I can’t say that I am a bonafide “foodie”; but I am sure you’ve noticed that I do love talking about, thinking about and cooking food! Coming from a multi-cultural home where we moved more often than the average family; I learned at a young age how much food is tied to culture. The things we eat, the things we refuse to eat, the way we cook, barbecue or roast… all tell us something about who we are as a people.
I have had the privilege of traveling a bit and one of the things I love most about being in a new country (other than the people of course!) is food. We all know about those dishes that seem to define a country; but what about the everyday comfort foods that each region has to offer. Since the weather feels so gloomy and gray, I’ve decided to shift gears this year and offer a theme for our annual World Recipe Exchange: comfort foods. Every region or nation has those dishes that just make you think of mom, family and home. You know what I mean don’t you? Those dishes that you might not make for a formal dinner or wedding reception; but that make you smile as soon as you think about them. It might be your grandma’s apple pie, your aunt’s meatloaf or a goat stew that makes your mouth water at the mere thought of it. I’d love to learn more about all of you through what you love to eat most. And I, in turn, will do the same (though I have no idea how I’ll choose!)
This year, wherever you are on this big planet; share one of your favorite comfort foods with us. Tell us a little story about why it makes you smile and then post your link here on the blog. If you don’t blog or don’t want to include your entry on your personal blog… that is OK too! ¹
You are welcome to include a recipe that comes from any country at all. What is most important is that you share the basics: How (do you make it) Why (do you love it).
Everyone who enters will automatically be entered to win this year’s prizes including: 1 pound of our fair trade, African coffee, 1 tin of Mama’s Red Bush Tea (rooibos) or 3 bars of 100% Ghanaian (bean to bar) Omanhene chocolate bars. What better way to celebrate food… than with more food, right? 😉
You’ve got a little over a week to prep so… ready, set go!
You can share your recipe one or more of the following ways:
- Tweet it to @itsmamaafrika
- In the comments section of our blog (below)
- On your own blog
** Just make sure to link back to this blog post and include a comment here on the blog to let us know where you’ve posted your recipe! All entries submitted on or before April 1st will be counted. Again, please make sure you leave a comment here with a link so we can find it!