Atlantic Ocean. Congo is the eleventh largest country in the world and the second largest in Africa. Congo is the most inhabited with over 75 million people and French is the official language… The country was shattered by the Congolese Civil Wars which started in 1996 – causing the deaths of over 5 million people – and ended the 31year reign of Mobutu Sese Seko
The Congo is tremendously affluent in natural resources, but with the absence of organisation, with political unpredictability, exploitation which is deep seated, amongst other issues have restricted full growth and expansion…. The capital Kinshasa is a mining community with the greatest export being raw materials with half going to China. More can be found here.
The food in the Congo is varied and characterises the native people and Cassava is largely the essential food and is normally eaten with other dishes.
Food in the Democratic Republic of the Congo varies widely, representing thefood of indigenous people. Cassava is generally the staple food usually eaten with other side dishes. Amazingly less than 2% of the land is farmed and most is used for existence farming with a large variety of crops such as Cassava, sweet potato, taro, yam, rice and maize. Tomato and pumpkins are grown along with peas and nuts. Mushrooms, Fruits, wild plants, honey, fish and bushmeat are also gathered and used in many dishes…crops like those listed can be seen being sold by the roadside or at markets. The breeding of cattle and the growth of the farming conglomerates have been thwarted by the poor quality road system and the recent war.
Congolese meals often consist of ingredients containing carbohydrates along with meat and vegetables and form a stew… Poulet à la Moambé (chicken with a Moambe sauce) is considered the national Dish of the Democratic Republic of the Congo…So what better than to try and recreate it this evening. I am going to serve with sweet potato and also plantain chips – The recipe to be used can be found here…